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5 DAY DISCOVERING TORRES DEL PAINE

Overview

Experience Torres del Paine’s famous attractions by day, and relax by night in the comfort of excellent hotels and estancias. On this program you’ll trek to the Towers lookout, cruise across Grey Lake, come close to the ethereal Grey Glacier, hike through pristine wilderness, see local wildlife, walk one of the Park’s lesser-hiked trails and visit a traditional Patagonian estancia.

Trip Highlights

• Trek a quiet and uncrowded trail
• Boat cruise on Grey Lake
• Get up close to Grey Glacier
• Hike to French Valley
• Trek through pristine wilderness
• Visit a traditional Patagonian estancia
• Observe local birdlife including condors, ñandus and woodpeckers
• Comfortable hotel accommodation

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Transfer from Puerto Natales to Estancia Lazo

    2 hours by private transfer

    5 hours hiking

    30 min by private transfer

    Night at Hotel Lago Grey (BL-D)

    Early in the morning a private transfer will pick us up from our hotel in Puerto Natales, and drive through the Chilean Pampas up to one of the prettiest estancias of the area. Estancia Lazo - a huge working cattle ranch – which dates from the early 20th Century and is crowned by splendid views of the Paine Massif and Laguna Verde. Depending on the season, our hike today will be punctuated by panoramic views of the Park; with orchids, calceolarias and neneos flowering at our feet, and condors soaring overhead. The highest point of this trail connects to a rarely-trekked path from Estancia Lazo to Webber Bridge, in the heart of Torres Del Paine National Park. After our hike, we will take a private transfer to our hotel.

    Day 2

    Hike to the Pingo Valley, boat across Grey Lake to Grey Glacier

    Morning: 30-minute walk

    3 hours by boat

    Afternoon: 3-hour hike

    Night at Hotel Lago Grey (B-BL-D)

    We’ll begin our day’s adventures with our way through a woodpecker-inhabited beech forest to our boat’s departure point. The three hour boat trip takes us around blue-hued icebergs to the immense face of Grey Glacier, where we’ll stay for a while to admire its textures, lines and colors. If we’re lucky, we’ll witness a glacial calving, where chunks of ice break off and plummet spectacularly into the freezing waters. On your return journey you’ll glimpse the wind-sculpted “ice mushrooms” atop the massive peaks of Paine Grande. After a picnic lunch on the shores of the Pingo River we’ll start our hike to the Pingo Valley to reach a viewpoint at “Cascada los Salmones”, a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. Be alert as we return: you may see a huemul (Andean deer) hiding nearby.

    Day 3

    Full-day hike to the French Valley

    1 hour 30 minutes by private transfer

    6-hour trek, 17 km

    35 minutes by catamaran each way

    Night at Hotel Las Torres (B-BL-D)

    After breakfast, our transfer will take us to the Lake Pehoe, which we’ll cross via catamaran to the starting point of our trek to the French Valley. Today's destination, the French Valley, is a spectacular natural basin surrounded by peaks and hanging glaciers. This is a return hike, so we will be able to leave our packs behind and trek lightly. We start by walking around Paine Grande, the highest peak in Torres del Paine, through native Patagonian firebush and evergreen beech forests. At the suspension bridge over the French River, the arresting hanging glaciers atop the valley will come into sight. From here, we’ll walk for another hour, ascending 300 meters through a dreamlike Japanese garden landscape before arriving at the Valley viewpoint. At the lookout we’ll stop to drink in the French Valley’s dramatic peaks and landscapes and reenergize with a good lunch. Our return hike along the same track takes us to meet the catamaran to cross Pehoe Lake, followed by a transfer service to our lodge. Your hotel tonight is Hotel Las Torres.

    Day 4

    Towers Lookout Point – Laguna Azul

    1 hour 30 minutes by private transfer

    1 hour hike

    Night at Estancia-Hotel Cerro Guido (B-BL-D)

    Today we visit the Eastern side of the park, Laguna Azul, an enchanting lake bordering the park; home to ducks, swans, coots, and woodpeckers. Here we will take a short walk where we will be blessed with one of the best views of the Towers. After visitIng Cascada Paine and its surroundings, we will head to our hotel located at the heart of the mountains, Cerro Guido, one of the biggest estancias (ranches) of the region.

    Day 5

    Hike Cerro Benítez

    1 hour 30 minutes by private transfer

    6 hours hike (B-BL)

    After your authentic evening in Hotel Cerro Guido, a private transfer will take you through the unforgettable backroads traveling to Laguna Sofia where we will start our hike through Cerro Benítez where we hope to see famous andean condor from close and finishing this nice hike at the Milodon Cave area. Our transfer will get us to our hotel in Puerto Natales.

    INCLUDED

    • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
    • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
    • Two nights at Hotel Lago Grey (Twin/Double Superior)
    • One night at Hotel Las Torres (Twin Superior Cypress)
    • One night at Lodge Cerro Guido (Twin/Double Superior)
    • Boat to Grey Glacier
    • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, L: Lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: Chilean asado)
    • Guide (English-Spanish languages)

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any international and domestic flights
    • Any additional nights
    • Medical expenses
    • Travel insurance (air medical rescue service - first aid and/or evacuation - insurance included)
    • Personal expenses
    • Dinner on Day 5
    • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
    • Gratuities for Guide & Driver

    Lodgings

    Hotel Lago Grey

    Located on the shore of Lago Grey, this ideally located hotel is surrounded by forests of Lenga, Coihue and ñirres. From the dining room and sitting areas you will be astonished with breathtaking views of the giant deep blue colored icebergs and Glacier Grey in the distance.

    Hotel Las Torres

    Ideally located at the base of the trails leading to the viewing point of the Towers peaks, Valle del Silencio, and “W” hikes, this former estancia turned Hotel, offers 57 comfortable rooms with central heating and telephone and a the only full service spa available in the park. The excellent quality of both service and food is the main characteristic of this Hotel.

    Hotel Cerro Guido

    Part of oldest estancia (ranch) of the region, Hotel Cerro Guido is located between the Torres Del Paine National Park, the pampas of Argentina, and Sierra Baguales. You will have a unique opportunity to experience the elegance of the English style accommodations of the pioneers who first came to the Patagonia region in the 20th century. Each accommodation has a private bathroom, hair dryer with eco friendly toiletries, central heat, WiFi, and a garden view. Once you awake in this incredible place, you will surely never forget the peace and quiet or the phenomenal meals prepared in the exquisite kitchen.

    Dates & Prices

    PRICES FOR SEASON 2019/2020: (valid until April 2020)

    ​​2-3 guests: USD $ 3.395 per person
    4-8 guests: USD$ 2.895 per person
    Single supplement: USD$ 495

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES/SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

    Public bus or private transfer from/to El Calafate (please contact our Trip Specialists for this extra service)

    • Dates
    • Start / End
    • Price in USD
    • Spaces Available
    • 5 days
    • December 6, 2019 / December 10, 2019
    • USD 3.395
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    Chile Nativo was recommended to us by a friend who took a trip and we will gladly do the same to anyone we know who wants to go to Chile. Many thanks to all of you who did such a great job planning and securing all our travel arrangements.

    Carrie Tietz, Chile

    Great introduction for non-Spanish speaking older people to Patagonia! Stress-free trip with friendly, knowledgeable guide – we all loved Rodrigo. We were guided through beautiful country and lodged and fed in a variety of well-chosen places. Hope to return.

    Jackie Kamin, USA

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