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Patagonia Hiking and Chile Ski Special tour

Patagonia Hiking and Chile Ski Special

Cascada Expediciones
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 1,597 $ 266 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Skiing/snowboarding in Valle Nevado
  • Scenic Andes Mountains views
  • Santiago de Chile City Tour
  • Patagonia hiking & Wildlife
  • EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Domes
  • Torres del Paine park highlights

Short Description

This trip is the perfect double whammy - skiing in Chile and exploring the best of Patagonia's hiking trails and wildlife. In just 6 days you discover Chile's cosmopolitan capital Santiago, enjoy scenic views in the heart of the Andes Mountains while skiing in world class ski resort Valle Nevado and explore the highlights of Chilean Patagonia while staying at the unique Ecocamp Patagonia in Torres del Paine!

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Santiago
End City Punta Arenas

Trip Includes

  • Private transfer from and to the airport in Santiago
  • 2 Overnight in Santiago city hotel
  • Private walking city tour with bilingual guide in Santiago
  • Subway tickets and coffee or nonalcoholic beverage during the Santiago city tour
  • 2 way private transportation from your hotel to Valle Nevado
  • One day skiing ticket at Valle Nevado with lunch and basic ski/snowboard gear (skis/snowboard, boots and poles)
  • 3 Overnight in Ecocamp Patagonia Suite Dome
  • Regular bus tickets Calafate<>Natales if finishing in Calafate
  • Excursions and all ground transport as indicated in the itinerary at Ecocamp
  • English speaking guide. Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people at Ecocamp
  • Park fees for Cueva del Milodon and Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Meals include: Day 1: snack, Day 2: B,L, Day 3: B,L,D, Day 4: B,BL,D, Day 5: B,BL,D, Day 6: B,L

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Chile's Capital

Accommodation: Hotel Meridiano Sur

Santiago de Chile

Upon arrival at Santiago de Chile's International Airport, you will be met by a Cascada representative and driven to your comfortable hotel to check in. After a short time in the hotel to freshen up and unpack our guide will come pick us up and we'll head downtown in Santiago's modern metro to begin our Santiago City Walking Tour.

We get off at metro stop Moneda and surface in front of Chile's famous presidential palace La Moneda, a symbol of Chile’s political past and its famously turbulent history. From here we head along Paseo Ahumada, a city centre walkway famous for its crowds, shops, and diversity of people. At the end of the Paseo we reach Plaza de Armas which is Santiago's main square and Chile's kilometer zero (the point from which all distances in the country are measured). From here we head to Santa Lucia hill where Santiago was founded in 1541by Pedro Valdivia and as we climb up we get great panoramic views of the city and the Andes Mountain backdrop. Our tour finishes by visiting the bohemian Lastarria neighborhood at the bottom of the hill, linedwith cafés, restaurants, small theaters, bookstores and boutique shops. Here we relax, chat with the guide and enjoy a coffee before taking the metro back to the hotel.

Day 2: Skiing in the Andes

Accommodation: Hotel Meridiano Sur

Valle Nevado

We are picked up early, at 7am, and start our adventure driving towards the Andes mountains. We quickly leave behind the city streets and follow a beautiful winding road going up to the ski centers. The views are breathtaking - white Andean mountains stretching across the horizon in clear blue skies. We arrive in Valle Nevado around 9am and choose our ski/snowboard equipment. After a brief explanation about the ski centre and distribution of a map with all the slopes, the excitement begins! If you want classes you can arrange this at the ski centre, there is a multitude of English speaking guides awaiting students.

Around midday we take a break for lunch and enjoy the culinary delights of Don Giovanni restaurant. Then we head back for an afternoon on the slopes, which cover 2,000 acres. 

At 5pm when the lifts stop running we give back the equipment and board the van back to Santiago to enjoy the downhill views while resting our legs. We arrive back at our hotel about 19.00.

Day 3: Onward Journey to Patagonia

Santiago de Chile

You'll be picked up from your hotel in the early morning and driven to the airport to check in for your onward flight to Punta Arenas. You'll be picked up at Punta Arenas airport and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. See our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule. 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 whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

Day 4: Trek Towers Base

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We walk from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, 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.

Day 5: Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Navigation Glacier Grey*

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until until we reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp.

(*During September the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.)

**During Shoulder Season (September, October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.)

Day 6: Return to Santiago

Torres del Paine NP, Chile

We 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. Those heading to Argentina board an earlier transfer heading to the border.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Maximum :16 people

Accomodations

Santiago de Chile: Meridiano Sur Petit Hotel  (Nights 1-2)

EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 3-5)

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with views of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first sustainable lodge south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants. Children from 6 to 12 years receive a 50% discount if staying with their parents in the same dome (advisable 6 years minimum age). Discount will be applied after the online inquiry. Check out the kids' guide to EcoCamp!

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome

(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Stargaze through the ceiling windows while falling asleep, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from your private terrace.

EcoCamp's Suite Dome Lofts

(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Stargaze through the ceiling windows while falling asleep, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from your private terrace.

Cancellation Policy:

If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, your money, minus the cancellation fees charged by Cascada, will be refunded depending on the cancellation date. Any additional non-refundable cancellation fees and payments already paid advanced to airlines, hotels and other local suppliers will be forfeited.

 Cascada Land cancellation fees for regular departures

These are departures with fixed dates. Cancellation of the confirmed booking in advance of the 30 days prior to departure results in loss of deposit, which is 20% of the total trip cost. Thereafter the following losses apply: 30 - 23 days 40% of total fare, 22 - 14 days 60% of total fare, 13 - 0 days 100% of total fare.

Trip ID#:

pathikcas

Trip Excludes

  • Flight tickets
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at the EcoCamp. Bringing US$ in cash for buying extra drinks/snacks or souvenirs in Torres del Paine NP is suggested.
  • Insurance
  • Voluntary tipping
  • Items of personal nature
  • Ski/snowboard class

Meals Included:

5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 BL and 3 Dinners

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