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PATAGONIA ACTIVE EXPEDITION

from US$ 1,620 / 5 days

Summary

Did you know that a large area of Chilean Patagonia has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO? There, you can explore the land and immerse yourself in unique landscapes steeped in history and full of amazing natural attractions such as fjords, mountains, glaciers, channels, and islands.You will start by exploring the city of Punta Arenas, where you will go on an incredible sailing trip and interact with colonies of some of the region’s most significant animals, making it an unforgettable experience. Then, a vehicle will drive you to your hotel in Puerto Natales, your basecamp for the following days where you’ll continue your adventure in the country’s most famous National Park, Torres del Paine, experiencing the most iconic hikes of the W trek, to the foot of the “towers” and hiking or sailing to Grey Glacier.
Day 1: Punta Arenas – Patagonia.
Day 2: Magdalena Island & Puerto Natales
Day 3: Hike to Grey Glacier lookout or Navigation on Grey Lake.
Day 4: Trekking to the “Base of the Towers”.
Day 5: Puerto Natales Airport.

Overview

Chilean Patagonia is the southernmost region of the country. Its capital is Punta Arenas and it is noted for its strong sense of tradition and rural customs, which are still observed today. It is home to a variety of ecosystems and mildly cold, rainy weather as well as interesting geomorphology that lends value to its landscapes. Its rich fauna includes the puma, southern Andean deer, chilla fox, guanaco, skunk, Patagonian ferret, and Geoffroy’s cat. If you are lucky, you should be able to spot at least one of these creatures! In terms of vegetation, this is a region with many southern beech forests, xerophytic brush, and Andean desert.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1:
PUNTA ARENAS - FIRST DAY IN PATAGONIA

Once you arrive in Punta Arenas, located at the southernmost of Chile, a van will be waiting to take you to your hotel, Yegua Loca. After check-in, you’ll have free time to explore the amazing city of Punta Arenas, home to attractions such as the Cemetery – which is considered one of the most beautiful in the world – Plaza Muñoz Gamero, a traditional area, Sara Braun Palace, which is an Historic Monument, and the “Zona Franca”, famous for its low-cost products. If you have enough time you can visit the Magallanes National Reserve just 5km from the town center, as well as several other exciting destinations. There is many good restaurants and food options, Yegua Loca is one of those. Super tasty food!

Meals:  None.

Overnight:  Yegua Loca Hotel.

Hotel

La Yegua Loca

DAY 2:
MAGDALENA ISLAND & PUERTO NATALES

After breakfast, a van will pick you up and head to the jetty where you’ll start your spectacular sailing trip towards the islands of Magdalena and Marta – both home to valuable ecosystems. On the former, you will disembark to visit the colony of Magellanic penguins at “Los Pinguinos Natural Monument”, where over 150,000 of these birds live. Then, you’ll continue your journey towards Marta island, where you’ll get off to observe a large colony of over a thousand sea lions and birds native to the region.

Once you get back to the hotel, a van will be waiting to take you to your next point of accommodation located in Puerto Natales. You will have the rest of the evening free to walk around this beautiful city and prepare for the next day!

Meals:  Breakfast.

Overnight: Hotel Vendaval.

Hotel

Vendaval

DAY 3:
HIKE TO GLACIER GREY VIEWPOINT

After crossing Lake Pehoe from the Pudeto Sector on a 30-minute boat ride, the trek to the Grey Lookout is on the western side of the “W” circuit and follows the slopes of Mount Paine Grande. We’ll travel across a sedimentary rock basin on a very flat route until we reach Paine Grande’s western side.

The road winds its way through gently undulating ravines, putting the explorer to the test physically, until we arrive at the Grey Glacier Lookout, which offers an outstanding panoramic view of Lake Grey and its towering glacier in the distance.

The viewpoint gives us a sense of how powerful and wild the natural forces are in Southern Patagonia. The icebergs floating on the lake may be seen from here, and the typical Patagonian winds can be felt.

Hike available from December to March. If you are visiting on a different month, please inquire about a alternative hikes inside the park or the navigation to Glacier Grey.

Type: Private transfer / Shared navigation

Meals:  Breakfast, Box lunch.

Overnight: Hotel Vendaval.

Hotel

Vendaval

DAY 4:
TREKKING TO THE BASE OF THE TOWERS

After breakfast, your excursion to the National Park will begin, heading towards the base of the Torres. This is a hike that requires good physical condition, but it’s worth doing!

The trip lasts 9 hours and over 22 kilometers. You will be able to enjoy the incredible scenery, made up of rivers, forests, local fauna, lakes, and mountains.

Your ascent will begin near Las Torres Hotel and will take you towards Ascencio Valley, where you’ll continue through sections of forest, looking at the spectacular geology. The terrain becomes more difficult from then on, as you will have to climb a moraine and the path up to the viewpoint is steep. Once there, you’ll have time to look at the amazing rock formations known as the Torres del Paine and the Cuernos del Paine, as well as rest, enjoy the view and sample a delicious picnic. Your return consists of a descent of approximately 4 hours, back to the hotel.

Type: Shared.

Meals:  Breakfast, Box lunch.

Overnight: Hotel Vendaval.

Hotel

Vendaval

DAY 5:
PUERTO NATALES AIRPORT

On your last day, depending on your flight, you will have the last time to enjoy Puerto Natales. The van will pick you up from the hotel at an agreed time and take you to Puerto Natales airport, where you will catch your flight for your next destination!

*You can also depart from Punta Arenas, please specify your preferences when requesting a quote.

Meals:  Breakfast.

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2022-2023  SEASON RATES

Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 1,620 /Per person.

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.

*Hiking to Grey Glacier Lookout, available from December to March.
*Navigation on Grey Lake, available from September to April.


Price Includes

  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transportation as specified in the itinerary.
  • All activities as specified in the itinerary, including transportation, entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide.
  • Navigation on Pehoe Lake (Trekking to Grey lookout) or Navigation on Grey Lake.
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine N.P.
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Professional, Bilingual Guide during the activities.
  • Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip.

Meals as mentioned on the Itinerary:

  • Day 1: —
  • Day 2: Breakfast.
  • Day 3: Breakfast, box lunch.
  • Day 4: Breakfast, box lunch.
  • Day 5: Breakfast.

Not included

  • International and domestic flight tickets.
  • Travel insurance (It is mandatory to purchase an insurance that covers expenses related to COVID-19).
  • PCR or antigen tests.
  • Voluntary tipping.
  • Items of personal use.
  • Any item (meal, beverage or activity) not mentioned on the itinerary.

Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products.
  • You will travel plastic-free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, as well as recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location.
  • We keep our tour groups small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

Our Health and Safety Promise

As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to once again get out and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the destinations and communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, frequently using cleaning and sanitizing services, and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for a healthier, safer future.

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding the health and safety procedures of this and other EcoChile tours, please let us know so we can answer your question or accommodate your request. Your safety is our top priority.

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, accommodation availability and not counting special dates.
** Solo travelers or guests staying in single rooms must pay a single supplement. Otherwise, the rates would be readjusted upon request.
*** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip.
**** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard ****

PATAGONIA ACTIVE EXPEDITION

Duration: 5 days

Price: from US$ 1,620 / person

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