Below are the guided excursions that are included when doing the Patagonia Wildlife Safari or End of the World trips, and you will discuss the options with your guide and set a plan for your stay. Most popular options include: Trekking to the towers, Lago Grey boat trip, and hiking the French Valley. Transportation, lunch, and guide services are included.
Walk Fauna Trail & Laguna Azul + Patagonian BBQ
Start the day driving to the northern shore of Sarmiento lake where the Fauna Trail begins. Walk northwards along the trail and see park fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos, ostrich-like nandus and maybe the occasional puma print! Pass by Goic lagoon and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station where you will be picked up and driven to Laguna Azul. En route, stop at the impressive Paine waterfall to admire its cascading water and picturesque surroundings. Upon arrival at Laguna Azul, enjoy a classic Patagonian barbecue prepared by a local Patagonian chef in EcoCamp's cozy barbecue area on the lakeshore. Once you've feasted and enjoyed some rest there's time to explore the surroundings and walk to the nearby sightseeing point with a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Torres in the distance. Drive back to EcoCamp for the evening festivities.
Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Navigation Glacier Grey
Drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until reaching its spectacular lookout point. From Lake Pehoe, drive south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, drive back to EcoCamp. Please note: during the months of September, October and April the boat trip to Glacier Grey may not always be available. If this is the case, an alternate excursion will be planned in the Park.
Hike Lagoon Inge & Cuernos Pass
After breakfast, head to Laguna Inge, located 4km south-west of EcoCamp Patagonia on Los Cuernos Trail just above Nordenskjold Lake. There is a wonderful viewpoint of rainwater and glacial water side by side. On the way along Los Cuernos there is a variety of fauna and hopefully you'll see Andean condors flying overhead. During this excursion, admire the park's flora and fauna, its strong wind and curious, changeable weather. While walking along the trail, enjoy magnificent views of the park's central lakes and the Paine's Horns, majestic black horn-like peaks of slate atop gray granite which crown the center of the Massif. Depending on the group's pace, you may reach the Cuernos refuge, the trekking goal for today, before starting your return walk to EcoCamp.
Lake Shore hike + Botanical Safari
After breakfast, set off on foot towards Nordenskjold Lake. On the walk towards the lakeshore you'll have wonderful views of the park's vegetation and flora on your guided nature exploration. At the lakeshore enjoy the lake's beautiful blue water and views of the central Paine massif while feasting on your picnic. After lunch, head back to Ecocamp and have just a tiny distance to walk to get to the start of the botanical Safari trail at the back of EcoCamp. The mini educational trail designed by EcoCamp invites guests to learn more about the flora and fauna in Torres del Paine National Park right next to their domes. A guide will accompany walkers on this micro exploration to give more extensive flora information as the group wanders along the trail taking note of the diverse vegetation. Safari explorers then have time to rest in their domes or EcoCamp's Community domes before the evening aperitif.
Trek Towers Base
Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteria Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. The big challenge is climbing the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and your picnic, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Hike Pingo Trail
Drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until reaching its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, you are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey to walk to the start of the beautiful Pingo Trail, taking you through a fairytale Magellan forest full of local fauna and flora. As you walk, huge rock formations in nearby hills and the strong Patagonian wind give you a good idea of just how wild Patagonia is! Reach a small sightseeing point with splendid views of the Massif's west face, and then walk back to Grey Beach to meet your fellow travelers coming back from the boat ride. Together head to Ecocamp to enjoy dinner and relaxation time.
Navigation Pehoe Lake and hike French Valley
After breakfast, start your day driving towards Pudeto dock, located on the shores of Pehoe Lake. Board the catamaran and voyage to the north-western sector of the Lake where you'll begin the challenging trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) along a steep trail that goes into the very heart of the Paine Massif. How far you go depends on the group's rhythm - An active walk leads to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south-eastern face of the Massif, where there is a truly wonderful view. Then continue up the trail to the upper section of the valley where you can admire the valley's entire group of geological formations: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark's Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress). Here, picnic and rest for a while. An optional trek to Mirador Britanico is available as well, if the group isn't keen on resting. Then, descend through a rippling terrain of grassland and light forest until reaching the Refugio Paine Grande, located on the peaceful shores of Lake Pehoe. From here, the catamaran takes you back to Pudeto to be driven back to EcoCamp. Please note: the excursion to French Valley varies throughout the season depending on the catamaran connecting Pudeto and Refugio Pehoe. Please contact us for more details.
Hike to Seron
The trek to Puesto Seron means doing the first part of the Paine circuit, bordering the eastern side of the Massif. The trail leads through plains home to Lenga forests and other flora, and with great views of Laguna Azul and Sierra Masle. Hopefully you will encounter the park's animals that roam around this sector, in their quest to avoid the more populated areas of the Park. After approx. 4 hours trekking, reach Camp Seron where you will enjoy a box lunch and admire the scenery before heading back to EcoCamp.
Cycling to Laguna Azul + Patagonian BBQ
After breakfast drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, next to the ranger station at the entrance of the park. Here, hop on your mountain bikes & pedal away towards Laguna Azul campsite approximately 20 km to the north east. Cycle past an array of fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos and ostrich-like nandus (plus maybe the occasional puma print!), heading up north past the cascading Paine waterfall where you can stop for a break to admire the view. Continue your journey heading past a small canyon in the middle of the Patagonian flora and fauna before looping up towards Laguna Azul. Upon arrival at Laguna Azul, be treated to a classic Patagonian barbecue prepared by a local Patagonian chef in EcoCamp's cozy barbecue area on the lakeshore. Once you've feasted and enjoyed some rest, there's time to explore the surroundings and climb to the nearby sightseeing point with a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Torres in the distance. The cycle ride back to EcoCamp is optional - anyone who is happily tired after the journey and barbecue is welcome to travel back in the support van (accompanying the group at all times on the outward journey). Back at EcoCamp, the cyclists reunite with their Safari hiking counterparts to enjoy the evening aperitif.
Cycling tour to Seron
After a hearty breakfast, get kitted out on your bikes and begin the journey northwards towards Seron campsite at the north eastern corner of the Paine massif. This first section of the Paine circuit is over undulating terrain leading through beautiful Lenga forests, with views of Laguna Azul and Sierra Masle. Due to this sector of the park being quieter than the central and western sector, hopefully encounter animals roaming around in the vegetation. After an approximate 15 km cycle, passing through the picturesque Encantado valley, reach the Seron campsite and enjoy your box lunch and the views before heading back to EcoCamp for the evening aperitif.