CHILE

Essential Patagonia

from £1630 5 nights | Oct-Mar Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Oct-Mar

Overview

This independent adventure offers the perfect blend of transfers, guided excursions and free time, for exploring the many wild wonders in and around the Torres del Paine National Park. This centrepiece of Chilean Patagonia is often considered to be one of the world’s most stunning natural treasures and the steep granite slopes, azure blue lakes and grizzled glacier snouts consistently attract keen hikers from across the globe.

With overnight stays both inside the park and in the nearby town of Puerto Natales, this itinerary gets you to the heart of the action, while enabling you to also sample some of the sensational scenery that surrounds the main attractions.

Highlights

  • Take a memorable boat ride into the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy a guided 4x4 excursion to Salto Grande and Lago Grey
  • Trek in the shadows of the famous granite towers
  • Visit the former home of an ancient giant sloth

After spending the first night in Puerto Natales, transfer into Torres del Paine National Park in spectacular style, with a jaw dropping boat ride through fjords filled with photogenic wildlife and flanked by glittering glaciers.

Then explore the park itself with a combination of escorted excursions and self-guided hikes, before heading back to Puerto Natales for another overnight stay.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, transfer north to Puerto Natales and spend the evening relaxing at your hotel.

N.B. Flights into Puerto Natales are available on selected days. Contact us for details.
Day 2: Boat ride to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers & transfer to Torres del Paine
Transfer to the pier and board a boat that will take you on a stunning journey through some of the most awe inspiring sites in Patagonia. Begin in waters renowned for their sightings of dolphins and sea lions. Then continue through the natural wonderland of Estancia Margot, to a cliff which is a favoured hang out for a large number of wing flapping cormorants.

The next stop will be at Puerto Toro for a stunning hike at the base of the Serrano Glacier. Enjoy a traditional Patagonian lunch before taking to the water again, this time by Zodiac along the Rio Serrano which links the Ultima Esperanza Fjord with the famed Torres del Paine National Park. The voyage provides an abundance of magnificent views across the rapidly receding Southern Ice Field.

The excursion ends at the pier of Hotel del Paine, from where you can either walk or take an additional transfer to your hotel, depending on where you choose to stay.

N.B This excursion doubles as your transfer into Torres del Paine National Park, so you will need to bring any luggage you will require over the coming days with you. You may leave anything you do not need at your hotel in Puerto Natales and collect it upon your return.
Days 3: Torres del Paine 4x4 and hiking excursion
Join a full day 4x4 and hiking excursion around some of the 100km of road that wind through the stunning landscapes of the park. Highlights will include: a visit to the Salte Grande Waterfall, a thunderous cascade surrounded by picture perfect scenery and fauna such as wild guanaco; an easy 1 hour hike to the Mirador de los Cuernos (‘Viewpoint of the Horns’); and a stop on the Lago Grey Peninsula, with panoramic views of the nearby glacier – the largest in the park.

Spend another night at your hotel within the park boundaries.
Day 4: Torres del Paine free day
Today is free for you to either spend the day exploring on your own, taking in some of the most famous hiking routes in the world, or you can choose from a range of optional excursions – including guided hikes and a boat trip to get a closer look at the Grey Glacier.
Day 5: Miloden Cave and transfer to Puerto Natales
Transfer to Puerto Natales for another overnight stay, via the intriguing Milodon Cave. This natural creation comprises of several caverns, the largest of which measures 200 metres and is famed for the 1895 discovery of the remains of a giant sloth thought to have died there over 10,000 years ago. The cave system is also known for its evidence of human habitation dating back to approximately 6000 BCE.
Day 6: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
Transfer back to Punta Arenas in time for the onward flight to your next destination.

N.B. Flights out of Puerto Natales are available on selected days. Contact us for details.
Notes

Please note: This itinerary is a guideline only and is formed of a number of different group and private excursions and transfers. The schedule of activities may differ depending on availability and all options can be substituted, eliminated or added to (at time of booking), according to your preference.

Museums throughout Chile are generally closed on Mondays and many tourist establishments may be shut or fully booked during National Holidays. Therefore please inform us of any key elements of your trip that hold particular importance to you, even if they are not being pre-booked, so that we can tailor your itinerary accordingly.

Accommodation Options

Rio Serrano Hotel - Torres del Paine

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The Rio Serrano Hotel is a family-owned business, which …

Weskar Patagonian Lodge - Puerto Natales

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

This 30 room property, located on the Puerto Natales sea…

Hotel Las Torres – Torres del Paine

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

With a stunning location at the foot of the world famous…

EcoCamp Patagonia

  • Grade:
  • Type: Unique and Boutique

An eco-friendly tourist resort set in the heart of one o…

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Torres del Paine

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

The Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where t…

Accommodation

In addition to those listed, a large variety of alternative accommodation options are available for this holiday. Please contact us for further details.

Prices & Dates

2017/18 Season

Prices are per person, based on twin occupancy of a standard room - please contact us for details of other occupancies and room categories.

Departure DateDurationPrices from
Jan - Feb 2018 5 days £1,728
Mar 2018 5 days £1,630

Please note: The itinerary is a guideline only and is formed of a number of different group and private excursions and transfers. The schedule of activities may differ depending on availability and all options can be substituted, eliminated or added to (at time of booking), according to your preference.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Includes Private return transfers between Punta Arenas Airport and Weskar Patagonian Lodge in Puerto Natales • Accommodation for 2 nights (days 1 and 5) on a bed and breakfast basis, at Weskar Patagonian Lodge (Puerto Natales) • Group (non-private) transfer from Weskar Patagonian Lodge to Puerto Natales pier • Group (non-private) boat excursion/transfer from Puerto Natales to pier of Hotel del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park (includes lunch) • Private transfer from Hotel del Paine pier to Hotel Las Torres • Accommodation for 3 nights on a bed and breakfast basis at Hotel Las Torres (Torres del Paine) • Private full day 4x4 and hiking excursion in National Park • Private transfer from Hotel Las Torres to Weskar Patagonian Lodge via Miloden Caves • Entrance fee for the Miloden Caves • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee

Excludes All airfares • Additional airport or airline security charges • Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) • Government arrival and departure taxes • Any additional accommodation/meals/land arrangements not mentioned (if required) • Excess baggage charges • Telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature • The discretionary gratuity at the end of excursions for guides and staff • Travel insurance

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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