Experienced riders will be talking for years to come about this adventure through Patagonia’s estancias and National Parks. Charismatic gauchos – their laughter, tales and endless “mate” tea – will accompany you as you encounter pampas, hills, valleys and four different glaciers. This 8-day all-included program provides you with everything you need to enjoy the estancias, glaciers, lakes, rivers and waterfalls from the saddle. Spend your nights in our Riverside Camp along the shores of the Serrano River, authentic estancias, and unique Patagonian hotels.
• Ride from Torres del Paine to Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks
• Sleep at Our Exclusive Riverside Camp, Estancias and Hotels
• Experience Varied Trail Conditions
• Ride to Serrano River and Grey Lake
• See Serrano, Grey, Tyndall & Balmaceda Glaciers
• Visit a Working Cattle Ranch
• Navigate through the Last Hope Sound
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Transfer from Punta Arena’s airport to Estancia Tercera Barranca
- 5 hours by private transfer
- Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca (D)
To travel without hassle, take the early flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (4 hours).
Relax and enjoy the journey over the Andes and views of the intricate patterns of the Patagonian Ice Fields.
At Punta Arenas airport your private transfer will be waiting to take you to Torres del Paine via Puerto Natales.
Leaving Punta Arenas we’ll see the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego.
Our 5-hour drive weaves through open pampas and huge estancias (ranches) with the chance of seeing the ñandus (similar to ostriches) that call these landscapes home.
We’ll pass through the fishing town of Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope and surrounded by mountains, then take an unsealed road to Estancia Tercera Barranca.
This is a working ranch typical of the region, and blessed with fantastic views of the three Towers.
Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas waterfall
- 6-7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering/28 KM
- Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca (B-BL-BBQ)
Our destination today is Salto Las Chinas waterfall on the east side of Torres del Paine National Park, a route taken more than a century ago by Lady Florence Dixie whose 1880 account of traveling Patagonia has become iconic.
As we ride across pampas and plateaus we may see condors matching our speed as they soar the skies above us.
We’ll stop for lunch at the waterfall before making our way back to the ranch via the same trail.
Our evening will be spent beside the fire, with Pisco sours and Patagonian lamb barbecue.
Ride from Estancia Lazo to Serrano River, through Torres del Paine National Park
- 6-7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering/30 KM
- 30 minutes by private transfer
- Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Camp (B-BL-D)
After breakfast we’ll mount our horses and set off for Torres del Paine National Park.
At Estancia Lazo, a working cattle ranch just bordering the park, we´ll set off along the Green Lagoon through the lush forest.
Our ride continues past small lakes, all the while accompanied by postcard views of the Paine Massif.
On the shores of the Serrano River we’ll stop, settle in to our camp and enjoy dinner together.
Round trip ride to Grey Lake lookout
- 7 hours walking, trotting and cantering/ 17 KM
- Night at Chile Nativo Riverside Camp (B-BL-D)
A huge section of pampas begins our ride to Grey Glacier, giving us the chance to canter as much as we want! Once we reach Grey River we’ll start along a narrow path backdropped by incredible mountain views.
We’ll stop at the Pehoe Lake lookout to pause for a moment above its famously turquoise waters.
Continuing on, the trail to the Grey Lake lookout becomes more rugged. Lunch will be here looking over this icy lake and the massive face of Grey Glacier, whose waters feed the lake.
We’ll ride return via the same trail and reenergize ourselves with an evening canter across the pampas before arriving home.
Be sure to take a shower if you would like to, as tomorrow’s campsite does not have these facilities.
One-way ride to Lake Brush
- 10 minutes transfer
- 4 hours walking and trotting/ 15 KM
- Night at Lake Brush Campsite (No showers available) (B-BL-BBQ)
This morning we start by heading south across the Serrano River to a traditional Patagonian farmhouse where we’ll choose new horses to accompany us for the next three days.
Our destination today is an secluded valley at the border of Torres del Paine National Park.
To get there, we’ll ride across several rivers and trot through landscapes filled with wetlands and lakes, while views of the Paine Massif and its final glaciers alter alongside us.
We’ll set up camp on the shores of Lake Brush and savor another Patagonian style lamb barbecue.
One-way trail ride to Serrano Glacier
- 5 hours walking/12 KM
- Night at Hostería Balmaceda (B-BL-D)
After a nourishing breakfast we’ll set off for Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.
Today’s trail is a peaceful one, taking us through humid forests and following the Serrano River until its mouth at the Last Hope Sound.
At Hostería Balmaceda, our destination for today, we’ll have wonderful views of Serrano Glacier as it seems to cascade into the lagoon beneath it.
Boat trip to Puerto Natales
- 10 minutes by zodiac
- 45 minutes walk
- 3 hours by boat/ 60 KM
- Night at Hotel Vendaval or similar (B-BBQ)
Our day begins crossing the river into the Last Hope Sound by zodiac, face-to-face with the steeply-descending Serrano Glacier at the foot of Mount Balmaceda (2148 m).
We’ll take a short walk up to the glacier where we’ll board a boat bound for Puerto Natales via the Last Hope Sound.
We’ll make a stop at Estancia Perales for a Patagonian-style lamb barbecue lunch, and arrive at Puerto Natales around 6:00 pm.
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport
- 2.5 hours by transfer (B)
Your program ends with a private transfer to Punta Arenas airport. (To allow for travel time, guests should arrange their return flights for after 1 pm.)
If you would like to stay the night in Punta Arenas, we’ll take you to your hotel.)
- All private transportation indicated in the schedule
- All horses, saddles and pack horses during the excursion
- Riding equipment, including elmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
- All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
- Two nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (Pleasant farmhouse with private rooms and bathrooms)
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
- Entrance fee to Bernardo O’Higgins National Park
- Two nights lodging at Chile Nativo Riverside Camp (Comfortable domes with 2 inflatable mattresses and shared bathroom) (Bedding included)
- One night at Brush Camp (Based on twin-share tents)
- One night at Hostería Balmaceda (Twin standard room)
- One night at Hotel Vendaval or similar in Puerto Natales (Twin/double Standard room with private bathroom)
- Navigation between Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
- Guide (English-Spanish), Driver and Baqueano (local cowboy)
- Any domestic or international flights
- Any additional nights
- Medical expenses
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Sleeping bags and mattress (needed at Lake Brush campsite)
- Lunch on Days 1 & 8
- Dinner on Day 7
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks in the hotels
- Gratuities for Guide, Baqueano & Driver
$New Season Pricing to Come!
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MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE
Estancia Tercera Barranca
A family run 6,500 hectare working estancia just outside the Torres del Paine National Park. It has a remote setting and excellent views of the Towers to the west and a warm, friendly, cozy atmosphere.
Accommodation is in the rustic but comfortable guest house with a small garden adjacent to the main house. There is a lovely fireplace in the gallery/living area which has comfy seating and huge windows allowing fantastic views. Good, home cooked food, homemade bread and jams, tasty Chilean specialities and excellent BBQs and Pisco sours!
Glamping at its finest! Perfect for families or groups, Chile Nativo’s Riverside Camp is a fully-equipped site located on the shores of the Serrano River away from the crowded refugios and campsites. Equipped with men’s & women’s restrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying with great company!
The perfect place for resting, adventure and observation. There are 16 rooms with private bath and a dining room with grill. This is all surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a magnificent view of the Serrano glacier and the Balmaceda Mountain.
Conveniently located within the principal gastronomic neighborhood in downtown Puerto Natales just 3 blocks away from the waterfront, 1 block from Chile Nativo´s office headquarters, and only half a block from the main square. The hotel has 23 rooms with plenty of natural light and tranquillity along with a gorgeous roof top patio which provides breath-taking views of the city and coast. Accommodations are warmly decorated and each with a private bathroom.
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 2022/2023: (valid until April 2023)
2 Riders Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
3 Riders Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
4-8 Riders Total in Group: New Season Pricing to Come!
Single supplement: New Season Pricing to Come!
Q: Where do I keep my luggage that I won´t need during my trek while I am riding 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 the end of your program. During your ride, your backpack and other luggage or equipment needed for the daily rides and activities will be transported in a private, secure vehicle. Each day your group will have guided vehicle support along the way.
Q: What equipment is included in this program? Do I need to bring any of my own riding gear?
A: This program includes all the necessary gear and tack needed for this 6 day ride and expedition. Professional riding helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle, saddle bags, & dry bags are all included. Prior to beginning your first day´s itinerary, you will stop by our office along with your guide to be fitted comfortably for your gear.
Q: Are there restrooms and showers in the Riverside Camp?
A: Yes – there are 2 restrooms and 2 showers per gender in the bath house located in the camp. Hot water is available during the generator’s schedule which functions 08:00 – 23:00. We recommend that you shower at night since your mornings you will be starting early for your days´ excursion.
Q: What is the Riverside Camp like?
A: Chile Nativo Riverside Campsite is our own private home base located within Torres del Paine National Park. Perfect for families or groups, ours is a fully-equipped campsite located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the buzz of crowded Refugios and campsites. We run all operations in-house, meaning we’re free to work with our own trusted staff, source local products, select the best creature comforts and control all the moving parts that make up an outdoor travel experience. Our double deluxe tents are located on raised platforms, protected against the bracing Patagonian elements. Inside, you’ll find double-height mattresses, cozy down covers and heaters that can be operated during the evening to ensure a warm night’s rest. Permanent, separate male and female bathrooms with hot showers are just a short walk from the tents (please note that electricity and hot water in the campsite runs from 8 AM to 0:00 hrs). Meals are abundant, delicious and shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif’s changing colors and spacious room to lounge, relax, and enjoy great company. Our buffet breakfasts, design-your-own packed lunches and chef-prepared three-course dinners are a nourishing mix of local delicacies and high-energy foods to fuel our days’ adventures. Vegans, vegetarians and guests with other dietary needs are more than catered for with a range of alternative milks, gluten free breads, vegan cheeses and soy products. And of course, beer, Chilean wine and Pisco sours mark the perfect end to a day’s trekking. Our own concierge is always onsite to answer questions and to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. With factors such as generators, mosquitos and chilly nights in the mix, our concierge is there to advise when to close mosquito nets, charge electronic devices, close your deluxe tent and turn on the heaters.
Q: Do the deluxe tents have outlets for charging devices? Are the tents heated?
A: Each private deluxe tent has electrical outlets (C & L 220V sockets) for charging electrical devices during the hours the camp generators are operating (08:00 – 23:00). Each private tent is equipped with a small electric space heater with an auto shut-off security feature. This will allow you to heat your tent for the chilly evenings!
Add-Ons & UpgradesPRIVATE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE - PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST TO PLAN YOUR TRIP! OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT RENTAL (must be reserved in advance) - Sleeping Bag (for Day 5 at Lake Brush): USD$ 6 per night - Mattress Rental (for Day 5 at Lake Brush): USD$ 6 per night
As horse lovers from the Netherlands and looking for a new unforgettable experience we decided to look for a horse ride in the Patagonia area. After some search on the internet we came to the Chile Nativo site and found a perfect ride for us. From our point of view we had an incredible trip and would recommend Chile Nativo for arranging you’re riding tour, giving you the opportunity to really enjoy. For horse riding and nature lovers the thing to do at least once in a lifetime.
Jasper Brugman, Netherlands
I was blown away by this trip and will absolutely be back to experience Patagonia on Horseback again. Everyone from the office staff to the guide, to the Gauchos, and our driver was professional but fun, and the experience was better for getting to know these people. Being in the backcountry and seeing the landscapes up close was one of the most amazing things I have ever done.