Insitu Patagonia

Magdalena Island Penguin Colony, Patagonian Estancia , Torres del Paine National Park, Glacier Grey

5 Days / 4 Nights

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Day 01: Airport – Punta Arenas Reception at Punta Arenas ‘airport. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation.

Day 02: Magdalena Island Penguin Colony – Puerto Natales Breakfast. At 06:15 AM or agreed schedule transfer to the office to check-in, then transfer to the embarking 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. Later on transfer to bus terminal for taking the regular bus to Puerto Natales city (153 miles / 3 hours of trip). Transfer to the hotel . Accommodation.

Day 03: Patagonian Estancia . Breakfast. Early morning pick up at hotel to start the journey by navigating from Puerto Natales to the Estancia La Peninsula, 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.

These are the activities you can choose from:

 

HORSEBACK RIDING: Choose from one of our prized criollo horses to explore the estancia in true Patagonian style. 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.

 

4X4 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 not to mention a birds-eye view of the entire estancia.

 

Guided walk and birdwaching: 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 comfortable 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. This is 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 this entertaining day we return to Puerto Natales arriving around 4:00 – 4:30 PM. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation.

Day 04: 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 in order to take the regular bus to Punta Arenas´s Airport.

END OF SERVICES.

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High season

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Rates and Season
2019-20 to be confirmed.

Departures and minimun group size:

Daily departures without minimun group size

Includes

– All transfers.
– Regular bus tickets Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas or Airport.
– Navigation to Magdalena Island and Patagonian Estancia in shared service with english speaking guide,
– Full Day tour to Torres del Paine National Park in private service with spanish speaking driver only.
– Boat trip to Grey Glacier in shared service with appetizer and english speaking guide on board.
– Typical Lunch and activity at Patagonian Estancia
– Menú lunch in 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.

Not Includes:

– Entrance fees to National Parks , other meals, personal travel insurances

Important information:

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

ENTRANCE FEES COST (Chilean Currency and cash only)

CUEVA DEL MILODON MN October 1, 2018 up April 30, 2019
Foreign adult $ 5.000
Foreign children ( 1 up 17 years old) $ 2.500
TORRES DEL PAINE NP October 1, 2018 up April 30, 2019
Foreign adult $ 21.000
Foreign children ( 1 up 17 years old) $ 6.000
PARK OF THE STRAIT Annual rate
Foreign adult $ 14.000
Foreign children ( 6 up 17 years old) $ 6.000
Foreign children ( 0 up 5 years old) Free

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