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Estancia Cerro Guido, a ranch close to Punta Natales, is 45 kilometers from El Chaltén and El Calafate, where the Argentina border is located, and 37 kilometers from Torres del Paine National Park. With more than 100,000 hectares, it is the largest ranch in the area and the only one that is currently operating jointly in livestock, hospitality, and experiences. As a result, guests can experience the estancia's real work and gaucho culture while staying at the hotel, preserving local traditions, customs, and English settlers' buildings in Patagonia.

Aside from having one of Chile and South America's most significant dinosaur fossil reserves, Cerro Guido also boasts an impressive landscape with views of the renowned Torres del Paine, a wide variety of flora and fauna, and archaeological and paleontological sites. Enjoy the real spirit of Patagonia while staying at the hotel, experiencing the activities on the ranch, trying the exquisite local and organic flavors in our restaurant, and marveling at the impressive landscapes, flora, and fauna during our horseback riding and trekking.

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All 12 rooms are decorated delicately and elegantly, with close attention paid to detail to ensure that all guests have a restful night's sleep after a long day of exploring.
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Itineraries

Horse ride in Macizo Paine
$2,260
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Estancia Cerro Guido Experience

5 Day Itinerary
  • Discover a 19th century estancia
  • Learn about the ranch life
  • See the famed Torres del Paine
  • Choose from a variety of activities
  • Explore in an all-terrain adventure
Activities:
Fishing, Hacienda Visits, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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Horse ride in Los Flamencos Lagoon
$3,870
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The Complete Patagonia Experience: Culture and Nature

8 Day Itinerary
  • Discover a 19th century estancia
  • Learn about the ranch life
  • See the famed Torres del Paine
  • Choose from a variety of activities
  • Explore in an all-terrain adventure
Activities:
Fishing, Hacienda Visits, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Wilderness Lodge Exploration, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Easy Active
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Estancia Cerro Guido Excursion

With Estancia Cerro Guido, you choose the activities! The excursions are organized every day by the team of guides in conjunction with other guests, considering their interests and weather conditions so that they live an unforgettable experience. For more detailed excursion in Estancia Cerro Guido, please click Here

Trekking: All hikes are organized according to the level of difficulty from low to high

Bosquecito Lookout Hike
Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 3 Hours
Modality: Half a day
Distance: 7.5 km / 4.7 miles
Positive Slope: 400 meters / 1,312 feet
This walk offers the chance to leave by foot from the hotel itself and discover the natural beauty that surrounds our ranch at your own pace. Doing a continuous climb on the side of a beautiful stream surrounded by lengas, a native tree of Patagonia, you will reach the viewpoint where you can enjoy a wide scenery, particularly the majestic Torres del Paine and Lake Sarmiento. The walk has the advantage of having many open sights, so the final destination will depend on how far you want to walk. The tour is ideal for observing the typical Patagonian fauna, such as guanacos, rheas, and foxes.

Las Chinas Lookout
Difficulty: High
Duration: 5 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
Positive Slope: 650 meters / 2,133 feet
Off the beaten track, enthusiast adventurers will love this hike. Leave the Cerro Guido hotel by car, a 40-minute drive to the Valle de Las Chinas, a place wild and barely explored in the northeast sector of the ranch. Your walk takes you through open fields, following the Las Chinas River to the only forest in the valley formed by lengas and ñirres, native trees of Patagonia. There, begin your ascent to the viewpoint, located on the upper side of the hills. The climb is challenging, off the trail and over uneven terrain. Still, your efforts are rewarded when you reach a stunning viewpoint, not only for its spectacular views of the Torres del Paine and surroundings but also for its mineral environment and succession of very peculiar rock formations that will transport you to other ages.

Chenque Cerro Guido Hike
Difficulty: High
Duration: 8 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles
Positive Slope: 1,000 meters / 3,281 feet
An exciting challenge for sports walkers climbing the highest peak of the Sierra Contreras, the hill that gives the ranch its name. At 1270m high, you will discover an exceptional panorama and a valuable archaeological monument. The Chenque is a great burial mound erected by the Aonikenk, a native people of Patagonia, now extinct. You will walk out of the hotel itself, climbing continuously through open fields until you reach the foot of Sierra Contreras Mountain. Here comes an arduous climb up to the steep slope of the hill on rocky terrain, and with no path, to a first plateau, where a great view of Sierra Baguales rewards your efforts. To reach the top of Guido Hill, where the famous Chenque is located, continue your ascent and cross another large inclined plateau through a more progressive and smoother climb. A spectacular view awaits us, in 360 degrees, over the surrounding valleys, mountains, lakes, and glaciers, with the Torres del Paine in the spotlight.

Torres del Paine Lookout Hike
Difficulty: High
Duration: 8 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 20 km / 12.4 miles
Positive Slope: 1,314 meters / 4,311 feet
The Torres del Paine Lookout Hike is one of Patagonia’s classic hikes and the main attraction. Every year, backpackers from all over the world put themselves to the test in this intense challenge. For those who want to spend a day in the mountains of Torres del Paine, this experience will be worth it. Leave early from the hotel to head to Torres del Paine National Park, where you will begin your hike, approaching the Macizo Paine and facing the first big climb of 2 km. That will take you inside the Ascencio Valley. Continue through the valley, passing by the Chilean Camp and gradually climbing through a forest until you reach the foot of the glacier moraine that rises to the viewpoint of the towers. The final hour of rocky, steep climbing is probably the hardest and brings you to one of Patagonia's most famous landscapes. The Torres del Paine name comes from these three challenges: high, requiring granite towers.

Sarmiento Lake Hike
Difficulty: Low
Duration: 1.5 Hours
Modality: Half day
Distance: 5 km / 3.1 miles
Positive Slope: 90 meters / 295 feet
The largest lake in this nature reserve, Lake Sarmiento, is situated within Torres del Paine National Park and is bounded to the east by Estancia Cerro Guido. This hike takes place near the base of the Sierra del Toro, from where you descend slowly through the steppe until you reach the lake’s southeast shore, where you will have a great panoramic view of the Paine Massif. There, you will be able to appreciate the thrombolites, which are calcium carbonate deposits that are typical of Lake Sarmiento, and then return by a short and slightly steep climbing way.

The French Valley Hike
Difficulty: Low
Duration: 10 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles
Positive Slope: 400 meters / 1,312 feet
Note: Catamaran ticket is not included
Located in the center of the W circuit, the French Valley is one of Torres del Paine National Park's most picturesque trails. The diversity of landscapes—forests, lakes, mountain ranges, and hanging glaciers—makes this full-day trek the ideal excursion for nature and adventure lovers. Start departing from the hotel at 7:30 am, which takes you to the Pudeto dock, where you board a catamaran that crosses the glacial waters of the famous Lake Pehoé to the Paine Grande refuge at the foot of the mountain of the same name, where you begin your hike. You will reach the Italiano Camp after descending a gentle slope and passing through a variety of landscapes. Descend more steeply into the valley, pass through a thicket of lenga trees, and proceed while gazing at the hanging glacier until you reach the French viewpoint. This place is surrounded by granite walls, where you can enjoy one of the most incredible views of the park.

Horseback Riding: The rides are presented according to level of difficulty, from low to high.

Macizo Paine Lookout Horse Ride
Experience: Basic - No experience required
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Modality: Half a day
Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
Minimum Age: 8 years old
This ride is a must for beginner riders or those who want to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds the ranch. Leave the stable for the upper part of the ranch. This route takes you through a smooth plain, with the majestic Torres del Paine always in sight. On your way up, climb, bordering a forest of lengas trees and ñirres, native trees of Patagonia. On the way back, cross meadows and open fields where it is common to see native fauna such as guanacos, rheas, and foxes, as well as horses and sheep.

Los Flamencos Lagoon Horse Ride
Experience: Medium - Requires experience, knowledge of trot and canter
Duration: 3 Hours
Modality: Half a day
Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
Minimum Age: 8 years old
This tour takes you through the immensity of the Patagonian steppe. Leave the ranch and head toward the lower area in the direction of the Los Flamencos Lagoon, a fantastic location for bird-watching. Among other animals, it is typical to see flocks of flamingos, ducks, geese, and rheas. Surrounded by the Sierra del Cazador, Sierra Baguales, and the Macizo Paine, this route through the pampas invites riders with some experience to practice trotting and galloping.

Segunda Barranca Horse Ride
Experience: Advanced - Only for expert riders, master raised trot and canter
Duration: 6 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 25 km / 15.5 miles
Minimum Age: 12 years old
Varied in landscapes and all types of terrain, this ride begins by going up from your stable to the upper part of the Sierra Contreras, from where you head to the Second Canyon sector, an old ranch that today is part of Cerro Guido. Continuing west, you will slowly enter a native Nothofagus forest. After the picnic lunch, return through a sector of open pampas, joined by the presence of wildlife and the Torres del Paine as a backdrop

Las Flores Horse Ride
Experience: Advanced - Only for expert riders, master raised trot and canter
Duration: 6 Hours
Modality: Full day
Distance: 33 km / 20.5 miles
Minimum Age: 12 years old
This ride is the longest and fastest that it can offer, and experienced riders seeking excitement and scenic views will adore it. First, ride through the plains and meadows toward the lower portion of the ranch. Then, head towards the Las Flores sector, with the Sierra Baguales looking more magnificent as you advance. After the picnic lunch, the return is made through the upper part of the ranch, this time with the Paine Massif in sight. Throughout the route, there are extensive stretches for trotting and galloping.

Cultural Tour of Estancia: 
Difficulty: Low
Duration: 2.3 Hours
Modality: Half a day
All guided tours are an invitation to discover an authentic Patagonian ranch, where not only the original buildings with valuable testimonies of the region’s architectural heritage have been preserved but also the traditional lifestyle that defines the very essence of Patagonia. This tour through the center of the ranch, founded more than 100 years ago, is a true journey through time.


Wildlife and Heritage: 
Difficulty: Low
Duration: 8 Hours
Modality: Overland - Cultural
Max: 6 Passengers
Min. Age: 12 years old
This excursion allows you to discover the heart of the ranch, its history, traditions, and how it works for coexistence between livestock and wildlife conservation. After introducing the ranch’s old administration house, ride in 4x4 vehicles to the Condorera sector, equipped with binoculars and field guides with complete information about the territory. You will get to know the parts of the Cerro Guido Conservation Foundation project, including identifying fauna movements, reviewing camera traps, and seeing the most relevant results of this initiative on the ground. Then you will learn about the work of cattle protection dogs and the importance of their insertion in the work of the ranch.

Return to the hotel restaurant for lunch at noon to refuel, then continue your tour of the ranch's main areas while learning about the customs of its performers and working with the horses in the stable, orchard, chicken coop, and shearing shed.

Estancia Day:
Difficulty: Low
Duration: 7-8 Hours Aprox
Modality: Full day - Cultural
Max: Min 2 and Max of 10
Min. Age: 12 years old
Includes: Historical and cultural tour, lunch menu, half day horseback riding, Estancia experiences.
On this lovely tour, take in the breathtaking surroundings while learning more about the vast Estancia Cerro Guido property. With its breathtaking views of Lake Sarmiento, the Sierra Baguales, and the Paine Massif and its surrounding animal life, including guanacos, rheas, foxes, horses, and sheep, the estancia's horseback riding is intended for riders with or without prior experience who want to explore Patagonia on horseback.

Prepare to learn about one of Patagonia's traditions after your horseback ride through the stunning scenery of the estancia: the renowned "Asado de Cordero" (lamb roast). Visit the administration building after lunch, followed by a half-hour introduction to the area's geography and the estancia lifestyle in relation to Patagonia's historical development of extensive sheep farming. In the stables, you'll have the chance to learn more about the horses and their care, after which you'll take part in the usual estancia activities. Next, you will gather the kitchen-use vegetables from the organic garden and free-range chickens' eggs.

Overland: Travel through the most incredible landscapes of Patagonia using a 4x4 vehicles

Overland Adventure 4x4:
Modality: Full day
Difficulty: Low
Max: 6 Passengers
Duration: 10 hours
You will set out to explore a portion of the Estancia Cerro Guido's 100,000 hectares of land while mounted in the 4x4 and outfitted for a day of exploration. In an all-terrain adventure, you will cross fields, posts, and the surrounding nature. You will learn about ranch life in Magallanes and its history. 

The tour starts at the Los Flamencos Lagoon. Through the pampa, go to Palique, one of the posts of the estancia and the site of recent archaeological findings. From this point, you will approach the border between Chile and Argentina to know one of the border milestones. Finally, continue following the Baguales river to the sector of Las Flores, an old ranch at the foot of the Sierra Baguales, from where you will enter the Valley of Las Chinas to know its wild nature and cattle posts located in this remote sector of the ranch.

Overland Torres del Paine Full Day:
Modality: Full day - Includes entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park
Difficulty: Low
Max: 6 Passengers
Duration: 6 hours
This excursion will take you through the trails that cover part of the 1814 km2 of Torres del Paine National Park. From views of the Southern Ice Field to the pampas and its fauna, you will explore the diverse landscapes this biosphere reserve offers. 

Leave the ranch and head towards Lago del Toro to approach Torres del Paine National Park from the south, where it is possible to have a great panoramic view of its mountains, forests, lakes, and glaciers. You will enter the park through the Serrano River and continue to the Pingo River Sector for a short hike to Grey Lake. Then continue to Lake Pehoé to have lunch and visit the Salto Grande, one of the most scenic places in the park. In the afternoon, visit the eastern sector of the park passing by the viewpoints of Lake Nördenskjold and Lake Sarmiento, to finish at Paine Waterfall and return to Cerro Guido from Amarga Lagoon.


Estancia Cerro Guido Additional Excursion

Conservation Safari - Not included in all-inclusive programs
Modality: Overland
Duration: Full day / 10 hours
Difficulty: Low
Maximum: 6 Passengers
Minimum Age: 12 years old
In this activity, you are invited to participate for one day in the Cerro Guido Conservation Foundation project. You will discover Patagonia’s diverse typical fauna and the strategies Estancia Cerro Guido is developing to achieve respectful livestock farming that coexists with the native species.

First, depart by car from Hotel Cerro Guido to join the trained trackers in their daily activities on the ground. You will begin with the puma research work on the ranch, participating in activities such as observation with binoculars and reviewing camera traps. The tour includes short walks without significant difficulty. Towards the end of the morning, you will discover the work of the sheep protection dogs and how they help the coexistence between conservation and human activity.

After lunch and a break, continue in the afternoon, heading to Casa Puma, the operation center of the Cerro Guido Conservation Foundation. There, the trackers await you with an exciting video presentation and then take you on one last field trip at sunset, where you will see the research work being carried out in Sierra del Toro.

Full day Fly Fishing - Not included in all-inclusive programs
Modality: Full day - Fishing equipment included
Duration: 8 hours
Difficulty: Low
Maximum: 4 Passengers
Minimum Age: 10 years old
Patagonia, with its crystal-clear rivers and sparse population, is one of the most pristine fishing destinations in the world. Its water sources originate directly from glaciers and mountains. The area around Torres del Paine, where Cerro Guido is located, stands out as an attractive destination for anglers worldwide. 

The specialized fishing guides regularly assess the best sport fishing spots in the rivers and streams that flow through the ranch, including the renowned Las Chinas and Baguales rivers for their fishing. There you can find both brown and rainbow trout, as well as Atlantic and Chinook salmon, in addition to some native species. Then, with top-quality equipment and guides, enjoy a full day of fishing in Patagonia’s unique scenery

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