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Patagonia. Torres Del Paine Base Camp Trek

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Consider adding time before or after you trip in either Santiago or Buenos Aires. Or opt to explore another region for several days, such as the Lakes District, Easter Island or the Atacama Desert in Chile or Iguazu Falls and Mendoza in Argentina.

Sea Kayaking Patagonia

Leave land behind and take to the Serrano River to depart Torres del Paine on a 4-day/3-night kayaking adventure trip. Paddle past the remote Tyndall and Balmaceda glaciers, imposing mountains and secret fjords that most travelers to Torres del Paine never encounter. After two nights split between a tented camp and a cozy mountain lodge, enter Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, trade your kayaks for a catamaran for a final ride across the Last Hope Fjord to Puerto Natales, keeping an eye out for austral dolphins and sea lions.
DAY 1: KAYAKING THE SERRANO RIVER
You’ll be collected at the EcoCamp in the morning and depart by vehicle across the park, headed for the Serrano Camp on the southwest edge of Torres del Paine, where the Serrano River begins winding towards the Pacific ocean. After being outfitted with equipment and receiving a thorough safety briefing, launch the kayaks to begin paddling down the Serrano River, passing through spectacular mountain scenery. After about four hours, portage the kayaks to avoid a waterfall then continue downstream past vibrant river banks covered with Lenga forests. Near the mouth of the Tyndall River, disembark, set up camp and enjoy dinner by the campfire. Overnight in tented camping accommodations. [BLD]

DAY 2: SOUTHERN ICE FIELDS AND GLACIERS
After a hearty breakfast, continue your kayaking journey by launching into the glacially fed waters of the Tyndall River. Today you pass by the massive face of the Tyndall Glacier, one of the largest in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. With an ice face dating back to more than 12,000 years ago, you’ll have plenty of time to observe the majesty of the glacier and paddle among the ice bergs before the current gently pulls you back to the Rio Serrano. Stop at Estancia Pekin Guerro for lunch then continue paddling for approximately three hours, through scenic Patagonian fjords overlooked by beautiful Mount Balmaceda. At the foot of the mountain, your cozy lodge awaits. Overnight at Balmaceda Mountain Lodge. [BLD]

DAY 3: BALMACEDA GLACIER & LAST HOPE FJORD
Morning kayak trip to view Balmaceda Glacier. Located in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, this hanging glacier is situated at over 6,500’ up the mountain and calves massive icebergs into La Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord. The Balmaceda Glacier is only accessible via water so most visitors to Patagonia never lay eyes on this spectacular arm of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

After the spectacle of the glacier, you paddle to the main dock of Bernardo O’Higgins National park where you trade your kayaks for a catamaran ride across the Last Hope Fjord to Puerto Natales. Along with Patagonia’s famously strong winds, austral dolphins, sea lions and a variety of water birds often accompany this open-water crossing. Upon arrival at Puerto Natales, your driver will escort you from the dock to the Keoken Patagonia Hotel for overnight. Dinner is on your own at one of the restaurants in town. [BL]

 

DAY 4: DEPARTURE
Departing from Puerto Natales: Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Santiago via Puerto Montt. Sky Airlines offers at 16:15 departure, operating on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November-early March. Arrive Santiago and commence with onward flight arrangements.

Departing from Punta Arenas: Morning transfer from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas, arriving in time for mid-afternoon flight departure to Santiago. Arrive Santiago and commence with onward flight arrangements.

 

Cost Per Person:  $1600; add $65 each for shared transfer to Punta Arenas for flight

 

Atacama Desert Adventure

Atacama DesertAmidst an otherworldly landscape, you’ll travel among salt lakes and hot springs, volcanoes and lush oasis in the highest and driest desert in the world. Red snow-capped volcanoes merge with pastel colored desert expanses that are interrupted only by the outlines of the hills, salt formations, and giant dunes. Hike among sand dunes and bizarre rock formations of the Valley of the Moon, observe flamingos and experience extra buoyancy in the saline lagoons of the Atacama, mountain bike desert trails through red-rock canyons, walk among the ruins of ancient pre-Columbian villages, watch the daily eruption of the Tatio geysers and photograph the ever-changing colors of the amazing scenery. Time your visit to coincide with a New Moon and you’ll have the chance to observe some of the clearest and most brilliant night skies in the Southern Hemisphere.

We work with a selection of three unique properties that each offer an all-inclusive experience in the Atacama Desert. Stays range from 3-5 nights (or more upon request) and the character, location, and excursions differ slightly from lodge to lodge. Detailed pricing and links to the accommodations are found under the accommodations tab.

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago - Fly to Atacama Desert

Morning arrival into Santiago via your international flight or onward connection within Chile. After clearing customs and collecting luggage, check in with your LAN flight to Calama. Upon arrival airport reception by lodge staff and transfer to the hotel. Participation in an afternoon excursion is dependent upon flight arrival time. Otherwise relax and refresh, enjoy dinner and overnight at the lodge of your choice. One of the guides will discuss the various excursions you can select over the next few days. At Explora Hotel de Lareche and Alto Atacama, excursions are generally conducted in small groups and half and full-day options are available at various activity levels. Awasi Lodge provides private guides who customize each day for you personally.


The northern skies of Chile are famous for being some of the clearest in the world. The combination of an extremely dry climate, high altitude and the distance from any source of environmental or light pollution makes them a perfect and clear window into the Universe. Consider partaking in an astronomy tour one evening – an hour in length and offered ever night except during the week of the full moon. 


Days 2 - 5: Atacama Desert Explorations

Four full days of exploring the fascinating Atacama geology, fauna and culture. Choose from a variety of excursions, catering to different interests and activity levels. Visit the high mountain-village of Chiu-Chiu, trek across expansive salt flats, observe the incredible Taito Geysers, hunt for petroglyphs along sandstone cliffs, float in saline lagoons and enjoy an easy mountain bike ride through the Katarpe Valley. The Valley of the Moon offers some of the best hiking and most dramatic scenery in the Atacama. Day ventures to Laguna Chaxa include a visit to the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos, excellent for observing flamingos and other birds. Extreme adventure enthusiasts can attempt to climb some of the Atacama’s five major volcanoes, ranging from 17,300-19,712’ (acclimatization days are required.) Mountaineering and some other excursions into the Andes have an acclimatization requirement so be sure to liaise directly with your guides to plan your time accordingly. Explora Lodge has several explorations that include horseback riding.

Alto Atacama, located in a protected canyon outside of San Pedro de Atacama, also offers complimentary transport into the town of San Pedro between 8:30 – 23:30 if you want to explore on your own one evening. Continued overnights at Atacama Desert Lodging. 


Day 6: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Calama airport for your afternoon flight to Santiago for international departure or onward travel. 

Alto Atacama Pricing

# of Nights

 

3

 

4

 

Quitor

  $1680    $2060   $2570

Catarpe

  $1875   $2300   $2880
Suite Tilo   $2070
  $2540   $3170 
*Special triple rates available in Catarpe and Tilo categories. Single rates start at $1980 per night in Quitor category.  Children from  4-10 are charged between $420-$750, teens from 11-17 $690- $1275, depending on room catefory, for all-inclusive Premium Program. Includes group airport transfers, meals, wine and soft drinks with meals, excursions on a group basis, shuttle to San Pedro de Atacama, use of mountain bikes. Learn more about Alto Atacama.


Explora Lodge Atacama Pricing

# of Nights

 

3

 

4

 

Tulur

  $2160    $2880   $3550

Yali

  $2400   $3200   $3940
Suite Catur   $3300   $4400   $5420
Rates valid until March, 2015Family Rates available for teens 13-18 years old, from $1,290-$2,150 when accompanying parents, based upon availability for double occupancy. Additional beds available for children 4-12, one per room, from $870-$1,450. Single occupancy rates start at $2,940 in a Tulur room for three nights. Includes transfers, meals, bar drinks, daily excursions with a guide and a group of up to 10, use of boats, horses, vehicles and bicycles, entrance fee to Nature Reserves. Learn more about Explora Lodge Atacama.

Awasi Lodge and Spa

# of Nights

 

3

 

4

 

Rectangular Suite

  $2170    $2880   $3600

Round Room

  $2170   $2880   $3600
Superior Round Suite   $2440   $3205   $4005
Rates valid through March 2014. Single occupancy is a 50% increase in per person amount. Extra bed available for children sharing a Rectangular Suite with 2 adults. Child rate is 30% of adult rate for ages 6-12 and 50% of adult rate for ages 13-18.  Includes transfers, meals, all beverages, private daily outings with a specialized guide, equipment for outings. Read more about Awasi Lodge and Spa.

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"My favorite thing was hiking in Torres del Paine -- I've spent a good portion of my life visiting the major mountain ranges of the world, and Patagonia just floored me. I'll definitely recommend Wildland to my friends." - John Flinn, CA