The UFO friend in Patagonia - Chile Nativo

The UFO friend in Patagonia

The UFO friend in Patagonia

It was 11:00 PM; we were on the beach of  Los Cuernos refuge, sharing stories with fellow travelers and some of the refuge staff. The mighty River Bader flowed to our left, the beautiful Lake Nordenskjöld stretched out in front, and the imposing The Cuernos stood tall behind us.

Suddenly, a light appeared in the distance, moving towards the river. How odd. It’s forbidden to hike the trails of Torres del Paine at night. Except for that one trail.

As you walk from Central to Los Cuernos refuge, you encounter trails for people and trails for horses that intersect along the way.

The trail for people, as you approach Los Cuernos refuge, ends at a bridge that crosses the Bader River. On the other hand, there’s the horse trail, which, as you approach Refugio Cuernos, ends with the horse crossing at the Bader River (without a bridge).

The approaching light was from the horse trail. Even strangers were seeing horses on the move at night.

As the light advanced, speculations began. It’s a UFO, which was the most repeated. It’s a lost hiker, the most accurate.

The light kept moving until it reached the riverbank. It stayed still for a few minutes. Then, it appeared to rise slightly and suddenly descended, disappearing.

We, the brave, hurried towards the mouth of the Bader River into Lake Nordenskjöld. And nothing. We couldn’t see anything.

Suddenly, emerging between the water and the treacherous rocks, was a lost hiker.

Completely soaked, still with a backpack on his back and a headlamp on his forehead.

He was a traveler who didn’t speak Spanish or English. We took him to the refuge, offered a hot shower, dry clothes, and towels. A hot midnight dinner was on the table, but he only wanted dry clothes and coffee.

In the least expected situations, the best friendships are made!

Paula Ortiz Herrera

Travel Specialist

SY Joyce Kan
SY Joyce Kan
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
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
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)
Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
Kevin Jobst
Kevin Jobst
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
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
Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
Lukas Winegarner
Lukas Winegarner
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!


Monday – Friday
9 am to 1 pm / 3 pm to 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm

+56 61 2411835


Monday to Friday
9 am to 2 pm / 3 pm to 7 pm

🇺🇸  +1 800 6498776
🇨🇱  +56 61 2691391

Adventure Unleashed:
Bi-monthly News Updates!