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6 Days/5 Nights
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 

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Day 1 Transfer from Punta Arena’s airport to Estancia Tercera Barranca
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 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 Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas Waterfall
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-BBQ) (Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca)

Day 3 One way ride to Estancia Lazo
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 Hosteria Lazo, located just outside the park.
The Hosteria is part of the Estancia Lazo, a large cattle ranch dating from the last century, which has magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the estancia´s main house has been remodeled into a cozy, country-style dining room-bar.
(7-8 hours walking, trotting and galloping) (B-BL-D) (Night spent at Estancia Lazo)

Day 4 One way ride to Rio Serrano Area
We will begin our ride through native Nothofagus forests, going around small lagoons, with incredible views of the Paine Massif and surrounding areas. We reach the highest peak of our day with excellent picture taking opportunities of the Paine River emptying into Toro Lake (the largest in t he region). From this viewpoint we will begin our descent to the park’s visitor center, where we will spend the first of two nights on the shore of the Serrano River with amazing views of the “Cuernos” Del Paine.
(4-5 hours, slow riding, trotting and cantering) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano)

Day 5 One way Ride to Lake Grey – Navigation in front of Glacier Grey
We will start our day by riding to Grey Lake. We will be crossing huge pampas and a bridge over the Grey River to reach a superb viewpoint of the lake 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.
After lunch, we will take a boat ride to view the glacier up-close. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers and Austral parakeets. We will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms. We will return in the transfer to spend a second night at the hotel.
(4-5 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering, 30 minutes walk, 3 hours by boat and 30 minutes by transfer) (B-L-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano)

Day 6 TRansfer to Punta Arena's airport
We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Clients should take the flight at 02.00 PM or later), if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.
(5 hours by private 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!


Estancia Mirador Del Payne

Located on the park border and part of the working estancia Lazo, a huge cattle ranch dating from the last century, if offers magnificent views of Paine Massive and Laguna Verde.

The rooms are comfortable and simple; the main Estancia's house has been remodeled as a dining room-bar, keeping it cozy and country-style.


Hotel Rio Serrano

Strategically located in the Serrano River area and at the Torres del Paine park border, it affords guests a panoramic view of the Paine Mountain Range. The hotel has 95 rooms (66 superior and 26 standard rooms) all with private bathroom, central heating and telephone; a comfortable hotel, refined yet cozy.
It also has a large lounge with comfortable armchairs, television and heating, where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing end to the day or simply admire the scenery.


-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-All the horses, saddles and pack horses on 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 (Cozy farm house with private rooms and private bathrooms)
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-One night at Estancia Mirador Del Payne (Twin/double rooms)
-Two nights at Hotel Rio Serrano (Twin/Double Superior rooms)
-Navigation to Glacier Grey
-Guide (English-Spanish languages) & Baqueano (Local Cowboy)

-Flight to Santiago, Chile
-Internal Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
-Any additional night
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Lunch on days 1 & 6
-Alcoholic and none-alcoholic drinks at the Estancias /Hotels
-Gratuities for guide, baqueano, and driver.


Amazing horseback riding experience and the trip of a lifetime!
Chile Nativo helped bring our Patagonia experience to life. Their organization is full of wonderful, energetic people with a passion for the land. We had an amazing experience and the trip of a lifetime!

We booked a 4-day backcountry horseback riding trip with Chile Nativo. It was an amazing experience. Our guides, our accommodations, our food, and the overall experience was incredible. Tatiana was our guide and Luis was our driver. Both were wonderful people. Tatiana has a rich knowledge of the region, and shared with us about the mountains, the animals, the terrain, and the culture.

January 2016
Riding with my daughter
“Mom, let’s do a mother-daughter horse trip in Patagonia,” my 20-year-old e-mailed me from Santiago, Chile during her semester abroad. I thought she was nuts. At 53 years old, I had serious doubts that my aging hips would survive a horseback trip in rugged mountains at the end of the earth. My daughter was insistent. “You can do it, mom,” she said. I finally caved in, bought a big bottle of Iboprofen, and agreed. But then I was faced with the daunting question of how to arrange a horse trip in Patagonia — which is thousands of miles and another language away from my home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Based on a recommendation from the Rough Guide to Chile travel book, I contacted ChileNativo. I also searched the Internet and contacted several other outfitters. From the beginning, ChileNativo was the most responsive and flexible. Especially important, given the meat-centric nature of Patagonia, ChileNativo was unfazed by my daughter’s vegetarianism. Today, four months after first contacting ChileNativo and two weeks after returning from my once-in-a-lifetime, 8-day horseback trip in Patagonia, I have nothing but good to say about ChileNativo.

If you’re reading this website, you don’t need testimonials about Patagonia’s magic vistas and awe-inspiring scenery. But you may have doubts on choosing an outfitter. I found that ChileNativo delivered all that it promised — and more.

Our guide, Andre, was responsible, knowledgable and wonderfully bilingual, with an infectious smile and good humor. Much to my surprise and delight, he was also a gourmet cook who, among other things, appreciates fresh-brewed coffee in the morning rather than Chile’s ubiquitous Nescafe packets. And instead of dry, tasteless sandwiches for our box lunches, we were treated to home-made bread, fresh avocadoes, tomatoes, goat cheese with herbs, salmon, chicken breast, mango juice and chocolates. Dinners were equally superb.

And then there was the horse ride: magnificent horses and even more magnificent “baqueanos” (cowboys) accompanying us — especially the incomparable Manual. It goes without saying there is also the ever-changing yet always breath-taking terrain, from pampas to forests, glaciers, crystal clear lakes and the mountains of Torres del Paine. I shall never forget our first full-throated gallop across the pampas, the ground disappearing beneath us as if in a fast-forward movie. (And then there was the time when my horse decided to jump over the mud rather than walk through it…)

Even now, weeks later, I laugh in amazement at all that we did and how this desk-bound mother from the dairy state of Wisconsin survived her fantasy as a cowgirl adventurer. My enduring thanks to Andre, Gonzalo, Manual, and Oleman. And last, but not least, thanks to Angelo, who makes the best campside “flaming banana” I have ever had in my life and who returned my daughter safe and sound from a night of disco-hopping and dancing in Puerto Natales. — Barbara Miner, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A., November 2004 (e-mail:

Barbara Miner
November 2004
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