Discovering Torres del Paine

Some of the highlights of the W trek, in comfortable accommodation. You will hike the Ascencio Valley as well as visiting the Salto Grande waterfall, and a boat trip on Lago Grey. Also hike out to an estancia on a route that takes you off the beaten track. Lots of opportunities for photographers.

5 Days

$2,595

Discovering Torres del Paine - 5 - $2,595

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Transfer from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, see the Magellan Straight & Tierra del Fuego; photography opportunities.
  • Trek in the Ascencio Valley to the Torres del Paine Look-out
  • Visit the Salto Grande Waterfall, boat trip on the Grey Lake to Grey Glacier
  • Hike rarely visited trails to the Estancia, where there will be a Patagonian lamb BBQ
  • Private transfer back to Punta Arenas

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Discovering Torres del Paine

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Torres Del Paine National Park

Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas.

As you leave Punta Arenas you will be able to see the Strait of Magellan and the island Tierra del Fuego. Your 5-hour drive will take you through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias) and chances are you will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the Nandu (similar to ostrich). You drive through Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains. You continue driving along an unpaved road to the Torres Del Paine National Park. Upon entering the park you will have excellent photographic and birding opportunities as you drive alongside lagoons frequented by Chilean flamencos and black-necked swans.

Over the next two nights, you will enjoy the hospitality of the beautifully-located Hotel Las Torres.

Length of excursion: 5 hours by private transfer

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 2: Ascencio Valley

You begin your first full day trek, heading to the base of the Towers lookout point following the Ascencio River before entering the Ascencio Valley. Your walk will be uphill for one hour, stopping to observe the first glimpses of the valley and panoramic views of the Lake Nordenskjold. During the following 2 hours, you'll walk through unbelievable forests of tall deciduous beech (Nothofagus Pumilio) and waterfalls, and then continue ascending through a huge terminal moraine up to a photographic view point (900m). From here you will be surrounded by three giant granite towers (2850m) and a lagoon with slurry waters resulting from glacial erosion. You will stop here for lunch, taking your time to enjoy this astonishing scenery, before your descent returning along the same path back to your hotel.

Length of hike: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres


Day 3: Grey Glacier

Today we drive to Lago Grey, inside Torres del Paine National Park. The road passes through a landscape of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests. This unique habitat harbors a number of species restricted to southern latitudes. We make a stop at the Salto Grande waterfall to do our first hike to a look out point of the Paine Grande (3050m) and the Nordensjkold Lake. We will then arrive to the administration area to enjoy a lunch in front of the Toro Lake (the biggest in the region). In the afternoon we go up to the Grey Lake by boat. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers. We will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms. Then we take a transfer to our hotel on the shore of the Serrano River with amazing views of the Paine Massif.

Length of excursion: 1.5 hours by private transder, 2 hour hike, 3 hour boat cruise

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano


Day 4: Estancia Lazo

You will start a hike on a one-way path with panoramic glimpses of the park. According to the season you should be able to see specific flowers such as orchids, calceolarias, and neneos or maybe even experience the flight of the condor. Once you are at the highest point of the trail you connect to the rarely visited trail heading to Estancia Lazo and its Hosteria Mirador del Payne which are located outside the park. The Estancia Lazo, is a huge cattle center dating from the last century, with magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the main Estancia's house has been remodeled as a dining room-bar, keeping it cozy and country style. A typical Patagonian style lamb barbecue will be waiting for us at the Estancia-Hosteria where you will spend the night.

Length of excursion: 20 minutes by private transfer, 5 hour hike

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ

Accommodation: Estancia-Hosteria Mirador Del Payne


Day 5: Depart

You will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas and catch your onwards flight. 

Length of excursion: 5 hours by private transfer

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Please note that these programs are subject to availability in each hotel. Due to peak season restrictions, we cannot run this trip from the 23rd December - 5th January

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,595 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.

Please note:

The price for 2-3 persons is USD $2,995 per person

The Price for 4+ people the price will be USD $2,595 per person

There is a single supplement fee of USD $450

Includes

  • All the private transportation indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Boat to Grey Glacier
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Guide (English-Spanish languages)

Excludes

  • Flight to Santiago, Chile
  • Internal Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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