Patagonia

Torres del Paine Package Easy W

The Torres del Paine National Park is located in Patagonia, Chile and one side of the ice fields in the south, it is located in the most beautiful landscapes of the world for its extraordinary diversity and natural beauty. It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The extraordinary geography and its landscape almost become a unique place, ideal for nature lovers.

Highlights: Granite Towers Base / French Valley / Gray Glacier / Pehoe Lake

Options: We are very flexible. Ask for a customized tour.

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 1: (Rated-Easy)- Flight to Patagonia + Penguin Colony Trip to Isla Magdalena Transfer to Hotel-Punta Arenas. Pickup from Santiago hotel and transfer to Santiago (SCL) airport for flight to Punta Arenas where your local guide will be waiting. Transfer to hotel, lunch on your own, then transfer to the dock where you board the ferry for 2-hrs to Magdalena Island and the largest penguin colony in Chile. You have about an hour to explore the beautiful isolated island on foot, including "The Lighthouse" environmental interpretation center, and over 120,000 Magellanic Penguins. Located 32 km northeast of Punta Arenas, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island is a must for animal lovers This island has been a protected area since 1982, in which it was renamed “Los Pinguinos Natural Monument”. It has an interesting ecosystem, with more than 60,000 penguin couples, as well as other species, including cormorants, which come to reproduce during the summer. Return to Punta Arenas – Hotel. Overnight Punta Arenas. Included: Flights / Local Guide- driver / Snack - Bottled water / Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast / Guide / Bottled water / Penguin Trip / transport between all the points. (B)

Day 2: (Rated-Easy) Puerto Natales by the scenic route & Milodon Cave Hike with Cerro Benitez Lookout 9 AM. Transport 2.5 hours by van to Puerto Natales for lunch. Then continue by van to Milodon Cave, a huge cavern more than 200 meters deep, 80 wide, and 30 high. More than 15,000 years ago the cave was inhabited by what are now large, extinct animals such as the mylodon and jaguar, and was probably a popular hunting site for the native inhabitants. The Milodon Cave became known to the world a little over 100 years ago in 1895 when the settler Eberhard Hermann visited the cave and found a strange skin with thick hairs. It was determined to be the fur of a large extinct sloth, known as a Milodon. This led to numerous scientific expeditions and looters looking for remains to sell to collectors and museums, mainly in Europe. In 1968 this area was declared a Historic Monument by the Ministry of Education, and in 1993 became the Milodon Cave Natural Monument (Monumento Natural Cueva del Milodón), joining the System of Protected Areas of the State. Included: Local Guide - Driver /Snack - Bottled water / Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast / Guide / Bottled water / Milodon Cave Park Fee (B)

Day 3: (Rated-Easy) Short Hike to Blue Lagoon

Half-day excursion — the best option for those who want to observe and photograph the Torres towers without strenuous walking — also offers a small but significant historical footnote. The adventure starts with a 30-minute drive through the rugged terrain of the national park’s far eastern region, Laguna Amarga, where we can observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites and sometimes flamingos before continuing our journey to the Blue Lagoon. From the parking spot, we strike off on a short (half-hour) walk that includes wildlife observations and views of the Paine Massif. Animals are abundant in this part of the park, especially guanaco and birds. The avian community around Laguna Azul includes water birds, as well as condors and raptors. Gazing from the east, the perspective of Torres towers is much different than elsewhere in the park, and in some respects even more awe-inspiring. Laguna Azul is also the spot where Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid Victorian-era British traveler, and author, first spotted in the Torres del Paine mountains. She is considered to be the first tourist of Patagonia. In her 1880 book Across Patagonia, she called the three towers “Cleopatra’s Needles” because the stone monoliths resembled the obelisks of ancient Egypt.

During this 4-hour round trip, we also visit the spectacular Paine waterfall, the first of three waterfalls of Paine river. Afternoon free time in Hotel Las Torres or equivalent. Relax in the natural surroundings or option for Rated Moderate: Guided walk to Granite Towers or Nordensjkold Lake (3.7miles/6km Roundtrip)

Included: Local Guide-driver /Box lunch -bottled water / Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast/transport between all the points / Torres del Paine National Park Fee (B, L)

Day 4: (Rated Easy) Road Trip Travel through the park by vehicle with stops in amazing lookouts and short hikes. Drive with stops at Petrohue Falls -Nordenskjold Lookout - Navigation Pehoe lake - Skottsberg Lookout, where you enjoy short hikes. Included: Local Guide-driver /Picnic -bottled water Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast /transport between all the points /Torres del Paine National Park Fee (B, L)

Day 5: (Rated Easy) Grey Lake hike plus roundtrip navigation by boat to the ice wall of Grey Glacier with opportunities to see icefall. We will start with a short, flat hike over the Grey Lake Beach with the possibility of sighting icebergs on the sand with the Grey Glacier in the skyline. Then continue the hike for 15 minutes to the Grey Lake Peninsula Lookout, with a breathtaking view of the entire lake and native forest. Return to the beach and board the catamaran to start the navigation to the glacier. Expect possible ice falls from an ice wall around 80 meters, while you enjoy a drink inside the comfort of the main cabin. Navigate through glacial greywater (where the glacier name came from) surrounded by Lenga Forest is a stunning experience. Local Guide-driver /Box lunch -bottled water / Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast /transport between all points / Torres del Paine National Park Fee /Grey Navigation / Glacier Hike (B, L)

Day 6: (Rated-Easy) Navigation by boat to Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers in O'Higgins National Park: By boat, we navigate through the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers “Round Trip” with lunch included. Once you disembark, the navigation into Última Esperanza Fjord towards Bernardo O'Higgins National Park begins. The destinations are Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. During the voyage the history of Puerto Natales is narrated (Frigorífico Bories National History Monument) and we will head then to Condores Cascade and cliffs. The voyage continues to Balmaceda Mount, where you will see the Glacier. We then continue along the route and disembark at Puerto Toro to begin a walk through a native forest of coigües, ñirres and ciruelillos until almost reaching the Serrano Glacier wall. Once on the vessel, you will enjoy an aperitif with ice taken from the glacier. On our way back, you will enjoy the typical spit-roasted lamb at the Consuelo ranch. Duration 10 hours. A snack and beverages are served during the voyage. Guide-driver / Lunch-BBQ Lamb On stick / Hotel 3 to 4 stars with breakfast / Transport between all points / Navigation Fee (B, L)

Day 7: 3-Hour drive to return to Punta Arena airport, return flight to Santiago(SCL). Free evening & overnight in Santiago. Included: Flights /Guide-driver /Box lunch -bottled water / Hotel / Transport between points (B, L)

Duration of tour

6 days, with lodging in hotels and shelters.


Transfer Time

3.5 hours by plane from Santiago to Punta Arenas + 3 hours transfer to Puerto Natales.


Season

November to April


Requirements

Physical and medical conditions compatible with the activity (Please ask questions).

What includes

    • Private tour (only your group with the guide).
    • Hotel Wesker Boutique B & B (we are very flexible so we can make a reservation in another type of hotel depending on your budget).
    • Flights: Santiago / Punta Arenas / Santiago.
    • Private transportation between all points (Includes pick up and drop off at the airport).
    • Personal guide.
    • Breakfasts, box lunch, and dinners.
    • Tickets to Parks and activities.
    • First aid kit.
    • Satellite phone.

Not Includes

  • Personal Insurance.
  • Outdoor personal clothing.

What brig?

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