What excursions does Tierra Patagonia offer?

Illustrated Guide

1. Biking La Porfiada

La Porfiada is an out of the way area, part of the Cerro Guido Estanica, to the north east of Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll first drive north to Laguna Azul, before heading away from the crowds to this remote area, close to the Argentine border.

The ride is mainly downhill, through lenga and ñirre woodlands where native birds and animals can be spotted in the wilderness. At the end of the ride we’ll have a stunning view towards the northeast side of the Paine massif and the famous Towers.

Our driver will meet us at Laguna Azul.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium

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Biking at La Porfiada, Patagonia, Chile

Biking at La Porfiada

2. Sierra Baguales

From the hotel we first head out towards the Sierra Baguales, a mountain range north east of the National Park, close to the Argentine border. The scenery here is completely different from the Paine Massif and the geology is impressive.

We’ll walk along the bank of the Baguales River, looking for fossils and enjoying the remoteness and views of this mostly unexplored valley. After the walk we’ll begin the journey back to Tierra Patagonia.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium/easy

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Trekking in the Sierra Baguales, Patagonia, Chile

Trekking in the Sierra Baguales

3. Chilean Patagonia fly fishing trips

On these trips you may catch chinook, Pacific salmon, Patagonian tooth fish, brown and rainbow trout, some of which can weigh up to 26lbs.

Your expert guide will read the river and evaluate the best spot for fishing that day. Favoured locations for fly fishing include Rio Baguales, Las Chinas, Serrano, Lago del Toro and Lago Maravilla.

This excursion is a for keen anglers, it is not a fly fishing class. The fishing season in Southern Patagonia runs from October until April.

Full-day | Difficulty: Easy

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Catching wild brown trout at Rio Petrohue in the Chilean Lake District

4. Horse riding at Entre Lagos

We’ll start with a 20-min drive after which we arrive at the Entre Lagos area of Estancia Cerro Guido. Here we’ll put on chaps and hard hats before mounting our horses and riding off towards the Sierra del Toro and down towards Lake Sarmiento.

Along the way there will be superb panoramic views of the Paine Massif before we finish the ride at the hotel.

This ride requires previous riding experience as it is not on a marked trail.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium

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Tierra horse

5. Biking the Cañadón Macho

Brace yourself for excitement as you ride through the landscapes of Cañadón Macho. At the Laguna Azul area, we’ll don our gear and head off on our bikes on the mainly downhill route for the first section of the trail. The area is heavily populated with guanaco, with sentinels watching out for the herd on the top of the hills. In the background, the Towers of the Paine Massif form a spectacular backdrop.

You can choose to bike all the way back to Tierra Patagonia, or simply jump into the support vehicle when you’re ready to rest – the choice is yours.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium

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Biking the Cañadón Macho, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Biking the Cañadón Macho

6. Birdwatching

Birdwatching in Torres del Paine is a fantastic experience. The endless pampa, thick forests and changeable microclimates are home to a surprising number of native bird species, best seen in the early hours.

With over 120 varieties of bird so far identified in the hills, woodland and lagoons across the park, you’ll could spot eagles, Magellanic woodpeckers, flamingos, Patagonian ducks and the mighty condor.

Your knowledgeable guide will help show you the best places to look and tell you about the different species and habitats.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy

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Birdwatching in Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Birdwatching in Torres del Paine

7. Hunter's Trail trek

On this trek we’ll see remnants of the indigenous Aonikenk nomadic culture, part of the heritage of Patagonia. These nomads created paintings that we’ll see on rocky outcrops along the walk while we learn more about Patagonian history and the indigenous groups who lived in here.

This trail starts in a northerly direction towards the Paine Massif, its striking silhouette dominating the skyline of Torres del Paine. Along the way we’ll get the chance to spot some Patagonian wildlife, including guanacos, foxes and perhaps an Andean condor.

The trek finishes at the Portería Laguna Amarga, where our driver will be waiting to take us back to Tierra Patagonia.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium/easy

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Trekking the Hunter's Trail, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Trekking the Hunter's Trail

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All excursions at Tierra Patagonia are organised the night before depending on individuals' preferences, weather conditions and the guides' recommendations, with the intention of curating the best possible experience for the group.

8. Base of the Towers trek

This legendary trek is one of the most spectacular in Torres del Paine. The first section is a steep ascent, roughly following the course of the Ascensio River to Paso de Los Vientos. As we climb higher the views expand and the mountains come into sight.

After a section of fairly level hiking on a steep mountainside we arrive at Refugio Chileno. We then cross the river and enter the shade in the forest. We emerge from the trees onto a rocky hillside, with huge boulders making for challenging hiking.

All the effort of the ascent is rewarded with spectacular views of the of the Towers. We’ll take the time to appreciate the isolation and grandeur of these mountains before retracing our steps.

Full-day | Difficulty: Difficult

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Base of the Towers, Torres del Paine, Chile

Base of the Towers, Torres del Paine

9. Cañadón Macho trek

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10. Glacier View trek

We start with a drive across the national park with striking views of the Paine Massif. The trek begins at the Grey checkpoint from where we trek through beautiful lenga forest and cross the Pingo River on a hanging bridge before we descend to the pebble shore of Lake Grey.

We’ll walk along the beach for 40mins to the Grey peninsula. From here we take a trail around the headland where we’ll see ice floes that have drifted down from Grey Glacier in the distance.

Our trek ends on the far side of the peninsula, following the beach back through the wood to our van takes us back to the hotel.

Full-day | Difficulty: Medium

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Excursion in Torres del Paine, Chile

Excursion in Torres del Paine

11. Sailing to Glacier Grey; Touring the Paine Massif

This excursion takes us through the western area of the national park where we’ll get spectacular views of the distinctive ‘horns’.

Afterwards, we’ll pass through Nothofagus woodland to reach the beach on Grey Lake, where you’ll see large ice floes floating in the water. Here we board the catamaran and sail out towards Glacier Grey, surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Paine Massif.

Note: This excursion incurs an extra cost and must be reserved and paid for in advance, at the time of booking.

Full-day | Difficulty: Easy

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A photographer beneath the Cuernos

12. Cerro Ferrier trek

We'll drive south to the shore of Lake Grey from where our hike to Cerro Ferrier begins. This is a fairly steep route which takes us through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest.

After ascending for about 1.5hrs we'll reach a viewpoint that will offer a unique perspective of the Paine Massive, Grey Glacier and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. We'll then return to Lake Grey and head back to Tierra Patagonia.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium

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Man bracing the wind at the Mirador Ferrier, on Torres del Paine Hike, Chile

Bracing the wind at Mirador Ferrier

13. Kayaking on Lake Grey

Kayaking on Lake Grey is a unique experience. We’ll spend the first part of the day on the lake, amongst the giant ice pieces which have broken off the main glacier and been blown by the wind to the far end of the lake. In the afternoon, if conditions permit, we’ll take the kayaks down the river towards the Serrano area.

Note: This excursion incurs an extra cost and must be reserved and paid for in advance, at the time of booking.

Full-day | Difficulty: Easy

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Kayaking on Lake Grey, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Kayaking on Lake Grey

14. Cuernos Viewpoint trek

The trek starts near the Salto Grande waterfall which connects Lake Nordenskjold and Lake Pehoe. We follow a route through an exposed, barren area buffeted by strong winds.

We'll arrive at the viewpoint from where there are spectacular views of Los Cuernos on the other side of the turquoise Lake Nordenskjold.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium

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A hiker points out the Cuernos peaks, Torres del Paine

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Peter says

Of all of the luxury lodges in Torres del Paine, Tierra is my favourite. At the end of a day's exploring you still have those incredible views of Lago Sarmiento, the vast steppe, and the Paine Massif to enjoy over dinner, a glass of wine at the bar, or from your enormous bath tub.

Peter StanleyJones Patagonia Specialist

15. Condor Viewpoint trek

We'll drive to Lake Pehoe and start a 2hr round-trip trek to Condor Viewpoint. From here we'll see the shocking blue of Lake Pehoe and the River Paine and on a clear day it's possible to see the vast Southern Patagonian Icefield in the distance.

After a picnic lunch in this superb spot, we'll retrace our steps along the same trail and drive back to Tierra Patagonia.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy

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16. Ancient Geology at Lake Sarmiento

Discover ancient geological formations and unearth thousands of years of geology around Lake Sarmiento on this hiking tour. A 40-min drive takes us from our hotel to our starting point, for a varied trek over both flat and slightly steeper terrain before we hit the shores of the lake.

This expanse of water is home of formations called thrombolites, which were formed early on in the history of the world’s geology. The conditions needed for them to be created are a precise balance between climatic conditions, alkaline levels in the water and wildlife in the area amongst others. There are very few sites in the world where thrombolites are found.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium/easy

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Lake Sarmiento, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Lake Sarmiento

17. Paso de Agostini trek

This is a little-known trail, away from the crowds, with the iconic Paine Massif as a backdrop. Setting off from Estancia Lazo, we begin our walk at Laguna Verde.

Our route takes us through lenga forest to reach a series of lookout points, with panoramic views of the lakes and mountains. We’ll stop for lunch along the way in a tranquil, natural setting before continuing on to a short climb of around 10mins to a viewpoint from where we can see the largest lake in the area, Lago del Toro.

The trip ends with a fairly steep descent to Weber Bridge where our driver is waiting to take us back to Tierra Patagonia.

Full-day | Difficulty: Medium/difficult

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Paso de Agostini trek, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Paso de Agostini trek

18. Horse riding at Estancia Lazo

There’s no better place to horse ride than with local gauchos at Estancia Lazo, reached by a beautiful drive along Lake Sarmiento.

At the estancia, we meet our horses and saddle up, ready for an adventure on horseback through mixed terrain and glorious scenery. We’ll ride through an ancient lenga forest, before arriving at a clearing which offers spectacular views of the Paine Massif.

Looking out over the iconic mountains of the national park is sure to remain as a warm memory long after you return home.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy

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Horse-riding excursion on Chiloé Island, Chile

Horse-riding excursion on Chiloé Island

19. In Tierra's Backyard trek

This trek is exclusive to Tierra Patagonia and is an excellent introduction to the picturesque fringes of Torres del Paine National Park, close to the border between Argentina and Chile.

We’ll begin with a gentle walk along the shores of Lake Sarmiento, next to the hotel, where we’ll have views of the Cordillera Paine and Sierra Baguales  mountain ranges on the horizon. The trail makes its way through low vegetation typical of the Patagonian steppe and there is abundant opportunity to spot wildlife such as eagles, foxes, Patagonian rheas and Andean condors.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy

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Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

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20. Horse ride at Estancia Dos Elianas

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