Trekking Antonio Varas Peninsula

Cross the fjord from Puerto Natales to the Antonio Varas Peninsula, where you’ll have the chance to summit a mountain, wander among dense lenga forests and expansive valleys, and visit an archaeological site. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the historic estancia here, and say goodbye with a traditional sheep-shearing demonstration and a classic Patagonian barbecue. Cross the fjord from Puerto Natales to the Antonio Varas Peninsula, where you’ll have the chance to summit a mountain, wander among dense lenga forests and expansive valleys, and visit an archaeological site. Read more...

4 Days

$1,034

Trekking Antonio Varas Peninsula - 4 - $1,034

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Starting from Puerto Natales, cross the fjord to Antonio Varas Peninsula by boat and trek to Cerro Ballena (500 m) 
  • Summit Mount Moore (1580 m) for views of the Andes and Sarmiento mountain ranges 
  • Optional hike to Misery Bay 
  • Trek to Cueva de los Niños (burial site of two Kaweskar children) 

Start from Puerto Natales and end at Puerto Natales

Landmarks visited on Trekking Antonio Varas Peninsula

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1 - Cerro Ballena:

Depart from Puerto Natales at 9 am from Puerto Bories, near Simple Patagonia. After crossing the fjord by boat, enjoy a brief welcome at Estancia La Peninsula and meet your guide. Then, begin your trek towards nearby Cerro Ballena (Whale Hill), named after its appearance from a distance. Once you reach the summit at 500m, you’ll be rewarded with views of the peninsula with the Moore mountain range in the distance, as well as the Balmaceda glaciers towards the north and Puerto Natales to the south. After returning to the estancia, you’ll get to recharge with a warm meal in a traditional rancho. 

Accommodation: El Rancho (wild camping)  

Meals:  Lunch, Dinner 


Day 2 - Summit Mount Moore:

Today, you’ll summit the beautiful Mount Moore (1580 meters) that defines the landscape on the peninsula. The summit is usually covered in snow, and fierce winds can come out of nowhere, so you’ll need to be prepared and flexible. However, at the top of the mountain, you’ll have incredible views of the Sarmiento mountain range as well as the network of fjords surrounding the peninsula. You’ll return to the same rancho as the night before to rest after a long day of trekking.

Accommodation: El Rancho (wild camping)  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 3 - La Barrosa:

You’ll start the day off by exploring the valleys and forests of the peninsula while trekking to La Barrosa, a part of the estancia with a small hut used by gauchos in the winter. Enjoy lunch surrounded by the breathtaking scenery here. Here, you’ll have the chance to use bathrooms and showers after two nights of camping. After lunch, if you’re up for it, you’ll have the chance to hike to Misery Bay, which is often covered in driftwood, or a nearby waterfall. 

Accommodation: La Barrosa Ranch (with bathroom facilities) 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


Day 4 - Cueva de los Ninos:

Today, we’ll start with a half-day hike to “Cueva de Los Niños” (Children’s Cave). This archaeological site dates to around 250 years ago, and is the burial site for two Kaweskar children, indigenous to the region. You’ll have time to examine the cave paintings and take in the amazing view before hiking back to the main estancia. There, a traditional Patagonian barbecue will be waiting for you, after which you’ll witness shepherding by the very intelligent (and extremely cute) sheepdogs. After a sheep-shearing demonstration, you’ll head back to Puerto Natales, arriving in town around 3:30 pm. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Includes

  • Bilingual guide with satellite communication devices
  • All meals in the field 
  • All transportation and navigation 
  • All logistics 

Excludes

  • Personal trekking gear 
  • Camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, mat) 
  • Lodging in town before and after the program 
  • Personal travel insurance 

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