Book with Andean Trails and get 15% off Páramo’s fantastic ethical and high performance outdoor gear.
Whatever you need for your upcoming adventure holiday, the experts at Páramo will kit you out so you are prepared for every type of weather.
Páramo’s kit is tested by the outdoor adventure experts – profits help social programmes in South America.
Páramo keeps you most comfortable outdoors, day in, day out, mile upon mile, year after year.
Book with Andean Trails, and get a voucher worth 15% off purchases made from Páramo’s online or London store (terms and conditions set by Paramo apply).
Five good reasons for choosing Páramo:
1. Ethical production
Páramo’s production facility established in 1992 in Bogotá, Colombia is part of a valuable social program with the Miquelina Foundation to provide employment and skills to ‘at risk’ women seeking an improvement in their lives.
Páramo’s cooperation with Miquelina has allowed thousands of women and children to be helped in very practical ways, with factory profits funding housing projects, a kindergarten and a canteen for local children.
2. Unique Nikwax Directional Fabrics
All Páramo garments use innovative fabrics engineered by sister company Nikwax – designed to actively ‘Direct’ water (liquid water as well as water vapour) to where you need it to keep you comfortable. This goes from our reversible, next-to-the-skin base layers to the outer weatherproof protection of Nikwax Analogy.
As a result of Directionality, Páramo gear outperforms all other outdoor garments – better than ‘breathable’, more comfortable than ‘waterproofs’, as supple and silent as ‘soft shell’, and, unlike other systems, working just as effectively whatever the temperature or humidity.
3. ‘On the Hill’ Design
All Páramo designs originate and are refined by our design team based in the Lake District. They are tested extensively in our labs and by our team of highly critical gear testers, as well as undergoing the Leeds University Rain Room Tests for waterproofs. ‘Páramo style’ emanates from function, comfort and safety rather than fashion. Each garment works superbly on its own but is also designed to be combined effectively with others in the range. Through-to-skin ventilation sited for maximum impact, pockets in the sizes, shapes and places to be most useful, adjustable hoods and cuffs plus excellent articulation for unrestricted movement.
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4. Chosen by Outdoor Professionals
Rescue Teams and Outdoor Instructors and guides were among Páramo’s earliest converts. Today, they remain the focus of our development – by satisfying their needs, Páramo can be sure that all outdoor enthusiasts benefit from fabric and garment improvements.
Páramo gear is selected for its comfort and safety on the hills by such organisations as the National Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA), the Countryside Council of Wales and the National Trust for Scotland. It’s the first choice of some 30 teams within the UK Mountain Rescue Community, who routinely use Páramo day in, day out across the wet and windy UK.
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5. A lifetime guarantee
With Páramo, there’s the guarantee of performance and comfort that will last. There’s no laminate or coatings to break down in your garment – instead the simplicity of aftercare with Nikwax products to maintain the waterproof performance of your garment indefinitely.
Even puncture of the outer fabric does not compromise the performance of our waterproofs – you could stick pins all over the garment, take them out again, and still not get wet in the rain!
Under the Páramo lifetime guarantee, any manufacturing defect will be rectified free of charge indefinitely, while damage to your garment by accident or normal ‘wear & tear’ can be repaired by Páramo at a reasonable cost.
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We chose Andean trails after finding you online. As soon as we got talking about our options, it was clear you guys were hugely knowledgeable and could help us plan the perfect trip. We had an incredible time!
Overall Organisation: excellent, couldn’t have been better!
Highlight: It’s hard to pick just one, but exploring the suspension bridges above Grey glacier was amazing, exploring the French Valley, and watching a huge chunk of glacier carve away were some of our favourites.
Low point: I’m not sure we really had a low point, it was all amazing.
Accommodation: hotel in Puerto Natales was great, really quirky, good service. As expected the refugios on the trek were pretty basic but perfectly ok, the cabin at Cuernos though was brilliant!
Food: Again, as expected the food in the refugios was very basic, but edible. Our food in Cuernos refugio was actually very good, a nice treat in the middle of our trek! In the hotel, our breakfast was very good.
Guides: We didn’t really have any, but the lady that met us at the bus station and took us to our hotel was very friendly and helpful.
We enjoyed spending a short period of time in Puerto Natales, spending money in the local shops and restaurants. All the locals were super friendly. Hopefully we contributed to the tourist economy. We were very aware of our impact on the natural environment in the park, and the clear impact humans are having with erosion of paths etc. We were as careful as we could be to make sure we had as little environmental impact as possible.
What would we do differently? Not much really. Other than do some training for the hike, 32km on the first day was hard going!!
We love hiking and spending time in the outdoors. We had a couple of friends that had done the W trek and their experience sounded amazing. We weren’t disappointed!
Thanks for all your help and advice in making our trip an experience we will remember forever!
Anna Redman, UK, 2019
» Patagonia Self-guided Trekking Tour
Andean Trails helped us organise a memorable family trip through Peru and Bolivia.
We loved exploring the diversity these countries have to offer - coast, desert, mountains, salt flats and rain forests – with a balance of culture, activity and a little bit of R&R!
I generally like to do the research for trips myself but after the initial research phase, it was great to have Tom as an expert partner, focused on delivering what we wanted to get out of the trip, whilst adding value by suggesting things that would enhance our experience.
He provided an invaluable sense check on what was possible, adding support and expertise to make our ambitious plan a reality - e.g, organising private transfers to get us to where we needed to be before the border closed etc. and providing the reassurance of a ‘go to’ person on the ground for help when needed. He was fabulous to work with and it felt like planning the trip with a friend.
Tom really knows the people and places in all the locations and his suggestions for activities to keep everyone in the family interested and entertained were spot on, meaning we had lots of cool things to do with wonderfully knowledgeable guides, including special times on Lake Titicaca with a home stay on Amantanti.
Thanks for helping us create the most memorable family trip.
Lynn Oliver, UK, 2017
» Colca Canyon Condors Tour
Kat was lucky enough to spot a Jaguar in Guyana - have you seen one on your travels?
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Larry and Gillian are coming to the end of their month of travelling with Andean Trails in Patagonia. We put together a tour designed to take them off-the-beaten-track – read the first instalment in their blog – covering Santiago and Aysen and remote border crossings. Once in Argentina, Gillian and Larry trekked to the base of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, and took a day tour to Perito Moreno. They then set off for Torres del Paine on a self-guided trek. Their tour has ended with a few days in Ushuaia and a flight out from Buenos Aires. Check their progress below …
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