Experience the best of southern Patagonia. Explore the sub-Antarctic tip of Chile, mingle with penguins, and gaze upon majestic glaciers in Torres del Paine. Most trekking elevation is under 5,000 feet. Shorter hikes (up to 5 miles) are scheduled among other activities like penguin viewing via boat, horseback riding and drinking local wines. This trip is for any adventurous outdoor traveler. See blog post by Greg Lais about WI’s first trip to Patagonia.
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Day 1: Welcome to Punta Arenas, the capital city of southern Patagonia!
Arrive at Punta Arenas, the gateway to the Andes mountains and the Patagonian fjords. Meet your guides and group mates and settle into your new accommodations. Enjoy a shared meal and prepare for the adventures ahead.
Day 2: Explore the world’s southernmost city, Puerto Williams.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before traveling to the Island of Navarino in the Chilean Antarctic region. Facing the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego and north of Cape Horn, it is the gateway to Antarctica. Walk the streets, visit the Marina Micalvi pier, and learn about the interesting Martín Gusinde Museum.
Day 3: Discover the wonders of the Miniature Forests of the Cape Horn Archipelago.
Explore most of the major habitat types of the region: coastal coigue forests, lenga parks, ñirre forests, peat bogs, invasive beaver wetlands, and alpine heath. Learn about conservation initiatives in the last sub-Antarctic forests of the planet.
Day 4: Visit the end of the world at Dientes de Navarino.
Hike to the base of the Dientes de Navarino massif, where you will enjoy an over-whelming view of the end of the world, the Beagle Channel and Puerto Williams, surrounded by nature in its greatest splendor. Learn about the native flora such as orchids and the vast amount of local wild fruits.
Day 5: Kayak the Beagle Channel to the confluence of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Enjoy a unique kayaking adventure along the Beagle Channel, navigated by canoe nomads since ancient times. Paddle past the nesting site of thousands of seagulls and several species of geese as you make your way to the confluence of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Day 6: Marvel at the grandeur that is Torres del Paine National Park.
Travel by air back to the mainland and head towards your next destination; majestic Torres del Paine. Your accommodation lies at the foot of the Torres del Paine mountain range amidst a myriad of natural wonders and unbeatable views.
Day 7: Hike in the heart of Patagonia and visit Grey Lake.
Spend the day exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Torres del Paine National Park and its most scenic stops. Gaze upon soaring mountains, view sparkling glacial lakes, and hike alongside glaciers. If you’re lucky, find a local guanaco amidst an unmatched backdrop.
Day 8: Enjoy the area on horseback as the Gauchos did.
Gallop across the pampas and through the lenga forest on this equestrian adventure across the Cerro Paine Reserve. Starting off from our stables, the trip follows the “O” Circuit around the eastern edge of the Paine Massif into the valley of the Paine river.
Day 9: Gaze at the Blue Lagoon and trek a hidden waterfall.
Experience one of the park’s most incredible viewpoints from the Blue Lagoon with its granite spires and alluring colors. Keep an eye out for guanacos, birds of prey, condors, and aquatic birds. Trek to a thundering waterfall along the Paine River.
Day 10: Feel like a true Patagonian at Estancia Fitz Roy.
En route to Punta Arenas, visit Estancia Fitz Roy and live the traditions of the Magellan gaucho. Witness wool baths, sheep shearing, and experience a true Chilean barbecue.
Day 11: Cross the strait of Magellan and mingle with penguins.
Take a boat tour across the Strait of Magellan to a nature reserve and marvel at the thousands of Magellanic penguins milling about on the pebbly terrain. Circumnavigate Marta Island to see countless sea lions in their natural habitat before saying goodbye to the jaw-dropping backdrops of southern Patagonia and your travel companions. Transfer to the airport in the afternoon for your journey home.
Dates & Fees
WI leads trips to Patagonia but currently has no dates scheduled. If you have a group of people interested, we can set up a customized adventure just for you! Please contact us or request a trip quote below if you are interested in a group trip to this destination.Request Trip Quote »
What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Enjoy exploring the Torres del Paine and Navarino Island. We will hike a few miles of uneven trail most days above sea level. Kayaking and horseback riding requires little to no experience.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: You will travel mostly by foot as you explore the wonders of northern and southern Patagonia. Transportation to and from accommodations will be provided by van. Domestic flights are necessary to explore both regions and provided in trip cost.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: No previous experience is necessary, however the elevation and uneven terrain make this trip a bit more difficult. We’ll take it easy and let you acclimate.
WEATHER: Temperatures in November (summer) can range from 40°F at night to 72°F during the during the day. Rainfall varies – you should expect some rain throughout your trip.
YOUR GROUP: The group size ranges from 8 to 14 participants, plus one Wilderness Inquiry staff, and one local guide while in Chile. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities, including people with disabilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Throughout the trip we will be staying in local hotels and lodges. The accommodations are very comfortable. Typically there are 2 people per room, matched by gender or requests to room together. In most rooms, solo travelers have single beds and couples share beds. We make every effort to ensure privacy and cleanliness.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.
MEALS: Enjoy typical Chilean fare, including fresh fish, barbecue, lamb, chicken, and fresh produce. Bottled water is recommended and readily available. We’ll enjoy happy hours, but the purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: You will need to provide your personal clothing and gear which is outlined in the packing list. We recommend layers as the weather can change quickly.Read more »