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ESTANCIAS & GLACIERS (6 DAYS)

The ultimate horseback experience exploring pampas, rivers, lakes & glaciers

Overview

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 6-day all-inclusive 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, wild camping, authentic estancias, and unique Patagonian hotels.

Trip highlights

• Navigate through the Last Hope Sound
• Ride from Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to Torres del Paine National Park
• Sleep at Our Riverside Camp & a Local Estancia
• Experience Varied Trail Conditions
• Ride to Serrano River and Grey Lake
• See Serrano, Grey, Tyndall & Balmaceda Glaciers
• Visit a Working Cattle Ranch

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Trip length

6 days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$5.695 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

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Itinerary

Day 1

Boat Navigation to Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier – Ride to Lake Brush

  • 10 Minute Private Transfer
  • 3 Hours by Boat
  • 4 Hours Walking and Trotting, 16 km / 9.9 mi
  • Night at Lake Brush Campsite (No showers available) (B-BL-BBQ)

Our day begins with a short transfer to Puerto Bories where we will embark on the 21 de Mayo navigation taking us along the Last Hope Sound and face-to-face with the steeply-descending Serrano Glacier at the foot of Mount Balmaceda (2,148 m / 7,047 ft.).

We will meet our horses and the local gauchos who will accompany us along our first ride to Lake Brush, our remote and beautiful backcountry campsite for the evening.

Once we’ve prepared ourselves and the horses, we set off along a peaceful 4 hour ride, walking and trotting as we follow the Serrano River into the beautiful humid forests and views of the river and valley that stretches out around us.

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Day 2

Ride to Chile Nativo’s Deluxe Campsite

  • 4-5 Hours Slow Riding, Trotting and Cantering, 15 km / 9.3 mi
  • Chile Nativo’s Riverside Camp (B-BL-D)

This morning, after we’ve enjoy a delicious backcountry breakfast, we’ll set out heading north across the Serrano River to the Serrano Village in Torres del Paine National Park for camping.

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Day 3

Round trip ride to Grey Lake lookout

  • 7 Hours Walking, Trotting and Cantering, 17 km / 10.5 mi
  • Chile Nativo’s Riverside Camp (B-BL-D)

This morning we will awaken to a nourishing breakfast in Chile Nativo’s Riverside Dining Lodge before heading out on our ride today.

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 back to Chile Nativo’s Riverside Camp.

Dinner is served in the dining lodge before we rest again in our secluded tents.

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Day 4

Ride to Estancia Tercera Barranca

  • 15 Minute Private Transfer
  • 7-8 Hours Slow Riding, Trotting and Cantering, 34 km / 21.1 mi
  • Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca (B-BL-D)

After breakfast, a transfer will take us to our ride starting point. We’ll mount our horses and set off through Torres del Paine National Park.

Today’s ride is a long and slow ride past small lakes and postcard views of the Paine Massif.

Once we arrive to Estancia Tercera Barranca, we’ll settle in for the evening an enjoy a classic chilean dinner together as a group.

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Day 5

Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas waterfall

  • 6-7 Hours Slow Riding, Trotting and Cantering, 27 km / 16.7 mi
  • Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca (B-BL-D)

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.

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Day 6

Ride to Estancia Lazo – Transfer to Puerto Natales

  • 6-7 Hours Slow Riding, Trotting and Cantering, 21 km / 13 mi
  • 2 Hour Transfer

After breakfast we’ll mount our horses and set off to Estancia Lazo, a working cattle ranch just bordering the park. Today’s ride is moderate as we gallop past the last of these magnificent views of the park and the iconic three towers from a distance. Once we arrive to the estancia, we’ll say goodbye to our horses and then enjoy a private transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Upon arriving to Natales, we’ll drop you off at your hotel and say farewell.

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INCLUDED

  • 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)
  • One night at Lake Brush Camp (Based on twin-share tents)
  • Two nights lodging in deluxe tents (2 inflatable mattresses and shared bathroom) (Bedding included)
  • 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
  • Welcome Drink at Riverside Camp (PiscoSour, Glass of Wine, Beer, or Sparkling Champagne)
  • Navigation between Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
  • Guide (English-Spanish), Driver and Baqueano (local cowboy)

NOT INCLUDED

  • 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
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in the hotels
  • Additional alcoholic drinks in Chile Nativo's Riverside Camp
  • Gratuities for Guide, Baqueano & Driver

Trip length

6 days

Trip Level

4
STRENUOUS

From USD

$5.695 per person

Start / End

PUERTO NATALES

Spaces:

MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

Season

OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
JANUARY
FEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL

Lodgings

Brush Backcountry Camp

Located off the beaten path on the shore of Lake Brush, this backcountry camp is a simple setting near an old gaucho hut also known as a puesto. No facilities are available such as showers or electricity, but this camp offers a one of a kind quiet setting with incredible views of the Paine Massif.

Riverside Camp

Far away from the crowded park refugios and campsites, Chile Nativo Riverside Camp is our fully supported base camp located in Torres del Paine National Park. This area is ideal for families and special groups setting off to the park or for those looking for an alternative and unique outdoor experience.

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!

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 2024/2025 (Valid until April 2025)

4-8 riders: USD $5,695

3 riders: USD $6,795

2 riders: USD $8,495

 

 

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FAQ's

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: Should I tip my guide? If so – how much is appropriate?
A: Tipping can be a delicate subject and many different nationalities have different tipping cultures. Tips or propinas in Chile, are viewed as a reward for good service. When tipping, a good guide and guide assistance who does the job well, has good English and provides a great service, can expect 10 – 15 USD per person per day. It is usual to leave your driver or chauffeur a tip too. Normally around 5 USD per person.  Please find below a tipping guide:

  • Guides USD$ 10 to USD$ 15 per person, per day; to be given to your guides directly.

  • Staff (waiters, chefs,Housekeeping USD$5 per person, per night

  • Drivers:  USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your drivers.

  • Porters: USD$10 per person, per day; given directly to your porter

These amounts are merely a source to help you or give you a general idea of what is normal or typical. Of course, tipping is always at the discretion of the group members as to what they deem appropriate for the service they received.

Add-Ons & Upgrades

PRIVATE 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

Reviews

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.

Sarah Frame, USA

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SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
2023-03-07
Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
Jim Garvin
Jim Garvin
2023-03-02
Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
Olivia Evans
Olivia Evans
2023-02-15
I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
2023-02-10
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
2023-01-27
Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
Brad Smith
Brad Smith
2023-01-15
Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
Senga Simpson
Senga Simpson
2023-01-09
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
2022-11-28
Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!

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