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  • Prices valid until April 2019
  • 2 passengers USD$ 2.695
  • 3 passengers USD$ 2.595
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 2.495
  • Single Supplement USD$ 200
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TRIP LEVEL
Easy
TRIP LENGTH
6 Days/ 5 Nights
START / FINISH
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 
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WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)

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During your trip you’ll have the opportunity for shooting magnificent vistas and an up close visit to the Glacier Grey part of the southern Patagonian ice field. Chances are we’ll view a brilliant display of ice calving from the glacier. Other highlights include the majestic Andean Condor with its wing span of up to ten feet or a Chilean flamingo, a contrast in this harsh landscape. We lodge at the Hosteria Pehoe, the most centrally located hotel in the park and with spectacular views of the Paine massif just a step or short walk outside your bedroom door.

Wildlife: Spring in Patagonia offers long days of sunlight, vast landscapes of steppe (pampa) and a world of native flowers and plants springing alive. This is the time when the young are born of the wildlife unique to the area, guanacos (Llama family), foxes, hares, ñandu (ostrich family) and pumas (mountain lions) in addition to many more varieties of birds.

Landscapes: Patagonia in the fall is a unique opportunity to capture the explosion of colors as the leaves on the native Nothofagus trees change to bright red against the back drop of the snow capped peaks of the Paine Massif. It’s a time to take advantage of the sunlight that has softened and changed angles since the summer, creating magnificent shadows over the pampas and the rolling hills.



Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Torres Del Paine - Wildlife viewing – Guanacos – Grey Foxes – Condors
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. This area, in particular, is a good place to photograph the guanacos silhouetted against the mountains. We will drive all the way to our Riverside camp; crossing most of the park with great landscape shoots opportunities. This evening will provide the first opportunity to take the sunset shoot before we enjoy our farewell dinner together in front of the Paine massif.
(2 hours by transfer to the park) (BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Domes)

Day 2: Lake Grey – Navigation to Glacier Grey – Looking for Andean Deer (Huemul)
We will start the day with a sunrise shoot of the Torres Del Paine from our camp. After breakfast we will head to Grey Lake so we can sail up to the Grey Glacier. In order to reach the boat we must walk through a mature beech forest where we might see Magellan woodpeckers or austral parakeets. We will sail for about an hour amongst the icebergs and up to Grey Glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve (break off). Our return journey offers great views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushroom (icy peaks/plateaus). We will have a picnic lunch before continuing with a walk along the beach to observe the stranded icebergs.
(30 minutes by private transfer, 3 hrs navegation) (B-BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Domes)

Day 3: Lake Sarmiento – Salto Grande Waterfall – Lake Nordenskjold
The day begins with a sunrise shoot of the western face of the Torres Del Paine from our camp. After breakfast we will head towards Sarmiento Lake, with its incredible dark blue waters and strange, calcareous (lime) formations. On the way back we will stop at the Salto Grande waterfall, one of the best areas for photographing flowers, where depending on the season, we may see orchids, calceolarias, and neneos. After a picnic lunch we will return to the camping area for a siesta. In the late afternoon (5-6PM) we will head east to shoot more guanacos.
(30 minutes by transfer, 30 minutes walk) (B-BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Domes)

Day 4: Blue Lagoon – Towers lookout point – Laguna Amarga
Early in the morning we will drive to the eastern side of the park to photograph the sunrise with the famous Torres (Towers) in the background. Since we need to leave before sunrise, there is the possibility of glimpsing a Mountain lion. After we photograph the sunrise we will drive to Laguna Azul, a lovely lake bordering the park. This area is ideal for observing different kinds of ducks, swans, coots and even woodpeckers, as well as having an incredible view of the Torres. We will picnic in front of the lake and then spend the rest of the afternoon taking photographs of flowers, wildlife and the wonderful views.
(1 hr by transfer, 1 hr walk) (B-BL-D) (Night at Chile Nativo Domes)

Day 5: Estancias & Gauchos – Transfer back to Puerto Natales
Early morning, before sunrise, we will drive to a lookout point of the famous Cuernos for our last chance of a sunrise shoot. Then we will drive to the Estancia Lazo for Gaucho’s shoot opportunities. The Estancia Lazo, it is a huge cattle center dating from the last century, with magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. Right after the gaucho shoot we will search near the ranch for birds such as the Upland Goose, Pygmy Owl, Southern Lapwing and Magellan Oystercatcher. In the afternoon we will return to Puerto Natales
(2 hours by transfer to Puerto Natales) (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
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Five nights at Hostería Pehoe in Torres del Paine (double superior rooms)
-Boat ride to Glacier Grey
-Professional Guide (English-Spanish languages) plus a driver for a group over 4 guests.
-Professional guide/driver for groups of 4 guests or less
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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
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Hosteria
-Lunch on Day 1 & 6
-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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(WWNAT) Torres del Paine in MayTrek
 
Our Patagonia trip was perfect. The weather was amazing, save a foggy day by Glacier Grey and some blustery wind on our day to visit the king penguins in Tierra del Fuego. Both of our guides were terrific!

Chile Nativo and their guides/drivers did a tremendous job. Gonzalo was very prompt in responding to e-mails and was helpful. Both Ricardo and Armando were extremely knowledgable guides. The itinerary they crafted was perfect for our needs and balanced sightseeing with hiking in the park.

The majority of the group got up-close and personal with a puma on the last day hike. I would say that is something that everyone will remember. Again thank you to everyone for helping us provide this amazing trip for our students.

 
Jeff
Mayo 2014
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Puma Tracking and Adventure Cruise Patagonia
 
It was again fantastic. I can’t recommend our guide Carlos enough. He went out of the way to accommodate us and to make sure we were comfortable at all times. He even woke us up as early as 0430 and brought us back home as late as 2200 just because we were so determined to see Pumas. He carried packed lunch with us on our hikes and put up an extraordinary spread in the middle of nowhere. He was great and so was our driver.

We managed to see Pumas and that was the highlight of the trip. We saw a sub-adult drinking, walking stretching and eating a day old Guanaco carcass, and the next day in the early morning we saw an adult (most likely its mother) walking quickly across the steppe. It’s an incredible feeling seeing a Puma on foot less than 5 meters away from you: all of us were elated and kept replaying every moment again and again. It is a fantastic experience.

 
Kush
March 2014
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