The Best of Chilean Patagonia

City tour Punta Arenas, Park of the Strait, Torres del Paine, Cave of Milodon, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers and Magdalena and Marta Islands.
6 days – 5 nights
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Day 01: Airport – Punta Arenas City Tour
Reception at Punta Arenas’airport. In the morning or afternoon, in a schedule previous confirmation, departure from your hotel for starting the City Tour and discovering the main attractions of the city, such as its main square, “Cerro la Cruz” lookout, its cemetery, as well as the Interactive ship-museum “Nao Victoria”, an amazing replica of one of the boats used by the navigator Hernando de Magallanes; in addition to the history, legends, settlers and indigenous adventures (duration 3 hrs). Finally, transfer to the hotel and accommodation.

Day 02: Park of Strait of Magellan – Puerto Natales
Breakfast. In the morning, departure from the hotel for starting the tour to “Park of Strait of Magellan”, a place of great natural beauty and historical importance where “Fuerte Bulnes”, “Puerto del Hambre” and the Geographical Center of Chile are highlighted (duration 3 ½ hrs) . Return to hotel to pick up luggage and then, transfer to the bus terminal for taking a regular bus in direction to Puerto Natales city (3 hours of trip). Reception at Puerto Natales’ bus station and transfer to the hotel. 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 an entertaining day return to Puerto Natales between 16:00 – 16:30 app. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation.

Day 04: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon’s Cave Natural Monument
Breakfast. Between 07:30 and 08:00 AM approximately, departure from passengers’ hotel for starting the full day excursion, which will take us to the Milodon’s Cave (Natural Monument) firstly, and later, will take us to “Torres del Paine” National Park, where we will admire lakes such as; “Sarmiento”, “Nordenskjold” and “Pehoe”. An easy stroll will take us to “Salto Grande” a mighty fall of water which is part of the hydrographic network of the park. Then, returning to the main road we will go to CONAF’ administrative main office for continuing toward the “Grey Lake”. A lunch menu type is included in the service. At 7:00 PM approximately we will return to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 05: Navigation to Balmaceda y Serrano Glaciers – Punta Arenas
Breakfast. At 07:30 AM approximately departure from hotel to the local pier for starting a boat trip to Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. During the navigation we will be able to observe sea lions colonies, cormorants, waterfalls and abundant native forest. Condors can be seen from the boat. Finally, we will arrive to Balmaceda Mont for observing its homonymous Glacier. Around noon and after a short walk in the middle of the native forest, we will arrive at the imposing “Serrano Glacier”. It includes a ¨Patagonic lunch¨ in Perales Farm. At approximately 5:30 PM we will be back in Pto. Natales city. Transfer to the hotel to collect luggage and transfer to bus station immediately. At 7:00 PM we will take the regular bus to Punta Arenas city (3 hours of trip). Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.

Day 06: Navigation to Magdalena and Marta Islands
At 06:45 AM or agreed schedule 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. Accommodation.

Day 07: Airport
Breakfast. In a Schedule previous coordination, transfer to the airport. End of Services.

 

Program rate per person based on type of bedroom and accommodation category.

Pasajeros Nacionales (Pesos $) IVA Incluido / Pasajeros Extranjeros (Dólares USD)

Departures and minimun group size:
  • Daily departures with no minimum group size.
Includes
  • All transfers and receptions.
  • Regular bus tickets Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas
  • All the mentioned excursions in regular shared service
  • English speaking guide on Full Day Tours.
  • Entrance ticket to Nao Victoria Museum in City Tour.
  • Lunch menu type during Torres del Paine excursion.
  • Patagonic lunch in navigation to glaciers.
  • 2 accommodation nights in Puerto Natales with private bathroom and breakfast.
  • 3 accommodation nights in Punta Arenas with private bathroom and breakfast.
Not Includes:
  • National Park Entrance Tickets.
  • Other meals.
  • Guide on half day tours.
Important information:
  • The mentioned excursions are in regular shared service, it means, those are shared with other passengers.
  • The order of the tours may vary depending on availability 
  • The Hostels and Hotels mentioned are subject to availability and may be replaced by other similar establishments of category which could modify the published rates 
  • The mentioned rates may suffer changes due to dollar’ variability or by service providers’ needs, which will be informed opportunely.

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