Located in the far south of Chile, Torres Del Paine National Park is the ultimate Patagonian experience. The park’s towering peaks, sprawling glaciers, and crystal-clear lakes are a paradise for any adventurer or nature lover. This epic journey combines all of the park’s highlights, including parts of the famous “W” Trek. Venturing deep into secluded valleys, you will find yourself surrounded by Torres del Paine’s most dramatic scenery. You’ll then take to the water to explore the park’s rivers and glacial lakes on a ferry ride to the edge of the magnificent Grey Glacier, followed by a relaxing Zodiac boat ride down the  Serrano River. To finish off this journey, travel to an authentic Chilean Estancia for horseback riding and a celebratory Chilean BBQ. Each night, relax at comfortable lodging and cozy glampsites surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate/Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 9 days/8 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 14

TRIP COST: From

Double Occupancy

$ 6,400

per person

Single Supplement

$ 1,250

per person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Enjoy ferry rides and a zodiac ride on glacial lakes and the Serrano River with unforgettable views of the glaciers and the National Parks
  • Explore the beautiful massifs, glaciers, and marvel at the famed Paine Towers during multiple day hikes

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Punta Arenas, Chile (112')

  • Transfer to the hotel in Puerto Natales
  • Welcome dinner
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Overnight: Weskar Lodge or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Las Cumbre Baguales Geological Park

  • Private transfer to Baguales Range, an amazing area far away from the crowds on private land
  • Spend a full day with a specialized Paleontology guide
  • On your hike, you will find a variety of fossils including leaves, mollusks, and even shark teeth, which are more than 25 million years old
  • The beautiful views throughout your hike are sure to take your breath away
  • Overnight: Weskar Lodge or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 3: Torres del Paine National Park

  • Enjoy a full day in the park taking various short hikes, which will get you warmed up and oriented in the majestic Torres del Paine
  • These hikes may include the Wildlife Trail, Los Cuernos Lookout, and the Iceberg Zone, depending on the group’s ability and interests
  • Overnight: Weskar Lodge or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 4: Torres del Paine National Park | Grey Glacier

  • After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin the day with a scenic drive followed by an amazing ferry ride to Paine Grande Lodge.
  • From Paine Grand Lodge, you will embark on a full day of hiking on part of the iconic “W” Trek near the Grey Glacier, the third largest water producing glacier in the world!
  • Upon arriving at Grey Fefugio, you will be transferred via ferry to your Patagonia Base Glamp, a full-service luxury camp on the banks of the Rio Serrano, featuring comfortable cots and spacious tents large enough to easily stand in.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our camp chef as you settle in, relax, and take in the beautiful views along the Rio Serrano
  • Overnight: Patagonia Base Glamp
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Torres del Paine National Park | Base of the Towers Trek

  • Today you will have the opportunity to hike the most famous trail in Torres del Paine National Park, the Lookout of Torres del Paine.
  • Trekking up through Valle Ascensio, we’ll gain 2,300′ on this out and back hike.
  • Take in the ice blue glacier-fed lakes and lush vegetation of this beautiful valley along the trail, ending with incredible views of the park’s iconic granite towers.
  • Return to our Patagonia Base Glamp for a well-earned and delicious dinner
  • Overnight: Patagonia Base Glamp
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park | The French Valley

  • Today we will trek through the French Valley, one of the most stunning portions of the National Park and W Trek, where you will be led past hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of pinnacles and peaks.
  • Overnight: Patagonia Base Glamp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Bernardo O'Higgins National Park | Rio Serrano Zodiac Adventure

  • Enjoy an exciting Zodiac boat ride down the Serrano River, stopping for a short trek to the front of the Serrano Glacier along the border of Torres del Paine and Bernardo O’Higgins National Parks.
  • After enjoying your final hike we’ll continue by boat along the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. Meaning “Last Hope”, this fjord got its name in 1557 when Spanish Explorer Juan Ladrillera deemed it his last chance of reaching the famed Strait of Magellan.
  • Enjoy beautiful views of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park as you cruise down the Serrano River.
  • We’ll stop at Perales Ranch, a working cattle and sheep ranch that showcases Chilean culture. Enjoy a traditional BBQ lunch before continuing on, by ferry, back to the luxurious Noi Indigo Hotel in Puerto Natales.
  • Overnight: Noi Indigo Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Pingo Salvaje Horseback Riding

  • Today you will have an exciting visit to Pingo Salvaje, where you will be immersed in Chilean culture, go horseback riding, and enjoy a celebration lunch of traditional Chilean Asado BBQ.
  • Private transfer to Punta Arenas
  • Overnight: Rey Don Felipe or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: International Departure or Add-on More Adventure!

  • Transfer to the airport for a late afternoon departure from Punta Arenas
  • If you’re not done exploring, check out our add-on adventures that can be seamlessly integrated to the end of this itinerary
  • Meals included: B

Add-On Adventures

Santiago | 3 days from $995

City Exploration | Historical Sight Seeing | Pueblo de Los Dominicos Market

Penguin Colony & Puntas Arenas | 2 days from $895

Magdelena Island Penguins | Austral and Overas Toninas Dolphins | City Tour

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

The optimal travel season in Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park is between November and March.  We prefer the month of November as the conditions are the most optimal and least busy.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Punta Arenas, Chile. You will fly into and out of  Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ).

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options from global airports to Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Camp Airport (PUQ). WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. We utilize Danny Genung at Harr Travel to book all of our flights. He can be reached at: danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117. The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, they are not recommended, due to instability in the itineraries.

We recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

U.S. Citizens are not required to obtain a visa for travel in Chile. When you clear customs in Chile, you will be given a PDI card, tuck this safely into your passport. You will need to show your PDI card when you check into hotels and lodges.

*Please Note: You will need a passport valid for more than six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you to Chile in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: Cavalry, Rip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Hotels: We will begin and end our trip at sophisticated 4-star luxury lodges situated on the waters edge with breathtaking views of mountain peaks and fjords. Our last night will be spent in a cozy and beautiful hotel in the quaint town of Punta Arenas.

Patagonia Base Glamp: During our adventure, we will stay at a luxurious camp along the Serrano River. This riverfront camp boasts beautiful views of the entire Paine Massif and has great amenities; including hot showers (fresh towels provided), private bathrooms, comfortable tents, and power for charging devices.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that we go the extra mile to ensure all meals are nutritious and exquisite. While at our Patagonia Base Glamp, our chef will be preparing delicious meals while we are out exploring. We will also enjoy some traditional Chilean BBQ’s and dine at great local restaurants in Punta Arenas.

Transportation:

During this trip we will travel in private vans, driven by WWTrek guides. The most popular and unique mode of transportation on this trip will be our ferry and zodiac boat rides as we travel along rivers, glacial lakes, and fjords.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add another adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Chile, officially the Republic of Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.

Chile is today one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations. It leads Latin American nations in rankings of human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, state of peace, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption. It also ranks high regionally in sustainability of the state, and democratic development. Chile is a founding member of the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Religion:

Currently in 2015, the majority religion in Chile is Christianity (68%), with an estimated 55% of Chileans belonging to the Catholic church, 13% Protestant or Evangelical and just 7% with any other religion. Agnostics and atheists are estimated at 25%.

People:

Mexican professor Francisco Lizcano, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, estimated that 52.7% of Chileans were white, 39.3% were mestizo, and 8% were Amerindian. Due in part to its economic fortunes, Chile has recently become a new magnet for immigrants, mostly from neighboring Argentina, Bolivia and mainly Peru. According to the 2002 national census, Chile’s foreign-born population has increased by 75% since 1992.

Language:

There are several indigenous languages spoken in Chile: Mapudungun, Quechua, Aymara and Rapa Nui. After the Spanish invasion, Spanish took over as the lingua franca and the indigenous languages have become minority languages, with some now extinct or close to extinction.

Capital City:

Santiago, Chile

Time Zone:

Continental Chile uses the time offset UTC−03:00.

Population:

17.62 million