Join us as we delve into the inner recess of Patagonia on the Torres del Paine and trek into the magic that has captured many adventurous and ecologically minded travelers. For the travelers who want to experience the high class trekking of Patagonia while also learning the tools to write about their experiences, this guided trip will stimulate your legs and creativity.
Trip Summary: Patagonia | 10 Days
Next Group Trip: 15-25 April 2018
Group Size: Capped at 16
Price From: $3800 per person
- Explore the vibrant and active city of Santiago and see the heart of Chilean culture and food
- Connect with nature on a moderately demanding trek into the backcountry and stay in beautifully designed eco geodesic domes, the regions first fully sustainable accommodations with a full-view of the night sky over your bed.
- Visit prehistoric caves, pristine alpine lakes, massive glaciers, and the famous towers of Torres del Paine
- Enjoy nightly workshops with a travel-writing guide who will help you engage with a new place and traditions and turn them into stories you can take home.
Itinerary | 10 Days
Day 1 and 2, Santiago: We will arrive in Santiago and settle into the beauty of this vibrant Chilean city where we will begin our discussion of the concept of traveling and writing. Spend the day exploring local open-air art, visiting the legendary Pablo Neruda’s home, and eating local cuisine as we prepare to fly deep into the heart of Patagonia.
Day 3, Puerto Arenas: We will then fly south to the edge of the Strait of Magellan and spend time exploring the most Southern continental city while we prepare to enter Torres del Paine National Park. Writing workshops will focus on the history of the area and its conservation efforts while we engage in Patagonian culture and cuisine.
Days 4-10: Torres Del Paine Trek
Day 4: First stops include local lunch in Puerto Natales where we will venture to Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave before entering into the National Park and admire the steppe and snowcapped horizon. With the sun setting around 11 pm, we will have plenty of time to enjoy dinner at basecamp and debrief with our notes from the day.
Day 5: Los Cuernos Trail and Lake Nordenskjold: The next day, we will examine the flora and fauna on the Cuernos Trail that winds itself to Lake Nordenskjold. We will settle into the Refugio Los Cuernos, a cozy cottage at the end of the trail, where we will spend the afternoon writing, relaxing, and enjoying the views.
Day 6, Valle Frances: The challenging trek from Los Cuernos to Valle Frances winds through the heart of Paine Massif that lends to a hanging bridge overlooking the “French Valley.” Marvel at the geological formations of the valley (Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the Fortaleza (Fortress)) as we end at the Refugio Paine Grande, where we can stretch our legs and relax.
Day 7, Glacier Grey: A boat will take us across Lake Grey to view and explore the magnificent Glacier Grey. After enjoy the panoramic view and taking notes, we will return to Refugio Paine Grande to sleep for the night and board at catamaran to Pudeto’s dock.
Day 8, Torres del Paine and the Towers: The day will be the most rewarding and strenuous of our trek as we head towards the famous towers of the Torres del Paine. Ascending the eastern face by way of Ascencio Valley, we will hike along beech forests, mountain ridges, and over boulder fields to reach the base of the towers. After a challenging hike, we will feast under the magnificent glacial formations and compare notes.
Day 9, Eastern Lakes: A rest day from the challenge before, a car will take us to Laguna Azul where we will eat with a view of the lagoon and granite surroundings. We will then head to the Fauna Trail where we will encounter guanacos, nandus, and the occasional puma print. We will then head back to basecamp to celebrate and share our work with each other.
Day 10, Puerto Arenas and Santiago: An early morning ride to Puerto Arenas, followed by an evening flight to Santiago, concludes our Patagonia expedition.
Optional Extension, Buenos Aires and Cordoba, Argentina (4 days): Travel from Santiago to the other side of Patagonia and enjoy following Borges’ spirit as we enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Cordoba and Buenos Aires
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
15 - 25 April 2018
Private dates upon inquiry.
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
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