Day 1: Patagonia Region - Tierra del Fuego and Antartica
Take a bus to Puerto Natales from the Punta Arenas airport. Overnight at a hotel in Puerto Natales.
Note: In the evening, we will stop by your hotel to go over the activities for the following days.
Day 2: Patagonia Region
Transfer by van to Torres del Paine National Park. This is a two hour journey crossing the pampa Patagonica. Arrival at Torres del Paine. Benign trekking to the Ascencio Valley. After a quick stop at the Refugio Chileno we will continue through a forest of the native Lenga (Beech) trees until we reach the glacial moraine. From here its an hour trek to the base of the Towers 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 at a Refugio.
Day 3: Patagonia Region
Today we will trek along Lake Nordenskjold (named after the Swedish geologist whos studies formed an important contribution to world glacial geology) and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, where we will reach the base of Los Cuernos (5 hours, 11 km). Overnight at a Refugio.
Day 4: Patagonia Region
Trek to the French 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 |*@*| 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 way back, 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 want to go (total of 24 km). Overnight at a lodge where you can enjoy a pisco sour in the bar that overlooks Paine Grande
Day 5: Patagonia Region
Trek along the mesmerizing Grey Lake (3-4 hours, 11 KM ) with magnificent views of the Grey Glacier and floating icebergs. Visit the glacier lookout point and its lakeshore for close up views of vibrant-blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for "blue"). At lunchtime, travel through the Grey Lake (2 hours), a magic lake surrounded by ice bergs. The boat will go right up to the tip of the glacier. While standing on the deck sipping the crew will serve you a pisco sour served with glacial ice! Overnight at a lodge.
Day 6: Patagonia Region
Your next journey will begin at the Serrrano river sector (located at the southern border of Torres del Paine National Park). Here we will prepare and distribute the kayaks and begin with the safety and paddling instructions. Our guides will recommend the appropriate equipment you will need to take during the trip and the rest of your luggage will be taken directly to Puerto Natales and stored in our office. Paddle for approximately 2 hours across the first section of the Serrano river, this is a calm zone which will gives us the opportunity to see and assess the level and comfort of kayakers. The first team activity will take place on arrival at a small waterfall in the river and we will carry the kayaks roughly 100 meters. Depending on weather conditions and the number of daylight hours remaining we will continue for either 1 or 2 hours before arriving at the camp and preparing dinner.
Day 7: Patagonia Region
Today, we will continue to paddle towards Mount Balmaceda and Glacier Serrano, where we will be able to see from a distance the glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Finally we´ll arrive at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O´higgins National Park) and set our camp base here.
Day 8: Patagonia Region
With an early start; depending on the weather conditions, we will carry the kayaks 100m to the lagoon of the Serrano glacier so that we can paddle in |*@*| amongst the ice-bergs until 11:00am. Return to Puerto Natales by boat. Arrival time: 5 p.m. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 9: Patagonia Region - Tierra del Fuego and Antartica
Take a bus from Puerto Natales to the Punta Arenas. END OF SERVICES.
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