About the Trek
Patagonia is a journey to the remote with the added touch of luxury. We will trek sections of the famous “W” in the Torres del Paine National Park while staying in an spectacular lodge perched on the Salto Chico waterfall. We will also explore the Sierra Baguales, the countryside & mountain range outside the park – the land reserved for “adventurers with a pioneer’s spirit”.
Wednesday November 18 to Saturday November 28, 2018
Wednesday November 18 – Fly to Santiago, Chile. Leave Toronto in the evening.
Thursday November 19 – Arrive in Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile.
Arrive in the evening and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Friday November 20 – Arrive in Puerto Bories – Half day hike among the condors.
Today, we will observe the majestic Andean condors. Tonight is spent in The Singular Hotel, set on 100 acres lining the Fjord of Last Hope. It is located just off the beaten path outside Puerto Natales in the Chilean town of Puerto Bories. The hotel is run by fourth generation family members of the original pioneers. It is described as “simple luxury laced with character and charisma”.
Saturday November 21 – Full day excursion
Depending on the weather, we will either navigate around the Patagonia Fjords and the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers or enjoy a full day trek to Cerro Tenerife or Cerro Benitez. Exploring the Patagonia fjords and the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers by boat offers up-close and unique views.
Sunday November 22 – Full day hikae in the Sierra Baguales
Hiking through the countryside takes us to the remote wilderness where we will witness sheep, wild horses, fossils, and breathtaking views. A full day hike in one of the wildest, mystic and remote areas of the Utima Esperanza area called the Sierra Baguales: an impressive mountain range whose name was given by the locals for the wild horses that roam the land.
Monday November 23 – Torres del Paine National Park
The Hotel Salto Chico is the only lodge in the center of the Torres del Paine National Park and is located on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. It offers excellent views of Paine Massif and two out of the three impressive torres (or towers), which give the park its name. A half day hike will be planned for the afternoon followed by a welcome dinner.
Tuesday November 24 – Full day hike to the Torres Del Paine Lookout (17km)
Torres del Paine National Park is recognized as one of the most spectacular and beautiful places on the earth. The park was created in 1959 and declared as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. We will spend a full day in the park walking through century old forests and past gorges to the Torres Towers. The afternoon will take us back down to the Cerro Paine Ranch surrounded by views of multicolored lakes.
Wednesday November 25 – Full day hike to the French Valley (16km)
We will leave the hotel by boat to the Pehoe Refugio (weather dependent). From there, we begin our hike on undulating terrain with spectacular views of the two well known lakes of the Grand Paine Mountain and the Paine Horns. We will cross a hanging bridge over the French River for a view of the French Glacier, enjoy a picnic lunch, and return.
Thursday November 26 – Full day hike to Glacier Grey (12km)
We will leave the hotel by boat (weather dependent) and walk from the Pehoe Refugio to the Grey Refugio with views of the Glacier, icebergs, the Southern Ice Field and the Paine Massif. After a picnic lunch close to the Glacier, we return by boat across Lake Grey. Tonight will be our farewell dinner.
Friday November 27 – Return to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago
We will spend the evening in this beautiful Chilean city.
Saturday November 28 – Travel to Toronto
Flight departs in the morning with expected arrival in Toronto around 7pm.