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Trekking beneath the iconic towers

Torres del Paine Explorer Trek

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Experience an in-depth exploration of the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park on this new trekking adventure. Ascend through the Ascencio Valley along the renowned ‘W’ trail to the base of the dramatic ‘Towers of Paine’ for a view you won’t forget in a hurry! We spend time discovering the spectacular trails along the French Valley and Villa Serrano, as well as keeping eyes peeled for ostrich-like rheas, condors, flamingos and guanacos. Join us to discover some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet in Patagonia.
Puerto Natales on the Strait Of MagellanThe stunning landscape of PatagoniaGuanaco in Torres del PaineTrekking beneath the iconic towers
Highlights
  • Experience the exquisite Ascencio Valley on the ‘W’ trail to Towers of Paine
  • Enjoy fresh king crab in Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Trek along breathtaking trails in the French Valley and Villa Serrano
  • Sit mesmerized by Nordenskjöld Lake,one of the many azure lakes visited
Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.
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Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

On arrival into Punta Arenas, make your own way to the group hotel. This township, founded in 1849, is the gateway to the Straits of Magellan and is the southernmost large city in the world. The day is at your leisure to explore the town before an afternoon briefing to meet your guide and learn more about your upcoming adventure. Dinner tonight is included.

Day 2: Puerto Natales

This morning after breakfast, drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales. Set on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza Sound, this city is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. The afternoon is at your leisure and this evening you may like to sample king crab in one of the local seafood restaurants.

Day 3: Balmaceda Glacier | Serrano River

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave Puerto Natales in the morning and journey towards Torres Del Paine National Park and its fabulous scenery. Board a boat and travel down the Last Hope fjord, stopping at the Balmaceda Glacier en route. Then change onto Zodiacs and continue along the Serrano River before reaching the southern part of Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 4-5: Villa Serrano | South of Torres del Paine Park

  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Over the next two days enjoy daily treks and experience the best of the southern part of the park. Spend time exploring the spectacular French Valley, Villa Serrano, and trek along the Weber – Lazo trail. Enjoy private bus transfer and a boat cruise at the start and end of our treks and spend the nights unwinding in your comfortable lodges.

Day 6-8: North of Torres del Paine Park

  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Over the next few days take on some of the highlights of the national park’s northern parts, including treks along the ‘W’ trail to the base of the impressive Torres del Paine. Also enjoy spectacular walks to Mirador Cuernos, Paine River, Lago Nordenskjöld, Sarmiento Lake and more.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching, with Cerro Benitez offering a good opportunity for close encounters with condors, as well as keeping our eyes peeled for guanacos, rheas, flamingos and perhaps even the elusive Patagonian puma!

Day 9: Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas

Today we drive along the Patagonian steppes, with spectacular views of the Andes, to arrive in Punta Arenas. Tonight share a final group dinner together.

Day 10: Punta Arenas

  • 1 Breakfast
Your trek finishes after breakfast in Punta Arenas, where you will either connect with your Antarctica voyage or continue on with your own travel arrangements.

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Punta Arenas - Hotels

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Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • 9 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • Beer, House Wine, and Soft Drinks with Dinner 
  • Educational Lectures and Guiding Services from Expedition Team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
  • Port Surcharges, Permits, and Landing Fees
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages.
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket
  • Complimentary use of Muck boots during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • Park Entrance Fee: All guide fees and National Park entrance costs
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Airport Departure Tax - Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • Reciprocity and Vaccination Charges
  • Passengers traveling with Aurora Expeditions are required to be covered by a reputable travel insurance policy that includes baggage loss, cancellation & curtailment of the holiday, medical, accident, and repatriation/emergency evacuation coverage worth at least $250,000 USD.
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer

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