I would like to hike in Patagonia in January and am now starting to do some research for my trip. It would be nice to do some hiking without a guide but I am not sure if I can do the challenging hikes independently. My gear at this point consists of a decent hiking backpack, comfortable hiking shoes, and some sweaters/pullovers. I would like to do some all day hikes with beautiful views and then spend the night at various hostels. It would be nice to travel by bus and explore 2 or 3 unique spots in Patagonia. I have lots of time and a budget of about US$1000 Any suggestions???