Discover Chile from Santiago southward, venturing first to the Cochamo Valley of Northern Patagonia, often called the ‘Yosemite of the South.’ Follow an ancient pioneer trail once traveled by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and like modern gauchos ride high into the hills to a remote Mountain Lodge tucked beneath steep granite peaks. Enjoy guided climbs along fixed rope routes to lofty heights where condors soar or hike through the temperate rainforest to find cascading waterfalls and 4,000 year old Alerce trees. Back at sea level, raft the Puelo River, climb up river gorges and slide down waterfalls, spend a day in the Reloncavi Fjord with a local fisherman and his family and mountain bike around the perfectly conical Osorno volcano before continuing to Torres del Paine.
In Southern Patagonia, explore the wild, windswept hills and granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Your base is the Patagonia EcoCamp, a cozy twist on camping inspired by safari camps in Africa and situated right in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park within view of Los Torres. Choose from 2-person standard domes or two-storey domes that comfortably accommodate four people, offering you the best access to miles of guided hiking and mountain biking on the park’s famous trails to Los Torres Basecamp, the French Valley, Grey Glacier and more.
This is an active trip recommended for adults and families with children 12 and older that includes a long horseback ride over challenging terrain to a remote but cozy mountain lodge without electricity or modern amenities. Travelers should be in good physical condition and have some experience outdoors. For even more outdoor adventure, consider a 3 day/2 night extension to depart from Torres del Paine via kayak, paddling past glaciers, imposing mountains and remote fjords along the Serrano River to Puerto Natales.