New Zealand isn't that far from you Miguel, but yeah after looking through the government land management site, it seems pretty restrictive. And that is if you can get a spot.. I was looking at the Kelper and Routeburn track (seeing as I'm going solo and never been to New Zealand). Fairly short too, seems they more or less encourage day trips from the looks of it.
If you got a buddy/local with a car to take you to the trailheads, that would be ideal.
And it's definitely not in the same league as your planned trips, but if you've never been and it's cheap enough, you should go to San Francisco. The city is superb, you can walk from the city on continuous trails for at least 5-8 days, strictly use public transit. Very easy logistically, never stay in a hotel if you don't want. But no huge granite peaks and high wide open vistas (rent the video/documentary 180* South). Actually on second thought, may be way way too tame for you.
Thanks for the Turkey link. I'm going to save it, maybe when it's warmer later this year. Probably shouldn't head out half cocked.
I'm going to call the airlines and see how the loads are for Argentina. That's really the determining factor. Punta Arenas (where the strikes are) had 7 flights daily from Santiago. The Argentina equivalent has one from Buenos Airies.
I'll try to call someone governmental in the El Chalten area too. Seeing as it's a recently built town specifically for trekking/tourism I'd hope they would have an idea of the campsite capacities.
Actually I'm more scared walking around in an American/Canadian suburb with a bunch of drunken teenagers hanging around a convenience store than a lot of places overseas. The actual socialist countries (Cuba and Vietnam) seem especially safe. I really do like those two countries.
Well, if I make it, I'll post a trip report and share the joy.
"and just look at it like a hike through bear country".. hahaha... bear and cougar country.