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DISCOVERING TORRES DEL PAINE (7D/6N)
RATES PER PERSON
  • 2 passengers USD$3.995
  • 3 passengers USD$ 3.595
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 3.295
  • Single Supplement USD$ 1.295
DEPARTURE DATES
From October 2015 to April 2016
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
7 Days/ 6 Nights
START / FINISH
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 
ACTIVITIES
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SANTIAGO BY NIGHT (1D)

WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)

DISCOVERING ATACAMA DESERT (5D-4N)

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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 Puerto Natales town. (Chile Nativo will offer a pick-up from the airport at 3:20 PM, corresponding with LAN airline, Flight # LA293, or at 3 PM from your hotel in town). (Flight numbers and times subject to change)
As we leave Punta Arenas we will be able to see the Strait of Magellan and the island Tierra del Fuego. Shortly after leaving the airport, we will stop at the Magellan penguin colony on Otway Sound. Our 3-hour drive will take us through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias) and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (similar to ostrich). We arrive to Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains and our lodging for the first night in a cozy lodge, with an amazing view of the mountains and located in front of the ocean. After we settle in, we’ll have a welcome dinner with the Chile Nativo guide regarding the program.
(4 hours by private transfer, 45 minutes walking at penguin colony) (D) (Night at Weskar Lodge)

Day 2 After a good breakfast we head out driving along an unpaved road to the Torres Del Paine National Park. Upon entering the park we will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as we drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. Today’s hike is on a gentle trail following the border of the park and offers opportunities to see guanacos (Llama family) and the Andean Condor. During the next two nights, you can take advantage of the services in the Spa Las Torres (the only full service spa in the park).
(2 hours by private transfer, 3 hours hike) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Las Torres)

Day 3 We begin our first full day trek, heading to the base of the Towers lookout point following the Ascencio River before entering the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour, stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley and panoramic views of the Lake Nordenskjold. During the following 2 hours, we’ll walk through unbelievable forests of tall deciduous beech (Nothofagus Pumilio) and waterfalls, and then continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a photographic view point (900m). From here we will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters resulting from glacial erosion. We will stop here for lunch, taking our time to enjoy this astonishing scenery, before our descent returning along the same path back to our hotel.
(7-8 hours back and forth, 18KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Las Torres)

Day 4 We drive to the west side of the Park going around Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750 M) with Nordenskjold Lake at its base. We will take a catamaran across Lake Pehoe to commence our out and back trek to the French valley. We will start going around the southwest side of Paine Grande, the highest summit in the Park, through native forests of fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the hanging bridge over the French River to observe the first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour amidst a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach a viewpoint, gifting us with magnificent panoramic views, where we enjoy a good lunch. Our way back will be the same, taking the catamaran and then the private transfer to our next lodge at the shore of the lake grey with amazing views of the Paine Massif.
(1 hour and a half by private transfer, 6 hours walk, 35 minutes by catamaran each way, 17KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano)

Day 5 Early in the morning we start our day by going to the Pingo Valley for a walk to the “Cascada los Salmones” where we’ll stop to take in the view before returning back along the same trail, with a chance to find the elusive Huemul (Andean Deer). We enjoy a picnic lunch at the shore of the Pingo River and in the afternoon we start our adventure to the Glacier Grey by boat. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers. 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.
(In the morning: 3 hours hike. In the afternoon: 30 minutes walk, 3 hours by ship) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano)

Day 6 We will start a hike on a one-way path with panoramic glimpses of the park. According to the season we should be able to see specific flowers such as orchids, calceolarias, and neneos or maybe even experience the flight of the condor. Once we are at the highest point of the trail we connect to the rarely visited trail heading to Estancia Lazo and its Hosteria Mirador del Payne which are located outside the park. The Estancia Lazo, is a huge cattle center dating from the last century, with magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the main Estancia's house has been remodeled as a dining room-bar, keeping it cozy and country style. A typical Patagonian style lamb barbecue will be waiting for us at the Estancia-Hosteria where we will spend the night.
(20 minutes by private transfer, 5 hours hike) (B-BL-BBQ) (Night at Estancia-Hosteria Mirador Del Payne)

Day 7 We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Clients should take the flight at 05:00PM, from LAN airline, flight #LA996, arriving to Santiago at 8:20 PM) , if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.(Flight numbers and times subject to change)

(5 hours by private transfer) (B)

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE 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.

 
Weskar Patagonian Lodge

This cozy family run lodge is ideally located on the Sound of Last hope, with magnificent views of several mountain ranges and just a 15-minute walk from the main square. Weskar is a warm and friendly hotel and restaurant with decorations based on ethnic concepts and ecological guidelines.


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Hotel Las Torres

Ideally located at the base of the trails leading to the viewing point of the Towers peaks, Valle del Silencio, and “W” hikes, this former estancia turned Hotel, offers 57 comfortable rooms with central heating and telephone and a the only full service spa available in the park. The excellent quality of both service and food is the main characteristic of this Hotel.


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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.


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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.


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INCLUDED
-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-Entrance fee to Seno Otway Penguin colony
-One night at Weskar Lodge (Twin/double superior room with view)
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Two nights at Hotel Las Torres (Superior Cypress room)
-Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
-Two nights at Hotel Lago Grey (Twin/double Superior room)
-Boat to Grey Glacier
-One night at Estancia Mirador del Payne (Twin standard room)
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
-Professional Guide (English-Spanish languages)
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NOT INCLUDED
Flight to Santiago, Chile
-Internal Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Lunch on Day 1 & 7
-Dinner on Day 1
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
-Gratuities for Guide & Driver
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Weather in Patagonia
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), even sometimes reaching 25°C (77°F). In Winter the temperature is typically between -10ºC and 10ºC, but this is a dry cold. There is also a higher probability of stable weather between May and October.
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It's very hard facing reality again!
 
Everything went really well from start to finish, and a highlight was definitely our trip to the Torres del Paine national park. So thank you for making all the arrangements.
We consider ourselves very lucky to have had Julieta as our guide. She was very knowledgeable, hard-working, professional and a delight to be with. She was a fantastic guide. Always cheerful and enthusiastic, even in the rain on a path she must have walked hundreds of times before. She worked incredibly hard and looked after us so well. She also had an encyclopedic knowledge of the fauna, flora, geology, climate ... and we noticed that all the other guides looked up to her and respected her views. She was also tremendously popular with everyone. All in all it was a pleasure to be in her company, and we really felt we'd learned an enormous amount.The picnics were great. Far better than we are used to when walking. The hotel meals were OK, but good considering the logistics involved. We liked the Mirador del Payne hotel best - small and a nice atmosphere. We didn't so much like the Hotel Serano - it was too big and modern for our tastes, though it was very comfortable.
Carlos was also a pleasure to be with - helpful, thoughtful, and a good driver.
Between them they made our trip a truly memorable experience.

 
Janet Dodd
November, 2009
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Marvelous nature!!!
 
It was so great trip! The best memories! Marvelous nature!!! Wonderfull friendly people. Good food. The best of all - smart, erudite and entuziastic guide Kristian and nice van driver Mirco! My warmest and lovely regerds to Kristian and Mirco! We felt so friendly pampered and got so many unforgettable impression! Thank Chile Nativo for this trip. Dina Vjatere & friends

 
Dina Vjatere
November 2008
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Aventura en la Patagonia
 
Nuestro viaje comienza en Punta Arenas, capital de la XII Región, conocida como Región de Magallanes. Esta ciudad es la puerta de entrada a la Patagonia Chilena, Tierra de Fuego y la Antártida y, como tal, nos recibe un furioso viento, que nos hace imposible imaginar cómo con un clima así el hombre europeo fue capaz en el siglo XVI de llegar en carabelas de más de cien toneladas a estas inhóspitas tierras. Tras esta pequeña reflexión partimos hacia Puerto Natales. Durante el trayecto la belleza agreste de la mítica Pampa y la compañía de los guanacos crean un paisaje espectacular, insólito y, a su vez, solitario, dándole un aspecto mágico y misterioso. Tras kilómetros y kilómetros de llanura divisamos Puerto Natales, antesala de hielos y montañas, y las inmensas Torres de granito del Parque Nacional Torres del Paine salvaguardando el horizonte. Una vez en la ciudad hacemos un pequeño descanso antes de empezar a sentir emociones más fuertes. El viaje ha sido largo y decidimos disfrutar, por un momento, de la apacible tarde paseando por los fiordos de alrededor contemplando cómo los cisnes de cuello negro nadan plácidamente entre cormoranes y otras aves marinas. Decidimos continuar nuestro viaje deseosos de poder llegar cuanto antes a nuestro destino final: el Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine.

Partimos en dirección al lago Grey bordeando la Laguna Azul y la Laguna Amarga. Esta última refleja en sus aguas color turquesa, siempre que el viento se lo permite, las colosales Torres del Paine con sus cumbres escarpadas. Seguimos bordeando el Lago Nordenskjöld para subir al Valle del Francés con su impresionante laguna glaciar en la base de las Torres del Paine. Aquí la sensación de grandeza e intimidad es difícil de describir, ya que en lugares como éstos es mejor no decir nada y limitarse a disfrutar de cada minuto que allí se pasa.

Dejamos atrás el Lago Nordenskjöld para atravesar el río Paine. Debemos cruzar por el puente Weber. Debido a que el río baja muy crecido ya que estamos en época de deshielo, el cruce es difícil y tenemos que extremar las precauciones. Un movimiento erróneo provocaría un fatal accidente. Nuestro guía, experto en situaciones como ésta, opta por explorar el terreno de forma exhaustiva. Al final decidimos pasar, no sin sufrir algún pequeño susto. La adrenalina fluye por nuestras venas casi a la misma velocidad que el agua transcurre por el río.

Tras esta intensa anécdota llegamos al Lago Grey y divisamos al otro extremo el impresionante Glaciar Grey. El Glaciar Grey se desplaza por un majestuoso valle rodeado de montañas, tomando la forma de una inmensa lengua de hielo. Para llegar a él lo podemos hacer o bien siguiendo senderos que bordean la ribera este del lago, o bien en bote navegando por el lago Grey.

Si elegimos la segunda opción navegaremos por un cementerio de témpanos que flotan por el lago como consecuencia del avance del glaciar hacia la costa del lago provocando ruidosas rupturas de bloques de hielo en su cara frontal.

Al llegar a las paredes del glaciar un escalofrío recorre nuestro cuerpo; la sensación de majestuosidad impresiona bastante. Las paredes frontales del glaciar alcanzan una altura de sesenta metros. La nieve que se acumula en las cuencas superiores se compacta eliminando el aire, y se transforma en la masa azulada del glaciar que luego avanza hacia el frente.

 
Oscar & Nieves
Noviembre 2002
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