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8 Days/7 Nights
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 

Fast Track W (3D/2N)

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Day 1 We recommend you take the early flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over the Andes and observing incredible views of the Patagonian Ice Fields. Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, the most southern city on the continent, a private transfer will be waiting to take you to the border of Torres del Paine National park, the Estancia Tercera Barranca. As we leave the airport we can see the Straits of Magellan and the mystical Tierra del Fuego. During our five-hour drive, we cross open pampas passing huge ranches (estancias) and with luck we will be able to see one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (a rare South American ostrich). We pass by Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a small fishing town surrounded by mountains. From there we will follow an unpaved road to Estancia Tercera Barranca, a typical example of an estancia in the region, with an amazing view of the famous Towers del Paine granite peaks.
(5 hours by private transfer) (D) (Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca)

Day 2 Today we will ride to the east of Torres del Paine National park. The first couple of hours will be across the Patagonian steppe, which is found on flatlands and plateaus with semi-arid, cold climates and an annual precipitation of up to 400 mm. After 3 hours riding will reach a waterfall “Salto Las Chinas”, where we have lunch before we start our ride back to our cozy ranch house. In the evening we will gather in front of the fireplace, with a Pisco sour in hand (Chilean brandy made from Muscatel grapes) to enjoy a Lamb barbecue Patagonian style.
(6-7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering) (B-BL-D) (Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca).

Day 3 We will start early in the morning, going down through a trail all the way to the border of Torres del Paine National park. We get to a look at point of the famous Torres, at the Sarmiento Lake, which is located at the limit of Torres del Paine National park. We will have lunch on the shores of Lake Sarmiento whilst observing its strange calcium formations and then continue on through forests and small lakes with wonderful views of the Paine Massif, to arrive at the shore of the Serrano River where we will camp for the next days at the shore of the Serrano River, with amazing views of “Los Cuernos”.
(6-7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering, 30 minutes by private transfer) (B-BL-D) (Night at Camping Serrano).

Day 4After a good breakfast at the campsite we will start our day by riding to Grey Lake look at point. We cross a huge pampas that give us the opportunity to canter as much as we want! Once we reach the Grey River, we follow a narrow path with incredible views of the mountains; until we arrive to a splendid view of the lake Pehoe with its particular turquoise colored waters. From here we follow a rugged trail leading to a look-out point of Lake Grey, often full of icebergs, which have broken off from the Grey Glacier, part of the southern ice field which is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. Our lunch will be in front of this magnificent view. We come back to our camp on the same trail, enjoying the opportunity for more cantering through the pampas.
(7 hours walking, trotting and cantering) (B-BL-D) (Night at Camping Serrano).

Day 5 This day we pack up camp and head south, crossing the Serrano River to arrive at Aniceto Astorga’s farmhouse. At Anicento’s we’ll choose our new horses to begin a ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine National Park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field. We’ll spend the night here after setting up camp on the shores of Lake Brush, and enjoy a well deserve lamb barbecue Patagonian style.
(10 minutes transfer, 4 hours walking and trotting) (B-BL-BBQ) (Night at Lake Brush Campsite) (No showers available).

Day 6 After a good breakfast we continue to Bernardo O´Higgins national park. This trail takes us through humid forests, similar to those of the austral canals, following the Serrano River until it empties into the Sound of Last Hope, where we spend the night in the Hostería Balmaceda with an amazing view of the Serrano glacier.
(5 hours, walking) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hostería Balmaceda).

Day 7We’ll begin the day by crossing the river into the Seno de Ultima Esperanza, facing the imposing Serrano glacier at the foot of the Balmaceda Mountain (2148m). Here we make a short easy walk up to the glacier. We’ll then take a boat, “the cutter, 21 de Mayo” navigating via glaciers and canals on our way down to Puerto Natales, on the way we stop for a Patagonian barbecue in a ranch. (10 minutes by zodiac, 45 min walk, 3 hours by boat) (B-BBQ) (Night at Amerindia Hostel or similar).

Day 8 We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Clients should take the flight at 01:45 PM, from LAN airline, flight LA#287 (Flight numbers and times subject to change), arriving to Santiago at 06:10 PM), if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.
(2 ½ hours by transfer) (B)

The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

Estancia Tercera Barranca

A family run 6,500 hectare working estancia just outside the Torres del Paine National Park. It has a remote setting and excellent views of the Towers to the west and a warm, friendly, cozy atmosphere.

Accommodation is in the rustic but comfortable guest house with a small garden adjacent to the main house. There is a lovely fireplace in the gallery/living area which has comfy seating and huge windows allowing fantastic views. Good, home cooked food, homemade bread and jams, tasty Chilean specialities and excellent BBQs and Pisco sours!


Camping Chile Nativo

Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas.


Gaucho's hut (Puesto)

A “puesto” is a hut that the Gauchos use during the summer time, when they have to take care of the cattle herds away from the main Estancia house.
These simple huts are warm shelters to escape the occasional inclement weather in Patagonia. It’s a great place for cooking and enjoying a mate (local tea) around a fire.

Usually located in a strategic location, close to a water source and protected from the strong winds. We will be able to sleep in one of these characteristic Patagonian huts, or camp beside it.


Hostería Balmaceda

The perfect place for resting, adventure and observation. There are 16 rooms with private bath and a dining room with grill. This is all surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a magnificent view of the Serrano glacier and the Balmaceda Mountain.


Amerindia Hostel

This friendly hostel in operation since 2006, offers comfortable double, twin, single and triple rooms with private or shared bathroom, heating, and breakfast. Additional services include computers with Internet access and wireless connection throughout the hostel.
The location is one block from the waterfront, in a quiet area, close to restaurants, tour operators and Craft Stores


-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-All the horses, saddles and pack horses during the excursion
-Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner , BBQ: barbecue)
-Two nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (Twin/double with private bathroom)
-Entrance fee to Torres de Paine National Park
-Three nights at Chile Nativo Camp (Base on twin share tents) (North Face VE 25)
-One night at Hosteria Balmaceda (Twin standard room)
-Navigation between Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
-Entrance fee to Bernardo O’Higgins National Park
-One night at Weskar Lodge or similar in Puerto Natales (Twin Standard room)
-Guide (English-Spanish languages), plus a baqueano (local cowboy)

-Flight to Santiago, Chile
-Internal Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Sleeping bags and mattress
-Lunch on Day 1 & 8
-Dinner on day 7
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
-Gratuities for Guide, Baqueano & driver.

Chilean Patagonia is famous for its unpredictable weather. Because of the possibility of experiencing all four seasons in one day, it is important to be prepared for anything.  The wind is the main factor prevailing during spring and summer, sometimes reaching over 100 kms/hour.  Summer temperatures (December-March) fluctuate between 4°C (39°F) and 15°C (59°F), dropping to  temperatures below 0°C during the night, and sometimes reaching up to 25°C (77°F). During the months of October and April, the temperatures can be cooler. There is also a higher probability of stable weather during these months and less wind.

(EG) Estancias and glaciers
Overall accommodations we're very good, better than expected in fact. The only one that was not great was hosteleria balmaceda. The room was not the cleanest but the food there was very good, so I would give that an average rating. All others were great.

I had an incredible time, and my only wish was that I had booked a longer trip! All the support was excellent, my guide Pablo was the best, the itinerary was great, and very importantly, the horses were all well cared for. I cannot wait to come back and do it again!

Pablo was the best guide I could have possibly ask for. He was not only knowledgeable about the region, the history, and the plants and animals of Patagonia, he was also kind and personable. He had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around. I was so impressed with his patience with our endless questions and his willingness to be a friend as well as a guide. He made the trip so much better and I cannot imagine how we would have done it without him!

I was very happy with the promptness of responses I received with my questions before the trip. The communication was clear and helpful. Thank you!

I was blown away by this trip and will absolutely be back to experience Patagonia on Horseback again. Everyone from the office staff to the guide, to the Gauchos, and our driver was professional but fun, and the experience was better for getting to know these people. Being in the backcountry and seeing the landscapes up close was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I wrote up a description of the trip on my website:

Sarah Frame
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