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MULTISPORT IN TORRES DEL PAINE (11D-10N)
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  • 2 passengers USD$ 5.695
  • 3 passengers USD$ 4.895
  • 5-8 passengers USD $4.795
  • Single Supplement USD$ 625
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TRIP LEVEL
Challenging
TRIP LENGTH
11 Days/10 Nights
START / FINISH
Punta Arenas (PUQ), Chile 
ACTIVITIES
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EXTENSIONS
WHALE WATCHING (3D-2N) (WW)

SEA KAYAK PUMALIN PARK (4D/3N)

FITZ ROY LOOP (6D/5N)

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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 Estancia Las Chinas.
As we leave the airport we can see the Straits of Magellan and the mystical Tierra del Fuego. During a five hours we drive across 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 head north to Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a small fishing town surrounded by mountains. During late afternoon we will arrive to a working ranch. We spend the night in a cozy farm house.
(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 water fall “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.
(5 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering) (B-BL-BBQ) (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, and the Laguna Amarga Lake. This is the entrance of the park. From here we take a private transfer all the way to Estancia Cerro Paine, located at the bottom of the path leading to the viewing point of Torres del Paine and Valle del Silencio. After an amazing day riding, you may want to visit the hotel spa for a massage, sauna or Jacuzzi.
(4 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering, 25 minutes by private transfer) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Las Torres).

Day 4 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 the hut.
(7-8 hours back and forth, 18KM) (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Torres).

Day 5 We will start early morning to enjoy, weather permitting, a magnificent dawn filled with orange-pink colors. As we leave the campground we will arrive at Inge lagoon. Chances are, on this path, we may see the flight of an Andean condor or eagles hunting hares or small rodents. We follow a well mark trail ascending around 200m from the base of Almirante Nieto Mountain (2750m), crossing the Bader River to arrive at Refugio Los Cuernos Refugio Los Cuernos where we will stay overnight in a cozy cabin with free access to an outdoor hot tub!.
(500m difference of level, 6 hours, 11km) (B-BL-D) (Night at Cabin Los Cuernos)

Day 6 We will start our day with a 2-hour walk going to an undulating path until reaching the French River for our first glimpses of the hanging glacier. Then we will ascend (300m) for one hour through a surreal Japanese garden landscape, crossing beech forests, to reach the French valley viewpoint gifting us with a magnificent view of both mountains and lakes. We will lunch here with good possibilities of seeing avalanches from the hanging glacier or simply observe the west side of the Cuernos (2600m), Espada (2400m) and Fortaleza (2800m). Our way back will be the same until we reach the entrance of the valley where we will continue on a different path around the South-West side of Paine Grande, the highest peak in the Park, through native forests of Chilean fire bush and evergreen beech (Nothofagus Bethuloides), up to the shore of the Pehoe Lake.
(6 hours hiking, 18km). (B-BL-D) (Night at Refugio Paine Grande)

Day 7 We will begin early morning with our hike to the Grey Glacier. Initially ascending 200mts up a winding narrow path leading us to Laguna Negra, a place where we will observe the first glimpses of the South Patagonia Ice Field with its many unclimbed mountains. We will advance through forests and rivers, with possible sightings of spectacle and flying steamer ducks, up to the glacier viewpoint. We will have lunch at this place to see, if we are lucky enough, ice calving from the huge glacier wall. Right after lunch we start an exciting adventure by boat. We will navigate 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 and we sail through icebergs of different tones of blue. Then we will take a transfer to the shore of the Serrano River where we lodge with incredible views of the Paine mountain range.
(3.5 hours walking, 11 KM, 2 hours sailing, 30 minutes transfer) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano).

Day 8 We will begin at the Serrano River area (located at the southern border of Torres del Paine National Park) where we will prepare & distribute the kayaks so that we can then begin with the safety & paddling instructions. Our guides will help to recommend the appropriate equipment you’ll need to take during the trip, so that the rest of your luggage will be taken directly to Puerto Natales by a private transfer (to store in our office). This day we will paddle approximately 2 hrs across the first section of the Serrano River, this is a calm zone that is good for us to see the level & comfort of the kayakers paddling. After, we’ll arrive at a small waterfall in the river where we will have a teamwork experience in carrying the kayaks 100m approx. Depending on the weather conditions and the hours of light left in the day, we will continue for 1 or 2 hrs more to arrive at the camp.
(4 hours paddling) (B-BL-D) (Night at the shore of the Serrano River by tent)

Day 9 Early in the morning and after a good breakfast, we will start to paddle all the way to the front wall of the Tyndall Glacier, forming part of the South Patagonian Ice Field, third largest reserve of ice in the world, 350 KM long. After enjoying the view we will return paddling downstream along the Tyndall River. It will be the right moment to appreciate the beauty of the river, in case all that effort prevented us from appreciating it on the way up. We will get to the confluence of the Serrano River and continue on it for a while until we set up our camp at the shore of the River.
(6-7 hours paddling) (B-BL-D) (Night by tent).

Day 10 We will start to paddle once we’ve packed away the camp. In this section of the river there are National Park lands & privately owned lands and in these we will see the typical cold forest vegetation of Magallanes & the associated fauna. We will also be able to observe from a distance, the glaciers of the Southern Patagonian ice field, we will continue paddling to finally arrive at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O´Higgins National Park). 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 We’ll stop off at the tourist complex “Estancia Perales” to enjoy a farewell BBQ of our experience. We arrive to Puerto Natales
(2 hours paddling, 3 hours by boat) (B-BBQ) (Night at Hotel Weskar Lodge or similar)

Day 11 We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas.
(3 hours by 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.

 
Estancia Las Chinas

A simple ranch house recently converted into a cozy guest house as an annex to the Lodge Cerro Guido. Each room has 2-4 bunk beds with warm down comfortors. Shared baths have hot water and modern facilities. Relax next to the fireplace or walk around the ranch taking in the views of Las Chinas Valley, one of the most pristine valleys in the area.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Torres Central & North

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

The Mountain lodges of Torres Central and North are two comfortable refugios located at the base of the hike to the Towers lookout and part of the “W” and “Circuit” walks. They are within walking distance to the Hotel Spa at Las Torres for a variety of services including massage and saunas.


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Cabins Los Cuernos (Optional)

8 cozy cabins for 2 persons each with shared bathrooms and showers exclusively for people who are staying at the cabins. This cabins include the right to use the hot tub with a spectacular view to the Cuernos del Paine. The cabins are located next to the Refugio Los Cuernos and the all meals are taken in the Refugio.


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Mountain Lodge (Refugio) Paine Grande

All mountain lodges used by us for our trips are located in strategic places in the park and with fantastic views. There are 6 beds to each room (bunk-bed style) and have shared bathrooms with hot water.

Paine Grande is a large and modern refugio set on the banks of the Lake Pehoe, including internet connection and full service bar. It’s the jump off point for the catamaran crossing Lake Pehoe and the walks to the French and Grey Valleys part of the "W" and "Circuit" hikes.


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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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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.


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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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INCLUDED
-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, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
-Two nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (Cozy farm house with twin/double beds and private bathroom)
-Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
-Three nights lodging in mountain lodges (Refugios)
(comfortable rooms with 6 beds and shared bathroom)
(No singles available), (we include a bed with sheets, blankets and a pillow)
-One night at cabin Cuernos (private cabin with one or two beds, sharing bathrom only in between the cabins and free access to an outdoor hot tub.) -Navegacion en Lago Grey
-One night at Hotel Rio Serrano (dpuble/Twin superior rooms)
-Two nights Camping in Torres del Paine & Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks. (Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1 tents) (Based on double occupancy)
-Kayaks double or singles
- All paddling equipment (neoprene gloves, paddling jackets, life jackets, skirts, and neoprene boots).
-Entrance fee to Bernardo O’Higgins National Park
-Navigation from Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
-One night at Weskar Lodge or similar in Puerto Natales (Double/Twin Superior rooms)
-Guide (English-Spanish languages)
-Baqueano (Local Cowboy) for the rides

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NOT INCLUDED
-Flight to Santiago, Chile
- Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
-Any additional night
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Lunch on days 1 & 11
-Dinner on day 10
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
-Gratuities for guide, baqueano and driver.

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WEATHER
Weather and Temperature Chart

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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Multisport in Torres del Paine
 
The booking/planning process was of supreme quality. Gonzalo and his team made themselves available to us at all hours by both phone and email, responded promptly and completely to our questions over email, and displayed excellent communication skills. The attention and service we received in this initial stage was definitely the main contributor to our decision to go with Chile Nativo.
The Estancia on the first few nights was lovely. Lower standard of accommodation for the balance of the trip - particularly in terms of sharing with others in the refugios. Would have appreciated better warning on this front. If had known, may have opted for more expensive option.

Christian was everything you could want in a guide: Very professional, excellent fitness, high level of knowledge on the region, excellent communication skills, fun, interactive but not too intrusive when appropriate. Our trip was fantastic, predominantly as a result of Christian. We were very pleased.
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with Chile Nativo - from making the decision to use Chile Nativo as our tour guide, to selecting on an itinerary, to the tour itself. The Chile Nativo team is highly professional, experienced, and attuned to the needs of its customers. We will, and have already, highly recommended Chile Nativo to our friends and colleagues.

 
Prucence Mack
April, 2008
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