Experience Torres del Paine’s famous attractions by day, and relax by night in the comfort of excellent hotels and an authentic estancia. On this program you’ll trek along quiet, uncrowded trails, cruise across Grey Lake to the ethereal Grey Glacier, hike among nature and the park´s diverse fauna, observe ancient cave paintings, and walk among history in the Cave of the Milodon. The perfect blend of adventure, highlight views, and culture!
• Trek Quiet & Uncrowded Trails
• Boat Navigation to Grey Glacier
• Visit the Salto Grande Waterfall & Los Cuernos Lookout!
• Observe Ancient Cave Paintings & Visit Milodon Cave
• Visit an Iconic Patagonian Estancia
• Observe Local Birdlife Including Condors, Ñandus & Woodpeckers
• Comfortable Nightly Luxury Hotel Accommodations
Transfer from Natales – Hike Estancia Lazo to Weber Bridge
2 hour private transfer
5 hour hike, 13km
30 minute private transfer
Night at Hotel Lago Grey (BL-D)
Early in the morning your guide and private transfer will pick you up from your hotel accommodation in Puerto Natales, driving along the coast and 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, this ranch is crowned by splendid views of the Paine Massif and Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon). 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. We will reach the Toro Lake Lookout which offers an incredible 180 degree view of the Toro Lake and Serrano River below, as well as the Donoso & Ferrier Mountains and valleys. After descending to the Webber Bridge, our private transfer will be waiting to take us to our luxurious accommodation for the evening, Hotel Lago Grey where we will enjoy a welcome dinner as a group and a gentle nights rest.
Hike to the Pingo Valley, Boat Navigation 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.
Round-Trip Hike to Salto Grande & Mirador Los Cuernos, Hike Lago Sarmiento - Laguna Amarga
30 minute private transfer
3 Hour Hike, 6 KM
30 minute private transfer
3.5 hour hike, 6.5 KM
25 minute private transfer
Night at Hotel Las Torres (B-BL-D)
After breakfast, our transfer will take us along the Paine River past Lake Pehoe to Pudeto where we will begin our first gentle round-trip hike for the day. We will pass by the Salto Grande Waterfall where the Nordenskjöld Lake flows into the Pehoe Lake creating a magnificent turquoise blue water. We can enjoy the area´s boardwalk with offers spectacular views of the lake as well as the Paine Grande & Cuernos mountains. Continuing on along a gentle path, we will pass by an open area where the effects of the 2005 national park fire can be seen. Our trail takes us along the black sandy beach of Nordenskjöld Lake where one can feel the powerful Patagonia winds before arriving up top to the Cuernos lookout point which offers captivating views of the French Valley, Los Cuernos, and Paine Grande mountain. Listen closely as you can hear the valley´s glaciers as they shake and move down the icy rock. Taking the same path back, we will enjoy a fresh snack, fresh drink, and short rest before our private transfer takes us to our next trailhead!
After a short 30 minute transfer, we´ll set off from the Sarmiento Lake ranger station in route to the Laguna Amarga area. Hiking along a beautiful wildlife observation trail which connects two of the four park entrances, we´ll be able to photograph some spectacular landscapes and observe guanacos and a wide variety of endemic waterbird species who frequent this area for nesting and feeding. The coscoroba swan, upland goose, caiquenes, and black-neck swans are just a few of the species we can see along our way. After about an hour of hiking, we will reach a rock eave formation where a series of cave paintings dating back to 6,000 years ago can be observed. We will learn about this section´s history and some of the first inhabitants of Patagonia who frequented this area to hunt. This trail crosses through a very special landscape of the park which has several small lagoons and wonderful frontal views of the Paine Massif. This sector is also a place where Pumas tend to frequent due to it´s prime conditions for hunting guanacos! Arriving to the Laguna Amarga entrance, our private transfer awaits where it will transfer us to our accommodation tonight, Hotel Las Torres.
Photo Safari Laguna Azul - Estancia Cerro Guido
1 hour 30 minutes by private transfer
1 hour hike
Night at Estancia-Hotel Cerro Guido (B-BL-D)
Our fourth day´s journey will take us from our accommodation along the winding roads past Estancia Laguna Amarga where we will surely encounter guanacos grazing with a magnificent backdrop and ñandu scattered across the pampas. We will make our way slowly, taking the time in the comfort of our private transfer stopping to capture the Cascada Paine before continuing on to our destination of Laguna Azul. This special place offers a relaxing walk along the wetlands and beach of it's blue colored lagoon where we will see a number of different water fowl and bird species who inhabit this area. We will be treated by exceptional views of the iconic towers in the distant, the changing Patagonia sky, and surrounding mountain peaks that make this area picturesque. After a picnic lunch and our final photos, we continue on to Estancia Cerro Guido, one of the oldest estancias (ranch) of the region located just outside Torres Del Paine National Park and nestled between the pampas of Argentina and Sierra Baguales. Tonight we will spend the evening in this elegant and charming comfortable estancia inn.
Cave Paintings Hike - Visit the Milodon Cave - Return to Natales
1 hour 30 minute private transfer
4 Hour hike, 11 KM
30 minute private transfer(B-BL)
In the morning, we will set off heading back towards Puerto Natales traveling 1.5 hours to the Milodon Cave sector, an area filled with plenty of geographical history! We begin our hike by first visiting the viewpoint over the Cueva Grande (Large Cave) ascending 600 meters where our guide will introduce us to the fauna and flora of the region. With sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes, this is a great spot for some photos before we continue on to a private sector where we can observe condoreras (natural condor colonies) and native lenga forests. Here we will also be welcomed with spectacular views of the Sofia Lagoon and far reaching fjords below us. Continuing on, we will move alongside mountainous walls to see the first cave paintings where we learn their significant value to the region and their history before heading along the south-east side, where a mysterious cave of approximately 70 square meters is located. Here we must enter with headlamps to discover the millenary stalactite mineral formations which have taken millions of years to form! After carefully inspecting these incredible formations, we leave the cave and head towards the eaves of "Two Horseshoes" where we live an experience and later discover even more cave paintings on the rocky walls. These historical footprints and archaeological remains were left by the indigenous natives of the region who used these caves and walls to protect themselves, live and eat. Upon our return, we will visit the Milodon Cave Natural Monument, a 200 meter long cave where the remains of a mylodon, a large ground sloth, and other early Patagonian animals were discovered dating from the Pleistocene epoch. After our time exploring this magnificent natural formation, we will enjoy a wonderful picnic lunch with local wine to end our trip at this spectacular location. Once we are finished, our comfortable and private transfer will take us back to Puerto Natales where our journey ends.
- All the Private Transportation Indicated in 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)
- Round-Trip Boat Navigation to Grey Glacier
- All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, BBQ: Chilean Asado)
- Guide (English-Spanish languages)
- Any Additional Nights
- Medical Expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Breakfast on Day 1, Dinner on Day 5
- Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks Except those Included in the Menus
- Gratuities for Guide & Driver
Start / End
MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE
Hotel Lago Grey
Located on the shore of Lago Grey, this ideally located and beautifully designed 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 deep blue icebergs floating on the lake´s quiet surface and the immense Glacier Grey in the distance. Each room offers a unique view and has modern amenities that make your stay a refreshing and a special treat during your Patagonia adventure.
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 Estancia Cerro Guido
Part of the 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. Rest quietly in this lovely and charming estancia with fresh meals with striking views.
Dates & Prices
Program prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience.
PRICES FOR SEASON 2021/2022: (valid until April 2022)
2 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 3.395 per person
3 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 3.195 per person
4-8 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 2.495 per person
Single supplement: USD$ 495 per person
DEPARTURES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST & AVAILABILITY!
Q: Where do I keep my luggage that I won´t need during my trek while I am hiking in the park?
A: The majority of the hotels and hostels will store luggage for their guests who are staying with them prior to and after their travels in the park. If not, we will happily store your luggage securely in our office until you arrive back from your trek and will deliver this to your hotel where you will be staying in Puerto Natales. We ask that you come to our Office between the hours of 09:00 – 13:00 or 15:00 – 19:00 to drop these off if you are not able to make it to the briefing the day prior to your trip.
Q: What time will we finish our trek on the last day and arrive back to Puerto Natales?
A: Upon completing your hike on the last day, your private transportation will bring you all back to Puerto Natales arriving around 16:30hrs, in time to take the bus to Punta Arenas for a departing flight or onward travels.
Add-Ons & Upgrades
OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)
– Public Bus to/from Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales: USD$ 15 per person/per way
– Private Transportation to Calafate or Punta Arenas – Please Ask Our Trip Specialists for A Personal Quote!
EQUIPMENT RENTAL: (must be booked in advance)
– Trekking Poles: USD$ 6 per pair/day
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.