This popular eight-day Patagonia tour is our version of the famous 'W' hike in Chile's premier national park, Torres del Paine. By boat you'll visit Last Hope Sound, the Serrano River, Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and Grey glacier before making an exciting trek through the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park. Travel highlights include Lake Pehoe, the beautiful French valley and the three soaring granite towers that give the park its name.
Your Patagonia tour adventure kicks off with arrival at Punta Arenas airport where you will transfer on your own to your hotel. Overnight.
In the morning the guide will pick you up at your hotel and you will drive to Otway Sound, home to a charming colony of Magellanic Penguins. After observing and photographing these intriguing creatures, continue across the Patagonian Steppe to Puerto Natales, along the beautiful Last Hope Sound. Spend the evening exploring the waterfront and enjoy dinner at one of the fine restaurants in town. Overnight at a local hotel in Puerto Natales. Dinner included, excluding wine/drinks. (D)
After a delicious breakfast, take an exciting cruise up the fjord to the impressive Mt. Balmaceda. From there, a short hike will get you to the foot of the Serrano glacier. After lunch, you'll board a zodiac to cruise up the Serrano River exploring the expansive Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, passing the massive Tyndall glacier along the way before arriving at beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, a classic stop on any Chile tour. Your first night is spent in charming cabins on the banks of the peaceful Serrano River, with spectacular views of the Paine massif across the pampas. While a delicious dinner is prepared, stroll along the riverbank or enjoy a glass of Chilean wine and the view from camp. (B,L,D)
Today begins with a walking tour of Grey Lake beach with spectacular views of the largest glacier in the park, Grey glacier, that dwarfs the icebergs floating along the lake. A boat will take you out on the lake to get a closer look at this remarkable glacier, with Paine Grande and the surrounding mountains providing a striking backdrop. Continue along the lake shore on foot to the Mirador. Climb up and out of the valley on one of the classic Patagonia hikes, enjoying views of Grey glacier, the Patagonian Icecap and many peaks. The shore of beautiful Lake Pehoe is the setting of tonight's campsite, with full facilities. (B,L,D) (Meals taken in refugio.) Patagonia Hiking Details: 6.1 mi; 500 ft elevation gain.
Today you'll hike through the French Valley along the shore of Lake Nordenskjold on an all-day hike. On this scenic route, your breathtaking Chile tour affords views of a natural granite amphitheatre and unique views of lakes Pehoe, Scottsburg, Toro, and Nordenskjold below. The destination is the lively Cuernos refuge, set below the majestic Horns of Paine where you'll spend the night in an organized camp with full facilities. (B,L,D) (Meals taken in refugio.) Patagonia Hiking Details: 13.2 mi/ 9.3 mi without reaching Britannica; 1,700 ft elevation gain reaching Camp Britannica /600 ft elevation gain without reaching Camp Britannica.
This morning, hike along the rolling foothills of the Horns of Paine alongside the tranquil shores of Lake Nordenskjold. If you are feeling especially adventurous, take a swim in the lake's frigid waters, refreshing yourself for the remainder of the hike that continues in the direction of the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine), the three granite spires that give this park its name. Stay overnight at Las Torres, an organized campsite offering full facilities. (B,L,D)
The most difficult hike of your Patagonia tour, today's route goes all the way up to the Torres del Paine, but the view is worth the hard work. Climbing up into the Ascending valley, you'll hike through beautiful old-growth beech forests just under the towers. A final steep climb over a rock moraine leads to one of the most spectacular views in the park. If the weather cooperates, you'll enjoy a last trail lunch from this memorable spot, with the lowlands stretching out below. Return to camp for a hearty dinner and a last night in paradise. (B,L,D) Patagonia Hiking Details: 10.8 mi; 2,680 ft elevation gain.
Pack up camp early and travel back to Punta Arenas airport for an early afternoon flight to Santiago, marking the end of Southern Explorations services on your tour of Chile. If time permits, along the way you may stop in Puerto Natales for some last minute shopping. Trip extensions or extra nights and tours in Santiago can also be arranged. (B)
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