Experience the very best of Chilean Patagonia on an epic, multi sport adventure, affording you the magnificent natural highlights of Torres del Paine! This adrenaline-pumping adventure features action-packed days of hiking, cycling, kayaking and horse riding. Relaxing evenings at EcoCamp offer the perfect opportunity for epic adventurers to wind down as they enjoy the fantastic food, wine and company of EcoCamp’s community domes, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.
Your journey today begins, as you are picked up from Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. En route, you will make a couple of stops in order to get the most out of the drive. First up, will be Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where you will sit down to enjoy a hearty local lunch. Next, will be Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes.
The day will come to an end as you arrive at the majestic EcoCamp Patagonia, for your overnight stay. Nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and featuring a prime view of the majestic Torres, there is no better property you can experience the Chilean Patagonia from. Sunset is usually not until 11:00 PM during the summer months, meaning there should still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon upon arrival.
Following breakfast this morning, you will drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, hop on a mountain bikes and pedal away towards the Laguna Azul campsite! The campsite is located approximately 20 km to the north east. During this excursion, you will cycle past an array of fauna on the Patagonian plains, including: guanacos and ostrich-like ñandús and maybe even the occasional puma print! As you head north past the cascading Paine waterfall, you will stop to admire the stunning views from this incredible vantage point. From there, the journey continues past a small canyon in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness, before heading towards Laguna Azul.
Upon our arrival at Laguna Azul, you will enjoy a well deserved box lunch. After your feast and some time to rest, you will have some time to explore your surroundings and climb to a nearby scenic 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 tired after the journey and barbecue is welcome to travel back in the support van, which will be there to accompany the group at all times on the outward journey. Back at EcoCamp the cyclists will reunite with their Safari hiking counterparts to enjoy the evening aperitif.
After breakfast at EcoCamp, you will be off on your next adventure at 9:00 AM to Grey Lake in the western sector of the park. This is about a two hour drive away. You will cross the glacier lake in a boat, during which time you can appreciate the views of the Paine massif in addition to the impressive glacier, which forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Near the glacier, you will leave the boat behind and spend the day kayaking on the Grey Lake! Before jumping into your kayaking gear (neoprene suit, waterproof-jacket, gloves, life jacket, spray skirt and boots) and getting into your group kayaks, you will listen up for a safety briefing.
Once you're ready to rock and roll, you will paddle out into the lake and head towards the eastern face of the glacier! Navigating your way in between gigantic floating icebergs, you will eventually come nearly face-to-face with the mighty wall of the glacier itself. Your guide will offer you a snack and hot drink to replenish your energy, as you take time to marvel at the immensity of the iceberg and its shades of blue. Later on, you will take the boat back past the glacier, before boarding the van for the return journey to EcoCamp. As you arrive back at the Camp, you will have time to freshen up before enjoying the evening aperitif and meal.
One of the best ways to enjoy all that Patagonia has to offer is by riding through it on horseback. This excursion begins at 9:30 AM, following a hearty morning breakfast at EcoCamp. Get ready to admire the most spectacular parts of Paine hill on this full day horseback riding excursion. Venturing through forest and crossing streams, all the while surrounded by amazing greenery. There are five different prairies along this tour and experienced riders are welcome to gallop through these parts at their leisure. If you visit in February, you will be able see the Encantado valley. Lunch will be served at the Seron campsite, where you will be rewarded with a spectacular view, featuring parts of las Torres, Mount Admiral Nieto, the Blue lagoon and the Paine river. Depending on the group, you can decide to stay out riding past 4:00 PM or choose to head back early to EcoCamp to sip on an evening cocktail and relax.
Today, you will embark on the Towers Base expedition! To begin, you will walk from the campsite towards Hostería Las Torres, before ascending to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Mountain ridges, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Your big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders, which will lead you to that iconic base-view of the Towers - Three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After a tough uphill climb, 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, you will backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well deserved dinner.
Early this morning, you will board the transfer vehicle for the scenic ride back to Punta Arenas. Sit back, relax and savor every last bit of the impressive views, until you are dropped off at the airport in good time to catch your evening flight to Santiago.
EcoCamp Patagonia is an innovative leader in adventure trekking, with expert guides taking travellers through the wild Patagonian plains past glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, fierce waterfalls and exquisite wildlife. After a day's trek guests head back to EcoCamp to dine and relax in Community Domes and later sleep in their cozy Suite, Standard or Superior Dome. All domes are immersed in nature, resistant to the Patagonian elements and have ceiling windows to look up at the starry night sky. EcoCamp prioritises sustainable design and upkeep and is an internationally recognised environmental best practice. If unique eco-friendly accommodation with delicious cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in the middle of the wilderness sounds like your type of adventure, EcoCamp is ideal for you!
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.