Patagonia 2018


Torres del Paine National Park and the Patagonian Andes

November 18 – 29, 2018

 

Welcome to The Most Beautiful Place in the World. Experience the spectacular, the world famous, Torres del Paine National Park: hidden fjords and glacier-carved mountains, historic pioneer towns, and the luxury of your accommodations. Local and knowledgeable guides will provide an  in-depth exploration of authentic Patagonia. Visit the end of the world; one of the last great wildernesses, untamed and dazzling.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Sunday Nov. 18 – Fly to Santiago, Chile (Air Canada, direct)

Leave Toronto in the evening.

Day 2 – Monday Nov. 19 – Arrive in Santiago, Chile (approx. noon). Fly to Punta Arenas

Fly to Punta Arenas. Arrive in the evening. Gather for a welcome dinner.

Hotel – Hotel Cabo de Hornos This hotels stands as a landmark of this beautiful small town. Located in town opposite the main square, it provides good views of the well known and historical Magellan Strait.

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Day 3 – Tuesday Nov. 20 – Departure at 9:30am for The Singular, Puerto Bories

Take a ~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 will arrive back in time to enjoy the eco-spa and a dinner celebrating the region’s terroir and heritage.

Day 4 – Wednesday Nov. 21 – Full Day Excursion

Either navigate around the Patagonia Fjords and the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers or enjoy a full day trek to Cerro Tenerife or Cerro Benitez (weather dependent).

We will enjoy the opportunity of sailing through the Patagonia Fjords and visiting well known glaciers. The boat is covered (resembles more of a motor boat than a sail boat) and provides unique access into the fjords and up-close views of the hanging glaciers.

Wine tasting of select Chilean and Argentine wines will take place in the early evening.

Day 5 – Thursday Nov. 22 – 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 will 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. 23 – Departure at 10am to Hotel, Explora, Torres del Paine National Park

A 2.5 hour bus ride will take us 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.

“Simple elegance in a remote area.”

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Day 7 – Saturday Nov. 24 (8-9 hrs of walking, 17km) – Torres del Paine National Park

We will do a 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 will spend a full day in the park walking through century old forests and past gorges until we reach the Torres campground, and climb a glacial moraine to the Towers vista point where we can enjoy a picnic lunch. The afternoon will take us back down to the Cerro Paine Ranch surrounded by views of multicolored lakes.

Later, we can relax back at the hotel in the open-air jacuzzi.

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Day 8 – Sunday Nov. 25 (6-7hr of walking, 16km) – Torres del Paine National Park

Full day hike to Glacier Francis

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. Eventually, we will cross a hanging bridge over the French River for a view of the French Glacier, enjoy a picnic lunch, and return.

Day 9 – Monday Nov. 26 (4-6 hr of walking, 12km) – Torres del Paine National Park

Hike to Glacier Grey

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.

Day 10 – Tuesday Nov. 27

8 am departure for Punta Arenas.

If time permits and weather cooperates, there is a chance we could take the five hour ferry tour to Isla Magdalena in the Strait of Magellan to see the thriving Magellanic penguin colonies. This is the best penguin sighting in the area but ferries depart at 5pm and return to Punta Arenas at 10:00 at night and are weather dependent.

If penguin sighting is not to be, we will have a final celebration dinner and prepare for our long flight home in the morning. We will stay the night at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos.

Day 11 – Wednesday Nov. 28 – Flight to Santiago and onto Toronto

Flight departs in the morning with expected arrival in Santiago mid afternoon. From there, our flight departs Santiago in the evening (roughly 9:40pm) and arrives in Toronto early morning on Thursday Nov. 29.

Day 12 – Thursday Nov. 29 – Arrive in Toronto around 6 to 7am.

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For more information and to join this trip, contact us at alisonjoel@rogers.com