Day 1: Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales (hotel Indigo or local hostel), dinner and meeting to discuss trip program.
Day 2: Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. We will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley where from above you see the river (of the same name) running wildly past refugio Chileno where we will be spending our 1st night. After a quick stop here we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until reaching the glacial moraine. From here it’s a 1 hour trek to the top where the towers appear from nowhere! This trek is spectacular where you get to view the 3 pink granite towers with its glacial lake below that made the park famous. (6 hours round trip, 16 KM). Lodging and dinner Refugio Chileno.
Day 3: Travel by van through the national park, with a stop at the Salto Grande waterfall. Cross Lake Pehoe by catamaran. Trek to Glacier Grey (6-7 hours roundtrip, 22km ), one of the most beautiful glaciers of the Patagonian ice field. Return to Lake Pehoe. Lodging and dinner Paine Grande Lodge.
Day 4: Trek to the French Valley. This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world. Its surrounded by hanging glaciers (where you can see and hear the ice calving off at various intervals) and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires. There are amazing views throughout this trek and the further you trek into the valley the better they become! On the return journey you will notice the extraordinary turquoise color of Lake Pehoe (hidden lake in the Tehuelche Indian language). The trekking is 6-8 hrs depending on how far into the valley you go with a total of 24 km. Cross Lake Pehoe by catamaran at 6:30pm. Transfer to Puerto Natales, dinner and lodging (hotel Indigo or local hostel).
Day 5: After breakfast, we head to the Milodon Cave, surrounded by magnificent snow capped mountains and glacier colored fjords. Here we start our quest to follow the traces of the early beginning of the Holocene time (12.500 years B.P.), where the 1st human settlers starting to leave remains of their presence. We follow the coast of the paleo-lake of Last Hope Fjord, where you will visit various caves and learn about how the settlers lived and survived in this area. The final surprise is a unique cave painting that holds their final message to the world.
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