The Patagonian Expedition Race® is an adventure race carried out in a non-stop expedition format through the wild nature of Southern Patagonia, usually also called “The Last Wild Race.” The expedition is completed in mixed teams of four members that must remain together throughout its duration, covering distances greater than 500 km while facing sections of mountaineering, trekking, trail running, mountain biking and kayaking. Fundamental aspects of the race include, but are not limited to, teamwork, orientation skills, sleep management and nutrition, first aid knowledge and race strategy. The race route is revealed 24 hours before the race to all teams at the same time, where teams must complete cut-off times in predefined control points. (Article 1.1, Rules & Regulations).
The Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic Region (48°36′ a 56°30′ Southern Latitude), corresponds to Southern Chilean Patagonia, whose capital is Punta Arenas and second most-populated city is Puerto Natales. The region’s area is 132.291,10 km2 of total Southamerican territory. According to the 2017 Census, the region has a total population of 166.533 inhabitants, with a density of 1.26 habitants per km2.
The geography has been shaped by the work of glaciers, which has given these granite giants majestic forms and has created a labyrinth of fjords and islands that add more than 40,000 kilometers of coastline. With this comes a hostile, and even sometimes unpredictable, climate, which complement the difficult, wild character of Patagonia’s extreme southern tip.
In addition to the name “Patagonia,” other landmarks that make up this territory are: Estrecho de Magallanes (Magallanes Strait), Tierra del Fuego, Canal Beagle (Beagle Channel), Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn), Campo de Hielo Sur (Souther Ice Field) and Torres del Paine. In addition to these, Antarctica joines the list, as it is just over 1,000 km to the South.
Magallanes is one of the Chile’s largest regions; however, it is also one of the least populated. More than 50% of its territory corresponds to protected wildlife, such as nature reserves, national parks and biosphere reserves. Therefore, mountains, ice fields, fjords, islands, steppes, forests and peatlands create a pristine environment, where it is possible to isolate yourself completely from civilization and explore nature in its natural, wild state.
This is the territory for all of our operations, this is the home to the PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE®.