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Laura McAfoos

I am originally from the USA, but have been living in Puerto Natales, Chile for the last 12 years. I have been helping people visit Torres del Paine since 2008 and love the park as though it is my home. During my time in Chile, I have traveled around getting to know other parts of the country and the southern part of the South American continent. Now that I have spent time exploring this part of the world, I am happy to plan an itinerary through the best parts of it for all of you!

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialize in trips in and around Torres del Paine National Park as well as throughout most all of Patagonia!

I can arrange any of the standard hikes in Patagonia to more exclusive and off-trail routes in some of the most wild and remote parts of Patagonia. Apart from hiking I am happy to fill your days with kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, etc. We love to design complex multi-activity itineraries in all parts of Patagonia in both Chile and Argentina.

Adventure, adventure, adventure!"

How did you get involved in travel?

"I fell in love with traveling before finishing high school... My first trip out of the country was to France during my Junior year in high school. After that I began planning more trips out of the country, during university I did an exchange program to spend some time in the UK and finally after finishing university I left for South America. I love getting to know new places and cultures."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Tubing down a cold river in Columbia with knee pads and a helmet hoping I would making it to the bottom alright!!"

Laura is part of the following groups: Patagonia Travel Agents, Chile Travel Agents
Striking scenery from the roadside in Patagonia
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Mt. Fitz Roy in Argentine Patagonia
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Mt. Fitz Roy near El Chalten
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Hike to Mirador Cerro Torre while staying in El Chaltén
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If you love hiking, this active 14-day trip highlights Patagonia's best trails with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world (thanks to two UNESCO-listed parks). Start off in Argentine Patagonia for Los Glaciares National Park—home to 13 glaciers and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. Then head across the border to Torres del Paine National Park, dominated by snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and rare wildlife.

Recent trip reviews for Laura

Patagonia Trip · Patagonia - Dec 23 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Chris D. - Local specialist: Laura McAfoos

We enjoyed all our time in Argentina and Chile. The itinerary was super detailed and we experienced no issues during the trip. The local guides and hotels were all great.

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Laura McAfoos, local specialist, responded to this review:

Chris, I am so happy to hear that you all had a great time!