Why we like this estancia
- Only accessible by a 30-minute boat ride from Puerto Natales, it maintains a quiet and remote atmosphere
- They offer daily sheep-shearing demonstrations and a huge, traditional Patagonian asado for lunch
- As only one of two estancias on Antonio Veras Peninsula, their programmes are one-of-a-kind, and you can get away from the crowds in Torres del Paine
If you need some down-time, Estancia La Peninsula is the perfect place disconnect from the busy centre of the park. Wander the estancia grounds, including their stables and barn, or cozy up inside with a good book and a glass of wine. For those wanting a bit of adventure, there's more than enough going on in and around the estancia to keep you occupied for a few days exploring.
Depending on your fitness level, your guide will lead you up native forest and wetlands, or across rocky coastlines. A wildlife haven, keep your eyes peeled for a wide array of birds and other species, like rabbits.
If you’re up for a challenge, try a 2-4 day hike and hike up to incredible views on the estancia grounds, staying in rustic shelters along the way.
Roam around wide-open pampas, green southern beech forests and the coastline with a gaucho (cowboy) and a bilingual guide - no previous horseback riding experience necessary. Visit an archaeological site and learn about native flora and fauna along the way.
Hop into the Estancia’s Land Rover Defender and be rewarded with spectacular views during the drive up Cerro Ballena (Whale Hill). A great choice for those who would like to rest their legs after hiking!
The boat to the Peninsula leaves at 9 am from Puerto Natales and returns at 3pm, and carries a maximum of 16 people, which gives the area a quiet secluded feel.
About Estancia La Peninsula
The Estancia occupies 19,000 hectares between two defining landscapes of Chilean Patagonia - the pampa and the fjords. The combination of alpine environments, native forests and the coastline fosters a rich diversity of plants and animals, unique in the area, even when compared to Torres del Paine.
Only 2,600 hectares of this area is being used for cattle raising and tourism, while the rest is protected as natural and pristine habitat.
In the late 1800s, the MacLean family came to settle in the Última Esperanza region, and chose the area to begin cattle breeding. Harsh conditions drove most of the early settlers into Puerto Natales, but later generations returned to Antonio Veras Peninsula to set up permanent settlements.
While the family focused on sheep farming, they also turned their sights to tourism, and now open their doors to guests from all over the world to showcase the rich history of this land.
Food and drink
Upon arrival to the estancia you’ll be greeted with hot tea, coffee and fresh sopaipilla – a traditional fried pastry. The estancia offers a Patagonian barbecue known as the 'asado al palo' each day; lamb cooked on the spit, served with salad, an open bar (Chilean wine, beer, and soft drinks), and dessert.
The estancia focusses on high quality food which supports local growers and producers as much as possible. Vegetarian options can be arranged, please let us know beforehand.
You can stay at the estancia as part of a two-day experience. You'll travel by boat from Puerto Natales, spend one night at the estancia, and enjoy traditional Patagonian meals. Spend a day exploring the local environment and then another day hiking, horseback riding, 4x4 driving or taking a birdwatching tour. Or, if you want to maximise your time enjoying one type of activity you can do this for both days. Prices start from $560 per person, based on two people sharing for 2 days/1night.
Visiting the estancia for the day is also possible. Prices start from $240 per person for a morning tour, an afternoon activity, and a Patagonian lunch. Prices are for the 2019/2020 season from 1 October – 30 April. To find out more about these experiences as well as longer stays, please get in touch.
I love being able to unwind and roam on my own schedule here. Plus, you can tag along with the dogs who herd and protect the sheep - who are very, very cute!
Natascha Yogachandra Patagonia Specialist
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