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ZAPATA VALLEY (4 DAYS)

Secluded valleys, steppes & canyons that take you back in time

Overview

Trek back in time to Torres del Paine’s hidden valleys and canyons, where paleontology is very much alive and evidence of Patagonia’s prehistoric life lies in wait. Pour over Ichthyosaurus fossils, hike the Zapata Valley and explore steppe dotted with the fossils of ancient leaves. This trek through ancient history weaves through secluded valleys, steppe and canyons far from the Park’s more crowded trails.

Trip highlights

• Visit Torres del Paine’s Most Remote Locations
• Wild, Untouched Trekking & Camping Experience
• Hike the Zapata Valley
• Get Close to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field
• Trek to the Summit of Cerro Zapata
• See Impressive Ichthyosaurus Fossils
• Visit Tyndall Glacier

    Trip length

    4 days

    Trip Level

    4

    Strenuous

    From USD

    $1.295 PER PERSON

    Start / End

    Puerto Natales

    Spaces:

    MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

    Season

    SEPTEMBER
    OCTOBER
    NOVEMBER
    DECEMBER
    JANUARY
    FEBRUARY
    MARCH
    APRIL

    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Transfer to Torres del Paine - Full Day Trek through the Zapata Valley

    2 hours by private transfer

    6 hours hike, 14 KM

    Night at Zapata Campsite (BL-D)

    An early morning transfer will pick you up from your Puerto Natales hotel and take you to Torres del Paine National Park. After entering the National Park, we’ll drive to the post at Grey Lake and begin our 6-hour hike to the Zapata Valley, the most ancient one in Torres del Paine. This is an extremely unfrequented valley and your group will experience the peace of trekking alone, accompanied only by stirring scenery, and (if we’re lucky) the watchful gaze of the foxes, woodpeckers and huemuls (Andean deer) that live here. Hikers will share the weight of common equipment, carrying food and tents between them. A group porter and cook will carry the portable toilet and cook meals during your time at the Zapata campsite. This is a remote camping experience, staying at a basic campsite without access to hot water - but with the transcendent backdrop of Torres del Paine’s (truly) untamed landscapes on all sides. Upon arrival, we’ll set up camp, settle in and recharge with a nourishing evening meal.

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    Day 2

    Explore the Ichthyosaurus Graveyard

    12 hour round-trip/hike, 8 km

    Night at Zapata Campsite (B-BL-D)

    Today you’ll hike to rocky slopes near Tyndall Glacier to the site of a precious paleontological discovery. Here, 46 examples of Ichthyosaurus fossils, a dolphin-like “fish lizard” that lived 245 million to 90 million years ago in the Mesozoic Era, are seen as if etched into the rock itself. Adult and embryo specimens are present, showing us the remains of a what is likely a pack that was entombed by catastrophic mudflow that rushed into the underwater canyons they hunted. We’ll make our way back to our campsite via the same route and settle in to share a good meal. Tonight take time to stretch and rest: tomorrow’s hike is our most challenging.

    Day 3

    Full-day Hike to the Summit of Cerro Zapata

    12-14 hour round-trip/hike, 26 km

    Night at Zapata Campsite (B-BL-D)

    This morning we’ll begin at around 4:00 am. Our destination is the Cerro Zapata (1590 m). This is a non-technical hike, but one that is long and requires hikers to interact closely with the landscape: weaving through forests of native trees, crossing snow and bouldering across huge rocks carved out by the glaciers’ ancient movements. The summit of Cerro Zapata has 360° views of fantastic Patagonian scenery, being surrounded by lakes, glaciers, mountain ranges and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Its peak is a particularly wonderful lookout for glaciers and the lakes they give birth to: from the summit, Glaciers Grey, Tyndall, Geikie, Pingo, Olguín (and others still unexplored) will be laid out below you. Our return hike to camp will be along the same route.

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    Day 4

    Return hike, Transfer back to Puerto Natales

    6 hour hike, 14 km

    2 hours by private transfer

    This morning we’ll break camp and begin our return hike across the grassy steppe and undulating slopes of the valley, with energy-boosting views of the Paine Massif along the way. At the end of our trek we’ll meet our driver, who will transfer us back to Puerto Natales.

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    INCLUDED

    • All Private Transportation Indicated in the Schedule
    • Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine National Park
    • Three Nights at Zapata Campsite
    • All Meals Indicated in Schedule (B: Breakfast, BL: Box Lunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
    • Professional Hiking Guides (English-Spanish)

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Any Additional Nights
    • Medical Expenses
    • Travel Insurance
    • Personal Expenses
    • Breakfast on Day 1, Lunch on Day 4
    • Sleeping Bag and/ or Sleeping Mat
    • Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks
    • Gratuities for Guide & Driver

    Trip length

    4 days

    Trip Level

    4

    Strenuous

    From USD

    $1.295 PER PERSON

    Start / End

    Puerto Natales

    Spaces:

    MIN 2 MAX 8 PEOPLE

    Season

    SEPTEMBER
    OCTOBER
    NOVEMBER
    DECEMBER
    JANUARY
    FEBRUARY
    MARCH
    APRIL

    Lodgings

    Chile Nativo Wild Camping

    When we go off the beaten path, we have to camp in places with no facilities, so we provide all the camping gear necessary for the most comfortable experience.
    Each participant will have to carry the camping gear we provide, which includes tents (sharing between two), compact cooking utensils, portable camp chair and we will divide with all the participants the common camping gear such as food and cooking utensils. Each person will carry in total between 17 and 20 kgs (34 and 44 pounds).We will have a porter with the group that will carry a portable toilet.

    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 2020/2021: (valid until April 2021)

    2 guests USD$ New Season Price to Come!
    3 guests USD$ New Season Price to Come!
    4-8 guests USD$ New Season Price to Come!

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES/SERVICES: (must be booked in advance)

    Public bus from/to Punta Arenas USD$ 15 per person/per way

    Professional Grade Sleeping Bag: USD$ 6 per night
    Professional Sleeping Mat: USD$ 6 per night
    Trekking Poles: USD$ 6 per day

    FAQ's

    Q: Where do I keep my luggage that I won´t need during my trek while I am hiking 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 you arrive back from your trek and will deliver this to your hotel where you will be staying in Puerto Natales.

    Q: Do I need to travel with my own sleeping bag and tent?
    A: You will need to bring our own sleeping bag and sleeping mat along on this trek and you will be required to carry these items with you. Your tent will be provided by Chile Nativo but hikers will be required to share the weight of the equipment among them.

    Q: Will we have porters on this trek who carry some of our weight and personal items?
    A: The Zapata Valley is one of the least hiked areas of the national park and this particular excursion is for active hikers who wish to have a unique and remote experience. Hikers will share the weight of common equipment, carrying food and tents between them. A group porter and cook will carry the portable toilet and cook meals during your time at the Zapata campsite.

    Q: What are the campsites like during this trek?
    A: This trek offers a remote camping experience, staying at a basic campsite without access to hot water – but with the transcendent backdrop of Torres del Paine’s truly untamed landscapes on all sides. A portable camping toilet will be setup for the comfort and privacy of restroom facilities for guests during this excursion.

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    • Reviews

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      Sashi Perera
      Sashi Perera
      2020-03-26T03:03:07+0000
      The staff at Chile Nativo were so helpful with our pre trip enquiries. The plan and briefing we received for our 5 day... Independent W Trek were so useful, we enjoyed every moment of our trek. Big thanks to the team for a very memorable experience.read more
      Katie Kow
      Katie Kow
      2020-03-17T15:59:20+0000
      Seamlessly communicated and executed trip! Would recommend for sure!
      Fionna Tod
      Fionna Tod
      2020-02-26T15:41:33+0000
      Chile Nativo organised our self-guided 4 day trek in Torres del Paine and it was amazing. They arranged all the... transport, food and accommodation so all we needed to do was enjoy the hiking- which we certainly did! I would definitely use them again for similar adventures in the future.read more
      Fernanda Lela
      Fernanda Lela
      2020-01-19T04:47:14+0000
      Melhor empresa de turismo do Chile
      Mary Schmitz
      Mary Schmitz
      2019-08-25T14:00:18+0000
      I had the most amazing trip of my life with these guys - trekking around the Big O circuit. Incredible! Our guide,... Mauricio Vargas Delgado, knew every detail of the route. Getting the trip set up was easy - the staff is very responsive to any questions during planning and booking.read more
      Edric Subur
      Edric Subur
      2019-08-14T12:15:49+0000
      I am very happy with the service Chile Nativo provided. First of all, the experience during the trip itself was... amazing, the accommodation was more than I could ask for, the snack was delicious and our guide was not only very friendly but also extremely intelligent - he could answer all kind of questions we threw him about the park, animals, and geography! But the best part of Chile Nativo came up when a crisis hit. I got on the wrong bus the day before the tour started which prevented me from getting to the tour in time as a result. Daniella and Johana from the team were incredibly resourceful and kind to help me out of this situation. They worked after hours to help me find a private car that was willing to drive me from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. Johana even came to the office early morning to greet me and attend to me. I was beyond grateful for their professional service that really goes the extra mile in making sure I get to make to my trip and enjoy it thoroughly. Highly recommend Chille Nativo to everyone visiting Patagonia!read more
      Peter Noorani
      Peter Noorani
      2019-05-21T01:53:34+0000
      Working with Chile Nativo was a very positive experience. They were able to accommodate our dates with no issues,... despite the dates being offset from their usual schedule. Everyone we worked with was communicative and helpful, and we felt well prepared given the information (e.g. packing list) they provided. The most important benefit of traveling with Chile Nativo was our access to one of their guides, Fernando.I cannot give enough positive feedback for Fernando. While everything you'd expect from a good guide was present, Fernando delivers so far above and beyond what's expected. Any question we had about a tree, for example, Fernando could answer, and then provide several layers more detail and information. I’ve never been hugely into geology, but Fernando’s knowledge of the rock formations in the park added a fascinating element to our hike; everything around us became even more interesting. By the afternoon of the first day, it felt as though we were hiking with a good friend who happened to know everything about the park. We were genuinely sad to leave once the trip was complete. The entire time, I felt that we were getting the very most out of our hike, and that Fernando knew the tips and tricks to avoiding crowds and getting the best views. A huge plus is his photography skills, too! Fernando was recommended to us by a friend, and we’ve been insistent to all our friends who’ve asked about our trip that they should also use Chile Nativo and ask for Fernando.read more
      Amy Roberts
      Amy Roberts
      2019-04-20T17:06:56+0000
      Upon booking two weeks in Antarctica, I added this trip as an afterthought. And after spending time on the seventh... continent, I was worried nothing else would impress or excite me. Boy, was I wrong! Trekking in Patagonia was equally as mesmerizing. From the stunning scenery, to our naturalist guide, the accommodations, and food, the entire experience goes toe-to-toe with Antartica. My only regret is that I ever considered it an add on. I plan to return to give Patagonia the proper time and attention it deserves.read more
      Eline Lonchay
      Eline Lonchay
      2019-03-29T18:51:04+0000
      I did the Fjord Trail with Chile Nativo and it was beautiful! The landscapes surpass what you can even imagine. We were... the only ones in nature for 3 days! The horses were nice, I had never done this before and I felt safe. I was never cold at night (make sure you rent your sleeping bag for this). We finished our tour with a boat trip on the Serrano River, back to Puerto Natales and we got to see the Balmacero Glacier and the Serrano Glacier (and walk around it). It is well organized and definitely a different way to travel and see nature in Patagonia !read more
      Nerile Rimiene
      Nerile Rimiene
      2019-02-21T17:53:11+0000
      We had W trek in Patagonia in February 2019. Everything was organized perfectly, thanx a lot! Enjoyed a lot! That was... the only company who managed to organize trek on our particular dates and everything went just smoothly.read more
      Joe Williams
      Joe Williams
      2019-01-30T14:57:50+0000
      Excellent trip to Torres Del Paine. Chile Nativo handled everything from front to back. Including bus rides to and from... airport and everything in between.read more
      Carter Sample
      Carter Sample
      2019-01-15T22:21:39+0000
      My wife and I just completed the O Circuit with Chile Nativo. Our guides Fernando and Ignacio were absolutely amazing!... Aside from the beautiful trip, we learned so much because of Chile Nativo Travel and our two guides. They were very accommodating of my wife's food allergies and were constantly upbeat and encouraging to us and our group. They even taped up ankles and sore joints when we expressed any sort of discomfort. A+ experience all around!read more
      Donna Murr
      Donna Murr
      2018-12-15T20:38:18+0000
      Our two fantastic, knowledgeable and fun guides (with very good English) helped to make our W hike an unforgettable... experience.read more
      Victor Caico
      Victor Caico
      2018-12-11T03:48:39+0000
      Excelente servicio al cliente, todos sus colaboradores son muy profesionales. De principio a fin el équipo está... presente para atender todo tipo de necesidades, no hay duda que para el próximo viaje volveré a prescindir de vuestros servicios. Muchísimas gracias Chile Nativo 🇨🇱👍👌read more
      Serena Clardie
      Serena Clardie
      2018-12-03T19:44:14+0000
      I can't recommend this company enough! The initial planning and email correspondence leading up to our trip was... professional and seamless. They even took care of adding on and planning an additional leg to our trip to Argentinean Patagonia with a reliable local company there. Most importantly though, our Fast Trek W trip with Chile Nativo was everything we hoped it would be and more. Our guides, Baru and Nacio, were THE BEST. I was sad to leave them at the end of our 3 days together. They were responsible, knowledgeable, kind and so much fun - and they kept us going when spirits might have been a little down after 2 straight days of pouring rain and relentless wind. :) The camp is fantastic - the domes were super comfortable and the dining hall dome was a great meeting place to eat (and stretch and drink wine and pisco and even dance!). The drivers were great, the chefs were impressive (thanks Alexis!! - the food was an unexpected treat because it was seriously good, not just camping good). We somehow also managed to get extra lucky and click with the rest of the people in our group and are already planning our next trip together, so thanks for that added bonus! It was a magical trip that we will never forget. Thanks Chile Nativo! ❤️read more
      Adrienna Bunti Robotham
      Adrienna Bunti Robotham
      2018-11-10T02:39:56+0000
      We had a once in a lifetime experience with Chile Nativo and Felipe which we will never forget. We enjoyed the 5D/4N... Torres del Paine Winter Multisport Adventure in early September. It was fantastic to be there in the “fringe” season, the weather was beautiful and we felt like we had the place to ourselves! We were very fortunate to have Felipe all to ourselves as well, giving us flexibility around our capabilities and the weather. Felipe was incredibly knowledgeable about the area, the fauna, flora and even the geology (which impressed me as I’m a geologist!!). Felipe’s English is perfect, his cooking was delicious, and we felt very much at home during our trip. Our kayaking was cancelled due to very extreme weather, and Felipe not only found an alternative for the day for us, but also arranged for a generous refund.There was an issue with our international bank payment (through no fault of Chile Nativo’s) and the entire team continued to communicate with us and chase the payment at their end for weeks. We really appreciated this!Cannot recommend Chile Nativo, Felipe and Torres del Paine enough!read more
      Jorge Orellana Benado
      Jorge Orellana Benado
      2018-04-17T20:53:04+0000
      Beatriz Ahumada
      Beatriz Ahumada
      2018-04-04T22:25:47+0000
      Extraordinario..... excelente calidad y profesionalismo de los guías y todos los que colaboran en el campamento... .....y además que el paisaje de las torres del Paine es maravilloso.. pero la gente de chile nativo hacen que uno lo disfrute y viva al máximo.... gracias por todo...read more
      Edgardo Songer
      Edgardo Songer
      2018-04-04T22:10:45+0000
      Fue un viaje que superó las espectativas la calidad de el staff la calidad de los equipos todo perfecto
      Pamela Farias Valenzuela
      Pamela Farias Valenzuela
      2018-04-04T22:01:21+0000
      Excelente grupo Profesional, Guías con conocimientos, puntuales en los Tours. Variedad de alternativas para recorrer... la Patagonia. Los Campamentos con Domos son muy cómodos y las comidas están muy bien equilibradas. Se ve que conocen muy bien el lugar y su clima y que les gusta lo que hacen. Recomendable 100%read more
      Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
      Miguel Angel Meca Cortes
      2018-04-04T21:00:43+0000
      Excelente logistica, guias con conocimientos en todas las areas(de lo q preguntabas tenuas una respuesta ), campamento... base, un lujo los domos en rio serrano; comidas, transporte y excursiones a otro nivel, mas que recomendableread more
      Darko Beovic P.
      Darko Beovic P.
      2018-04-04T19:36:42+0000
      Chelsea Fuller
      Chelsea Fuller
      2018-02-01T13:56:55+0000
      My boyfriend and I were stuck when we waited too long to book accommodations in Torres del Paine for a trek we only had... 4 days of our trip to cover. A friend of a friend sent us to Chile Nativo (he had recently completed travel they helped book), and they saved the day. They tailored a trek according to our tight timeline. The route (thanks to Cecilia), the refugios, the adjustments to plan (thanks to Valentina in the Puerto Natales office), the warm hospitality (namely from Luis the van driver) and the overall organization left us with so little to have to think about that we could focus solely on enjoying ourselves...and on weathering the elements!Highly recommended.read more
      Ambreen Shah
      Ambreen Shah
      2017-12-21T00:25:13+0000
      Amazing experience . Loved our guides Hym and Palin . They are very hard working and want us to have best experience
      Kim Tonka
      Kim Tonka
      2017-11-26T14:15:38+0000
      Cyril Keiffer
      Cyril Keiffer
      2017-08-09T17:46:02+0000
      Charlie and I had the most wonderful experience working with Isadora at Chile Nativo to plan our Patagonia trip. She... was a great communicator and organized everything for us based upon a great dialog between us with her. Our guide, Felipe Zuniga could not have been more wonderful. He was flexible and brought an amazing knowledge and experience to our trip that could not be equaled. Our memories of our honeymoon in Patagonia will always bring a smile and great memories! Hopefully we get the opportunity to return!read more
      Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
      Jose Antonio Valenzuela Allel
      2017-07-17T02:08:36+0000
      Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
      Maria Paulina Fuentes Gandolfo
      2017-07-17T00:09:25+0000
      Gonzalo Fuenzalida
      Gonzalo Fuenzalida
      2017-05-21T00:47:17+0000
      Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
      Ignacio Verdugo Ramírez de Arellano
      2017-05-20T18:29:22+0000
      Marcela Hernandez Doepking
      Marcela Hernandez Doepking
      2017-05-20T15:32:30+0000
      Cristian Sepulveda
      Cristian Sepulveda
      2017-05-02T05:43:11+0000
      Increible que esta ya sea mi cuarta aventura con ellos. Realmente profesionales, conocen muy bien su trabajo.... Experiencia inolvidable. Gracias y espero volver pronto por otro aventuron en la #Patagonia.read more
      Matias Fuenzalida Santos
      Matias Fuenzalida Santos
      2017-03-22T14:01:33+0000
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      Fernando Hidalgo
      2017-03-22T13:19:10+0000
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      2015-08-29T11:17:55+0000
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