Explorers and horse lovers will find their bliss with four days of horseback riding, great food, excellent views and encounters with glaciers, lakes and waterfalls. Staying at country-style Patagonian estancias and comfy campsites, this 6-day adventure is a wonderful trekking alternative for those who prefer life in the saddle.
• Stay at two typical Patagonian estancias
• Four days of horseback riding
• Get up close to Grey Glacier
• See the three Towers
• Remote camping experience
• Pristine wilderness
• See lakes, rivers, icebergs and wild peaks
• Observe condors, woodpeckers and parakeets
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. Passing through the fishing town of Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope and surrounded by mountains, we’ll take an unsealed road to Cerro Castillo, a small village at the head of the Torres Del Paine commune.
After a hearty breakfast, we set off by transfer to Sarmiento Lake area, where our horses will be waiting to start the ride to Tercera Barranca. We will enjoy a 7 hour slow ride with trotting and cantering to a beautiful and quiet estancia where we will rest for the evening. Along the way, we will have views of the Towers in the distance and opportunities to see the diverse Patagonia landscapes and local fauna including guanacos and ñandus.
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 - and whose 1880 account of traveling Patagonia is still iconic. We’ll ride across pampas and plateaus and likely 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 (BBQ confirmed with a min. of 8 people).
Today’s ride winds through native beech forests and around small lagoons. Splendid views will continually follow us - though you’ll find a particularly excellent picture-taking opportunity at today’s highest point, where we’ll observe how the Paine River fuses with the agua waters of Toro Lake, the largest in the region. From here, we’ll start the descent towards your home away from home for the next two nights: our own Chile Nativo Riverside Campsite. Sleep snugly in domes on the shores of the Serrano River beneath an impressive an view of the formidable twin black granite peaks, Los Cuernos.
A morning ride across huge pampas and a suspension bridge over the Grey River takes us to Grey Lake’s superb viewpoint. From here we’ll see the numerous floating icebergs that have calved from Grey Glacier and been whittled into fantastic shapes by the sun and wind. We’ll have lunch at this lookout point, then set off on a short hike through a beech forest to the pier. (While hiking, be sure to listen out for the woodpeckers and Austral parakeets that call this forest home!) Our hour-long cruise through Grey Lake weaves around blue-hued icebergs and stops right in front of Grey Glacier’s massive facade. Here, we’ll stay for a while to take pictures, observe the glacier’s intricate colors and icy textures - and maybe even see ice chunks calving. As we make our way back, watch out for the wind-sculpted “ice mushrooms” atop Paine Grande. Ashore once again, a transfer will take us back to our campsite.
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.)
Hostería El Pionero is an old English-style house, built in the times of the Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society, almost 100 years ago.
It is located in the Villa of Cerro Castillo, next to the Río Don Guillermo border crossing to Argentina. This charming inn has spacious accommodations with private bathrooms, central heating, and delicious and abundant meals. With open spaces and quaint gardens to roam, your stay will be sure to be a unique, relaxing experience.
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!
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. It has access to 2 bathrooms (one men’s & one women’s) with hot water, showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. 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!
PRICES FOR SEASON 2020/2021: (valid until April 2021)
2 NIGHTS IN CHILE NATIVO RIVERSIDE CAMP
2 riders USD$
3-8 riders USD$
Single supplement USD$ 350
UPGRADE 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL RIO SERRANO (subject to availability in peak season)
2 riders USD$
3-8 riders USD$
Single supplement USD$ 550
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!
Pablo was an excellent guide and managed the need to change our itinerary with great skill. Both Pablo and Manuel, the driver and support person made the trip an excellent experience. Great experience with Chile Nativo from pre-trip coordination and during the trip. No issues with logistics and planned activities.