If you like spending part of your life on horseback, this may be one of your next adventures. With an average of 6 daily hours of horseback riding during 6 days, you will get to know Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks. We invite you to get to know 4 different glaciers accompanied by charismatic gauchos, who will delight us with entertaining local stories.

Horseback riding Puerto Natales / Patagonia / Code CMA013

Information

Starting Point

Punta Arenas Airport

Daily Riding Time

6 Average Hours

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Group Size

Minimum 2 People, Maximum 8 People

Difficulty level

Hard

Confirmation within 48 hours

Includes

  • Private transport indicated in the itinerary
  • Horses, saddles and packhorses
  • Helmets, leather implements, leather gloves, dry bag, saddlebag
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (D: breakfast, BL: box lunch, A: lunch, BBQ: Patagonian roast, C: dinner)
  • Two nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (cozy country house with room and private bathroom)
  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entrance to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
  • Two nights camping in Chile Nativo (double or single bed domes) (beds included)
  • One night in Lake Brush camping (tents for 2)
  • One night at Hostería Balmaceda (standard double room)
  • One night in Hotel Vendaval or similar in Puerto Natales (standard double room with private bathroom)
  • Navigation between Monte Balmaceda and Puerto Natales
  • Guide (English - Spanish), driver and baqueano

Does not include

  • International and / or domestic flights
  • Additional nights
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel insurance (yes it includes air rescue insurance - first aid and / or evacuation)
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Lunch in days 1 & 8
  • Dinner in 7 day
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in stays / campsites / hotels
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratifications for the guide and baqueano

Prices

2 riders: USD 5520 per person
3 riders: USD 5010 per person
4-8 riders: USD 4450 per person

Itinerary

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1. DAY 1: Estancia Tercera Barranca

5 HOURS BY TRANSFER

NIGHT IN ESTANCIA TERCERA BARRANCA (C)

We recommend taking the early flight Santiago - Punta Arenas (4 hours), flying over the Andes Mountains with incredible views of the Patagonian ice fields. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, considered the southernmost city of the continent, a private transfer will be waiting for you to drive to Estancia Las Chinas. (Chile Nativo will pick up passengers at the airport at 02: 25 PM, corresponding to the flight of LAN Airlines, # LA285, or to 2 PM from the hotel in the city) (Number of flights and times subject to change without prior notice. ). Leaving the airport you can see the Strait of Magellan and the mythical Tierra del Fuego. For around 5 hours we will cross the extensive pampas and their ranches where we will perhaps have the opportunity to see one of the characteristic animals of the area, the ñandú (similar to the ostrich.) We will continue north to reach Puerto Natales, a typical fishing village surrounded by mountains, located in the Seno de Última Esperanza. From here we will follow a dirt road to Estancia Tercera Barranca, a typical example of regional Estancias, with incredible views of the famous Torres del Paine.

2. DAY 2: Salto Las Chinas

6-7 HOURS WALKING, TROUTING AND GALLOPING

NIGHT IN ESTANCIA TERCERA BARRANCA (C)

After an early and abundant breakfast, we will ride towards the sector of Laguna Azul and Cascada Las Chinas. During the journey, we will have Torres del Paine permanently in the background, being able to disperse and ride at different rhythms, giving us a feeling of freedom possible to find in few places in the world. After a few hours, we will arrive to Las Chinas Waterfall where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will resume our riding to head back to the ranch. Here we will enjoy a good Pisco Sour (typical Chilean drink, distilled from Muscat grapes) and an authentic lamb roast in the Patagonian style!

3. DAY 3: Serrano River

6-7 HOURS WALKING, TROUTING AND GALLOPING

30 MINUTES IN PRIVATE TRANSFER

NIGHT AT CAMPING SERRANO (D-BL-C)

This is without a doubt, the longest day in which all your senses will be stimulated by the beautiful landscapes and intense colors of the lakes, rivers, glaciers and mountains of the Torres del Paine National Park. We will cross the park from east to west through pampas, lagoons, vegas, mountain trails and forests, being able to appreciate from your horse the different places and mountainous formations that make this park one of the most pristine and beautiful places of the Planet. On the way we will make a break for lunch and then continue our journey to the administration sector, and from there take the last breath to reach the Camping Serrano, located on the edge of the park and from where you will have one of the best View to the Horns!

4. DAY 4: Lake Gray lookout

7 HOURS WALKING, TROUTTING AND GALLOPING

NIGHT AT CAMPING SERRANO (D-BL-C)

After a good breakfast in our camp, we will start the ride to the viewpoint of the Gray glacier. We start crossing a huge pampa, which will allow us to gallop as much as we want! Once we reach the Gray River, we will follow its course through a narrow and winding path. We will have innumerable photographic moments throughout the tour, until we reach Lake Pehoe, with its characteristic turquoise waters. From here we start a steep path to the viewpoint of Gray Lake with its impressive glacier of the same name that is part of the Southern Ice Field, third world ice reserve with 350 kilometers long. With this breathtaking view we will enjoy a picnic lunch, then begin the return by the same path, taking advantage of the countless pampas to enjoy a good gallop.

5. DAY 5: Brush Lake

10 MINUTES IN TRANSFER

4 HOURS TO STEP AND TROTE

NIGHT IN CAMP BRUSH (WITHOUT AVAILABLE SHOWERS) (D-BL-BBQ)

We will disarm camp and cross the Serrano River to go to the house of Aniceto Astorga, one of the most charismatic baqueanos in the area. With the election of our horses we will enter an unexplored valley, limit of Torres del Paine National Park. We will cross rivers, lakes and swamps, as we go we will be surprised by the different views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field. We will camp and spend the night on the shores of Lake Brush, next to an old cattle ranch.

6. DAY 6: Serrano glacier

5 HOURS WALKING

NIGHT IN HOSTERÍA BALMACEDA (D-BL-C)

After a comforting breakfast we will continue towards Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. The trail goes through a humid forest, similar to that of the austral channels, bordering the Serrano River until its mouth in the Seno de Última Esperanza, where we will spend the night in the comfortable cabins of the Balmaceda Inn with a majestic view of Serrano Glacier.

7. DAY 7: boat to Puerto Natales

45 WALKING MINUTES

3 NAVIGATION HOURS

NIGHT AT HOTEL VENDAVAL OR SIMILAR (D-BL)

We begin the day crossing the Serrano River to its mouth in the Seno de Última Esperanza, in front of the imposing Serrano Glacier. Here we will make a short walk to the glacier through a flat and very easy path. Later we will take the Cutter 21 de Mayo, a boat that will take us through snowdrifts and canals, with varied photo opportunities, to Puerto Natales, on the way we will stop at a ranch to enjoy a barbecue.

8. DAY 8: transfer to the airport

2,5 HOURS IN PRIVATE TRANSFER (D)

We will take a private transfer to Punta Arenas. (Our passengers must book the airline flight Lan # LA287, which leaves at 01: 45 PM and arrives in Santiago at 06: 10 PM, if they decide to stay overnight in Punta Arenas, the transfer will take them to their hotel.) (Number of flights and schedules subject to change without prior notice).

9. INCLUDES

Private transport indicated in the itinerary
Horses, saddles and packhorses
Helmets, leather implements, leather gloves, dry bag, saddlebag
Meals indicated in the itinerary (D: breakfast, BL: box lunch, A: lunch, BBQ: Patagonian roast, C: Dinner)
Two nights at Estancia Tercera Barranca (cozy country house with room and private bathroom)
Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
Entrance to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Two nights camping in Chile Nativo (double or single bed domes) (beds included)
One night in Lake Brush camping (tents for 2)
One night at Hostería Balmaceda (standard double room)
One night in Hotel Vendaval or similar in Puerto Natales (standard double room with private bathroom)
Navigation between Monte Balmaceda and Puerto Natales
Guide (English - Spanish), driver and baqueano

10. NOT INCLUDED

International and / or domestic flights
Additional nights
Medical expenses
Travel insurance (yes it includes air rescue insurance - first aid and / or evacuation)
Sleeping bag and mattress
Lunch in days 1 & 8
Dinner in 7 day
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in stays / campsites / hotels
Personal expenses
Gratifications for the guide and baqueano

11. NOTE ON THE ITINERARY

Although we will do our best to follow the itinerary explained above, it is subject to change due to weather or other unexpected events beyond our control.

Prior notice of any type of health condition or food restriction

12. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO CARRY

  • Jacket for rain and / or cold
  • Long pants
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Water shoes
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat for the sun
  • Rain coat (ideally avoid plastic materials)

13. CONSIDERATIONS

Chilean patagonia is famous for having unpredictable weather. You can live the 4 seasons of the year in the same day. It is for this reason that it is necessary to be prepared for any event. The climate in winter is dry and cold with temperatures between -10 and 10ºC. The weather conditions are more stable between May and October. It is recommended to consider these factors when choosing the clothes with which you will attend the ride.
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