Experience Paine’s Lakes and Wildlife

Looking for a tranquil, comfortable and eco-friendly base from which to go on expertly guided hikes, and appreciate the lakes and wildlife of Torres del Paine? This all-inclusive trip does just that whilst staying in a light and cosy yurt amid a forest on the Lago Toro shoreline.

6 Days

$2,290

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Experience Paine’s Lakes and Wildlife - 6 - $2,290

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike to Laguna Azul with novel views of the Paine massif along the way
  • Explore virtually uncharted territory around the peninsula of Lake Toro
  • Hike to the breath-taking scenery of Cascada del Toro waterfall; take in the area’s wildlife in the afternoon
  • All-day hike to the base of the mighty Torres del Paine

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Experience Paine’s Lakes and Wildlife

Operator's Itinerary

Sample itinerary (excursions can be changed according to personal preference)

Day 1: Arrival

Transfer from Punta Arenas* airport to the camp.  After a long day of travelling, take the evening to relax in the bar and lounge, enjoy the restaurant, and take a stroll around the area.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt



Day 2: Laguna Azul and Condoreras

The first stage of this scenic route is an hour and half-long vehicle ride, along the road to Bahia El Bote to arrive at the Condoreras, where the hike begins. A gradual climb of about 30 minutes to reach the top leads to an unparalleled view of the Paine Massif, an unusual perspective of Sierra del Toro and Sierra Contreras. The strong winds in this spot bring to mind an intense feeling of freedom.


The journey goes on to Laguna Azul lagoon, a 45-minute ride by car and a perfect rest for your legs! The lagoon is located in the northeastern area of the park, and from here again you will have a view of the Paine massif from an unconventional angle. Once there, the simple walk along an almost flat, 4 km trail, towards Lake Paine is a pure joy - and the main attraction is always a wonderful view of the three famous Torres del Paine standing out in the midst of the painting!

Length of hike:  10 km, 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt



Day 3: Toro Peninsula Hike

An ideal route for those who like to explore practically uncharted land. Along most of the way you can admire the Paine massif and lakes Maravilla, Porte?o and Toro. Immerse yourself in many different ecosystems, such as the pre-Andean mesophilic scrubland and a coihue trees rainforest with coicopihues and fuinque, and observe the area's biodiversity. Later you will arrive at a livestock trading post, the Puesto Las Dudas, and learn about the local gauchos' lifestyle and hard work in the unpredictable Patagonian climate. A truly unique experience!

Length of hike:  13 km, 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt



Day 4: The Waterfall Trek and Fauna Trail Hike

Morning:

Enjoy a beautiful and solitary spot just a few meters away from the hotel and within our grounds. The trail starts only 500 meters from the entrance to the Camp, bordering the vast Lake Toro and exhibiting its splendid waters, with gleams of striking blue and turquoise colors changing every moment depending on the light. After approximately a 40-minute trek you will arrive at the base of the Cascada del Toro waterfall, which is surrounded by native woods, lush vegetation and a variety of birds - and ideal excursion for bird lovers! While visiting this secret spot you can take beautiful pictures from yet another angle of the Paine Massif, Los Cuernos, La Sierra and Lake Toro. When all is said and done, this exclusive walk will take you on a visit to a secluded getaway and one of our most romantic landscapes.

Length of hike:  2 km , 2 hours

Afternoon:  

This trail is particularly interesting as it passes through one of the most extensive bioclimatic areas in the park, the pre-Andean xerophilous scrubland, here found in a practically pure state. This is an ideal hike to observe wildlife and you may encounter gray foxes, guanacos and ?and? (rheas). It is the puma's hunting ground and many traces of hunting can be seen. You will also be able to visit caves with prehistoric paintings dated at from before the Tehuelche period, or around 6,500 to 6,000 years old. An experience rich in Nature, history and moderate exercise!

Length of hike:  8.5 km, 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt


Day 5: All-day hike to the base of the mighty Torres del Paine

A deservedly famous and highly demanding excursion. After crossing the Ascensio River you will walk uphill around 2.5 km until reaching Pasos del Viento pass at about 480 meters above sea level (masl), with a beautiful panoramic view of the pampa, the lakes to the south and the Ascensio Valley itself. From there you will descend to the Refugio Chileno shelter. Up to that point vegetation is that of the pre-Andean scrubland bioclimate; from then on vegetation changes completely and as you climb you will penetrate the ancient lenga tree forests until you reach the Torres Glacier moraine at 600 masl. Once out of the forest a final push of around 45 minutes of continuous uphill climbing will take you to the Torres Base at 870 masl, where you will behold directly in front of you the three massive granite giants, the best reward to your efforts!

Throughout the trek you will observe fauna such as condors, mora eagles, caranchos and other birds of prey.

Length of hike:18 km, 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Deluxe Yurt



Day 6:  Departure

After a filling breakfast, prepare for your transfer onward to the airport at Punta Arenas*

Meals: Breakfast 


* Transfers are also available between the camp and Puerto Natales or Cerro Castillo

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $2,290 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.

Additional Notes

Low season prices: USD $2,290 per person for five nights all-inclusive, based on double occupancy in a deluxe yurt.

High season prices: USD $3,300 per person for five nights all-inclusive, based on double occupancy in a deluxe yurt.

For two nights, all-inclusive rates start from USD $1,000 per person. Rates include transfer to and from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Cerro Castillo; breakfast, packed lunch and dinner; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; choice of daily excursions; bilingual guides; entrance to Torres del Paine National Park.

Bed and breakfast rates from USD $440 per person for two nights.


Transfers - included in/out from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and El Calafate at set times each day. Transfers schedules subject to change without prior notice.

Includes

  • Accommodation at luxury yurt camp
  • Full board
  • Open bar
  • Daily excursions with bilingual guide 
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Transfer to/from Punta Arenas (and El Calafate upon request)

Excludes

  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Premium liquors/wine

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