The Last Frontier

On this extensive 14-day trip, you can experience the Patagonian lakes, mountains and glaciers of the Bernardo O'Higgins national park on horseback. With a combination of riding, walking and boat trips, you can view the sights as well as experiencing Patagonian Estancias, Camping and Lodges.

14 Days

$6,295

The Last Frontier - 14 - $6,295

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Trip Summary:

  • Ride to Puesto Vega Senoret
  • Full day cattle drive, ride to Estancia Cerro Campana
  • Horseback ride to Estancia Tres Pasos
  • Continue to Cerro Castillo to see Torres del Paine National Park
  • Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas Waterfall. Ride to Estancia Lazo
  • Journey to the Serrano River, with navigation in front of Glacier Grey
  • View Glaciers of Southern Ice Field, Hike to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • Boat trip along Serrano River to foot of Balmaceda Mountain, Transfer back to Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on The Last Frontier

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer Punta Arena's airport - Estancia Lago Sofia 

We suggest you take the early flight Santiago - Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over Los Andes and observing incredible views of the Patagonian Ice Fields. Upon your arrival to Punta Arenas, considered the most southern city on the continent, a private transfer will be waiting to drive you to the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales. As we leave the airport we will be able to see the Straights of Magellan and the mythical Tierra del Fuego.

During a 3-hour trip we will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the Nandu, (rare South American ostrich). Then we will head north, arriving in Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains. During late afternoon we will arrive to a working ranch. We spend the night in a cozy farmhouse.

Length of excursion: 4 hours by private transfer

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Laguna Sofia


Day 2: Horseback ride to Puesto Vega Senoret

Breakfast will be served from 7.30 to 9.00. The Ride will start at 9.30. We will be riding for 6 hours, with a lunch break of about an hour, where a picnic lunch will be served. We will arrive to the Puesto in Vega Senoret, this is a place far away from towns or cities the lodging here will be inside a mountain hut (Puesto), with no shower, and the toilet will be just latrine. We will enjoy a dinner around a fire in this amazing location.

Length of ride: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Puesto Vega Senoret


Day 3: Full day cattle drive and branding 

Breakfast will be served from 8.30 am, we will get the horses ready and we will start to do the cattle drive in order to change animals from one field to another, then we will have the branding. Lunch will be served at the Puesto and during the afternoon we will go for a ride to the hills to have a nice and panoramic view of the mountains surrounding the area.

Length of excursion: 3 hours cattle drive, 3 hours branding, 2 hours horseback ride

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ

Accommodation: Puesto Vega Senoreta


Day 4: One way rise to Estancia Cerro Campana 

Breakfast will be served from 8.30AM; your luggage will be transport by vehicle to the next Ranch. Take only the necessary items with you. The Ride will start at 9.30am to Cerro Campana; the ride will be a little more technical because we will go through a dense forest and rocky areas, by lunch time we will have an spectacular view of the hustler's valley and the condors perches, dinner and accommodation at estancia Cerro Campana.

Length of ride: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Cerro Campana 


Day 5: One way ride to Estancia Tres Pasos

Breakfast will be served from 8.30, we will get the horses ready and go for our ride to Tres Pasos, it is a 12 km ride very relaxed, the trail is surrounded by mountain and forest, we will arrive to Estancia traveler's inn Tres Pasos which used to be frequented by the Noble prize poet Gabriela Mistral.

Length of ride: 2 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Tres Pasos 


Day 6: One way ride to Cerro Castillo - Transfer to Estancia Tercera Barranca 

Today we ride through beautiful countryside until we arrive at a small farming settlement Cerro Castillo. This ride will take us around lagoons, through woodland valleys and up to a lookout point to see the Torres del Paine National Park. 

From here we will take a transfer to our next ranch: Estancia Tercera Barranca, a cozy farmhouse with amazing views of the Towers.

Length of excursion: 5 hours horseback ride, 30 minutes private transfer

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Tercera Barranca


Day 7: Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas Waterfall 

Today we 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 riding will reach a waterfall "Salto Las Chinas", where we have lunch before we start our ride back to our cozy ranch house. In the evening we will gather in front of the fireplace, with a Pisco sour in hand (Chilean brandy made from Muscatel grapes) to enjoy a Lamb barbecue Patagonian style.

Length of ride: 6-7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ

Accommodation: Estancia Tercera Barranca 


Day 8: One way ride to Estancia Lazo

We will start early in the morning, going down through a trail all the way to the border of Torres del Paine National park. We get to a look at point of the famous Torres, at the Sarmiento Lake, which is located at the limit of Torres del Paine National park. 

We will have lunch on the shores of Lake Sarmiento whilst observing its strange calcium formations and then continue on through forests and small lakes with wonderful views of the Paine Massif, to arrive at Hosteria Lazo, located just outside the park.

The Hosteria is part of the Estancia Lazo, a large cattle ranch dating from the last century, which has magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the estancia's main house has been remodeled into a cozy, country-style dining room-bar. 

Length of ride: 7-8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Estancia Lazo


Day 9: One way ride to Rio Serrano Area

We will begin our ride through native Nothofagus forests, going around small lagoons, with incredible views of the Paine Massif and surrounding areas. We reach the highest peak of our day with excellent picture taking opportunities of the Paine River emptying into Toro Lake (the largest in the region). From this viewpoint we will begin our descent to the park's visitor center, where we will spend the first of two nights on the shore of the Serrano River with amazing views of the "Cuernos" Del Paine.

Length of ride: 4-5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano


Day 10: One way to Ride to Lake Grey - Navigation in front of Glacier Grey

We will start our day by riding to Grey Lake. We will be crossing huge pampas and a bridge over the Grey River to reach a superb viewpoint of 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. Our lunch will be in front of this magnificent view.  

After lunch, we will take a boat ride to view the glacier up-close. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers and Austral parakeets. 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. We will return in the transfer to spend a second night at the hotel.

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

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Rio Serrano 


Day 11: Torres Del Paine National Park

After breakfast we go to Aniceto Astorga's farmhouse. There we'll choose our horses to begin a ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine national park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field. We'll spend the night here after setting up camp on the shores of Lake Brush.

length of ride: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, BBQ

Accommodation: Lake Brush Campsite 


Day 12: Serrano Glacier

After a good breakfast we continue to Bernardo O'Higgins national park. The trail takes us through humid forests, similar to those of the austral canals, following the Serrano River until it empties into the Sound of Last Hope, where we spend the night in the Hosteria Balmaceda with an amazing view of the Serrano glacier.

length of ride: 5 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hosteria Balmaceda 


Day 13: Puerto Natales 

We'll begin the day with a boat trip along the river as far as its outlet into the Seno de Ultima Esperanza, facing the imposing Serrano glacier at the foot of the Balmaceda Mountain (2148m). Here we make a short easy walk up to the glacier. We'll then take a boat, "the cutter, 21 de Mayo".

Length of excursion: 10 minutes by zodiac, 45 minute walk, 3 hours by boat

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ 

Accommodation: Weskar Lodge 


Day 14: Private transfer to Punta Arenas 

Clients should take the flight at 12:00 pm or later, if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.

Length of excursion: 2.5 hours by transfer 

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $6,295 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.

The price of $6,295 USD is based of a group of 5 - 8 riders 

The price of $6,995 USD is based of a group of 3 - 4 riders 

The price of $7,895 USD is based of a group of 2 riders 

There is a optional single supplement charge of $950 USD

Includes

  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • All the horses, saddles and pack horses on the excursion
  • Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
  • All meals indicated in the schedule
  • All accommodation listed above
  • Guide (English-Spanish languages) & Baqueano (Local Cowboy)

Excludes

  • Flight to Santiago, Chile
  • Internal Flight Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bags and mattress
  • Lunch on day 1 & 14
  • Dinner on day 13
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Estancia & Hotels.
  • Gratuities for Guide, Driver and Baqueano

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