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Hiking Equipment

This section covers all you could need to know about what to bring on your Chilean and Argentinian adventures. From essentials such as hiking boots, packs and other equipment, to high-tech solutions that utilise your smartphone to enhance your travel experience. Any ideas you'd like to see written about please send an email to media@cascada.travel. If you're keen to get kaleidoscope updates subscribe to our Feed Feed or via Email

8 Things You Don't Need in Patagonia

what you don't need Patagonia

 If there is one thing we have learned as trekking specialists, it’s that trekking is one of the best ways to feel human and that throwing lots of dollars at expensive niche gear is not always conducive to having said amazing experience.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the 8 things you don’t need to see what you can get away with leaving behind!

How to Choose the Right Boots for Your Trek

Some say the word Patagonia means ‘Land of the Bigfeet’ in reference to the giants that, according to legend, once roamed the land at the end of the world. We’re not sure if that’s true, but we do know that looking after your feet during your hiking tour in Patagonia can mean the difference between endurance and enjoyment. We have a handy guide to choose the right footwear for your trek in Patagonia.

Trekking in Patagonia: Top 8 iPhone apps

A hiking holiday in Patagonia, the remote expanse of wilderness at the end of the world, used to be a means of leaving all modern technology behind. However, with the advent of smartphones, there is an increasing understanding of how technology can now enhance our enjoyment of our natural surroundings. Well, we’ve yet to come across an app dedicated to hiking in Patagonia, but in the meantime, here is our pick of best apps for this unique environment.

25 Things You Never Knew About Hiking Poles

Down on the hiking trails of Patagonia, hiking poles (or trekking poles if you prefer!) are a bit of a contentious issue. Everybody knows they reduce the impact on your knees and improve balance and stability, making it easier to cross streams and slippery rocks. If you’re setting off on a trekking adventure, make sure you read our list of 25 things you never knew about hiking poles first!

Top 5 Patagonia Hiking Snacks for Real People

There are plenty of thrilling multi-day hikes in Patagonia, and the advice for eating on the trail is clear: You should be snacking every two hours to keep your energy levels high. But the guidance on exactly what you should be eating can be confusing. Is trail mix the ideal trekking treat or just a sugary, fat-filled snack posing as health food? Does dried fruit beat fresh fruit by taking up less space or does it contain hidden sugars and fats? And is there anything wrong with eating a high fat diet when hiking anyway?

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