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PATAGONIA SOFT EXPEDITION

US$ 1,340 / 5 days

Summary

On this trip to the Patagonian winter, you will start by exploring the city of Punta Arenas, where you will go on an unforgettable sailing experience on the Magellan strait, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter a wide variety of birds and a colony of more than 30 dolphins that have inhabit this bay for years! Then, you’ll continue your adventure in Puerto Natales, your basecamp for the following days, from here you will be visiting Torres del Paine on a sightseeing tour and a easy hike inside the park.
Day 1: Punta Arenas – Patagonia.
Day 2: Dolphin Watching on the Magellan Strait & drive to Puerto Natales.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 4: Nature Walk on Sarmiento lake.
Day 5: Drive to Punta Arenas Airport.

Overview

The vistas of Patagonia in the winter will astound you. From April to September, Torres del Paine is suitable for brave explorers who don’t mind the cold and wish to avoid the summer hordes. The days are shorter in Patagonia during the winter, but the wind drops down and the skies get clearer, providing breathtaking vistas of the snow-capped Andes.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1:
PUNTA ARENAS - WELCOME TO 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, La Yegua Loca is one of those. Super tasty food!

Meals:  None.

Overnight:  Yegua Loca Hotel.

Hotel

La Yegua Loca

DAY 2:
DOLPHIN WATCHING ON THE MAGELLAN STRAIT & DRIVE TO PUERTO NATALES

After breakfast, a van will pick you up and head to Agua Fresca bay where, after the safety instructions, you will start the zodiac ride on the iconic Strait of Magellan which was discovered and first traversed by the Spanish expedition led by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, after whom it is named. There’s a good chance you’ll encounter a wide variety of birds and a colony of more than 30 dolphins that have inhabit this bay for years!

At an agreed time, a van will drive you to your next destination, Puerto Natales, where you will spend the next days. 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:
SIGHTSEEING TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

The day begins with a nutritious breakfast at the hotel, the guide and van pick you up at the hotel, with the rest of the group, to take you to the first stop: the Milodon Cave. In this place in 1896, Hermann Eberhard discovered the remains of a large clawed mammal, 10,000 years old, belonging to a type of ground sloth (Mylodon darwini). You will walk along a marked path to the interior of the cave where you can also see a replica of this giant sloth.

The trip continues to the Torres del Paine National Park, where along the way you will be able to observe lagoons and mountain ranges. As we get closer to the park, we will observe the Grey Glacier, the Paine Massif, Toro Lake and the impressive Paine Horns.

When we reach the Grey Lake area we can take a pleasant walk along the shore and if the conditions help us, it is possible to access the viewpoint of the Grey Peninsula. 

The journey continues towards the Salto Grande sector, visiting the Nordenskjöld Lake lookout. We will continue enjoying various views on our undulating route that gradually brings us closer to the Laguna Amarga sector. after admiring this pleasant spectacle we will return to the city of Puerto Natales arriving in the late afternoon and bringing with it an unforgettable experience.

Type: Shared

Meals:  Breakfast – Box Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Vendaval.

Hotel

Vendaval

DAY 4:
NATURE WALK ON SARMIENTO LAKE

This day we will travel one of the least explored trails of the Torres del Pane National Park, joining two of the four entrances. We will start from our hotel in Puerto Natales and drive to the “Portería Sarmiento”, from there we will walk for an hour observing the incredible view of the Paine Massif as well as the varied flora and fauna of the journey, until we reach an eaves where we can observe ancient cave paintings that date back more than 6,000 years!

The walk continues towards “Porteria Laguna Amarga”, the main access to the Park, on this walk we will observe varied bird life as well as learning about the thrombolites and their importance in our lives. The trip ends with a visit to Cascada Paine and Cañadón macho, where we will be able to observe how guanacos, rheas, foxes, Mora eagles, condors among many other species, coexist – if we are lucky we will be able to observe an elusive Puma.

We return to Puerto Natales, for a well-deserved rest on our last night in Patagonia.

Type: Private

Meals:  Breakfast – Box Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Vendaval.

Hotel

Vendaval

DAY 5:
Departure from Puerto Natales

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.

End of EcoChile Services.


2022 – 2023  SEASON RATES

Land Portion Pricing: Group of 2 People.

Price per person
>> USD 1,544 High Season (October to March).
>> USD 1,340 Low Season (April to September)**

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.
**Rate valid until September 2022.


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.
  • 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 SOFT EXPEDITION

Duration: 5 days

Price: US$ 1,340 / person

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