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.
The trip begins with you being 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 we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at 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 ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres. Sunset is usually around 11pm during the summer months, meaning that there will still be enough daylight for you to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon once you arrive.
After breakfast, we will drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, hop on our mountain bikes and pedal away towards the Laguna Azul campsite, located approximately 20 km to the north east. We will cycle past an array of fauna on the Patagonian plains, including: guanacos and ostrich-like ñandús (plus maybe the occasional puma print!) as we head north past the cascading Paine waterfall where we will pause to admire the stunning views. We will continue our journey heading past a small canyon in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness before heading towards Laguna Azul. Upon our arrival at Laguna Azul, we will enjoy or box lunch. Once we have feasted and rested, we will have some time to explore the surroundings and climb to a 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 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.
After breakfast at EcoCamp, we will head off at 9am to Grey Lake in the western sector of the park, about a two hour drive away. We cross the glacier lake in a boat, during which you will get to enjoy views of the Paine massif in addition to the impressive glacier which forms part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Near the glacier we leave our boat and spend our day kayaking on the Grey Lake! But before we jump into our kayaking gear (neoprene suit, waterproof-jacket, gloves, life jacket, spray skirt and boots) and get into our group kayaks, we will have a safety briefing. Then we paddle out into the lake and head towards the eastern face of the glacier! Navigating our way in between gigantic floating icebergs, eventually we come almost face-to-face with the mighty wall of the glacier itself. Your guide will offer you a snack and hot drink to replenish your energies, while you admire the immensity of the iceberg and its shades of blue. Then we take the boat back passing the glacier, before we board the van returning to EcoCamp for our 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 departs at 9:30am, after we have had a hearty breakfast at EcoCamp. We will admire the most spectacular parts of Paine hill with a full day of horseback riding. Venturing through forest and crossing streams, all the while surrounded by amazing greenery. There are five different prairies along this trip 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 we will enjoy a spectacular view, featuring parts of las Torres, Mount Admiral Nieto, the Blue lagoon and the Paine river. Depending on our group we can decide to stay out riding past 4:00pm or choose to head back early to EcoCamp and enjoy an evening cocktail.
We 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. Our big challenge comes in the form of the steep moraine, a huge mass of boulders which will lead us 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 us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp for a well-deserved dinner.
We will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the 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.