Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Arrival Balmaceda, Transfer to Villa Cerro Castillo
- Trekking Cerro Castillo Reserve to Camp Turbio
- Follow Rio Turbio, see the hanging Pinon Glacier on route to Bosque, option to go on to La Tetera
- Climb Morro negro, and see Laguna Cerro Castillo
- Travel to Puerto Tranquilo and kayak to the Marble Caves
- Ice climbing and hiking on the Exploradores Glacier
After your 2.5 hour flight from Santiago to BBA, we will be at the airport to meet you upon arrival. The town of Cerro Castillo is 1.5 hour drive from the airport, where you will have a scenic drive to begin your trip in Patagonia. We'll take you to your bed and breakfast, La Casona, where you'll enjoy a private suite in an antique house. After settling in, we'll pick you up to head to town for dinner at a local restaurant and a meeting with your guides for the trek.
Start your hike to the reserve by hiking approximately 17 kilometers on your first day, following an old logging road for about two hours. You'll pass old gaucho camps that are used to take livestock to the mountains in the summer months and get a glimpse of the first crystal clear waters of Patagonia, until finally reaching the reserve entrance. You'll then pass the park office, register, and continue for the last 2 kms, where you'll set camp for the first night at Camp Turbio.
Your day begins following the Turbio River through the valley until beginning your ascent into the mountains. You'll then cross Pinon Pass, which has an altitude of 1,300 meters and the descent is a bit difficult because the rock scree is a bit loose. Our guides are excellent at pointing out the trail and you will descend from the pass alongside the hanging Pinon Glacier.
Except for the months of February and March, you can expect to have a small amount of snow through the pass, but not on the descent. It is easily hike-able and is actually easier than hiking over the loose rocks. After crossing the pass and arriving in the valley below, you will have the option to camp at Camp Bosque, or continue another 2.5 kilometers to the more beautiful Camp La Tetera. This decision will be decided during the trip with your guides and depends on how you are feeling after crossing the first pass.
If you continue to Camp La Tetera, in the evening you can take a side hike up to the glaciers, or in the morning, you can wake up early for some awesome shots of the sunrise coming up over the peaks of Cerro Castillo.
Depending on where you arrived the day before, you will either continue to La Tetera where you will have a short break before continuing to the Laguna of Cerro Castillo. You'll take a short break here to take in the scenery, before climbing up Morro Negro, peaking at 1,700 meters, and descending down steep rock scree before arriving at Camp Porteadores.
You'll begin your last day by taking a short hike, without your packs, to the upper camp, Camp Neozelandes, where you can check out views of the North face of Cerro Castillo and check out the glacial basin that is made up of Cerro Palo and Castillo. It is beautiful in this area of the reserve, and depending on the day, if it is warm enough, you can continue to Lake Yagan for a quick dip in the glacial waters. After, head back down to your packs and keep descending down the mountain back to the trail head and road that takes you to Villa Cerro Castillo. The hike down is easy, through Southern Beech forest, and only 6 kms from where you leave your packs at Porteadores.
After meeting up on the trailhead, we'll take you to a local spot for dinner and back to your b&b where you can have a full nights rest.
We'll head out to Puerto Tranquilo around 8 am, driving down the Southern Highway and stopping at view points for photos.
Arriving in Pto. Tranquilo around 11 am, we'll have a quick snack before heading to El Puesto Expediciones for a kayaking tour of the caves. This is about 2 hours long over generally calm waters, and no prior kayaking experience is necessary. We'll spend the evening around town and get a good nights rest before our trip to Laguna San Rafael. Lodging in Puerto Tranquilo
The ice hike on the glacier is an awesome day trip, hiking over the glacial moraine and traversing the glacier, investigating crevasses and ice caves, etc. Our local guide grew up in this area and has worked on the glaciers for years, getting you to spots other companies don't have access to and showing you how to ice climb with crampons and axes. No prior experience is necessary. Lodging in Pto. Tranquilo
Departure, leaving Pto. Tranquilo around 8 am to ensure enough time before your flight.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Departures can be set up on a date of your choice for a minimum of 2 people.
The price varies depending on the size of the group. Prices start from CLP 670000 per person, for a group of 6-8 people, and increase to CLP 1150000 for a group of 2-3 people.
- Transport to/from Airport
- All Meals (Excluding Dinner in Pto. Tranquilo)
- 2 Nights in B&B, 2 Nights in Private Suite in Pto Tranquilo
- 3 Nights Camping
- Evening Meals in Pto Tranquillo
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Travel insurance
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses