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.)
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!
This new site is located in the Rio Serrano sector of the National Park. It has access to two bathrooms (one men’s, one women’s) with hot water showers and plugs for electronic devices.
In total we have 8 domes (4 meters in diameters each), with 2 inflatable double height mattresses per dome.
We also have a dining room dome, common area dome and kitchen dome for our personal chef.
PRICES FOR SEASON 2019/2020: (valid until April 2020)
2 NIGHTS IN CHILE NATIVO RIVERSIDE CAMP
2 riders USD$ 3.895
3-8 riders USD $ 3.395
Single supplement USD$ 350
UPGRADE 2 NIGHTS AT HOTEL RIO SERRANO (subject to availability in peak season)
2 riders USD$ 4.095
3-8 riders USD $ 3.695
Single supplement USD$ 550