Granite Towers, Huge Glaciers, Iceberg-Dotted Lakes

Overview

The mighty spires of the Torres del Paine are among the most spectacular mountains in the world, a magnet for hikers and climbers from all around the world. Enjoy incredible day hikes to the base of these magnificent granite towers and accommodations in beautifully located lodges.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Calafate, Argentina / Paine National Park, Chile

Transfer by private vehicle from Calafate, Argentina, to the sublime world of Paine National Park, one of the scenic masterpieces of the planet, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The park’s centerpiece is the Cordillera Paine Massif, a wonderland of eye-popping scenery that emerges in a breathtakingly sheer rise from the plains of the Patagonian steppes. Overnight at Hosteria Las Torres, situated on a private 4,000-acre ranch just below the magnificent Paine Towers...D

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Day 2
Paine National Park

Paine’s famed peaks are known for their vertical spires. Paine Grande, the highest, tops 10,000 feet. The east face of the Central Tower ends in a sheer 4,000-foot-high rock wall that challenges the world’s mountaineers. One of the best hiking options today is to set out with your guide through beautiful old-growth beech forests to a classic viewpoint of the Paine Towers. Other hiking options are available, as are horseback rides (at extra cost). Overnight at Hosteria Las Torres...BLD

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Day 3
Paine National Park

A beautiful drive by private vehicle brings you to your accommodation at the southern end of the Paine Massif, where you are close to the Massif’s famous cuernos (horns)—incredible twisting monoliths of granite with knife-edged ridges, famously photogenic when they are mirrored in the emerald waters of Lake Nordenskjold. This afternoon, enjoy a boat excursion across iceberg-dotted Lago Grey to the edge of the huge Grey Glacier. Your accommodation, Hosteria Lago Grey, is in a majestic setting with walking trails and a breathtaking location on Lago Grey, with its active calving glaciers...BLD

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Day 4
Paine National Park

Options today include a half-day hike up the slopes of Mt. Ferrier for panoramic views of the cuernos, a half-day hike to the three lakes viewpoint, or a full-day hike through lush forests to the stunning waterfall of Cascado Rio Pingo. Overnight at Hosteria Lago Grey...BLD

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Day 5
Punta Arenas / Depart

Transfer to Punta Arenas and depart on homeward-bound flights via Santiago...B

Details

Length: 5 days
Cost From: $2595  
Arrive: Calafate, Argentina
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 4 nights lodges
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Day hikes on moderate to steep trails

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Chile, but there is a Reciprocity Fee that must be paid upon arrival.