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(TDP303) FULL DAY TOUR TO TORRES DEL PAINE

Duration: 7 hrs approx

Available: From October until March

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Subect to weather conditions.

Description: The excursion is made in exclusive 4x4s. The park has 100 km of roads that wind through stunning landscapes. One is the Rio Paine Cascade, from where Torres del Paine and its three massive granite towers that gave their name to the park can be admired. Salto Grande waterfall is also visited -distant only 2 km from the main route- and Mirador de los Cuernos lookout is reached after a 1-hour easy hike from Salto Grande. The last leg of the trip reveals the icebergs in the Lago Grey Peninsula, with views of the Grey glacier, the largest in the park. End of tour and return to hotel.


(TDP304) FULL DAY TOUR TO TORRES DEL PAINE, WITHOUT ENTRANCE FEE

Duration: 7 hrs approx

Available: From October until March

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Subect to weather conditions. Does not include entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park. 

Description: The excursion is made in exclusive 4x4s. The park has 100 km of roads that wind through stunning landscapes. One is the Rio Paine Cascade, from where Torres del Paine and its three massive granite towers that gave their name to the park can be admired. Salto Grande waterfall is also visited -distant only 2 km from the main route- and Mirador de los Cuernos lookout is reached after a 1-hour easy hike from Salto Grande. The last leg of the trip reveals the icebergs in the Lago Grey Peninsula, with views of the Grey glacier, the largest in the park. End of tour and return to hotel.


(TDP401) FULL DAY TOUR OF TORRES DEL PAINE FROM LAS TORRES HOTEL, INCLUDES BOX LUNCH

Duration: 7-10 hours.

Notes: Includes box lunch

Description: This excursion offers an entertaining way to explore famous Torres del Paine National Park. The trip includes checking out every lookout to gaze at the wonderful views, with short hikes visiting its special sites marvelling at the flora and fauna found in the Paine Massif’s mountain range. After a picnic lunch, visitors will head to the shores of the Grey Lake for a trek in the environs of this impressive glacier-fed body of water. Optionally, visitors may take a scenic boat tour on the lake (previous bookings are required, limited space). 


(TDP402) FULL DAY base TORRES TREK – DEPARTING FROM HOTEL LAS TORRES

Duration: 6-8 hours.

Notes: Includes box lunch

Description: The tour starts out at 08:00 am collecting passengers in a private vehicle and heads out to Hotel Las Torres. On the way, ancient glaciers, spectacular views of the Paine Massif and local fauna including guanacos, grey foxes, ñandu (rhea specie) flamingos and condor can be admired. The hike sets out near the hotel towards Mirador Torres del Paine lookout, going through dense forests, with stops along the way to discover the waterfalls and hanging glaciers. After three hours of walking, the highest viewpoint point in the area is reached with impressive sights of the colossal granite towers (2.850m / 9,350ft) and the milky-green lake at their base.


(TDP403) FULL DAY TREKKING TOUR, GLACIAR GREY base – FROM HOTEL LAS TORRES

Duration: 7-8 hours.

Notes: Includes box lunch

Description: The excursion begins by boarding a catamaran that crosses over to Paine Grande Lodge, from where the unforgettable hike to Glacier Grey beings. At this time of the day, the snow-capped Andes peaks over Campo de Hielo Sur (Southern Ice Field) and the many glaciers spilling from it can be already marvelled at. The trail continues to Lake Grey’s domains, watching how the greenish-grey waters of the lake contrast with the deep blue skies and floating icebergs.  An hour later, the glacier will be viewed in all its splendour, as well as the ice-capped mountains surrounding the area. The last leg of the walk leads to the glacier itself, for a picnic lunch and –if lucky- to gaze at the blocks of ice calving off into the lake.

Near 01:00 pm, the “Grey II” is boarded for a trip along the front face of the glacier to marvel at the wonderful forms and colours of the ice pack only a few meters away. After a two-hour boating trip, the southern beach of Lake Grey is reached where private transportation will take visitors back to the hotel. If weather conditions don’t allow the boat trip on the Grey II, the same route is walked back to board the catamaran. 


(TDP404) FULL DAY TREKKING TOUR TO FRENCH VALLEY – FROM HOTEL LAS TORRES

Duration: 4 hours.

Notes: Includes box lunch

Description: This tour starts out early in the morning towards Pudeto, from where the French Valley may be accessed, one of Torres del Paine Park’s most beautiful sites. At 09:30 am, the boat trip across Lake Pehoe leads to Lodge Paine Grande, from where the hike begins, heading to the first lookout to admire the terrific views of the valley, lake and Paine “Horns”. Once having arrived to the “Italian camp” the trek goes through the valley until reaching a spectacular sight: the lakes surrounded by granite mountain peaks and the Paine Grande hanging glaciers. Amid this overwhelming scenery lunch will be enjoyed watching the cascades and condor flying over. The return hike follows the same trail back to the Italian camp, where the catamaran is boarded, followed by a bus ride to the hotel.


(TDP422) S.I.B. ZODIAC BOAT TRIP TO BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS. DEPARTURE IN PAINE AND DROP-OFF IN PUERTO NATALES

Duration: 8 hours approx.

Available: From October to March. Subject to weather conditions.

Notes: VIP or Std. Service, depending on cabin position in the Tonina long boat. No cabin differences are made in zodiacs.  

Description: The trip starts out towards the Port of Chaiten in the Serrano area, to board zodiac boats. A 40-km (24.5 mi.) boat ride across Serrano River comes next with a first stop at the El Salto falls, where passengers disembark and start out on a 15-minute hike passing by Cerro Donoso and the Serrano River fall. Next, another zodiac is boarded to continue on to Monte Balmaceda. Coming closer to this amazing site, a number of attractions will be sighted, mainly native forests and mountains, as well as little known yet fantastic views of the Tyndall glacier. The ride ends at Serrano glacier, situated in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park.  There will be time for photos and watching the icebergs. An aperitif and snacks will be enjoyed here, before boarding the “Agunsa Tonina” to continue with the boat trip. After a delicious Patagonian lunch, the trip heads back to Puerto Natales.

STANDARD CABIN SERVICE

BREAKFAST

- 1 cup of tea or coffee.

- Packaged biscuits

-1 cereal bar

APPERITIF – SNACK

- A 6 year-old whisky or whisky sour or juice with ice cubes taken from  the glaciers

- Potato chips


VIP CABIN SERVICE

BREAKFAST

- 1 cup of tea or coffee with repeat option

- Packaged biscuits

- 1 cereal bar

- 1 chocolate bar or similar

- Mineral water 

APPERITIF – SNACK

- A 12-year old whisky or whisky sour, juice, mineral water with ice cubes taken from the glaciers

- Potato chips

- Bonbon confectionary or similar


Lunch will consist of: Roast lamb (a vegetarian option should be requested when booking the trip) potatoes, salad, bread, 1 glass of red wine, water or soft drink, dessert.


(TDP421) S.I.B. ZODIAC BOAT TRIP TO BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIERS. PAINE ROUNDTRIP  

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Available: From October until March.

Notes: Subject to weather conditions. 

Description: The trip starts out towards the Port of Chaiten in the Serrano area, to board zodiac boats. A 40-km (24.5 mi.) boat ride across Serrano River comes next with a first stop at the El Salto falls, where passengers disembark and start out on a 15-minute hike passing by Cerro Donoso and the Serrano River fall. Next, another zodiac is boarded to continue on to Monte Balmaceda. Coming closer to this amazing site, a number of attractions will be sighted, mainly native forests and mountains, as well as little known yet fantastic views of the Tyndall glacier. 

Once at Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, a one-hour hiking option may be chosen  that leads to the base of the Serrano Glacier (one hour back and forth) or another shorter 5-minute walk to a lookout point, with enough time to take photos and watch the icebergs in the area. Weather permitting, the boat ride continues along the fiord of Ultima Esperanza towards the Balmaceda glacier. From January through March a sea lion colony can be sighted here. Later, a return up-river trip to the Serrano sector offers impressive views of the Paine Massif from several angles. 

To end off in a great way, a delicious typical lunch of the region at a quincho (BBQ area) meters away from the alighting point will be waiting. The meal will include: a Pisco Sour cocktail, roast lamb (a vegetarian option should be requested when booking the trip) salad, potatoes 1 glass of red wine or juice.


(TDP405) HALF DAY ROUND-TRIP BY BOAT TO LAKE GREY. DEPARTURE FROM HOTEL LAGO GREY

Duration: 3 hours

Available: From October until March.

Notes: Subject to weather conditions. 

Description: This sailing experience offers wonderful views of floating icebergs, exuberant vegetation and imposing mountains. The trip starts out at the hotel heading to the Pingo River bridge. After crossing through a forest of native trees, the shores of River Grey are reached where passengers embark on a 1-hour 15-minute boat trip to the feet of the Grey glacier, to admire all the beauty and enormity of these ice walls that climb up to 20 meters (721 ft.) high. A tempting Pisco Sour will give a special boost to the experience of watching this natural spectacle of 1000-year old ice packs.


(TDP417) HALF DAY BOATING TOUR TO GREY LAKE + KAYAK – FROM HOTEL LAGO GREY

Duration: 2 ½ hours approx

Available: From October until March.

Operates: Daily, subject to weather conditions. Departures at 8 am and 12 pm. 

Description: This kayak paddle is an exhilarating experience for adventure lovers who enjoy being in close contact with nature.  The day starts out at the base camp, where the guides will hand out the necessary gear: wetsuit, waterproof jacket and boots, pogies (gloves), spray skirt and life vest. Next comes a safety briefing and introduction to kayaking and paddling, as well as indications about the route to be followed and weather conditions. 

At Grey Lake, the excursion takes 1 ½ hour and allows visitors to paddle near enormous floating icebergs on the eastern flank of the Grey glacier and get close to these giant ice walls. During breaks, the guide will offer snacks and hot beverages. On the way back and weather permitting, a paddle near Nunatak Island will be included before reaching the base camp. The trip concludes with a paddle to return to Lago Grey Hotel. 


(TDP418) HALF DAY BOATING TOUR TO GREY LAKE + SNOW HIKE - FROM HOTEL LAGO GREY

Duration: 5 hours approx.

Available: From October until March.

Operates: Daily, subject to weather conditions. Departures at 8 am and 12 pm. 

Description: This excursion is an invitation to walk over the 1,000-year old ice packs of Grey Lake and losing oneself in the vast landscape. The full walk lasts 5 hours and groups are divided into a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 people. The first leg is done in a zodiac boat in order to get close to Nunatak Island and walk over it for about an hour for a safer approach to the glacier. After hiking around the island, a guide will help visitors arrange their gear consisting in an ice axe, crampons and harness. Once ready, the 2 ½ adventure starts out to Grey glacier, where crevasses, rivers, lagoons, tunnels and the Patagonian dragon (also known as the stone fly) will be sighted on the way. The trip concludes with a return paddle to Lago Grey Hotel.