Experience the spectacular … the world famous Torres del Paine National Park, hidden fjords and glacier-carved mountains, historic pioneer towns or simply, the luxury of your accommodations.
Local and knowledgeable guides will provide an in-depth exploration of authentic Patagonia.
The end of the world … one of the last great wildernesses … untamed and dazzling.
November 15 to 25, 2020
Day 1 – Sunday Nov. 15 – Fly to Santiago, Chile (Air Canada, direct)
Leave Toronto in the evening
Day 2 – Monday Nov. 16 – Arrive in Santiago, Chile (approx. noon). Fly to Punta Arenas
Fly to Punta Arenas. Arrive in the evening. Gather for a welcome dinner.
Hotel – Jose Nogueira. This warm and elegant hotel stands as a landmark in the heart of Punta Arenas. Home to the most historic bar in town, we’ll tavel back in time and enjoy our favourite drinks at the Bar Shackleton, named in honor of Shackleton and his historic journey in 1916.
Day 3 – Tuesday Nov. 17 – Departure at 9:30am for The Singular, Puerto Bories
Approximately 3 hour bus ride to our hotel.
The Singular Hotel is 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”.
The afternoon expedition will include a light climb to observe the mighty Andean condors, among the world’s largest birds. We’ll arrive back in time to enjoy the eco-spa and a dinner celebrating the region’s terroir and heritage.
Day 4 – Wednesday Nov. 18 – Full Day Excursion
An exciting day full of Patagonia wonders. We’ll navigate by boat on the waters of the Fjord to a beautiful working ranch located on the peninsula, Estancia La Peninsula. Here we’ll learn about the local gaucho culture and sheep farming in an environment where the conservation of nature and animal welfare are at the core of the operation. The choice is yours to either horseback ride on one of their prized criollo horses or trek through the estancia’s diverse landscape of wide-open pampas, green southern beech forests and rocky coastline.
A wine tasting & pairing of select Chilean and Argentine wines will take place in the evening.
Day 5 – Thursday Nov. 19 – Full Day Excursion
This excursion will enable you to feel and experience authentic Patagonia – the country side, the sheep, the horses, the wild, the remoteness, the beauty. It is a full day excursion in one of the wildest, mystic and remote areas of the Utima Esperanza area.
The drive to the mountain range is just under 2 hours. During the trip you will see a Patagonia very different from that within the Park … you’ll see the land made famous by none other than, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
We hike in the Sierra Baguales, an impressive mountain range whose name was given by the locals for the wild horses that roam the land. The breathtaking views, the fossils, and the seclusion of it all remind us of what a privilege place this is – reserved for adventurers with a pioneer’s spirit.
Day 6 – Friday Nov. 20 – Departure at 10am to Hotel, Explora, Torres del Paine National Park
A 2.5 hour bus ride to the National Park and our hotel. 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 outing will be planned for the afternoon followed by a welcome dinner.
Day 7 – Saturday Nov. 21 (8-9 hrs of walking, 17km) – Torres del Paine National Park
Full day hike to the Torres Del Paine Lookout (weather dependent)
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’ll spend a full day in the park walking through century old forests and past gorges until we reach the Torres campground. We’ll climb a glacial moraine to the Towers vista point where we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will take us back down to the Cerro Paine Ranch surrounded by views of multicolored lakes.
Relax back at the hotel in the open-air jacuzzi.
Day 8 – Sunday Nov. 22 (6-7hr of walking, 16km) – Torres del Paine National Park
Full day hike to Glacier Francis
We’ll leave the Hotel by boat to the Pehoe Refugio. From there we’ll hike on undulating terrain with spectacular views of the two well known lakes of the Grand Paine Mountain and the Paine Horns. We’ll cross a hanging bridge over the French River for a view of the French Glacier. Picnic lunch and return.
Note: The boat crossing is dependent on weather.
Day 9 – Monday Nov. 23 (4-6 hr of walking, 12km) – Torres del Paine National Park
Hike to Glacier Grey
We’ll leave the hotel by boat and walk from the Pehoe Refugio to the Grey Refugio with views of the Glacier, icebergs, the Southern Ice Field and the Paine Massif. Picnic lunch close to the Glacier and return by boat across Lake Grey.
Note: The boat crossing is dependent on weather.
Day 10 – Tuesday Nov. 24 – Flight to Santiago
8 am departure for the airport in Punta Arenas. Flight departs to Santiago at 3:21pm.
Our last evening will be spent in Santiago at a lovely hotel. Guests will be free to explore the city as much or, as little, as they wish. It’s our last night in Chile … the trip isn’t over until it’s over!
Day 11 – Wednesday Nov. 25 – Direct Flight to Toronto
Flight departs at 10:25am in the morning with expected arrival in Toronto at 6:50pm.
Details to follow