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SANTA CRUZ, Argentina — When we arrive at Aguas Arriba Lodge, a cozy hideaway in the heart of the Patagonian Andes, we don’t waste any time. Our cheerful guide, Julie, spreads out a map of the surrounding land — packed with glaciers, thick forests and aquamarine rivers — and talks about the dozens of hiking trails. Her enthusiasm comes as no surprise because this happens to be one of the trekking capitals of the world.

With Patagonia’s long list of superlatives, it’s perfect timing for something I’ve wanted to try out: shinrin-yoku (aka forest bathing). No,…