DISCOVERING TORRES DEL PAINE - Chile

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Location: Punta Arenas – Otway Sound (Magellan penguin colony) - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park – Ascencio Valley – Lake Nordenskjold – Lake Pehoe – French Valley – Serrano River – Glaciar Grey
Starting / Ending Point: Puerto Arenas airport
This tour gives you the chance to visit the main areas of interest in Torres del Paine National Park without the need for huge physical exertion and with the added comfort of spending your nights in hotels and estancias of excellent quality. Some of the highlights include the freedom to enjoy the park through the lens of a camera or sitting by a mountain stream for a leisurely lunch and ending the day in a charming hotel that allows you to observe the deep blue icebergs while sipping a Pisco Sour.

Day 1: Transfer to Puerto Natales (D)
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. 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). 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 at the Hotel Altiplanico, with an amazing view of the mountains and located in front of the ocean.  

Day 2: Hike in Torres del Paine National Park (B-BL-D)
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.  

Day 3: Ascencio Valley (B-BL-D)
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.

Day 4: Lake Pehoe and French Valley (B-BL-D)
We drive to the west side of the Park going around Almirante Nieto Mountain. 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, 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. Our way back will be the same, taking the catamaran and then the private transfer to the administration area, where we lodge on the shore of the Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine Massif.

Day 5: Glacier Grey (B-BL-D)
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.

Day 6: Estancia Lazo (B-BL-BBQ)
We will start a hike on a one-way path with panoramic glimpses of the park. 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. A typical Patagonian style lamb barbecue will be waiting for us at the Estancia-Hosteria where we will spend the night.

Day 7: Return to Punta Arenas (B)
We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas Airport. If you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas, we will drop you at your hotel.


DURATION:
7 days

SEASON & STARTING DAYS OF TOUR
From October through April

INCLUDED SERVICES
  1. All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  2. Entrance fee to Seno Otway Penguin colony
  3. One night at Hotel Altiplanico Sur in Puerto Natales (Twin standard room)
  4. Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  5. Two nights at Hosteria Las Torres (Twin Superior room)
  6. Catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake
  7. Two nights at Hotel Rio Serrano (Twin Superior room)
  8. Boat to Grey Glacier
  9. One night at Hosteria-Estancia Mirador del Payne (Twin standard room)
  10. All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
  11. Guide (English-Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:
  1. All flights
  2. Any additional nights
  3. Medical expenses
  4. Insurance of any kind
  5. Personal expenses
  6. Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
  7. Gratuities for Guide & Driver


PRICE:
Please for price quotation and further information.


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.

Health Conditions:
All our guests should be in good general physical health. A general health form will be sent to each guest to be completed and signed. This should be returned the office by FAX for each individual prior to the trip start.

Responsibility:
We ask all of our guests to complete and sign a responsibility form. This form should also be sent by Fax, to our offices prior to the trip start date.


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