Arrive in Punta Arenas and settle into your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore this beautiful and historic coast town.
Transfer this morning to the Strait of Magellan for a zodiac trip to Magdalena Island. Here walk amongst over 100,000 Magellanic penguins! Stay close to the shore of the island or walk to the lighthouse up a short trail through the penguin colony on this up close wildlife tour.
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.
This morning drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga and select your mountain bikes for a nice 20 km ride on the Patagonian plains. Pass an array of flora and fauna, including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús, and the occasional puma. Arrive to Paine waterfall where you stop for a rest before continuing on past a small canyon and arrive at Laguna Azul. Here you are treated to a classic Patagonian barbecue along the lakeshore. Enjoy the feast and some rest while you explore the surroundings. A climb to the nearby vista is an option which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the lagoon and Torres del Paine in the distance. Ride your bikes back to Ecocamp or opt for a drive in the support van back for the evening.
This morning drive 2 hours on to Grey Lake in the western region of the park. After a brief safety introduction, hop into your kayaks (singles and doubles available) and paddle onto Grey Lake. Admire the pristine blue icebergs floated downstream from Grey Glacier and take in the scenery of the massive expanse around you. Navigate along the shoreline and into Grey river where you stop to break for lunch on the bank. After lunch continue paddling to the boat dock where you take a 3 hour motorized ride up on the lake to get views of the Paine Passif and Grey Glacier which forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. (Note - in shoulder seasons this boat excursion may be canceled. In these cases, an alternative activity will be arranged). Return to Ecocamp this evening for dinner.
Today drive to a traditional Patagonian ranch founded at the end of the 19th century just outside of Torres del Paine National Park. Arrive and meet your local Baqueano (Patagonian cowboy) guide and your horse. Saddle up and set off through fields passing by a small village towards Las Flores. During your ride you get close to Sierra Baquales with a great view of its condor and eagle nests. See also the only remaining adobe house in the southern Patagonia Magellanes region. Enjoy a picnic lunch and hear the guide expand on the region's horse riding history and the geography of the area.
Ride back by way of Vega Nash and dismount. Return to Ecocamp this evening.
Today walk from Ecoamp and set out on the uphill climb to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Set out on the challenging climb up the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading to the famous overlook to the towers. The Torres del Paine (or 'towers of pain' as some like to call them) are 9400 ft high and consist of three gigantic granite monoliths which were sheared away by glacial ice. After a long uphill climb, the towers eventually come into full view majestically rising in front of your path. Enjoy lunch to celebrate your achievement before returning back to Ecocamp by the same trail.
Return to Punta Arenas this morning and connect with your flight back to Santiago or continue on by land transfer into El Calafate, Argentina.
$2040 single supplement