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BEST OF PATAGONIA

7 days
Land Arrangement only!

$4657

About your trip

Take an unforgettable journey to the remotest part of South America and become enchanted by its many spectacular sights and sounds. Stroll along the startlingly blue glacial lakes, explore untamed peaks and view dazzling wildlife right out of a Herman Melville novel.

Tour HIghlights
  • Head to Torres del Paine National Park and hike through a native Nothofagus forest which leads to the spectacular base of the towers.
  • Hike along the edge of beautiful Laguna Verde toward Mirador Toro, a spectacular lookout point for the Toro Lake and the Patagonian mountain range.
  • View the calcium carbonate formations along the shores of Lago Sarmiento, and observe a herd of Guanacos.
  • Cross a suspension bridge over the Pingo River and arrive at Lago Grey beach and behold the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey, an enormous, 6km-wide wall of ice.
  • View the breathtaking waterfall in Salto Grande and be reminded of the power and magic of this special land.
Inclusions
6 nights accommodation
Daily breakfast

3 lunch

5 dinners

Roundtrip private airport to hotel transfers

Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1: SANTIAGO – SAN ANTONIO VALLEY (BREAKFAST AND DINNER)

Enjoy a private tour with an English speaking guide from Santiago to the San Antonio Valley (Matetic Vineyards). Tour a wine cellar with a view of the organic vineyards, and get a deeper understanding of the wine making process as you are given an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to taste four wines from the EQ ultra premium line; Sauvignon Blanc Coastal, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

Accommodation: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

DAY 2: SAN ANTONIO VALLEY (BREAKFAST AND DINNER)

The activities seek to connect the visitor with the natural wonders of the Rosario Valley through contemplative circuits or action filled activities. Some of the highlights include: Walking on the Huayun trail, the “Trail of the senses” or simply enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful valley while observing the local flora and fauna. Following is a list of the activities available:

Hiking – Trails, which cut through native forests, mountains, hills, valleys, ravines, and plains, are all well-marked, perfect for self-guided walks ranging from 1½ to 2 hours in duration.

Biking – Choose from short to longer circuits:

Standard bike: A 20-to 30-minute circuit through the property. The path, approximately 3,000 meters long and two meters wide at its narrowest, runs past small farms, through prairies and over bridges, with periodic rest stations. The bikes are standard, model 1939.

Mountain bike: A 1½- to 2-hour circuit through different types of terrain such as valleys, mountains, and river beds. There are also ramps for jumping, security fences, equilibrium trails in the gorges and a lookout and tunnel for more expert riders. Beautiful lookouts are located within both the native and introduced forests. The path, 5,000 meters in length, is 50 cm wide.

Horseback Riding – Horseback-riding experience is recommended. Short rides last one to two hours, with a 30-minute break; long rides last three to four hours with a break for either lunch or snacks. Terrain includes ravines and hilltops and spectacular views of Rosario Valley. Five or six guests per ride.

Accommodation: La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

DAY 3: SAN ANTONIO VALLEY – SANTIAGO – PUNTA ARENAS – LAGO TORO (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)

The journey from Punta Arenas to Patagonia Camp, along 200 kilometers (124 miles) of paved road takes two-and-a-quarter hours. From there, the 190 kilometers (118 miles) to Torres del Paine National Park is mainly along dirt roads and takes two hours and 20 minutes.

Accommodation: Patagonia Camp

DAY 4: LAGO TORO (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)

Daily activities at Patagonia Camp include:

BASE TORRES – Duration 9 hours – Difficulty: High

Following a 1.5 transfer, the hike begins uphill until you enter the Valle Asencio. After a short break, continue to the second part of the trail where you walk through a native Nothofagus forest. The last part of the trail takes you up a steep moraine that ends at the spectacular base of the towers.

LAGUNA VERDE – Duration 6 hours – Difficulty: Medium

The van takes you to the Estancia Lazo, an excellent example of a typical Patagonian ranch, where you start our hike towards the Paine River. Going along the edge of the beautiful Laguna Verde, continue the trail towards the Mirador Toro, a spectacular lookout point from where we have a stunning view of the Toro Lake and the Patagonian mountain range. Hike ends downhill where the River Paine and Toro Lake converge, in an amazing mixture of blue and green colors.

LA PENINSULA – Duration 6 hours – Difficulty: Medium

This hike starts where Lago Toro converges with Laguna Maravilla. Hiking through a typical puesto Gaucho, start the hike with a great view of Laguna Maravilla and Salto Maravilla. In the second half of the trail, walk along the Bahia Maitenes, where we observe the different species of flora present in Patagonia. This hike ends, walking through the edge of the Lago Porteño ending at Patagonia Camp.

MIRADOR CONDOR – Duration 2 ½ hours – Difficulty: Medium

Take the van to Torres del Paine National Park, near Lago Pehoe. This hike starts at the edge of the lake where the trail goes uphill towards the famous Mirador Condor. During the hike, observe different species of flora present in the park and if you are lucky you can see the elegant soaring of the Andean Condor. Once at the top of the lookout point, observe the magnificence of the Paine Massive and the amazing contrast with the turquoise color of Lago Pehoe.

LAGO SARMIENTO – Duration 2 ½ hours -Difficulty: Medium

This hike starts on a trail that leads to the shores of Lago Sarmiento. Once we get to the lake we can observe the calcium carbonate formations all along the shoreline making Lago Sarmiento unique in the park. This is a nice hike where we can observe a few of the different species of birds present in the park. If we are lucky – on the way back we can walk through a herd of Guanacos.

PLAYA GREY – Duration 2 hours – Difficulty: Easy

This excursion leads us to one of Torres del Paine National Park’s main attractions – Lago Grey beach and Grey Glacier. First we arrive at Lago Grey where, after crossing a hanging bridge over the Pingo River, we will cross into a dark Patagonian forest. We will arrive at Lago Grey beach and view the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey. From here we can see the Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous, 6km-wide wall of ice.

MIRADOR CUERNOS & SALTO GRANDE – Duration 2 ½ hours – Difficulty: Easy

This excursion takes us to Salto Grande, a beautiful waterfall that demonstrates all the power and magic of Chilean Patagonia. After a short trek we arrive at the Mirador Cuernos, a spectacular lookout point with up-close and direct views of the Paine Massif.

MIRADOR EL ESTRIBO – Duration 3 hours – Difficulty: Medium/High

After a 20 minute drive that takes us to the Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start an uphill hike towards the Mirador El Estribo. At the top of this lookout, enjoy a panoramic view of Lago Porteño, a beautiful lake, in which colors go from deep blue to turquoise. With a little bit of luck small herds of Guanacos can be spotted.

MIRADOR TENERIFE – Duration 3 hours – Difficulty: Medium

After a short drive towards Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start walking up to the lookout point of Cerro Tenerife. At this beautiful spot, enjoy the impressive views of the colorful Lago Porteño, the majestic Cerro Castillo and the emblematic Torres del Paine Massif.

LAGUNA AZUL – Duration 3 hours – Difficulty: Easy

After an hour drive, we will star trekking to Laguna Azul, where we will take part in a fairly easy trek along the northern shore of this beautiful lake. From this vantage point we can enjoy spectacular views of the Towers – granite formations that give the name to this incredible National Park. This excursion is ideal for enjoying the park’s native forests and regional fauna.

Recommendations

Patagonia is infamous for it’s variable weather so we highly recommend taking proper trekking gear. We recommend layered clothing, especially a rain and/or wind jacket, trekking shoes, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellent and a backpack.

Accommodation: Patagonia Camp

DAY 5: LAGO TORO (BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER)

Choose from full and half-day programs, or lounge in comfort at the Camp.

Accommodation: Patagonia Camp

DAY 6: LAGO TORO – PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO (BREAKFAST)

Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago.

Accommodation: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

DAY 7: SANTIAGO (BREAKFAST)

Go to Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you’ll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewelry shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to “Handicraft Los Dominicos town ” where you’ll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport)

Transportation

You can book the local flights within Chile or Argentina in conjunction with your international itinerary. WorldJuanderer will provide you with an air schedule to best match your trip. We can also assist you with all your airline ticketing needs. Most local airlines use 727/737 jets.

Additional Information
  • Rates are per person based in US Dollars.
  • Rates are valid for all nationalities and valid until December 2016.
  • Minimum of 2 adults travelling together.
  • Exclude airfare, airline taxes, travel insurance and tipping to guide, driver and porter.
  • Subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • Rates are subject to change.

VISA INFORMATION :

With a valid US or Canadian passport do not need a visa to enter Argentina or Chile for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business. For those traveling with a passport from a country other than the US or Canada, visit projectvisa.com for more visa information.

WHEN TO GO :

The summer season in Patagonia runs from December to March. The highest rainfall is during the Patagonian winter (June to September) but days are changeable and can be hot and sunny one day, to wet and windy the next year round. Summer season is definitely the best time to travel to this part of the world, as winter months can be harsh and inhospitable.

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