Pumagonia | Animals sighting, Mountain trekking and Winter excursions in Patagonia
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What clothng is needed in Patagonia and Cape Horn?

The Ideal is to have sun protection clothing, sometimes the sun is really intense, but it is also essential to have thermal clothing and windproof and waterproof.
In this type of activity, you should be dressed in layers:
The first layer, in contact with the skin, should be quick drying synthetic fabrics such as polyester, which are those that deliver better performance, not the cotton that gets wet once and it is hardly dry on the walk.
The second layer yields heat to maintain body temperature (eg Polartec).
The third layer insulated body away from the environment, it must be waterproof (eg Gore-Tex) and windproof (eg WindStopper).
Beside, never forget waterproof boots, sun and warm hat, warm and waterproof gloves.

How is the weather in Patagonia and Cape Horn?

Normally, it is said that in spring and summer you can experience all four seasons in one day. The weather is very unpredictable and unstable, and forecasts rarely get right, so it is recommended to be prepared for bad weather every day.
It can rain any day during spring-summer, snow usually occurs only in the highlands (mountains and higher elevations of the viewpoints).
The wind is usually very strong all day. This can go over 100 km / h easily in a moment’s.
There are also exceptions and sometimes it is possible to have 5-6 sunny days with temperatures higher than normal. Sunscreen and sunglasses are essential in these conditions.
In autumn, rains are more frequent and the wind begins to decline. The temperature starts to drop slowly and it can occasionally snow in the middle areas.
In winter weather is more stable and predictable, the temperature continues to drop and many times there have been even temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius below zero.
Clothing is required and best quality footwear that supports extreme temperatures.
The snow is more frequent and the wind ceases.

Can you drink water on the trails?

Fortunately, there is no contamination, due to the absence of cattle living in the mountains, all the water is potable and is not necessary to use any filter or water purifier. There are many sources of water so it is recommended to use a bottle not exceeding 1 litre.

What should I carry in my backpack?

The backpack should be 60 litres or more. Some reading or music can be interesting at times.
In Torres del Paine exists the chance to recharge batteries for cameras, the battery charger can be very useful, but don´t forget there is no electricity during the night in refugees and camping areas for camera so it is very useful to carry some kind of flashlight .
Shelters and paid campsites have hot showers; gring your own towel, sandals and toiletries.
In some shelters, there are small stores, some extra cash and credit card is never bad.
In Dientes de Navarino there is no buildings or shelted spots to protect yourself from bad weather, it´s only for real adventurers.
Beside, bring tape and tools to repair tears in the clothing and a first aid kit.