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Patagonia, Chile

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Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

1. Punta Arenas: Walk with Penguins on Magdalena & Marta Island

After check-in at the meeting point, transfer to Laredo Bay port to board speedboats for a 45-minute trip to Magdalena Island. Once there, enjoy 1 hour with a guide to discover the habitat of the Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island, the second largest Magellanic penguin colony in South America that receives more than 120,000 penguins every year. Next, if the weather conditions are good, continue your journey to Marta Island, which hosts a colony of more than 1000 Patagonian sea lions, as well as copious bird life. Keep an eye out for cormorants, skuas, austral seagulls, Antarctic pigeons, and the occasional elephant seal. If you're lucky, see southern dolphins, piebald dolphins, and sei whales during your trip. The tour includes with return to Laredo Bay port and transfer back to the original meeting point.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

2. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

3. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 7:30 AM to 8 AM, then set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. Arrive by about 10 AM and access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary towards the Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales (through Portería Serrano). On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

4. Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

Cape Froward, one of the most southern points on the planet, is home to many glaciers, humpback whales, Sei whales, Piebald dolphins, Commerson’s dolphins, and the Magellan Penguin. All of these creatures help form part of the natural wonder of the Austral region of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. As you tour one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet, this full-day journey will help you grasp the sheer magnitude of nature at its fullest. Starting early in the morning, you will go by bus to your boarding place, located 50 kilometers south of Punta Arenas. It will be from this area that you will sail for about 10 hours. This is sure to be an incredible adventure in which you will witness a unique landscape surrounded by mountains, glaciers, Lenga, and Coihue forests. In addition, marine fauna will amaze you by its proximity and sheer abundance. You will encounter sea lions, petrels, cormorants, and austral dolphins, among others.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

5. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

6. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. After transportation to the national park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales.

Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

7. Puerto Varas: Peulla Day Trip

Explore Chile's Los Lagos Region on a day trip. See lakes, waterfalls, and rivers. Take in stunning scenery, incredible nature, and local villages. Start your trip early in the morning at the local supplier's office in Puerto Varas, where you will meet your host for the day. Climb aboard the bus to be taken into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, bordering the beautiful Llanquihue Lake. See the mouth of the Rio Pescado river and small towns such as La Poza before heading to the city of Ensenada. Here, you have the chance to visit Petrohué Falls. Cross the walkways installed amidst lush vegetation and beautiful scenery on the River Petrohué and admire the turquoise waterfalls. Then, continue your tour with Todos los Santos Lake, where you will board an Andean Lakes catamaran. Navigate through the Andes to the green village of Peulla. Enjoy free time to explore the village and find somewhere for lunch. There will also be the chance to enjoy activities such as canopy tours, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, motorboat rides, or a 4x4 safari. Finally, your host will tell you when it's time to head back to Puerto Varas.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

8. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

9. Puerto Varas: Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls Day Trip

Discover both a lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano famous for its perfectly-shaped crater with this package. Choose to depart from Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt. After pickup from selected hotels in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt, head to the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where you'll learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the region. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, admire the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, make your way to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, and visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, you'll be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a stop for lunch in the village of Ensenada (lunch not included), before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. En route, take in stunning panoramic views of the Petrohué River Valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

10. Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

Spend a day exploring Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia. This medium-to-difficult hike offers incredible views of the park's 3 famous peaks – Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzin, all on a day trip from Puerto Natales.  The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales at 6:30 AM. Travel north for 2 hours to reach the starting point of the trek. After a quick briefing with the local guide, start the walk crossing a bridge over the Asencio River. Trek for 1.5 hours to reach Refugio El Chileno, shrouded in forest and in the shadow of the spectacular Monte Nieto Almirante. After a short stop at El Chileno, continue for 2-2.5 hours along a steeper section of trail to the main lookout.  Reach the main lookout of Las Torres at the eastern end of the lagoon, from where you will have a spectacular view of the three granite peak as well as the Peineta and Nido de Condores hills.  Stop and enjoy your packed lunch while admiring the views. After the break, return to the base along the same path. Following the trek, hotel drop-off will be provided in Puerto Natales.

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What people are saying about Patagonia, Chile

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 319 reviews

Superb trip! Our guide Camilla and driver Pablo were top notch! We are a small group and the explanations are very interesting. This allows you to see very beautiful viewpoints in one day. We recommend!

Excellent activity, the guides are very attentive and good at guiding. I would definitely recommend this tour. Grateful to the team of guides for the experience, the teachings and the dedication.

It was an excellent experience. The guides are super professional and well versed with knowledge. I felt super secure with them and enjoyed the all stories and humor they shared with us.

Being able to see the majesty of nature. Without a doubt, it is an experience that must be lived, we were lucky that the day was super clear and the views were magical.

A very good guide unique experience and incredible landscapes.