As you head further south and you pass other travellers heading in the opposite direction, it is wise, and natural, to ask if they have been to the next destinations marked on your map, in order to garner any first-hand advice. If their experiences of the outdoors might have you rummaging through your bag to double check if you packed some necessities, you can relax, as whatever you are missing, can be obtained in the petite mountain town of Coyhaique, Chile.
If you get excited by practicality and being prepared for anything, Condor Explorer will make you feel like a kid again, as they have everything from carabiners, clips, and cables, to pieces for your portable camping stoves, and they even carry some of the top-quality hiking and trekking lines like Arc’teryx, Marmot and, how fitting, Patagonia.
Condor Explorer, 357 Dussen, Coyhaique, Chile, +56 67 257 3634
For the discount shopper who knows that Patagonia is once-in-a-lifetime experience, in that they may never be back and the hiking gear may live a life relegated to the back of a closet when they get home, Trouer is a small outlet store in Coyhaique that has quality brands and clothing with a more modest price tag. Hiking boots, clip in cycling shoes, warm hats, sweaters, backpacks, and whatever else might be on your list, as well as some things that probably are not.
Trouer, Errázuriz 1103, Coyhaique, Chile, +56 9 4259 8524