Safari in Southern Patagonia

A flexible, multi-day itinerary with a sociable eco-friendly 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 El Calafate are included.

A flexible, multi-day itinerary with a sociable eco-friendly camp as your base. Daily excursion options for all abilities with expert guides to support you. Read more...

4 Days
$1,023

Safari in Southern Patagonia - 4 - $1,023

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • This flexible trip allows you to choose your own excursions daily
  • Start and finish your trip on any day of the week you like
  • Available activities range from relaxed nature walks to steep ascents, wild horse treks through pristine terrain to boat rides across icy waters
  • Stay in a sustainable, geodesic dome that give the adventurous feeling of camping whilst maintaining a homely feel

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Safari in Southern Patagonia

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure starts

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to your accommodation. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate or Puerto Natales.

En route, you make a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch. The journey is very scenic and atmospheric. Look out for wildlife as you travel through wonderful Patagonian landscapes.

The day ends with your arrival and overnight stay at your geodesic dome camp, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. This evening, you will have the chance to sit down with a guide to talk through your excursion options for the coming days.

Sunset is usually around 11 pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.

Meals: Lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Days 2 and 3: Choose your itinerary!

With the 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).

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Comfy dome camp


Day 4: Transfer back to Punta Arenas

You 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.

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch


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 marvellous 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 picnic 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: 5 km, 2 hrs

Timings: 10 am - 4 pm

Towers Base Trek:

After a hearty breakfast you'll set off from camp 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 a tough uphill climb, 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 picnic lunch, you'll backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to camp for a well-deserved dinner.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 22 km, 9 hrs

Timings: 8 am - 5 pm

Hike Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley:

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: Blade, Mask, Sword, Cathedral, Shark's Fin and the magnificent 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 camp.

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 15 km/9 mi Trek to Los Cuernos. You will walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this walk you'll be able to admire the area's exquisite flora and fauna, as you 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: 18 km, 6 hrs 

Timings: 8 am to 8 pm 


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 picnic 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 camp.

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 and April - the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled 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. In May, the boat trip doesn't run and the alternative excursion is the Pingo Trail Nature Walk (9 km).

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 0.8 km, 1 hr

Timings: 10 am - 8 pm

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 that 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 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 camp to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 12 km, 4 hrs

Timings: 7.30 am - 6.30 pm

Lazo Weber Hike:

You'll start your day at 8.30 am with breakfast and a moment to prepare your picnic lunch before boarding your bus at 10 am. Your ride takes you past the Lazo Weber Estancia where you'll enter the National Park via Laguna Verde and begin your 12 km hike. The Lazo Weber Trail is packed with native flora and wildlife - so have your camera 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 camp, you'll search for more animals to photograph and take a final moment to enjoy the scenery. At about 7 pm, 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

Please note that if the weather is not good, an alternative excursion will be provided. 

Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 12 km, 5 hrs

Timings: 10 am - 6.30 pm


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 that could easily be mistaken for a piece of art! Then begins your 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-kilometre relaxed walk, you reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where you're picked up and driven back to camp.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 10 km, 5 hrs

Timings: 10 am - 5 pm

Hike Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley:

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: Blade, Mask, Sword, Cathedral, Shark's Fin and the magnificent 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 camp.

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 15 km/9 mi Trek to Los Cuernos. You will walk through the sinuous Cuernos Trail which leads us alongside the beautiful Lake Nordenskjold. During this walk you'll be able to admire the area's exquisite flora and fauna, as you 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: 18 km, 6 hrs 

Timings: 8 am to 8 pm 

Towers Base Trek:

After a hearty breakfast you'll set off from camp 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 a tough uphill climb, 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 picnic lunch, you'll backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to camp for a well-deserved dinner.

Difficulty: Demanding

Distance: 22 km, 9 hrs

Timings: 8 am - 5 pm


Sundays:

Wild Horse Tracking:

After enjoying a buffet breakfast at camp, 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 brief 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 incomparable. 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 camp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to a warm meal.

Please note the Wild Horse Tracking is not available during winter; the excursion is therefore not offered in May & September. During these months, the excursion will be replaced by a 6 km/7.50 mi walk to Salto Grande & El Condor Lookout.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 8 km, 6 hrs

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm 

Cerro Paine Trek:

After a tasty breakfast at camp you'll head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. Hike along the mountain for half an hour, warming up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as you start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. 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 your left side. With any luck, you will follow the tracks of the puma as the Towers come into full view.

Enjoy the surroundings as you eat lunch, then begin the steepest part of the hike which leaves the forest and covers rocky terrain. As you ascend, admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. Walk uphill for about an hour up to 1500 m/4920 ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio Valley. After taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, you'll head back along the same trail returning to camp.

Difficulty: Very demanding

Distance: 16 km, 8 hrs

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Salto Grande & Condor Lookout:

After breakfast you head westwards by van, taking a route along the southern shore of Nordenskjold lake. Your first stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskjold lake into Pehoe Lake. From here it's a short walk to Cuernos viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mighty Horns.

From the viewpoint, you drive to Pehoe Lake and begin the two-hour round-trip walk to El Condor Lookout from its shores. You go gently uphill through the steppe vegetation; a great opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here you witness the piercing blue of Pehoe Lake and the Paine river. On a clear day, you can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice field in the distance. You re-energise while taking in the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snowcapped peaks.

After a hearty lunch in this perfect location, you backtrack along the same trail and drive back to camp.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 2 hrs

Timings: 10 am to 5 pm

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What our customers think

The stay at the Eco Domes was first class. Their staff is top of the line with friendliness and helpfulness.

Paul Miller United States Of America February 2019

The guides were awesome. They really made the trip as they were fun, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about Patagonia.

Kristen Lee United States Of America January 2018

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set every day (subject to availability) between September and May

Prices shown are for accommodation in a Double EcoCamp Standard Dome for 3 nights in low season.

The number of nights can be set between 3 to 7.

Single or double occupancy available. 

Please enquire for full details of pricing.

Additional Notes

  • The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. The order of the days in any itinerary may be changed at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations.
  • During Low & Shoulder Season (October and April), some excursions are subject to the weather conditions and may be cancelled or modified for safety reasons, for example, the navigation on Grey Lake, the excursion to the French Valley and to the Tower base trek. In this case, the original itinerary would be modified accordingly or you would be offered a good alternative excursion within the park.

Single Supplement And Child Policy

  • Minimum age 6 to participate in the program.
  • Children aged 6 to 9 are welcome to participate in nature walks.
  • Children aged 10 to 12 may participate in trekking excursions but the family must hire a private assistant guide.
  • Children aged 12 and up are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults. 
  • Please enquire about the children discount policy for more details.

Includes

  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners as per a 4 day itinerary 
  • Accommodation: Suite, Standard or Superior dome
  • All private transport included in the itinerary
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake* and/or Pehoe Lake. *please check the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine
  • English speaking guide (guide ratio 1:6, max group size 16)
  • House wine during dinner

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
  • International and domestic/in country flights

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