5 Day Gauchos and Glaciers Ride

Suitable for experienced riders, this adventure through the Torres del Paine National Park gives you the opportunity to experience Patagonian nature and life. Be prepared for long days in the saddle as you ride to glaciers through stunning forests and valleys, with overnights a mixture of camping and hostels.

5 Days

$2,499

5 Day Gauchos and Glaciers Ride - 5 - $2,499

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Arrive Puerto Natales. Transfer to Estancia Perales. 2 hours riding in area.
  • Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano.
  • Ride to Glacier Grey viewpoint. Optional boat trip. Ride back to Serrano.
  • Ride up the opposing valley to Laguna Amarga
  • Half-day ride in the beautiful Laguna Sophia area. Transfer to Puerto Natales for onward travel.

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on 5 Day Gauchos and Glaciers Ride

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Puerto Natales

Meet in the comfortable cafe Spacio Kau for the trip briefing. Afterwards take a 20 minute transfer to Estancia Consuelo where there is a 2 hour ride in the area then transfer Estancia Perales, next to the waters of Last hope Sound.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Camping Estancia Perales


Day 2: Ride from Balmaceda to Rio Serrano 

After breakfast, guests will say goodbye to Estancia Perales and hop on the boat which will dock especially to take them for a great ride up the Last Hope Sound. Guests will enter the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. Shared by the regions of Magallanes and Aysen, this is the largest National Park in Chile and one of five of the most expansive in the world (over three million hectares). With access only via the water, the mountains or the southern ice field itself, it remains a remote and pristine corner of our planet. It also contains the third largest mass of ice on earth after Antarctica and Greenland, so the climate is understandably extreme.

We will disembark the boat here and enjoy the stunning views which combine old growth forests of evergreen and deciduous southern beech, fire bushes and cypresses - a stunning contrast to the snow capped peaks and glaciers in this region.

We will meet our new horses and have some lunch before setting out on a beautiful trail through thick forests passing pristine rivers and streams in the shadow of the Chacabuco and Balmaceda range of mountains. A fairly slow ride today gives us the opportunity to find our riding stride while enjoying the dazzling scenery on our route into the Torres del Paine National Park. Towards the end of the trail, we will cross the Nutria river and come out onto the pampas which marks the end of today's ride, as we approach our campsite.

This campsite belongs to the Astorga family who are still farming a few sheep and cattle and working in the traditional manner. For early risers, it also offers some of the best sunrises in all of Patagonia!

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Rio Serrano 


Day 3: Ride to Grey Glacier 

After breakfast we will be meeting our horses and preparing for the pampas ride to Lago Grey. Our view will be dominated by the jagged peaks of the Paine massif as we ride out along the Rio Grey to the largest glacier in the park, Glacier Grey. On reaching the trailhead we will tether our horses and walk out across the swinging footbridge through the forest to Grey beach. The view that greets us is memorable - the pebbly shores of the beach form an almost surreal contrast to the blue of the floating icebergs that have calved off the nearby glacier. Glacier Grey protrudes off the southern ice field and is quite simply a wonder of nature. Measuring 28km in length and covering a total area of 270 square km with its frozen walls of blue ice towering almost 35 metres high, it never ceased to impress.

After some time walking along the beach and enjoying our picnic lunch, we will walk back to our waiting horses for the ride back to Rio Serrano.

Meals: Breakfast , lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Rio Serrano 


Day 4: Ride the up and over across the heart of the park to Estancia Laguna Amarga

After breakfast we will pack up and start our ride eastwards towards the heart of the park. We will now be riding directly towards the Paine Massif mountain range so the views are dramatic and beautiful. Our trail skirts the southern edge of the mountains on a rarely trodden path as we pass azure and turquoise lakes with the huge granite mountain peaks standing behind. After a picnic lunch taken in one of the pretty valleys we will continue east onto the beautiful soft pampas of the Patagonian steppe. Our riding destination is Estancia Laguna Amarga which has spectacular views of the Towers of Paine. From here we will take a private transfer to the beautiful Laguna Sofia where we will have our last night together. Weather permitting we will dine outside with a typical Patagonian-style asado.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Night in the comfortable refugio


Day 5: Puerto Natales

Today we will saddle up our horses and finish our tour with a fabulous half-day ride in the mountains, hopefully with views of the condors. Our lunch will be taken with views of the mountains before heading back to Laguna Sofia. Here we will collect our things and take a private transfer to Puerto Natales, where the tour ends.


*Note on Day 3 for who would like to get up closer to the face of the glacier, we can arrange a trip out onto the lake in the Grey II boat. This is an optional excursion available at the cost of approximately US$140 per person.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,499 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.

6-10 riders: $2,499 per person

4-5 riders:  $2,699 per person 

3 riders:  $2,999 per person

2 riders:  $3,299 per person

*Single supplement: US$275 for all clients wanting guaranteed single accommodation.

An optional excursion onto Lago Grey in the Grey II boat is available on day 3 at the cost of approximately US$140 per person.

Includes

  • Three full-day rides on Criollo-mix horses with Chilean tack.
  • Boat trip up Last Hope Sound.
  • All meals on Day 2 through 4, breakfast on Day 5.

Excludes

  • Travel to and from Puerto Natales.

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