WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA

What can I expect?

During your Wildlife Safari you can choose between nature walks, treks and bike excursions – it all depends on your mood, weather conditions and the preferences of your travel companions! With the private excursion supplement, you are free to choose any excursion you want, in line with your special interests and wishes, every single day (ask our travel expert for more details).

US$2605 / 5 days

US$2605
/ 5 days

Summary

This unique Wildlife Safari takes you through Torres del Paine’s highlights and lets you enjoy the best of the park’s amazing flora and fauna on nature walks, treks and cycling excursions with your expert local guide. EcoCamp Patagonia’s domes, immersed in the park’s wilderness, are some of the most fascinating places to stay in the region. Standard Domes or heated Suite Domes provide a cozy place to sleep each night, after dinner and wine with fellow travelers in the EcoCamp Community Domes.

Wildlife highlights include mammals such as guanacos, pumas, deer and foxes in addition to over 100 different bird species. Many plants, trees and fungi which are native to the region can also be observed on the Micro Safari trail throughout this stunning park.

ITINERARY

Hiking or Biking

On our way to Laguna Azul, we will have the chance to enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the local steppe), where we will not only be lucky enough to spot many elegant guanacos, but also to hop out of the van and walk amongst them. After soaking up these beautiful surroundings, we will continue our drive to Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), where a delicious Chilean barbecue will have been prepared for us! We will enjoy our lunch overlooking the lake, with a view of the three granite towers in the distance. An alternative is to cycle into the wilderness near Laguna Azul, where you will ride among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. We will then jump into our van again, heading back to the EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.


Highlights

  • View point of “Torres del Paine”
  • “Guanacos” and Wildlife
  • Laguna Azul & Barbacue

Hiking or Biking
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  • Regular departure every day

Hikes & Demanding Treks

After a hearty breakfast we will set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. The greatest challenge we face is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of large boulders leading us towards one of the world’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.


Highlights

  • Ascencio Valley
  • Glacial Ice & Lake
  • Majestic “Paine” Towers

Hikes & Demanding Treks
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  • Regular departure every day

Walk & Navigation

We start off driving across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at various viewpoints along the way to observe and photograph herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. We drive down past Pehoe lake and enjoy a short scenic walk along the tip of its southern shore, with views of the vast Toro lake. From here we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beaches that encircle the glacial water. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch, before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Grey Glacier. After the incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp.


Highlights

  • Paine Grande
  • Pehoe Lake
  • Grey Glacier & Lake

Walk & Navigation
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  • Regular departure every day
  • During Shoulder and Low Season (September, October, April and May) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Hike to Cerro Ferrier

We will begin the day driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande’s snowy peaks and the black, granite, horn-like spires of Los Cuernos. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive us south to a beach that runs along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. It is here where we will begin our hike to Cerro Ferrier, a fairly steep route taking us through a fairytalesque Magellanic forest, where we might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. We will go uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that will offer us a unique perspective on the Paine Massif, Grey Glacier and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. We will then walk back to Grey Beach to meet our fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Together, we all head to Ecocamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.


Highlights

  • Los Cuernos
  • Salto Grande Waterfalls
  • Cerro Ferrier

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Hike to Cerro Ferrier
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  • Regular departure every day

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breath-taking view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins our ascent back to the van, and along the way we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic view of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail, we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains, including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk, we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp.


Highlights

  • Sarmiento Lake
  • Goic Lagoon
  • Wildlife and geology

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail
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Glamping
  • Regular departure every day

Navigation Pehoe Lake & hike French Valley

After breakfast, we will be driven to Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. We will board the catamaran that will take us to the north-western sector of the Lake, where we will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads us to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in we go depends on our group’s trekking rhythm. A swifter walk will lead us to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley’s geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After our upward trek, we will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day’s adventure will end as we descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, we will board the catamaran which will take us back to Pudeto, where we will be collected and transported back to EcoCamp.
N.B. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is also available.


Highlights

  • Catamarán at Pehoe Lake
  • French Valley
  • Valley of geological formations

Navigation Pehoe Lake & hike French Valley
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  • Regular departure every day

The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe:

  • During September, October, April and May (shoulder season) the catamaran service will be out of operation. Therefore, the excursion will be replaced by a journey from Estancia Lazo to Weber Bridge.
  • From 1st to 15th of November: Hiking is limited and restricted past Camp Italiano.
  • From 16th of November till 15th of March: excursion operates on a regular basis. From 16th of March till 31st of March: Hiking is limited and restricted past Camp Italiano.

Salto Grande & El Condor Lookout

After breakfast we head out in the van westwards, taking a route along the southern shore of Nordenskjold lake. Our first stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskjold lake into Pehoe lake. From here it’s a short walk to Cuernos viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mighty Horns. From here we drive to the Pehoe Lake and stop at the shore of the lake to start the 2-hour walk (round trip) to El Condor Lookout. We gently go uphill through the steppe vegetation; a great opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here we witness the piercing blueness of Pehoe Lake and and the Paine river. On a clear day, we can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. The lookout leaves us speechless as we overlook the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snowcapped peaks. After a hearty lunch in the perfect location, we backtrack along the same trail and drive back to EcoCamp.


Highlights

  • Salto Grande Waterfall
  • Nordenskjold Lake and Pehoe Lake
  • El Condor Lookout

Salto Grande & El Condor Lookout
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Standard Dome
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  • Regular departure every day

Trek Cerro Paine

We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampa. The challenge starts as we begin climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for Lunch, isn’t it? As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampa and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We go up for about an hour up to 1200m/3937ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the ascencio valley. After chilling in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.


Highlights

  • Cerro Paine
  • Lenga Forest
  • Ascencio Valley

Trek Cerro Paine
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Standard Dome
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Full board
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Eco Boutique
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Glamping
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Suite Dome
Meals
Full board
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Eco Boutique
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Glamping
  • Regular departure every day

END OF TOUR

  • Accommodation at EcoCamp’s Suite or Standard Domes.
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate, check last section.
  • Meals as indicated in the price chart.
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide. Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people.
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake* and/or Pehoe Lake. *please check the itinerary

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip).
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is suggested.
  • Items of personal nature.

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