Safari in Southern Patagonia

A flexible, multi-day itinerary with a sociable, comfortable eco camp as your base. Daily excursion options for all abilities with expert guides to support you. Return to a comfortable bed, wood burning stove and en suite bathroom. Meals and transfers from/to Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or Calafate included.

4 Days

$1,179

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • This flexible trip allows you to choose your own excursions daily, to suit your desire and ability
  • Start and finish your trip on any day you like
  • Available activities range from easier nature walks to demanding treks.
  • Stay in sustainable, luxurious yurts that give the adventurous feeling of camping whilst maintaining a homely, comfortable feel

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Safari in Southern Patagonia

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Punta Arenas, arrival at the Yurt Camp

The trip begins with you being picked up in Punta Arenas and driven to the luxury yurt camp, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. There is also the option to join the trip at Puerto Natales or take a public transfer in from Calafate. En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890's. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen.The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at the yurt camp, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.


Day 2: Choose your itinerary!

With EcoCamp's Wildlife Safari, you choose the activities! Nature walks, treks, bike excursions, and more are yours to pick from - it all depends on your mood, weather conditions, and travel companions' preferences! Plus, our private excursion option gives you the freedom every day to choose any excursion that matches your special interests and wishes (ask our travel expert for more details).


Final Day: Transfer back to Punta Arenas

We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Those heading to Argentina will board an earlier transfer heading to the border.


Choice of excursions: 

Mondays & Thursdays:

Hiking or Biking to Laguna Azul:

On your way to Laguna Azul, you will have the chance to enjoy some marvelous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the pampas (the local steppe) where you 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, you will continue your drive to Laguna Azul ("Blue Lagoon"), where you'll enjoy your box lunch looking out over the lake, with a view of the three granite towers in the distance. An alternative is a bike ride in the wilderness near Laguna Azul where you will cycle among the herds of guanacos that roam the pampas. You will then jump into your van again, heading back to the EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 5km,  2h

Timings: 10am - 4pm

Trek Towers Base:

After a hearty breakfast you'll set off from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. Your big challenge comes as you climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading you towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,850 m/ 9,350 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 you, 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, you backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 22km, 9h

Timings: 8am - 5pm

Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley:

Hike After breakfast, you will be driven to Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. You will board the catamaran that will take you to the north-western sector of the Lake where you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A faster pace will take you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. You will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), M?scara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tibur?n (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's adventure will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, you will board the catamaran which will take you back to Pudeto, where you will be collected and transported back to EcoCamp.

N.B. The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe:

During May (low season) the catamaran service will be out of operation. Therefore, the excursion will be replaced by a 15km/9mi Trek to Los Cuernos. [Read more about Los Cuernos Trek]. You will walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this nice walk we will have the opportunity to admire the area's exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent views of the park's central lakes and the Paine's Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif.

Difficulty: Medium 

Distance: 18km, 6h 

Timings: 8am to 8pm 


Tuesdays & Fridays:

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride:

You start off driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. You'll stop at various viewpoints on the way to enjoy observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors and interesting flora. As you walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, you will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. From here, you drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here you 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 up-close look at the glacier, you drive back to EcoCamp. -

*Please be aware that the Grey Glacier boat trip is subject to availability, so please confirm your reservation in order to participate on the day of your arrival. (*During shoulder season -September, October, April and May- the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be canceled as the boat requires a minimum of 15 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.)

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 0.8km, 0.45h

Timings: 10am - 8pm

Western Lakes drive, Cerro Ferrier Hike:

You will begin the day driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande's snowy peaks and the black, granite, horn-like spires of Los Cuernos. As you walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, you will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive you south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. It is here where you will begin your hike to Cerro Ferrier, a fairly steep route taking us through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest where you might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. You will go uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that will offer us a unique perspective of the Paine Massive, Grey Glacier and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. You will then walk back to Grey Beach to meet our fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Together, we all head to Ecocamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 12km, 3.30h

Timings: 10am - 8pm

Lazo Weber Hike:

You'll start your day at 8:30am with breakfast at EcoCamp and a moment to prepare your Box Lunch before boarding your bus at 10am. Your ride takes you past the Lazo Weber Estancia where you'll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin our 12km hike. The Lazo Weber Trail is packed with native flora and wildlife - so have your cameras ready to snap pics of the guanacos, owls, eagles, condors, and caranchos; another bird of prey - all with the mountainous Paine range on your right. The hike is rather easy and apart from a few hills, the trail remains rather flat. You'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 your way, you 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 your hike takes you to a lookout point (El Toro Lookout) where you'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 you reunited with your van. But before we go back to EcoCamp, you'll search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. At about 7pm, you'll arrive back at our "dome sweet dome", ready to share in a tasty dinner and talk about your day hiking the Lazo Weber Trail

Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 12km, 5 h

Timings: 10am - 8pm


Wednesdays & Saturdays:

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail:

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 you 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. You 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 you 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 you drive back eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until you reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail. As you walk northwards along the trail we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe the occasional puma print! You pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where you're picked up and driven back to EcoCamp.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 6km, 5h

Timings: 10am - 6pm

Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley:

Hike After breakfast, you will be driven to Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. You will board the catamaran that will take you to the north-western sector of the Lake where you will begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that leads to the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far in you go depends on your group's trekking rhythm. A faster pace will take you to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the southeast face of the Massif, where you will be treated to fantastic views of the valley. You will then continue to ascend towards the upper section of the valley where you will be able to marvel at the extensive mass of the valley's geological formations: Hoja (Blade), M?scara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tibur?n (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). After your upward trek, you will pause for a picnic and relax a while. This day's adventure will end as you descend through an undulating terrain of mixed grassland and light forest which will take you to Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, you will board the catamaran which will take you back to Pudeto, where you will be collected and transported back to EcoCamp.

N.B. The excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe:

During May (low season) the catamaran service will be out of operation. Therefore, the excursion will be replaced by a 15km/9mi Trek to Los Cuernos. [Read more about Los Cuernos Trek]. You will walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this nice walk we will have the opportunity to admire the area's exquisite flora and fauna, as we enjoy the magnificent views of the park's central lakes and the Paine's Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. 

Difficulty: Medium 

Distance: 18km, 6h 

Timings: 8am to 8pm 

Trek Towers Base:

After a hearty breakfast you'll set off from Ecocamp towards Hosteria 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. Your big challenge comes as you climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading you towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,850 m/ 9,350 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 you, 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, you backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 22km, 9h

Timings: 8am - 5pm


Sundays:

Wild horse tracking

After enjoying a buffet breakfast at EcoCamp, you'll head towards the Laguna Azul sector. From here, you'll begin your journey by 4x4 through the folds of the Cordillera Masle, from which you'll be able to appreciate the Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de los Toros pass. After about 40 minutes, you'll arrive at a typical "puesto" where Patagonian "gauchos" would take refuge while caring for their livestock. Here, you'll hear a short but interesting introduction to the area's history and the evolution and characteristics of its wild horses. With the help of satellite tracking equipment, coupled with your guide's experience and knowledge, you'll begin your trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated in this sector surrounded by mountains, lakes, and plains, in the most pristine and untouched terrain of Torres del Paine.

Depending on the location of the horses, you'll choose a place to have lunch and share your stories and experiences. The experience of tracking, observing, and analysing the horses in such natural surroundings is uncomparable. Additionally, you'll be privy to fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson and the imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, you'll return to EcoCamp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to a warm meal. N.B. The Wild Horse Tracking is not available during winter; the excursion is therefore not offered in May & September.

During May and September (low season) the excursion will be replaced by a 6km/7.50mi walk to Salto Grande & El Condor Lookout.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 8km, 6h 

Timings: 8am to 5pm 

Cerro Paine Trek:

We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn't it?

As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We walk upward for about an hour up to 1500m/4920ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the ascencio valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp. 

Difficulty: Very hard

Distance: 16km, 8 hours

Timings: 9am to 5pm

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The Price of 761,900 CLP based on a Double EcoCamp Standard Dome in low season for 3 nights

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,179 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Departures can be set up between 8th September 2017 and 6 May 2018

Prices vary according to: Time of year: Low, Shoulder, High or Peak season

Type of Dome: Standard or Suite

Number of Nights: 3 to 7

Occupancy: Single or Double Please contact us for full details of pricing. 

Includes

  • Accommodation at EcoCamp's Suite, Standard or Superior Domes
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate,Natales if starting/finishing in Calafate
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people.
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake* and/or Pehoe Lake. *please check the itinerary
  • Meals: Day 1: Lunch / Box Lunch & Dinner Days in between: Breakfast; Box Lunch & Dinner Last day: Breakfast & Box Lunch

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks/ snacks not served with meals
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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