Patagonia Yoga & Adventure Retreat – March 20202019-11-10T19:25:36-08:00

Project Description

PATAGONIA YOGA AND ADVENTURE RETREAT

with NAM CHANTERRWYN

March 25th – April 1st, 2020    El Calafate & El Chalten, Argentina

Before we get into the gritty details, imagine this: Beautiful lakes, mesmerizing mountain peaks, dense forests, spectacular glaciers and wonderful wildlife. On top of that, daily yoga and amazing people.
You’re hopefully thinking about a Patagonia retreat aren’t you? This is just the trip that is on most people’s bucket list! We will spend a couple of days in El Calafate visiting stunning glaciers, then 5 days surrounded by pristine mountains and serene lake, in El Chalten where you will find the most scenic hikes!
Join me and a handful of other adventures on this South America Yoga Retreat for an experience of a lifetime. You’ll enjoy twice daily yoga, delicious food, immerse yourself in nature, and discover quaint local towns.

PLANNED ITINERARY

March 25, 2020: Arrival Day
– Arrive to El Calafate Airport (FTE) where transportation will be arranged to take you to our hotel
– Rest or explore El Calafate
– Group Welcome Dinner in the evening
– Sleep in El Calafate

March 26, 2020:  Perito Moreno Glacier Day
– Breakfast
– You will have the opportunity to visit Perito Moreno Glacier in the way you prefer! Options include: museum, boat tour, or full day glacier hike
– Restorative yoga class (tentative)
– Group Dinner in the evening
– Sleep in El Calafate

March 27, 2020: Travel to El Chalten
– Breakfast
– Travel by shuttle to El Chalten (~3.5 hours)
– Check in to Posada El Barranco Hotel
– Evening yoga class
– Dinner
– Sleep in El Chalten

March 28 – March 31, 2020: El Chalten
– Morning yoga class (Flow)
– Breakfast
– Hiking / Spa / Explore town / Rest
– Evening yoga class (Restorative)
– Dinner
– Sleep in El Chalten

April 1, 2020: Departure Day
– Breakfast
– Travel by shuttle to El Calafate (~3.5 hours)
– Goodbyes
RETREAT ENDS

NAM CHANTERRWYN

Nam is an E-RYT500 & YACEP teacher who has trained under Jason Crandell and been featured on Yoga International. As a student of yoga and functional movement modalities, his yoga classes are grounded in strength, anatomical detail and mindfulness. Nam focuses detailed verbal cues and expert hands on adjustments/assists to help his students find a fuller experience in their yoga practice; emphasizing specific learning objectives in each of his classes. Nam’s belief is that teaching yoga is just like teaching any other subject, in that the teacher has a responsibility to not just provide a unique experience, but to educate their students on the subject itself. Whether taking his restorative or vinyasa class, students can expect to explore their strengths, work on focus, and learn to about the subject of yoga on and off the mat.

Nam has worked with professional athletes in the NFL, MLB, and NBA in a myriad of ways such as aiding in recovery from injuries, maintaining strength and flexibility Pre/Post season, improving range of motion, and increasing strength at the end range of motion. He has worked with other private clients as well, to help them recover from injury, improve their skills in specific yoga postures, and/or find mindfulness and stress reduction.

As a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) educator, Nam has been considered by his community as a “Teachers Teacher” who enjoys helping students as well as other teachers further their study and understanding of yoga and movement.

Read more about Nam at Yoga Nam
Practice with Nam online at Yoga International

El Calafate (2 Nights)
El Calafate is a tourist hub of almost 7000 inhabitants, the closest to the great Perito Moreno glacier, in Los Glaciares National Park. Since it was founded in 1927, this town has grown to become a main tourist destination due to its proximity to the glacier, which is only around two hours outside El Calafate by bus.  The 97 square mile ice formation, 19 miles in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile and empties into Lake Argentino.

This ice field is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water and unlike many of the world’s glaciers, is expanding rather than retreating.  Guided treks can even lead you directly onto the glacier. Situated between El Chaltén and Chile’s Torres del Paine, El Calafate is a must-see in Patagonia.

El Chalten (5 Nights)
A small mountain village in Santa Cruz Province at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, El Chalten is revered as Argentina’s Trekking Capital. This colorful village overlooks the stunning northern sector of Glacier National Park and is located on the riverside of Rio de las Vueltas. El Chaltén means ‘peak of fire’ or ‘smoking mountain;’ a perfect description of the cloud-enshrouded summit, which was later named by Perito Moreno and Carlos Moyano, after the Beagle’s Captain FitzRoy, who navigated Charles Darwin’s expedition up the Río Santa Cruz in 1834.

Patagonia’s El Chaltén hiking trails are on the bucket list of every serious hiker, and every year thousands of hikers journey here to access to the vast network of well-maintained hiking routes with some of the best alpine viewpoints in the world. For this reason, El Chaltén is considered Argentina’s trekking capital. There are treks available for every level of experience. Some of the popular trails include those around Laguna Torre and Laguna de los Tres, near the base of Cerro Fitz Roy, all providing stunning mountain miradors (viewpoints).

THIS STUFF IS INCLUDED
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 1 -2 Yoga classes per day with Nam
  • Breakfast
  • Boxed lunches on hiking days
  • Transportation in between El Calafate and El Chalten
  • Transportation to/from El Calafate Airport (FTE) on arrival and departure day
THIS STUFF IS NOT INCLUDED
  • Flight to El Calafate (FTE)
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Tours
  • Dinner (See FAQ)
  • Excursions

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$2,650
$1,650
Single price is per person and includes: Accommodations for 7 nights in private room, daily yoga, breakfast & lunch*, transportation to/from airport, transportation between El Calafate and El Chalten Double price is per person and includes: Accommodations for 7 nights in shared room, daily yoga, breakfast & lunch*, transportation to/from airport, transportation between El Calafate and El Chalten
PAY DEPOSIT
PAY DEPOSIT

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

$2,650
PAY DEPOSIT

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$1,650
PAY DEPOSIT
PRICE SCHEDULE
All prices are per person
$500 Nonrefundable deposit secures your spot
Payment plans are available
Any and all questions, please reach out to us: CONTACT US

CANCELLATION POLICIES
Deposits are nonrefundable
No cancellations after November 1

Are there payment plans available?2019-06-17T20:54:01-08:00

Yes! Once you pay the deposit to secure your spot on the retreat, we will reach out to discuss a payment schedule for the remaining balance. Our goal is to make our retreats accessible for everyone so whatever we can do to help ease the financial strain of booking a retreat, we will do our best to accommodate.

Can I book a shared room if I’m a solo traveler?2019-06-17T20:54:48-08:00

Yes! Once the deposit is paid, we will reach out to talk about potential roommate preferences and do our best to accommodate. If you have any additional questions/concerns, drop us an email: info@LikeOmRetreats.com

Do I need a visa to travel to Argentina?2019-06-17T20:56:00-08:00

Nope! If you’re traveling on a US passport, you will be issued a 90 day tourist visa upon arrival. If you’re traveling on a passport issued by a country other than USA, please check here for visa requirements to enter Argentina.

Do I need to bring a power adapters/transformer?2019-06-18T08:40:14-08:00

Voltage and outlet type do vary by country and may be different than what we have in the US. Consult this site for a country by country reference on power: Plug, socket, & voltage by country

Do I need to bring hiking gear?2019-06-17T21:00:50-08:00

If you want! The majority of the trails in and around El Chalten do not require heavy-duty hiking gear. For the most part, sturdy footwear is all you’ll need to bring with you. If you really would like to use some hiking gear but don’t want to bring it with you, there are a number of shops in El Chalten to rent gear that we’d be happy to help with.

If you choose to do the Perito Moreno glacier hike in El Calafate, you will be provides crampons for your feet.

Do I need to bring my yoga mat or any props?2019-06-17T21:01:27-08:00

You’re more than welcome to bring your own mat and/or favorite yoga props! The retreat center is fully stocked with mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, and blankets that we’ll be using throughout our retreat.

I am planning to arrive before the retreat starts / stay after the retreat ends, could you help recommend places to visit?2019-06-17T21:00:05-08:00

Absolutely! I lived in Argentina for many years so I’m very familiar with the country and surrounding area and would love to help you create the perfect “add-on” for the retreat.

I have a food allergy, can the retreat center accommodate me?2019-06-17T20:55:27-08:00

Generally speaking, yes – the retreat centers that we work with are accustomed to accommodating a wide range of food allergies and dietary preferences. If you have any doubts or would like to double-check, please write us at: info@LikeOmRetreats.com

Is it going to be awesome?2019-06-17T20:50:40-08:00

yes, yes it is.

What if I have to cancel?2019-06-17T20:57:21-08:00

We understand that life happens and things don’t always go as planned. You can find the retreat-specific cancellation policy listed in the “Book a Room” tab of each retreat. Beyond that, we’ll do our best to find a solution that works for everyone. Generally speaking, if you (or we) are able to fill your spot, you’ll get most if not all of your money refunded so let us know as early as possible.

As much as we’d like to have a single blanket policy, each retreat center has its own policy regarding cancellations, unfilled rooms, and our payment schedule to them. As we near the retreat start date, chances are all rooms have been fully paid for and it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to get any of that money back. We’re not out to take anyone’s money so if the response is that we’re not able to give you a refund, it’s because the decision is out of our hands.

Bottom line with cancellations – we understand and want to help so the sooner you can let us know, the more options we’ll be able to work with.

What payment methods do you accept?2019-06-23T13:10:02-08:00

You can pay directly on the site using PayPal, Venmo, or any major credit card (via the PayPal Guest Checkout).

If you prefer another method of payment (for example ApplePay, Zelle, or personal check), please CONTACT ME and we’ll get that set up for you!

What’s the best way to arrive to El Calafate?2019-06-17T20:58:17-08:00

This retreat begins with an airport pick up at El Calafate airport (FTE). This is a small airport with almost no international flights. Additionally, the majority of flights in and out of FTE are with Argentina’s national airline Aerolíneas Argentinas… who are not affiliated with any major airline alliance, which makes booking on a single reservation  difficult and expensive. Our suggestion is to book a round trip ticket to Buenos Aires and then book another ticket with Aerolíneas Argentinas to/from El Calafate.

Buenos Aires has two major airports:
Ezeiza (EZE) is the major international airport that you would likely be flying into. EZE is located on the outskirts of the city and depending on the time of day will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to arrive to downtown BA.
Aeroparque (AEP) is a smaller, mostly domestic airport located in the heart of the city.
Transferring between airports is totally doable and there are shuttles that run throughout the day between EZE and AEP, but just be sure that you give yourself enough of a time cushion. Any questions or concerns, please reach out: info@likeomretreats.com

Why are dinners not included?2019-06-17T21:20:44-08:00

A major focus of every retreat that we organize is the experience and specifically ensuring that everyone has the experience that they are looking for. Food is a large part of Argentinean culture (for example, Sunday asados are sacred!) and someone looking to indulge in Argentinean meat and wine will have a different experience than someone that is a vegetarian and doesn’t drink alcohol… and a very different cost as well. Rather than trying to force a common ground, we decided to let people decide which food and beverage experience they’re after for dinner. That said, we will be organizing dinner reservations at some of the great local restaurants nearly every night that are completely optional. As the retreat gets closer, we’ll be posting the names of the restaurants so that you can check the menus and decide if you want to join or go off on your own. If a particular restaurant is not to your liking, we’ll be more than happy to help you find something else!

Will my cell phone work?2019-06-18T08:36:51-08:00

We recommend checking with your provider. Most plans require purchasing an additional international plan for cellular data before your trip—cost varies depending on provider. You can also turn off your cellular data altogether and use your phone through Wifi. If you have an iPhone, you can still send iMessages and make internet voice calls to other iPhone users. With any smart phone, you can download apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype to be able to talk, video chat, and text over a Wifi. I definitely recommend downloading these apps before your trip if you plan on using them just in case internet is slow upon arrival. Another option (for those that have ‘unlocked’ phones) is to buy a prepaid SIM card in the airport.