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PATAGONIA ADVENTURE MULTI SPORT

6 Days 7000 ex Punta Arenas

Accommodation

5 Nights Eco-Camping (Glamping)

Transportation

Mostly by foot, Horseback, Mountain Bike & Kayak.
Transfers via vehicle

Included Meals

5 Breakfasts
6 Lunches
5 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 4
Extreme Expedition

There’s a gentle crunch underfoot as we pad our way across the valley floor, a fresh fall of snow having blanketed the landscape in a sea of white.

Then it hits me.

But for my own panting, that crunching is the only sound at all.

There’s not a breath of wind.

My breath unfurls before my face, like curls of smoke in the cold winter air.

The patchy blue sky appears threatened at any moment by a haze of dark grey hovering above.

At any moment could this place feel like purgatory, but wow, is it beautiful!

“On South America’s southern frontier, nature grows wild, barren and beautiful. Spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them.

For the newly arrived, such emptiness can be as impressive as the sight of Patagonia’s jagged peaks, pristine rivers and dusty backwater oases.

Lonely Planet

Unleash your adventurous side on this multi-sport extravaganza, exploring beautiful Torres del Paine by foot, bike, kayak and horseback, followed by relaxing nights under the stars at EcoCamp with good food and (we hope) even better company!

“In Patagonia, the isolation makes it easy to exaggerate the person you are: the drinker drinks; the devout prays; the lonely grows lonelier, sometimes fatally.”

Bruce Chatwin,  In Patagonia

Torres del Paine lake
Torres del Paine portrait
Patagonia eco camp

The Journey

In the morning, you will be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, we will make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza,” where we enjoy a hearty local lunch.

It’s a scenic and highly atmospheric journey, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. (L, D)

After breakfast, we’ll start our biking adventure. The 7 km morning bike excursion follows a route inside the Laguna Azul Estancia close to where it meets Baguales, heading up to Saltos Las Chinas.

Once we are back at Laguna Azul, we will enjoy our box lunch with a beautiful view of the Towers and when we are ready to continue, the van will take us to the next bike track.

This 4 km biking excursion follows a single track through Cañadón Macho, finishing at a junction with the road near Cascada Paine. Although this excursion is not too demanding, there are some sections of the trail that have some difficulty at the point where Cañadon Macho crosses a meadow and starts climbing, followed by an undulating stretch of descent, which is a little steep and rocky. (B, L, D)

After breakfast at EcoCamp, we will head off at 7:30 AM to the Serrano area in the western sector of the park arriving at around 9 AM at Serrano Base. From here, we will board another vehicle and head to the Pingo River where we will take part in a safety talk (20 minutes approx.). Afterwards, it’s time to get into the water!

Once our kayaks are in, we will move gently with the river’s current towards the Grey Lake Peninsula to see the glacier’s impressive icebergs.

After enjoying the moment, it’s time to continue down the Grey River for the next 3 hours. At Puente Grey, we’ll stop to eat our box lunch before continuing downstream to the confluence of the Grey and Serrano Rivers.

Around 20 minutes later we’ll return to where our adventure started, at Villa Serrano, after an amazing day on the water. Then we take the van returning to EcoCamp for our evening aperitif and meal. (B, L, D)

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Patagonia is to ride through it on horseback. After a hearty breakfast at EcoCamp, we’ll begin around 9:30 AM with an induction talk (1 hour approx.) before heading out on our 24 km journey.

We will start riding through pampas and lenga forests towards the Paine River valley. The lenga forest that we will find in this area is home to a significant number of birdlife, including the Magellanic Woodpecker, Cachañas (the southernmost parrot) and Pitíos (type of woodpeckers).

Before reaching the Serón sector, the Enchanted Valley trail offers incomparable views of Laguna Azul and Cerro Paine, where a field of daisies blooms in spring. Afterwards we will have lunch at the Serón campsite.

After a full day taking in the sights and sounds of the area, we will head back to EcoCamp around 6 PM to get some rest and enjoy an evening cocktail. (B, L, D)

We’ll leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its 2 imposing peaks. We’ll hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas.

The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With luck, we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it?

As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we can admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We’ll walk upward for about an hour up to 1500 m/4920 ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio Valley.

After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we will backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp. (B, L, D)

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. (B, L)

Season

September through to April

NOTE: Children must be a minimum 16 years old

Includes

  • 5 nights accommodation in EcoCamp Domes
  • Transfers from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine
  • All excursions as indicated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide. Guide ratio 1:6 Max group size: 12 people.
  • Park entrance fees into Torres del Paine National Park
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary (Breakfast – B, Lunch – L and Dinner – D)

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips for General Guides
  • Any meals not listed as included
  • Domestic Flights

Your Guides and Safety

An excellent guide can make the difference between a trip of a lifetime and just an ordinary trip. Our handpicked professionals come from a range of backgrounds. Each has extensive outdoor experience, a knowledge of the mountains in which you’ll walk, and a passion for the beautiful country that is Peru.

The guide will ensure that your trip is truly inspiring, a huge amount of fun, and safe. All guides are trained in Safety First Aid and are connected to our Lima and Melbourne offices by satellite phone.

Accommodation

This is predominantly a camping expedition, so it’s almost as basic as it can get.

We’ll utilise comfortable hotels in Lima and Huarez, but when we’re out in the mountains, we’re under the stars, protected by a thin veil of nylon.

It’s a raw and real experience, that really inserts us fully into the environment.

“This vast, sparsely populated and simply astonishing region encompassing virgin forests; snow-tipped Andean crags that serve as a dividing line between the two countries; myriad glacial lakes; and immense stretches of pampas (grasslands).

Most of Patagonia’s biggest attractions are outdoorsy – from epic road trips and multi-day treks, to glaciers, prehistoric art and penguin colonies”

Anna Kaminski, Freelance Travel Writer

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