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WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA – 4 DAYS

USD$ 1,950 / 4 days

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).

Itinerary 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.

DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS HOTEL OPTIONS
1 Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine National Park Arrival to Punta Arenas Ecocamp Hotel
2 Torres del Paine National Park Trek to the Tower Base Ecocamp Hotel
3 Torres del Paine National Park Sailing to the Grey Glacier Ecocamp Hotel
4 Torres del Paine National Park - Punta Arenas Last day .

Itinerary Details

DAY 1:
PUNTA ARENAS - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK / ECOCAMP

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp’s pick up & drop off schedule).

En route we make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with our arrival, and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres.

Hotel Options
Ecocamp Hotel
ROOM Standard Dome
MEALS Full Board
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Eco Domos
DAY 2:
TREK TO THE TOWER BASE

*Please note that the activities described for days 3 and 4 are recommendations. Once you are at the park, you will be able to choose the excursions that most interest you each day, depending on the day of your arrival and on weather conditions. Details of each activity will be given to you upon your arrival.

After a hearty breakfast, we 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. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of 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.

Hotel Options
Ecocamp Hotel
ROOM Standard Dome
MEALS Full Board
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Eco Domos
DAY 3:
SAILING TO THE GREY GLACIER

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 on the way to enjoy observing and photographing 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 beach on the shores of the glacial water. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp.

Important:

*During Shoulder Season (September, October, April and May) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 15 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.

Hotel Options
Ecocamp Hotel
ROOM Standard Dome
MEALS Full Board
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Eco Domos
DAY 4:
PARQUE NACIONAL TORRES DEL PAINE - PUNTA ARENAS

On your last day, depending on your flight, you will have time to enjoy the park’s surrounding area or the hotel facilities. The van will pick you up from the hotel at an agreed time and take you to Punta Arenas airport, where you will catch your return flight to Santiago.

LOW SEASON RATES: Septembre 8 – October 15, 2018 / April 18 – May 5, 2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 1,480 /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 1,970 / Per person

SHOULDER SEASON RATES: October 16 – 31, 2018 / April 1 – 17 2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 1,640 /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 2,180 / Per person

HIGH SEASON RATES: November 1 – December 14, 2018 / January 21 – March 31, 2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 1,950 /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 2,600 / Per person

PEAK SEASON RATES: December 15, 2018 – January 20, 2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$ 2,065 /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$ 2,755 / Per person

 

*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 quote it separately.*** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip.

Included:

  • Accommodation at EcoCamp’s Suite, Standard or Superior Domes.
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide. Guide ratio 1:6. Max group size: 16 people.
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee.
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake* and/or Pehoe Lake.

Meals

  • Day 1: Lunch – Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Day 2: Breakfast – Picnic / Snack or/ Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Day 3: Breakfast – Picnic /Snack or/ Box Lunch – Dinner
  • Day 4: Breakfast – Box Lunch

Not Included

  • 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.

Important:

  • All excursions are subject to availability & weather conditions
  • There are no excursions on the first and last days of a program, as these days are used for transfers to pick-ups and drop-offs at the beginning/end of a program. This is due to the long distances between towns in Patagonia, and the time it takes to drive from Torres del Paine to nearby towns.
  • Please note that the activities described for days 3 and 4 are recommendations. Once you are at the park, you will be able to choose the excursions that most interest you each day, depending on the day of your arrival and on weather conditions. Details of each activity will be given to you upon your arrival.

Additional Information:

  • Departures: Regular. Every day from September 8th, 2018 until May 5th, 2019
  • Starting and Finishing Point: The trip starts every morning with pickups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate.

WILDLIFE SAFARI PATAGONIA – 4 DAYS

Duration: 4 days

Price: USD$ 1,950 / person

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