Day 01: Airport – Punta Arenas
Reception at Punta Arenas ‘airport. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Day 02: Navigation to Magdalena Island Pengüin Colony – Puerto Natales
Breakfast. At 06:15 AM or agreed schedule pick up at hotel and transfer to the office to check-in, then transfer to the shipping place located in the Sector Laredo, 15 miles north from the city. From there is around 30 or 45 minutos sailing trough the Strait of Magellan waters to get to Marta Island and then Magdalena Island. Both islands form an interesting ecosystem, making an obligatory visit for any visitor, whereas Marta Island lodges more than 1.000 Sea lions, Cormorants, Skuas, Austral seagull, Antartic pigeon and Sea elephants. The Magdalena Island allows us to interact with one of the majors colonies of Magellan Penguins (around 150.000 birds). During the navigation it is possible to sight Austral Dolphins and Overas Toninas (kind of dolphins). To protect wild life, Marta Island is only circumnavigated to admire and photograph the Colony and the diversity of marine birds that live there. However in Magdalena Island it is possible to disembark for about one hour, to walk and to interact with the colony and visiting its Museum-Lighthouse. Return to the office and then the Hotel. In the afternoon transfer to bus terminal for taking the regular bus to Puerto Natales city (153 miles / 3 hours of trip). Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.
Day 03: Full Day Patagonian Estancia
Breakfast . Pick up at hotel to start the journey by navigating from Puerto Natales to the Estancia La Península, a beautiful ranch located on the peninsula, Antonio Varas. Upon Arrival, you will be welcomed with some warm coffee, tea, and sopaipilla. Then the activities start: you can choose between horseback riding, trekking, 4×4 four-wheel drive or relaxing time at the estancia. The activities take approximate 2 hours and when finished a delicious traditional lamb barbecue is waiting! Then it’s time to learn about how we work with our sheepdogs and see a shearing of a sheep and learn about the whole process and how we classify the wool.
Passengers can choose one of the following activities:
|HORSEBACK RIDING: On prized criollo horses the rides are lead by a gaucho, a local cowboy, and a bilingual guide to walk you through the estancia’s diverse landscape. Pass through wide-open pampas, green southern beech forests and rocky coastline while learning about the local flora and fauna. Admire the surrounding mountains and glaciers from spectacular viewpoints along the trail and even delve into history about the areas indigenous tribes while visiting an archeological point of interest.|
|FOUR-WHEEL OFF ROAD DRIVE: This is an excellent option for those who are looking for a scenic tour without having to put in a too much physical effort. Guests can enjoy the comfort of riding inside our farm vehicle, a Land Rover defender 2002, that follows a dirt road from the main house all the way to the top of Cerro Ballena (Whale Hill). This route passes through a landscape of southern beech forests full of a variety of birdlife and other creatures. As the tour continues the vegetation evolves to a landscape dominated by chaura (a local bush) and coigue (the evergreen beech tree) passing by where the sheep live during the summer months. Upon reaching the top guests are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the fjord and the surrounding mountain ranges.|
|GUIDED WALK AND BIRD WATCHING : We offer a variety of walks depending on your fitness level. The classic route meanders along the coastline passing through wetlands and native forests that are habitats for a number of wildlife. Birds such as condors, black-chested buzzard eagles, flamingos, geese, swans and much more are often observed within the first few steps. An overpopulation of rabbits in the area gives many birds of prey an ample food supply attracting birds of all shapes and sizes to the estancia. Our knowledgeable guide comes equipped with books and binoculars.|
RELAXING TIME AT THE RANCH: Jet lagged or tired from the previous day’s activities? Feel free to snuggle down on one of our sofas to contemplate the landscape, sip on some fine Chilean wine or browse through our book collection. Feel free to wander around the farm to snap photos of our stables, corrals, barn and our Patagonian Bearded Collies in their doghouse. The perfect option if you want to escape and have some alone time to clear your mind and absorb the beauty of the landscape.
After a entertaining day return to Puerto Natales. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
Day 04: Full Day Torres del Paine National Park + Boat Trip to Grey Glacier
Breakfast.. Pick up at hotels in Puerto Natales travelling by the route that borders the Ultima Esperanza Fjord until arriving to “Lago Grey Hotel” in Torres del Paine National Park where in some opportunities it is possible to observe some “huemules” who live at surroundings. After check in for navigation we will begin a 30-40 minutes walk through a native forest until arriving to the extensive beach of the lake, we can also admire the huge pieces of ice that have been detached from the glacier . In this point, we will aboard a comfortable embarkation which will allow us to navigate to Grey Glacier, until arriving to the ice walls of 131 ft high and blue colors. This navigation lenght around 3 hours.
Afterward,, we will begin our ride within the National Park to admire its beauty from several lookout points located by main road, such as “Lago Pehoe” one of most beautiful viewpoint of Paine massif. Later on, and after short and easy walk we reach the “Salto Grande“, a imposing waterfall. Later, our vehicle will stop in “Mirador Los Lagos“, where we can admire the different colors of lake waters. Afterwards , we will visit the “Laguna Amarga“, one of the best spot for observing the famous “Torres del Paine” Finally, we will stop at “Lago Sarmiento” , one of the largest lakes of the park and then we will return to Puerto Natales.
It is worth mentioning that this excursion does not visit the Cueva del Milodon Natural Monument.
Day 05: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas´s Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to bus terminal . Regular bus tickets to Punta Arenas´s Airport.
END OF SERVICES.
Valor del programa por persona en base a tipo de habitación y categoría de alojamiento.
Pasajeros Nacionales (Pesos $) IVA Incluido / Pasajeros Extranjeros (Dólares USD)
Departures and minimun group size:
- Daily departures without minimum group size.
- All transfers and receptions.
- Regular bus ticket Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas or airport.
- Navigation to Magdalena Island and FD Patagonian Estancia in shared regular service with english speaking guide.
- FD Tour to Torres del Paine NP in private service (spanish speaking driver only)
- Boat trip to Grey Glacier . Pisco Sour and english speaking guide on board.
- Typical patagonian lunch and activity to choose in Estancia.
- Lunch Box in FD Torres del Paine tour.
- 1 accommodation night in Punta Arenas with private bathroom and breakfast.
- 3 accommodation nights in Puerto Natales with private bathroom and breakfast.
- Entrance fees to National Parks, other foods, travel insurances.
Hostels and Hotels mentioned are subject to availability and may be replaced by other establishments of similar category which could modify the published rates.
The values given above can be modified by service providers, which will be informed opportunely.
October 2022 to March 2023
Start of season
and rate to be confirmed