Some thoughts on packing for a trip to Ranquilco:
For trips to Ranquilco, having the right clothing and equipment is essential for comfort, enjoyment, and safety. In the mountains of Patagonia, the weather can change fast from hot and dry, to cold, windy and wet. Temperatures during the day can range from 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit, and evenings are usually cool and comfortable, but can occasionally be chilly. In general, the weather is quite pleasant but it is good to be prepared
The sun in Patagonia can be quite intense, so a hat with a good brim is important, plus a light cotton shirt for warm weather and sun protection.
Suggested minimum packing list:
- 2-3 pairs cotton socks
- 2-3 cotton button down long sleeve shirts for sun protection
- Mid layer wool or fleece sweater or jacket
- Down or Primaloft type jacket
- Outer wind and rainproof jacket
- Comfortable riding pants
- 1 pair shorts
- 1 pair light walking shoes
- Wide brim sun hat with a “buckaroo” strap for the wind
For riding, proper footwear is essential to safety. It is important to wear shoes that will slip easily from the stirrups without getting stuck. Big hiking boots with lug soles are very dangerous on a horse as they can easily get caught. The best choice is a pair of smooth soled leather riding boots with heels. Another option is a pair of light walking or running shoes, with half chaps. These will also double as good walking shoes around camp. We can provide half chaps if needed.
- sun hat
- bandanna(for help with the dust while riding)
- water bottle
- moisturizer (the climate is very dry)
Since all of your gear will be packed on mules, it is very helpful to pack in a way that can be easily loaded. The best way to do this is to carry one medium duffle bag, or two small soft duffle bags of roughly equal size and weight. You will also have saddlebags for small items, and jackets will be tied on behind the saddle for easy access. Don’t worry too much about limiting size and weight of luggage. We can pack pretty much anything on the mules.