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Southern Chile offers a combination of unique wildlife and spectacular scenery in one of the most isolated regions of South America. Visit one of South America's largest penguin colonies near the town of Punta Arenas before traveling to Torres del Paine National Park. After full days of exploring the park return and rest in comfort at the EcoCamp in luxurious Suite Domes!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Punta Arenas
Day 2 : Magdalena Island. Torres del Paine National Park
Days 3-5 : Torres del Paine Excursions
Day 6 : Return to Punta Arenas


  • Hike in the majestic Patagonian landscape with views of Torres del Paine
  • Cruise on Lago Grey, passing among icebergs of fantastic colors & shapes
  • Relax in the comfort & seclusion of EcoCamp at the base of the mountains
  • Visit a colony of Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island

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Trip Type

  • Independent

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Trip Snapshots

Happy hiking couple in Torres del Paine Guanaco at play View from the mirador at the top of Valle del Frances At French Valley viewpoint, Torres del Paine Words aren't enough...Torres del Paine Interact with Magellan Penguins on Magdalena Island Trekking in Torres del Paine A guanaco poses for a picture in Torres del Paine National Park

Day 1 Arrive Punta Arenas

Arrive in Punta Arenas and settle into your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore this beautiful and historic coast town.

Day 2 Magdalena Island. Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Take a morning zodiac trip from Punta Arenas out in the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena Island, where you will see over 100,000 Magellanic penguins! Spend your time along the shore of the island, or take a walk to the lighthouse located up the winding trail through the penguin colony.

Enjoy some free time back to Punta Arenas before setting off for your drive to Torres del Paine National Park. You'll arrive at the EcoCamp, a deluxe tent camp of large igloo-shaped tents built to minimize environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting with the luxury Suite Domes. The EcoCamp provides candlelight, feather comforters, composting toilets, and plenty of quiet to enjoy your spectacular surroundings.

Day 3-5 Torres del Paine Excursions

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your time at the EcoCamp is flexible and includes a menu of guided excursions. Choose your day's activities from a daily menu based on your interests and energy level for the day, options ranging from easy-paced to strenuous hikes or even cycling tours. Click here for the weekly excursion schedule.

Hikers can venture to the foot of the gigantic spires of El Paine (8 hours roundtrip). Weather permitting, you'll witness the most famous sight of the Torres del Paine - the three granite monoliths reaching 9,400 feet- a testament to the massive glacial forces that carved them out of the earth.

Some travelers prefer to relax and stay at the EcoCamp to enjoy the vistas and tranquility or take a walk apart from the guided group. Horseback riding and spa services can be arranged at the nearby Hosteria Las Torres during any free time or as an optional activity.

Day 6 Return to Punta Arenas

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, you'll transfer to Punta Arenas for the late afternoon flight to Santiago (must be a flight departing after 3:00 pm from Punta Arenas).

With a few more days, you can add extensions to the Atacama Desert, Isla Chiloe, a cruise around Tierra del Fuego to Argentina, or rafting in the Lakes District. We can also arrange for travelers to transfer from Torres del Paine National Park into Argentina to El Calafate to continue your Patagonia travel adventures.


Punta Arenas - Hotels

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Depends on number of days, Shared accommodations available


  • 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 1 Night Hotel
    • 4 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee


  • Internal Flights
    • $650 Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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  • $60 Meals not Included
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Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.
Nancy Sin

When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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