Join us as we delve into the inner recess of Patagonia and the Torres del Paine National Park - soaking in the magic that has captured many adventurous and ecologically minded travelers. For the travelers who want to experience the nature, wildlife, and scenic landscapes of Patagonia while engaging in the culture, history, and cuisine that makes this part of the world so unique - this guided trip will stimulate your legs and creativity.
Trip Summary: Patagonia | 7-9 Days
Private Dates: Year Round
Next Group Dates: See Below
Price From: $3800 per person
Dates & Prices:
Trip Price $3800
Single Room Supplement + $1200
3-Day Extension to Santiago + $1600
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.
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.
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- Connect with nature as you walk, bike, and trek into the breathtaking backcountry
- Lodge in beautifully designed EcoCamp domes, the regions first fully sustainable accommodation with a full-view of the night sky overhead
- Travel to prehistoric caves, pristine alpine lakes, massive glaciers, and the famous towers of Torres del Paine
- Explore unique Fauna and Flora and engage with the region’s rich history and culture
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Itinerary | 7 Days
Arrival Airport: Punta Arenas International Airport (PUQ)
Day 1 Puerto Arenas Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile, one of Patagonia’s largest cities. Upon arrival we will be met by our driver and guide and transported to Torres del Paine National Park, where we’ll be exploring throughout the duration of our trip. Along the way, we’ll stop for lunch in Puerto Natales and venture to Cueva del Milodón, a massive prehistoric cave. As we arrive at the entrance of the park, admire the sprawling steppe and glistening, snowcapped horizon. With the sun setting around 11 p.m., the days feel like they go on forever. We’ll have plenty of time to gather at our Ecocamp and debrief over a delicious dinner. Accommodation: EcoCamp (D)
Day 2 Drive & Walk Western Lakes + Navigation Glacier Grey After breakfast, we will start our drive across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and the view of Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock and some viewpoints on the way observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, we will drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey where we will have an incredible up-close look at the glacier. In the late afternoon drive back to EcoCamp to relax and enjoy dinner. Accommodation: EcoCamp (B, L, D)
Day 3 Navigation Pehoe Lake and hike French Valley After breakfast, we will drive to Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. We will board the catamaran that will take us to the north-western sector of the Lake where we will begin the hike to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. We will hike to the the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif, where we will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. We will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where we will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Máscara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here we will pause for a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon relaxing. We will descend through they valley on an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take us to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, we will board our catamaran which will take us back to Pudeto, where we will be collected and transported back to EcoCamp. Accommodation: EcoCamp (B, L, D)
Day 4 Cycling to Laguna Azul Enjoy breakfast and set out on a cycling adventure through some of the most beautiful scenery in Patagonia, Laguna Azul! On our journey cycling to Laguna Azul, we will have the chance to enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the Patagonian lowlands) where we will be lucky enough not only to spot many elegant guanacos, but also to hop out of the van and walk amongst them. After soaking up these beautiful surroundings, we will continue our drive to Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”), where we'll enjoy our box lunch looking out over the lake, with a view of the three granite towers in the distance. We will continue through the wilderness near Laguna Azul where you will cycle among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. In the afternoon we will be picked up by our van, heading back to the EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour and dinner. Accommodation: EcoCamp (B, L, D)
Day 5 Lazo Weber Hike We’ll start our day with breakfast at EcoCamp before being picked up by our van and embarking on our next adventure. Our ride takes us past the Lazo Weber Estancia where we’ll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin our hike. The Lazo Weber Trail is packed with native flora and wildlife all with the mountainous Paine range on our right. The hike is rather easy and apart from a few hills, the trail remains rather flat. We’ll stop a moment to refuel by the magical Laguna Honda, and enjoy the sights and sensations of the gorgeous landscape and fresh breeze. On our way, we will hike through one of the quietest forests in the national park, a fantastic opportunity to observe native trees such as the Lenga and the Coihue. The rest of our hike takes us to a lookout point (El Toro Lookout) where we’ll be wowed with a 360 degree view of the Paine mountain range, the Patagonian Andes, and a suite of rivers and lakes (including the Paine, Grey, and Serrano Rivers, and Lake Toro, the largest in the region). An hour’s descent towards Paine River will see us reunited with our van. But before we go back to EcoCamp, we’ll search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. In the evening, we’ll arrive back ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about our day hiking. Accommodation: EcoCamp (B, L, D)
Day 6 Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail Enjoy breakfast before setting out on your last hike of your adventure. This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery and offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems of the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way. First we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds, before descending the isthmus which separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view which could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins our ascent back to the van, and along the way we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here we drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As we walk northwards along the trail we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic lagoon and after a relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where we’re picked up and driven back to EcoCamp. *Note you can also choose to do a more strenuous trek to Tower Base on this day. Accommodation: EcoCamp (B, L, D)
Day 6 Trek Tower Base After a hearty breakfast we set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Day 7 Punta Arenas: After an extraordinary Patagonian adventure, it’s time to say goodbye. We’ll rise bright and early and drive to Punta Arenas for our flights home (usually via Santiago or Buenos Aires). If you’re looking for even more adventure and excitement, join us on one of our 2-day extension trips!
Departure Airport: Punta Arenas International Airport (PUQ)
3-Day Extension to Santiago
Spend some time in Santiago, marveling at the beauty of this vibrant Chilean city. Over the next two days, we’ll explore open-air markets, visit the home of legendary poet Pablo Neruda, and eat local cuisine in the heart of Patagonia.
3-Day Extension to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Travel across Patagonia to Buenos Aires—a stunning, cosmopolitan city. With rich history and culture permeating every inch of this unique city, there’s never a dull moment! Tour iconic landmarks, engage with the locals, and dine on some of the best cuisine Argentina has to offer.