Riding Torres del Paine Estancias

Experience the true Patagonian lifestyle on horseback; riding through forests and lagoons to see the sights. You will stay in estancias experiencing authentic Patagonian BBQ and camp in domes by the shore, as well as visiting the Salto Las Chinas Waterfall and taking a boat trip to view the Glacier Grey.

6 Days

$3,395

Riding Torres del Paine Estancias - 6 - $3,395

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Ride to the Salto Las Chinas Waterfall; soaking up the tranquility, the travelling mist of the water, and the brilliantly green forest as you eat lunch
  • Witness how the largest lake in the region fuses with the Paine River from a privileged viewpoint of the areas surrounding Paine Massif 
  • Journey across the pampas to Lake Grey, then hike through beech forest and take a boat ride to get up close to Glacier Grey
  • Enjoy homemade breakfasts, Chilean specialities, Patagonian lamb barbecues and Pisco sours
  • Discover more of the local culture, including the love for horse riding, staying at a traditional working estancia

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Riding Torres del Paine Estancias

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Punta Arenas airport 

We recommend you take the early flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over the Andes and observing incredible views of the Patagonian Ice Fields. Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas a private transfer will be waiting to take you to Estancia Tercera Barranca. 

As you leave the airport you can see the Straits of Magellan and the mystical Tierra del Fuego. During the five-hour drive, you'll cross open pampas passing huge ranches (estancias) and with luck be able to see one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu (a rare South American ostrich). Then pass by Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a small fishing town surrounded by mountains. 

From there you will follow an unpaved road to Cerro Castillo, a village at the head of the Torres del Paine commune. Spend the night at Hosteria Pioneros.

Length of excursion: 5 hours by private transfer

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hosteria Pioneros


Day 2: One way ride to Estancia Tercera Barranca

After a hearty breakfast, set out on a full-day ride to Tercera Barranca. Over 7 hours you'll slow ride, trot and canter across the diverse Patagonian landscapes, with views of the Towers in the distance and encounters with guanacos and ñandus.

You'll spend a quiet evening at the beautiful Estancia Tercera Barranca. This is a family-run working estancia just outside of the Torres del Paine National Park. You can enjoy the fantastic views looking out from the huge windows and further unwind in front of the fireplace.

Length of ride: 7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ

Meals: Estancia Tercera Barranca


Day 3: Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas Waterfall

Today you will ride to the east of Torres del Paine National park. The first couple of hours will be across the Patagonian steppe, which is found on flatlands and plateaus with semi-arid, cold climates and an annual precipitation of up to 400 mm.

After 3 hours of riding you'll reach the Salto Las Chinas waterfall, an amazing lunch setting as you marvel at the force of the elements. Then you'll begin your return ride, heading back to the estancia. In the evening, gather in front of the fireplace with a Pisco sour in hand (Chilean brandy made from Muscatel grapes) and enjoy a Lamb barbecue Patagonian style.

Length of ride: 6-7 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ

Meals: Estancia Tercera Barranca


Day 4: One way ride to Rio Serrano Area

Begin the day's ride through native Nothofagus forests, navigating around small lagoons with incredible views of the Paine Massif and surrounding areas. Reach the highest peak of the day, again with an astonishing vista of the Paine River emptying into Toro Lake, the largest in the region. You'll want your camera for this.

From the viewpoint, begin your descent headed towards your shore-side home for the next two nights – the Riverside Campsite. Sleep in cosy domes on the shore of the Serrano River, beneath a view of the formidable twin black granite peaks.

Length of ride: 4-5 hours, slow riding, trotting and cantering

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Riverside Campsite


Day 5: One way ride to Lake Grey - Navigation in front of Glacier Grey

A morning ride across huge pampas and a bridge over the Grey River will take you to Grey Lake's superb viewpoint. You'll see the lake full of icebergs which have broken off from the Grey Glacier, part of the southern ice field which is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world.

After a picnic lunch in front of this magnificent view, you will set off on a short hike through a beech forest to the pier, listening for woodpeckers and Austral parakeets as you walk. You'll then take a one hour boat ride to view the glacier up-close, weaving through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier. You'll spend a while here, taking in the complexities of this ice formation and hopefully seeing some icebergs calve.

As you make your way back, look out for impressive ice mushrooms atop Paine Grande. You will return by transfer and stay at the campsite a second night.

Length of excursion: 4-5 hours slow riding, 30 minutes walking, 3 hours by boat and 30 minutes by transfer

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Riverside Campsite


Day 6: Transfer to Punta Arenas airport

The end of the trip. You can either take a private transfer to Punta Arenas or if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas, you can be dropped at your hotel. If flying from Punta Arenas, your flight should be after 14:00 in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
December 2019
9-Dec-2019 $3,395* Guaranteed Date
January 2020
2-Jan-2020 $3,895 Fully Booked
February 2020
1-Feb-2020 $3,895 Fully Booked
March 2020
4-Mar-2020 $3,895 Provisional Date
April 2020
2-Apr-2020 $3,895 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,395

The trip price varies depending on group size as shown below:

3-8 people - USD $3,395 per person

2 people - USD $3,895 per person

Single supplement of USD $550

Includes

  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Accommodation: 1 night ranch, 2 nights estancias, 2 nights camping in domes
  • Horses and riding equipment (saddles, helmets, chaps, gloves, bags)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) guides
  • Driver
  • Baqueano (local cowboy)
  • All private transportation mentioned in the itinerary

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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