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Fast Track W (3D/2N)
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  • 2 passengers USD$ 1.495
  • 3 passengers USD$ 1.395
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 1.295
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
3 Days/2 Nights
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
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WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)

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Day 1: Transfer to Torres del Paine – Round trip hike to Las Torres lookout point At 7:30 we pick you up at your lodging in Puerto Natales. Our transfer takes us along an unpaved road heading to Torres Del Paine. When entering the Park, we will have excellent picture taking opportunities of guanacos (llama family) and Grey foxes, driving alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans. We will start our first day trekking to the base of the Towers, following the Ascencio River to enter the Ascencio Valley. Our walk will be uphill for one hour before stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley surrounded by unbelievable beech forests (Nothofagus family), glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll continue through the valley for another hour and a half before ascending a huge terminal moraine to a lookout (900 M), excellent for picture taking. This amazing view will be accompanied by lunch to add to the enjoyment. After being awed by the towers we’ll start our descent, following the same path back to the transfer. We will drive through the main areas of the park all the way to the Serrano River where we will stay in our Chile Nativo camp, enjoying a gourmet dinner.
(2 hours by transfer, 7-8 hours round-trip hiking, 18 KM, 1.5 hour by private transfer) (BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Camp)

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Pehoe – Round trip hike to French valley We will take a short transfer to the Pehoe pier and take a catamaran across the Pehoe Lake. From here we 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 through the same track, spending our second night in the camp.
(30 minutes by private transfer, 35 minutes by catamaran, 6-7 hours hiking, 17 KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Camp)

Day 3: Hike to Pingo Valley - Glacier Grey Navigation – Transfer back to Natales 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. We will take the private transfer back to Natales on a different road.
(30 minutes by private transfer, 3 hours hike, 3 hours navigation, 1.5 hour by private transfer) (B-BL)

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.

 
Chile Nativo Riverside Camp

Our clients sleep at the shores of the Serrano River in domes of 4 meters diameter each (2 person capacity), with 2 double inflatable mattresses. There are 2 shared male and 2 shared female bathrooms on site with hot water, with electricity for device charging and an area with grill for barbecues and for campfire. We have hot tubs, which are exclusive for our guests used to relax after our outdoor activities and we use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent and a kitchen tent with our own chef.


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INCLUDED
-All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Two nights lodging in riverside camping Chile Nativo (comfortable domes with 2 inflatable matresses and shared bathroom)(bedding included)
-Catamaran to cross the Pehoe Lake
-Boat at Lake Grey
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)
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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Any alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
-Gratuities for Guide & Driver
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WEATHER
 

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must b e taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.


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Fast Track W
 
As atividades foram um pouco mais cansativas do que supunhamos antes da partida pois o ritmo de caminhada foi bastante intenso. O problema se agrava quando existe algum atraso no início da atividade. Por exemplo, no dia da visita ao Vale do Francês, tivemos um atraso na travessia do catamarã, e como consequência não conseguimos completar o percurso. Saliento que este fato não prejudica a nossa avaliação geral que foi excelente. Só não foi melhor por que o tempo não ajudou (estava muito nublado e chuvoso. Também temos ciencia que o programa é feito para atender a pessoas mais jovens e/ou acostumadas ao trekking.

Apesar do ritmo ser intenso é suportável e o itinerário é bastante correto. Ajudaria se fosse possível ter um período de tempo um pouco mais longo para as caminhadas, inclusive para cobrir imprevistos. Considerei uma pouco caro o valor pago pela comparação com o passeio que fizemos a El Chalten, mas a comparação é um pouco difícil pois pernoitamos em acampamentos ao invés de refúgios, e também pela diferença cambial entre Chile e Argentina.

 
Carlos Kayano
January 2010
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