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  • Ranch/Estancia stay
  • Patagonian Style Lamb BBQ
  • Camping
  • Mountain Hut
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Boat Ride
  • Horse Riding

These trips offer an easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most levels. If horse back riding, a rider who has limited experience and is able to trot but not canter. Accommodations usually in hotels or mountain huts with modern shared facilities.

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Ride horses and hang out with gauchos in this memorable trip through Chilean Patagonia.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer Punta Arena’s airport – Estancia Lago Sofia

We suggest you take the early flight Santiago - Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over Los Andes and observing incredible views of the Patagonian Ice Fields. Upon your arrival to Punta Arenas, considered the most southern city on the continent, a private transfer will be waiting to drive you to the surrounding areas of Puerto Natales.

As we leave the airport we will be able to see the Straights of Magellan and the mystic Tierra del Fuego.

During a 3-hour trip we will drive through open pampas and huge ranches (estancias), and chances are we will be able to observe one of the most typical animals in this area, the ñandu, (rare South American ostrich). Then we will head north, arriving in Puerto Natales, located on the Sound of Last Hope, a typical fishing town surrounded by mountains. During late afternoon we will arrive to a working ranch. We spend the night in a cozy farmhouse.

Day 2: Horseback ride to Puesto Vega Senoret

Breakfast will be served from 7.30 to 9.00. The Ride will start at 9.30. We will be riding for 6 hours, with a lunch break of about an hour, where a picnic lunch will be served. We will arrive to the Puesto in Vega Senoret, this is a place far away from towns or cities the lodging here will be inside a mountain hut (Puesto), with no shower, and the toilet will be just latrine. We will enjoy a dinner around a fire in this amazing location

(6 hours ride) (B-BL-D) (Night at Puesto at Vega Senoret) (Basic Facilities, no hot water or shower)

Day 3: Full day Cattle drive & Branding

Breakfast will be served since 8.30 am we will get the horses ready and we will start to do the cattle drive in order to change animals from one field to another, then we will have the branding. Lunch will be served at the Puesto and during the afternoon we will go for a ride to the hills to have a nice and panoramic view of the mountains surrounding the area.

(3 hours cattle drive, 3 hours branding, 2 hours horseback ride) (B-BL-BBQ) (Night at Puesto at Vega Senoret) (Basic Facilities, no hot water or shower)

Day 4: One way ride to Estancia Cerro Campana

Breakfast will be served since 8.30AM; your luggage will be transport by vehicle to the next Ranch. Take only the necessary items with you. The Ride will start at 9.30am to Cerro Campana; the ride will be a little more technical because we will go through a dense forest and rocky areas, by lunch time we will have an spectacular view of the hustler’s valley and the condors perches, dinner and accommodation at estancia Cerro Campana.

(6-7 hours horseback ride) (B-BL-D) (Nigh at Estancia Cerro Campana)

Day 5: One way ride to Estancia Tres Pasos

Breakfast will be served since 8.30 will get the horses ready and we go for our ride to Tres Pasos, it is a 12 km ride very relaxed, the trail is surrounded by mountain and forest, we will arrive to Estancia traveler’s inn Tres Pasos which use to be frequented by the Noble prize poet Gabriela Mistral.

(2 hours horseback ride) (B-BL-D) (Night at Estancia Tres Pasos)

Day 6: One way ride to Cerro Castillo – Transfer to Estancia Tercera Barranca

Today we ride through beautiful countryside until we arrive at a small farming settlement Cerro Castillo. This ride will take us around lagoons, through woodland valleys and up to a lookout point to see the Torres del Paine National Park.

From here we will take a transfer to our next ranch: Estancia Tercera Barranca, a cozy farmhouse with amazing views of the Towers.

(5 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering, 30 minutes in private transfer) (B-BL-D) (Night at Estancia Tercera Barranca)

Day 7: Round trip ride to Salto Las Chinas Waterfall

Today we will ride to the east of Torres del Paine National park. The first couple of hours will be across the Patagonian steppe, which is found on flatlands and plateaus with semi-arid, cold climates and an annual precipitation of up to 400 mm.

After 3 hours riding will reach a waterfall “Salto Las Chinas”, where we have lunch before we start our ride back to our cozy ranch house. In the evening we will gather in front of the fireplace, with a Pisco sour in hand (Chilean brandy made from Muscatel grapes) to enjoy a Lamb barbecue Patagonian style.

Day 8: One way ride to Estancia Lazo

We will start early in the morning, going down through a trail all the way to the border of Torres del Paine National park. We get to a look at point of the famous Torres, at the Sarmiento Lake, which is located at the limit of Torres del Paine National park.

We will have lunch on the shores of Lake Sarmiento whilst observing its strange calcium formations and then continue on through forests and small lakes with wonderful views of the Paine Massif, to arrive at Hosteria Lazo, located just outside the park.

The Hosteria is part of the Estancia Lazo, a large cattle ranch dating from the last century, which has magnificent views of the Paine Massive and Laguna Verde. The rooms are very comfortable; the estancia´s main house has been remodeled into a cozy, country-style dining room-bar.

(7-8 hours walking, trotting and galloping) (B-BL-D) (Night spent at Estancia Lazo)

Day 9: One way ride to Rio Serrano Area

We will begin our ride through native Nothofagus forests, going around small lagoons, with incredible views of the Paine Massif and surrounding areas. We reach the highest peak of our day with excellent picture taking opportunities of the Paine River emptying into Toro Lake (the largest in t he region). From this viewpoint we will begin our descent to the park’s visitor center, where we will spend the first of two nights on the shore of the Serrano River with amazing views of the “Cuernos” Del Paine.

Day 10: One way Ride to Lake Grey – Navigation in front of Glacier Grey

We will start our day by riding to Grey Lake. We will be crossing huge pampas and a bridge over the Grey River to reach a superb viewpoint of the lake full of icebergs, which have broken off from the Grey Glacier, part of the southern ice field, which is the third largest reserve of fresh water in the world. Our lunch will be in front of this magnificent view.

After lunch, we will take a boat ride to view the glacier up-close. In order to get to the boat we will walk through a mature beech forest where we might observe woodpeckers and Austral parakeets. We will navigate about one hour through icebergs of different tones of blue up to the Grey glacier, where we will stay for a while in front of the glacier in the hope of seeing icebergs calve. Our return journey offers views of Paine Grande with its impressive ice mushrooms. We will return in the transfer to spend a second night at the hotel.

(4-5 hours slow riding, trotting and cantering, 30 minutes walk, 3 hours by boat and 30 minutes by transfer) (B-L-D) (Night at Hotel Rio Serrano)

Day 11:

After breakfast we go to Aniceto Astorga’s farmhouse. There we’ll choose our horses to begin a ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine national park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field. We’ll spend the night here after setting up camp on the shores of Lake Brush.

(4 hours walking and trotting) (B-BL-BBQ) (Night at Lake Brush Campsite) (No facilities available)

Day 12:

After a good breakfast we continue to Bernardo O’Higgins national park. The trail takes us through humid forests, similar to those of the austral canals, following the Serrano River until it empties into the Sound of Last Hope, where we spend the night in the Hosteria Balmaceda with an amazing view of the Serrano glacier.

(5 hours, walking) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hosteria Balmaceda)

Day 13:

We’ll begin the day with a boat trip along the river as far as its outlet into the Seno de Ultima Esperanza, facing the imposing Serrano glacier at the foot of the Balmaceda Mountain (2148m). Here we make a

short easy walk up to the glacier. We’ll then take a boat, “the cutter, 21 de Mayo” navigating via glaciers and canals on our way down to Puerto Natales.

(10 minutes by zodiac, 45 min walk, 3 hours by boat) (B-BBQ) (Night at Weskar Lodge or similar)

Day 14:

We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Clients should take the flight at 12:00 PM or later, if you decide to stay the night in Punta Arenas; we will drop you at your hotel.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,295

Price Per Day:

$ 450 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 950
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • All the private transportation indicated in the schedule
  • All the horses, saddles and pack horses on the excursion
  • Helmets, leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
  • All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner, BBQ: barbecue)
  • 1 night at Estancia Laguna Sofia (double rooms with 2 sharing bathroom with hot water) over 6 riders: we spend the night in a confortable house with sharing bathrooms and rooms.
  • 2 nights in Puesto (bunk bed style, no hot water or shower) over 4 riders we bring tents and camp outside the hut.
  • 1 night at Cabin in Estancia Cerro Campana (sharing rooms bunk bed style) (hot water and shower). Over 4 riders we bring tents and spend the night outside the hut.
  • 1 night at Hosteria Tres Pasos (double room with private bathroom and hot water)
  • 2 nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (double rooms with private bathroom hot water)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park
  • 1 night at Estancia Mirador Del Payne (double rooms with private bathroom and hot water)
  • 2 nights at Hotel Rio Serrano (double Superior rooms with view to the Paine massif, private bathroom and hot water)
  • Navigation to Glacier Grey
  • 1 night Camping (double tents) No bathroom or hot water
  • 1 night at Hosteria Balmaceda (double room with view to the glacier, private bathroom and hot water)-Entrance fee to Bernardo O´Higgins National Park
  • Navigation from Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales
  • 1 night at Weskar Lodge in Puerto Natales (double Superior rooms with view to the ocean, private bathroom and hot water)
  • Guide (English-Spanish languages) & Baqueano (Local Cowboy).
Trip Excludes
  • Flight to Santiago, Chile
  • Internal Flight Santiago - Punta Arenas
  • Any additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses
  • Sleeping bags and mattress
  • Lunch on day 1 & 14
  • Dinner on day 13
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Estancia & Hotels.
  • Gratuities for Guide, Driver and Baqueano
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 9 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Accomodations

Estancia Laguna Sofia

This ranch with over 5.000 hectares belongs to Jose Antonio & Tamara, descendants of legendary Croatian and Scottish settlers who came here to start a new life in this southern land. They have started a new project, full of adventure and great landscapes, a perfect mix for horse lovers.

Their country house, with room for up to 8 guests, is located near a waterfall and on the shore of Lake Sofia. It is a comfortable place with a huge fireplace perfect to enjoy a Pisco Sour after a day of riding.

Gaucho's hut (Puesto)

A “puesto” is a hut that the Gauchos use during the summer time, when they have to take care of the cattle herds away from the main Estancia house.

These simple huts are warm shelters to escape the occasional inclement weather in Patagonia. It’s a great place for cooking and enjoying a mate (local tea) around a fire.

Usually located in a strategic location, close to a water source and protected from the strong winds. We will be able to sleep in one of these characteristic Patagonian huts, or camp beside it.

Estancia/Posada Tres Pasos

Hotel Posada Tres Pasos, since 1904, originated thanks to the efforts made by pionners of Ultima Esperanza Province. Little by little, the Hotel transformed in a compulsory pass for the long carts and carriage convoys on their way from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine and Argentina.

This Historical place, surrounded by impressive mountains such as Castillo, Campana and Jorge Montt chain, transformed in a meeting and supplying centre, including the last surviving groups from the Aonikenk tribe (Tehuelches) that live in the area at that time.

Located in the confluence of three valleys and near to Figueroa Lagoon, this beautiful place served as inspiration for the biggest writter our country had has, Nobel Prize for literature, Gabriela Mistral.

Estancia Tercera Barranca

A family run 6,500 hectare working estancia just outside the Torres del Paine National Park. It has a remote setting and excellent views of the Towers to the west and a warm, friendly, cozy atmosphere.

Accommodation is in the rustic but comfortable guest house with a small garden adjacent to the main house. There is a lovely fireplace in the gallery/living area which has comfy seating and huge windows allowing fantastic views. Good, home cooked food, homemade bread and jams, tasty Chilean specialities and excellent BBQs and Pisco sours!

Estancia Mirador Del Payne

Located on the park border and part of the working estancia Lazo, a huge cattle ranch dating from the last century, if offers magnificent views of Paine Massive and Laguna Verde.

The rooms are comfortable and simple; the main Estancia's house has been remodeled as a dining room-bar, keeping it cozy and country-style.

Hotel Rio Serrano

Strategically located in the Serrano River area and at the Torres del Paine park border, it affords guests a panoramic view of the Paine Mountain Range. The hotel has 95 rooms (66 superior and 26 standard rooms) all with private bathroom, central heating and telephone; a comfortable hotel, refined yet cozy.

It also has a large lounge with comfortable armchairs, television and heating, where you will be able to enjoy a relaxing end to the day or simply admire the scenery.

Camping Chile Nativo

Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas.

Hostería Balmaceda

The perfect place for resting, adventure and observation. There are 16 rooms with private bath and a dining room with grill. This is all surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a magnificent view of the Serrano glacier and the Balmaceda Mountain.

Weskar Patagonian Lodge

This cozy family run lodge is ideally located on the Sound of Last hope, with magnificent views of several mountain ranges and just a 15-minute walk from the main square. Weskar is a warm and friendly hotel and restaurant with decorations based on ethnic concepts and ecological guidelines.

Start City
Punta Arenas
End City
Punta Arenas
Cancellation Policy:

All requests for cancellations and applicable refunds must be made in writing, sent to and received by Chile Nativo LTDA. Depending within the cancelling dates; the following are the amounts that will be refunded to you.

75 days and over= 100% (minus booking fee)

74-61 days prior to trip start = 75% of the trip cost

60-46 days = 50% of the trip cost

45 days or less = no refund

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