5D / 4N
English, Espanol, Francais, Italian, Portuguese
ADVENTURE with selection of lodging in: rustic hostels/shelters or standard hotels
The adventure version of the Torres del Paine 5-day tour is suggested for travellers that love to walk in the great outdoors but without extreme feats. Recommended for those that would like to explore from up-close the patagonian nature and ascend to an iconic site such as the Base Torres lagoon. This hike has an 800 meters altitude gain on a safe path inside the Paine National Park, through woods, crossing streams and rivers, small waterfalls and a closer look to this impressive mountain massif. It is recommended for those that are capable of walking for at least 6 to 8 hours in one day. The rhythm may be relaxed, there is a mountain refuge with cafeteria half-way to take a breather and also a snack. The distance to be covered is about 20km in one day, of which 10km are uphill.
Location – Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales/Cerro Castillo
Inclusive of the following private services:
Scenic On the Road tour
2 Navigations (Magdalena and Fjords)
1 Fullday Excursion (Torres del Paine)
1 Fullday Trekking to BASE TORRES LAGOON at 950 meters altitude
3 nights Hotel Lodging Hotel Patagonia
1 night El Ovejero Ranch Hotel
FLIGHTS FROM SANTIAGO (SCL) TO PUNTA ARENAS (PUQ): Flight prices are estimated with approximate trip date.
* DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ADVENTURE TOUR AND THE CLASSIC TOUR:
Standard Language: English and Español
Other languages available upon request: English, Francais, Italian, Portuguese and German
– Small Group: from 1 to 6 passengers
– Medium group: from 7 to 14 passengers (prices confirmed upon request)
– Large group: from 15 or more passengers (prices confirmed upon request)
1 night: Hotel Lacolet or Albatros in Punta Arenas
2 night: Hotel Patagonia in Puerto Natales
3 night: Hotel El Ovejero in Cerro Castillo
4 night: Hotel Patagonia in Puerto Natales
* Please note: hotel name may vary according to availability.
We guarantee hotels of same 3-star standard.
|5-DAY PAINE ADVENTURE||SALES PRICE||PRICE per passenger|
|1 PAX (1 DBL)||US$2.200||US$2.200|
|2 PAX (1 DBL)||US$2.350||US$1.175|
|3 PAX (1 TPL)||US$2.670||US$890|
|4 PAX (2 DBL)||US$3.360||US$840|
|5 PAX (1 DBL + 1 TPL)||US$3.700||US$740|
|6 PAX (2 TPL)||US$3.900||US$650|
PARK ENTRANCE FEES ARE NOT INCLUDED: total approx. $45 USD each passenger
|5-DAY PAINE CLASSIC RT||PRICE per passenger|
|ISLA MAGDALENA||included in tour|
|TORRES PAINE PARK||Approx. $35 usd|
|MILODON PARK (optional)||Approx. $10 usd|
ROOMING AND HOTEL UPGRADES:
|5-DAY PAINE ADVENTURE||INCLUDED:||or UPGRADE TO:|
|1 PAX||single or double||n/a|
|2 PAX||1 double also available with separate beds||2 single: $290 usd|
|3 PAX||1 triple||extra single: $290 usd other room 1 double|
|4 PAX||2 double||extra single: $360 usd other room 1 triple|
|5 PAX||1 triple + 1 double||extra single: $360 usd other rooms 2 doubles|
|6 PAX||2 triple (or 3 doubles if available)||extra single: $360 usd other 1 triple + 1 dble|
ARRIVAL TO PUNTA ARENAS, RECEPTION AND VISIT
Reception at airport of Punta Arenas (PUQ) by driver/guide. Please note: flight arrival must be no later than early afternoon to be able to complete the day program.
Transfer towards Punta Arenas with stop at the Nao Victoria Musem. On the shore of the Strait of Magellan, visit the life-size replica of Magellan's Vessel and the mithical Beagle of Darwin's voyage. After 20km we arrive to the downtown of Punta Arenas. We visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Etnocultural Museum: extensive collection of native tribes artifacts and of the exploration history of Patagonia. Our last stop is at the Mirador de la Cruz, a belvedere from which you can admire the city from the top and the Strait of Magellan. Check-in at HOTEL LACOLET OR HOTEL ALBATROS.
Entrance fees to museums or visits are not included. Museums are closed on mondays. In alternative, if museums are not available, the program is done with more extensive visits to the city and a happy hour at the Yegua Loca restaurant.
Please note: for small groups our standard program does not include meals on first day and never includes dinners. However our driver/guide can suggest and book restaurant reservations. We can also offer the upgrade to Full Board if requested.
Magdalena penguin island (available from september to march), Cerro Negro Ranch and Scenic Roadtrip to Puerto Natales.
Early morning (6.30am) you reach by foot the nearby navigation agency to get the transfer to the Laredo dock for navigation to Magdalena Island, penguin sanctuary.
The visit consists of landing at island after 40 minute navigation. The island is a natural reserve park with a lighthouse and park ranger shelter.
On the island we are free to visit for one hour. There is a path with thousands of free-roaming Magellan penguins and several species of birds nesting and living here.
The tour may also include an approach to Marta Island where Sea Lions live, possible if navigating conditions are good. Return to dock around 11.30am.
We continue our trip towards Puerto Natales (230km), with possible scenic stops on the vast "pampa" or tundra, where we find some scattered ranches.
We stop for lunch around 2pm, at the Cerro Negro ranch. This is an authentic pioneers ranch that hosts a complete lunch with appetizers and dessert and the main course of the traditional lamb on the stake, all you can eat and all you can drink, with quality chilean wines and beverages. Also available menu for vegetarians.
After lunch the gauchos (patagonian cowboys) offer a glance to their daily work with the sheep. We are given a shearing demonstration and description of the quality of the raw wools and the ranch production. Later, we also can admire the work of the horse-riding gaucho with the shepherd dogs that drive the flock to the stable. We then continue our trip to Puerto Natales, arriving around 5.00pm. Check-in at hotel Patagonia. This day includes meals: breakfast and lunch at ranch. Does not include dinner.
Fullday Torres del Paine Scenic Tour with early morning at Sarmiento Lake.
The distance from Puerto Natales to the park's gate at Laguna Amarga is approx. 1.5 hours (90km).
We have 2 short walks planned:
1.) Salto Grande waterfall: walk on a path approx. 1/2 km to the waterfall, rugged terrain in a "wind tunnel". This area is often beaten by strong winds that sweep from the Lake Noordenskjold to the Lake Pehoe through the glacier water channel that leaps of the "salto grande". If favored by you, there is an extended version. The longer hike proceeds further from the waterfall to the Mirador de los Cuernos (view-point of the Paine Horns). This requires another 1 hour walk back and fourth to the Noordenskjold Lake's Mirador de los Cuernos.
2.) Grey Glacier Lake walk along the shore: this is a 1km walk at its shortest or 3.5km walk at its longest. Be prepared for heavy winds and ever changing weather. Walk over a hanging bridge that swings... then a short walk across an ancient forest of Coigues trees. You appear from above the long shore line of the lake perhaps with floating glaciers near the beach. If you like, you can walk to the end of the beach and take a small path that climbs the side of a small rock hill at the cape of it there is a mirador from which you can admire the full length of the Grey Lake. This complete walk in its extended version is about 2 hours.
Early Bird Fullday: Pickup at 5.00am. This early start is to improve chances of Puma sightings (which are usually rare).
Also suggested for photo-enthusiasts.
Allows us to arrive to the Sarmiento Lake at a moment of day with a special light and tranquillity. We avoid the column of tour buses on the road and traffic at the entrance of the park. The plan of the day is to visit the park's authorized areas along and around the scenic park road with its iconic landmarks and hiking paths. Early start also allows extended time on the paths visited during the tour.
Please note: The road inside the park is dirt and gravel. It has several gates through which we can enter the park, although normally we go to Laguna Amarga Gate. If possible the tour is flexible according to your preferences also it may vary subject to Patagonia and remote areas unpredictability.
Your guide will consider options based on safety and time plan as to which paths can be considered as safe at the time of the tour, relative to road, weather and wind conditions.
Relax Fullday: Pickup at 8.30am. The same itinerary is done but there may be a larger presence of other tourists at the sightseeing places. The long hike to Mirador de Los Cuernos is not possible.
The tour itinerary also includes the following main sites:
- Lago Sarmiento
- Laguna Amarga
- Mirador de las Torres
- Laguna de los Cisnes
- Lago Noordenskjold
- Salto Grande
- Lago Pehoe (picnic here if possible)
- Salto Chico
- Rio Paine
- Rio Pingo
- Lago and Rio Grey
- Rio Serrano
- Lago Toro
Optional: visit to the Milodon's Cave. This place is at 30km from Puerto Natales. If interested, we can stop on the way back from the Torres del Paine tour. Please note this means dedicating one hour to this visit instead of Paine park.
Return to Cerro Castillo and lodge at El Ovejero Ranch Hotel.
This day includes full board meals: breakfast and picnic at park and dinner at the El Ovejero Hotel.
Early start drive to the Paine National Park and reach the Las Torres estate as the starting point for the trek.
This hike is guided by an EXPERT CERTIFIED MULTI-LINGUAL GUIDE. After 2 hours walk we reach the Refugio Chileno for a break to relax. It is possible to buy food and beverages here.
We continue our ascent through the woods and following upstream the winding river by crossing several times small hanging bridges. The last part of the trek is steeper and more challenging due to the presence of a morraine-like terrain. Finally we clear into the narrow rock valley of the small lagoon that is fed by the glaciers and snow of the vertical rock walls of the towers. We enjoy our picnic here and the site for a few hours until we start our way back and drive to Puerto Natales. Lodge at Hotel Patagonia.
This day includes meals: breakfast and picnic at park. Dinner not included.
Return to Punta Arenas for flight out.
The service for this day is private transfer to Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ), according to flight schedule.
On our way to the airport, we can stop half-way at Villa Tehuelches if you like a coffee, snack or quick lunch.
End of services. This day includes meals: breakfast. Does not include lunch or dinner.
We can add to the travel plan the local flights such as:
Santiago - Punta Arenas roundtrip or to other local destinations. Flight prices according to your travel month and/or season.