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Torres Patagonia Lodge - 7 Nights Itinerary B

The Las Torres Patagonia Lodge provides both full-day and half-day excursions that will fulfill your need for adventure in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. In fact, each traveler, couple or group can select their own excursions according to their own rhythm and particular interests. For example, this 8-day/7-night excursion is designed for enjoying a range of themes within the national park – from the park’s fauna, wildlife and geology, to the culture of the region’s gauchos and ancient indigenous people. Whether you crave to witness the drama of a calving glacier or take a long horseback ride across the pampas, the lodge’s full- and half-day excursions include various modes of transportation, including hiking, horseback riding, 4x4 safaris and boat trips. Last but not least, these excursions vary from easy to difficult – depending on your fitness and expertise. On all excursions, you will be accompanied by an experienced guide or a baqueano (gaucho), who will share their knowledge of the Patagonia and bring vivid color to those “little things” that are generally overlooked.

The following detailed itinerary is just an example of a tour that can be designed by any guest(s) at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa after selecting from the number of excursions offered.

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Torres Patagonia Lodge: Highlights

Patagonia, Salto Grande Waterfall, Tour of Torres del Paine, Hike, Ascent, Horseback Riding, Trekking, Wildlife Watching, Culture Hike

Torres Patagonia Lodge: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Salto Grande Waterfall (2-hour walk)
Day 2: Full Tour of Torres del Paine National Park (B – Road Trip & Optional Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Cruise)
Day 3: French Valley Hike & Ascent (16km / 10 miles)
Day 4: Enchanted Valley Hiking of Horseback Riding
Day 5: Los Cuernos Trek (22 km / 13 miles)
Day 6: Hike to Lake Grey Lookout Point (22 km / 14 mile)
Day 7: Huella de Puma Horseback Riding or Hiking
Day 8: Wildlife Watching & Ancient Patagon Culture Hike
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Torres Patagonia Lodge: Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Salto Grande Waterfall (2-hour walk)

The highlights of this relatively easy half-day excursion are the Torres del Paine National Park’s most spectacular waterfall and an astonishing viewpoint. Your adventure starts in the heart of the park’s lake district after a scenic 45-minute drive to the Pudeto parking area. From there, we will make a short walk to the raging Salto Grande Waterfall, which channels water between the Nordenskjöld and Pehoé lakes. From the waterfall, we will continue along the trail that leads through the portion of the park that was impacted by a major forest fire back in 2011-12. Among the remnants of fire-ravaged trees, new life is already sprouting from the rich Patagonian soul. The path continues to the Sendero Mirador Cuernos lookout point. At this site, which is possibly the park’s most spectacular viewpoint, you will have striking views of the three “Horns” (Los Cuernos), Mount Paine Grande and French Valley, as well as a breathtaking spectacle of the French Glacier’s rock and water and ice of the on the north shore of Lake Nordenskjöld.  For those who don’t want to undertake the complete two-hour hike, you can opt for a shorter version that features just the brief hike to Salto Grande waterfall.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Full Tour of Torres del Paine National Park (B – Road Trip & Optional Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Cruise)

Another “full tour” that gives guests the fullest introduction to Torres del Paine National Park, this 4-5 hour excursion will take you into the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. The adventure includes visit to the park’s best lookout points, short walks to memorable sites, and the chance to go on an incredible sailing adventure to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. During this excursion, visits include Puente Negro (“Black Bridge”), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and the Salto Grande waterfall.

After enjoying a traditional lunch, you will have a chance to sail along the Serrano River to Mount Balmaceda and visit the largest national park in Chile: Bernardo O’Higgins. During this incredible adventure on a motorized 5-16 passenger zodiac boat, you will be able to observe the Tyndall and Balmaceda glaciers, where the national park’s currents join and flow on into the Pacific Ocean. The sailing expedition also includes a 1-1/2 hour stop in the area near Serrano, a place where you can walk through evergreen forests for an incredible view of that glacier. The return trip heads out from the same place.  *The sailing trip is optional and is not included as part of the excursion rate, except for guests participating in the hotel’s all-inclusive programs.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
French Valley Hike & Ascent (16km / 10 miles)

The famous Valle del Francés (“French Valley”) provides for one of the hotel’s longest excursions, venturing into the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and proceeding along part of the famous “W” Trail. After a 45-minute drive from the hotel, we will board a catamaran near the Pudeto Ranger Station, and then take a half-hour cruise across Lake Pehoé to then start the trek. The first part of the trail is relatively flat (changing about 300m/980 ft). It leads along the north side of Lago Skottsberg to the bottom of French Valley and the Italiano campsite, where we will stop for water and snacks. There at the campsite, you will have the option of turning back or continuing onwards into the French Valley, which is along a steep trail through a lenga forest, and then enters a rocky moonscape above the tree line. Roughly 2.5 km (1.5miles) from the Italiano campsite, we will reach a lookout point at the foot of the Los Cuernos (“The Horns”), which affords an awesome view of the French Glacier. The altitude change from start to finish is 700-800 meters (2,300-2,600 feet).

There is also an option of returning to the hotel on the “W” Trail via the Cuernos base camp rather than taking the catamaran back across the lake. This is a 16 km (10 mile) hike from Italiano campsite, and will take about 5 hours to cover (it’s possible that you would have to do this hike by yourself if the guide has to return by catamaran with the rest of the group.)

* The boat ride on board the catamaran is obligatory (one way) and included for guest with the hotel’s all-inclusive program.

** Excursion available November to March.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Enchanted Valley Hiking of Horseback Riding

On this all-day excursion, you can gallop across the pampas and through the lenga forest on this equestrian adventure. Starting off from the Estancia Cerro Paine stables, your ride follows the “O” Circuit around the eastern edge of the Paine Massif into the Paine River valley. This area’s lenga forest provides habitat for many species of birds, including Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and Chilean flickers. The trail itself provides great views of the Laguna Azul (“Blue Lagoon”) and Cerro Paine Mountain before we reach the Serón Campsite in the Valle Encantado (“Enchanted Valley”), where you can find colorful daisies in the spring. After enjoying our box lunches at the campsite, the group will ride back to the hotel via the same route, galloping free across the open pampas.

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Day 5
Los Cuernos Trek (22 km / 13 miles)

Proceeding by foot or on horseback along the edge of the Paine Massif, this 22 km (13 mile) round trip will bring you up close and personal to the famous “Horns” of Torres del Paine. After heading out from your hotel, we will follow the route along a relatively flat section of the “W” Trail, between Monte Almirante Nieto and the north shore of Lake Nordenskjöld. As we make our way to the Cuernos base camp, you will find streams fed by slowly moving glaciers cutting through the rocky trail. Located just below a cluster of jagged peaks called Los Cuernos (“the Horns”), the campsite offers incredible views across the lake Nordenskjöld. While enjoying your box lunch, you will have plenty of time to linger by the lakeside before returning along the same path to Hotel Las Torres.

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Day 6
Hike to Lake Grey Lookout Point (22 km / 14 mile)

This water and trail adventure on the western side of the Paine Massif provides one of the Torres del Paine National Park’s most incredible views. Beginning with a 45-minute drive from your hotel to the Pudeto parking area, we will board a catamaran* for a half-hour crossing of Lake Pehoé. After reaching the other side, we set off on a trail along the east side of Lake Grey beneath the towering Paine Grande Mountain. The path rises and falls through rocky areas, endemic forests and woodland areas destroyed by the wildfires back in 2011-12, before ascending to the Grey Lookout Point and its magnificent views of the lake and glacier.  The 22 km (14 mile) round trip hike can be exceedingly wet, cold, rainy and windy even during the height of summer, making it probably one the hardest excursions, along with “Huella del Puma” and “Las Torres Sendero de Ascencio,” so anyone undertaking it should be in good physical condition.

* The round trip boat ride is mandatory but not included as part of the excursion rate, except for guests participating in the hotel’s all-inclusive programs.

** Excursion available November to March.

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Day 7
Huella de Puma Horseback Riding or Hiking

This combined horseback and hiking excursion is capped off with one of the national park’s most striking lookout points: the 1,508 meter (5,000-foot) summit of Cerro Paine (“Paine Hill”). The first part of this excursion is on horseback along a scenic forested section of the Ascencio Valley. Later, leaving the horses behind, we will ascend pass the tree line and hike up to Cerro Paine’s windy summit for truly astounding views of the three towers, the Paine River Valley, Laguna Azul (“Blue Lake”), and the Nordenskjöld and Sarmiento lakes. This view includes granite peaks, glistening glaciers, shimmering lakes, lush green forest and Patagonian pampas in a single view as you slowly pan around. Following a snack at the summit, we will return via the same route to meet back up with our horses and ride back to the hotel.

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Day 8
Wildlife Watching & Ancient Patagon Culture Hike

The main attractions of this trek in the park’s southeast corner are iconic animal species and remnants of the ancient Aónikenk people of Patagonia. This excursion begins with a 25-minute drive near the Laguna Amarga ranger station, and continues along the southern trail. This area is called the “puma restaurant” by locals because these big cats make so many kills here. Though you’re chances of seeing these cougars are fairly slim, the skeletons of their many guanaco kills can clearly be found along this trail, as numbers of guanaco often graze along both sides of the path. You will also have a good chance of spotting foxes, condors and flightless rheas.  About halfway along the trail is a large rock overhang on which you will find pictographs (rock paintings) created by the ancient Aónikenk people, who inhabited this region for around 7,000 years. These people were called “Patagones” (Big feet) by the early Spanish, who mistakenly thought they were giants. The large rock also serves as a deck for viewing the surrounding mountains and terrain.  The trail will lead us across a marshy area until we reach our pick-up point at the Sarmiento Lake ranger station. A 40-minute drive will then take us back to your hotel.

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Torres Patagonia Lodge: Prices

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8US$ 5,160US$ 3,790US$ 3,080US$ 4,200US$ 3,490
Included in the price:
  • Accommodations
  • Excursions in 4 x 4 vehicles and private guides
  • All meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Private transfers to and from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate (Argentina)
Not included in the price:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin)
  • Tips & gratuities
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