Our trip to Torres del Paine was fantastic and worked out much better than I was expecting. We were amazed that we were able to put the whole trip together in less than 2 weeks -- your very prompt assistance in making that happen was very much appreciated. The application and reservation process was very good. The arrangements also went off without a hitch.
We particularly enjoyed having Kenneth be our guide. He was very knowledgeable and was very good at taking care of us. He was good at assessing our hiking abilities and making adjustments as needed. He is a pleasure to spend time with and a very good spokesman and representative of Cascada.
I was worried when we first traveled to the camp as the weather was windy and cold. But we found our beds quite comfortable and warm (we really liked the hot water bottle in the bed idea!).....
......We found the food to be excellent--the pisco sours and appetizers before dinner are a lovely treat and each day the dinners were top quality--some of the best food we had in Chile and can compete with the best restaurants in Santiago. The barbequed lamb on the last night was particularly special. We found the staff helpful, knowledgeable and entertaining and everyone had excellent English skills, which was much appreciated. (Kenneth was good in letting Barb and me practice our Spanish too!)
The 5 day trip was perfect for us--the hikes were challenging and different, and I think 7 days would have been too much for us. We were lucky enough to have good weather and seemed to have just the right clothes--your suggestion list of items to bring was very helpful in that regard.
I really liked the idea of the Eco camp and seems like that should be the only way to see Patagonia. (I can't believe the Leonardo DiCapprio stayed at Explora! What kind of environmentalist is he?!!). The trip worked out very well for us and was just what we were looking for. We are looking forward to returning and I will tell my friends both in North America and Chile about Cascada and our great trip.