Day 1: Santiago - Torres del Paine National Park - Tierra del Fuego and Antartica
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas. From the Punta Arenas airport you will be driven to a eco-friendly camp located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Our fist stop will be in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you will enjoy a hearty local lunch. After lunch, we will head to Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. Overnight at a camp.
Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park
Wake-up and depending on how you feel, weather conditions and travel companions preferences, choose between an easy or active expedition. This itinerary in particular will be developed for those that want easy activities while seeing Torres del Paine. However, it can always be adapted and adjusted to your particular interests. At 9:30 am, we start the day driving to the northern shore of Sarmiento lake where the Fauna Trail begins. 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 an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where were picked up and driven to Laguna Azul. En route we stop at the impressive Paine waterfall to admiring its cascading water and picturesque surroundings. Upon arrival at Laguna Azul were treated to a classic Patagonian barbecue, prepared by a local Patagonian chef. Once we have feasted and enjoyed some rest theres time to explore the surroundings and walk to the nearby sightseeing point with a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Torres in the distance. We drive back to the camp for the evening festivities at around 5:00 pm.
Day 3: Torres del Paine National Park
We drive across the Park (at 9:30 am), admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until until we reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here we 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. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to the camp (8:00 PM).
Note: During the months of September, October and April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.)
Day 4: Torres del Paine National Park
We wake up very early (6:30 am) and after breakfast head to Cerro Castillo just outside the park, where we board the van heading across the border to Argentina. We pause for immigration checks and continue across the Patagonian pampers towards El Calafate. We pass by outpost Tapi Aike and then the Esperanza sector where we stop for coffee and stretch our legs. Around 11am we arrive at Miguez slope and enjoy the spectacular sight of Argentino Lake and the Andes Mountains, as well as a panoramic view of Santa Cruz river. Upon arrival in El Calafate we have a short break and meet our Argentinean guide for the Perito Moreno tour, before driving an approximate hour and a quarter to Los Glaciares National Park.
After entering the park we head to Argentina Lake and board a catamaran heading towards the wall of the Perito Moreno glacier which is 70m high above water level (up close we witness ice falling off the glacier from this height) and 140km deep below the surface of the water. We have the chance to walk along a 3km walkway leading along the front of the glacier, enjoying views of Perito Morenos impressive 5km long face. After our exciting encounter we return to the city of El Calafate where we have a brief stopover to look around, before boarding the van at approximately 5.30pm to head back to the border. Once in the van we soak up the views which welcomed us across the border and arrive back in Torres del Paine in time to enjoy dinner at the camp.
Day 5: Santiago - Torres del Paine National Park - Tierra del Fuego and Antartica
We board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas in time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 6: Santiago - Valparaíso
Leaving the hotel in Santiago, we will drive approximately 90 minutes west toward the coast, passing through the lush agricultural valley of Curacavi and the renowned Casablanca Valley, where Chiles move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal Casablanca region. The valley is now world-famous for its technology and commitment to terroir, producing some of Chiles best white wines and cool-climate reds.
Well arrive to Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance, the city is also one of Chiles most interesting. We will start in the downtown sector, learning about the history of Valpo and its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old hillside elevators will transport us up into the citys steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below. Our tour will lead us on foot through two of the most famous and eclectic neighborhoods, Cerro Concepción and Cerro Alegre. Our lunch in Valparaíso will be at one of the citys top restaurants perched in the hills, promising great food and great views.
After lunch, we will continue our tour in the resort city of Viña del Mar, also known as the garden city for its lush gardens and palm-lined boulevards. Well pass by the Reloj de Flores (flower clock) and the inviting beaches while learning about the colonial history of the city as well as its contemporary flair. In the afternoon, youll be transported back to Santiago. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 7: Santiago
Tranfer to the international airport to take a flight to your next destination. END OF SERVICES.
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