OverviewIdeal for intermediate and young riders, this 3-day experience shows you Torres del Paine from an entirely new perspective. Criollo horses and a local baqueano will accompany you through woods, past lakes, along rivers and to glaciers - all while you simply gaze in awe at your surroundings.
Trip Highlights• Wilderness Horseback Riding Experience • Visit Forests, Rivers, Valleys, Wetlands, Lakes & Glaciers • Ride Criollo Horses • Suitable for Intermediate & Young Riders • Stay in Rustic Campsite and a Unique Guest House • Navigate Across the Last Hope Sound DOWNLOAD YOUR MAPS: • TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK MAP • MAGALLANES & ANTARCTIC REGION • PUERTO NATALES
Meet the Horses — Ride to Brush Lake
10 minutes transfer
4-hour ride, walking and trotting
Night at Lake Brush Campsite (BL-BBQ)
We meet at noon at the National Park’s administration and take a transfer south across the Serrano River to a traditional Patagonian farmhouse. Here, we’ll choose horses to accompany us on our journey to a 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 glaciers alter alongside us. We’ll set up camp on the shores of Lake Brush and enjoy a hearty Patagonian style barbecue.
One-way trail ride to Serrano Glacier
5-hours ride, walking
Night at Hosteria 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. Our destination is Hostería Balmaceda, where there are wonderful views of the Serrano Glacier as it seems to cascade into the lagoon beneath it. Here, we’ll leave our horses to their guide’s care, enjoy dinner together and settle in for a good night’s rest
Boat Navigation to Puerto Natales
10 minutes by zodiac
45 min walk
3 hours by boat (B-L)
Our day begins crossing the river into the Last Hope Sound by zodiac, coming 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 will arrive to Puerto Natales around 6.00 pm.
- All private transport indicated in the itinerary
- All horses, saddles and packhorses
- Helmets, Leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
- All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
- One night at Lake Brush camp (Mountain Hardwear, Trango 3.1 triple tents, double occupancy basis)
- One night at Hosteria Balmaceda (Twin standard rooms)
- Entrance fee to Bernardo O´Higgins National Park
- Guide (English-Spanish languages), plus a Baqueano (local cowboy)
- Navigation from Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
- Any additional nights
- Medical expenses
- Travel insurance (insurance for air medical rescue service - first aid and/or evacuation - included)
- Personal expenses
- Sleeping bag and mattress
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine (USD $ 40)
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Hostería Balmaceda
- Gratuities for Guide & Baqueano
$1.395 per person
Start / End
Torres del Paine / Puerto Natales
MIN 2, MAX 8 PEOPLE
Located off the beaten path at the shore of Lake Brush, is a simple camp near an old gaucho hut (Puesto), no facilities but an amazing view of the Paine Massif from a different perspective.
The perfect place for resting, adventure and observation. There are 16 rooms with private bath and a dining room with grill. This is all surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a magnificent view of the Serrano glacier and the Balmaceda Mountain.
Dates & PricesProgram prices are determined on the final number of confirmed guests in a group. The per person price lowers as more guests join the group. Chile Nativo operates with a maximum of 8 guests per departure which allows for a high level of individualized service and an unforgettable personalized experience. PRICES FOR SEASON 2020/2021: (valid until April 2021) 2 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 1.695 per person 3 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 1.595 per person 4 - 8 Guests Total in Group: USD$ 1.395 per person Single supplement: USD$ 200
FAQ'sQ: 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. 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 3 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: Do you need to be an experienced rider to do this excursion? A: We consider this ride a great 3 day program for young and intermediate riders. The rides are slow with some gentle slow-trotting and cantering, and your guide will encourage you to go at your pace that you feel most comfortable. The trails are remote and undisturbed and there are portions of the trail where you will ride along cliffs and rocks, peat & mossy areas, and through rivers and high waters. Given the trail conditions, it is still considered a ride that young to intermediate riders will enjoy but it is important that the riders are aware of these details.
Add-Ons & UpgradesPRIVATE DEPARTURES AVAILABLE – PLEASE CONTACT A TRIP SPECIALIST TO PLAN YOUR TRIP! OPTIONAL SERVICES: (must be booked in advance) - Private Transfer to/from Punta Arenas Airport/Puerto Natales *Price depends on total number of guests - Public Bus Punta Arenas to/from Puerto Natales: USD$ 15 per guest, per way EQUIPMENT RENTAL: (must be booked in advance) - Sleeping Bag: USD$ 6 per night - Sleeping Mat: USD$ 6 per night
This was the best trip I have ever been on in my life. I’ve spent the past 20 years traveling and I have been on several trips, but our 3-day Chile Nativo Horseback Riding trip was stellar. Our tour guide, Benjamin was fantastic, informative, friendly, relaxed and the gauchos who were with us, Olmin and Pato, were also amazing. Thank you all for providing me and my friend the trip of a lifetime!