Wild Patagonia: Legendary Torres del Paine to Unexplored Aysen
From the moment you arrive, you will be captivated by the stunning landscapes of Patagonia with its vast old-growth forests, granite formations, massive glaciers, fjords, wild rivers, clear lakes and waterfalls. It is the epitome of natural beauty. An extremely sensorial experience that comes from the taste of glacial water, the impressive force of the wind, and the subtle color palette of the scenery, Patagonia will capture your heart.
On this trip, you will spend nearly two weeks hiking, rafting, and cruising through the wilderness of Northern and Southern Patagonia and enjoying its incredible beauty by land and by water. First experience the “8th World Wonder” of Torres del Paine where you hike legendary routes at the end of the world. Then you’ll head north to a place that is much wilder and just as awe-inspiring, the Carretera Austral (Southern Highway). Winding its way through the region of Aysen, the Carretera Austral is the “last frontier” that remains very sparsely populated. This trip attracts both adventurous travelers and those in search of solitude.
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Upon your arrival you will be picked up by your bilingual driver and transferred to The Singular Puerto Bories. It is approximately a three-hour drive through the flat Patagonian pampas where you’ll notice the trees oddly warped by the constant gusts of winds, groups of photogenic guanacos, and sometimes even rheas.
Head out early for a cruise up the Serrano River. Later, set out on a zodiac boat that gets you up close to the waterfalls, glaciers, and sections of the Southern Patagonian Icefield.
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These days are yours to hike with stunning scenery, horseback ride with experienced gauchos, relax at the spa, and enjoy gourmet meals.
Drive approximately 5-6 hours to return to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Coyhaique’s Balmaceda airport in the Aysen region of Patagonia.
Meet gauchos (“cowboys”) at Estancia El Zorro and get to know the expansive property, as well as their profound passion for horses on a short ride. Share in a typical Patagonian barbecue lunch before returning to the city.
Continue the drive south on the Carretera Austral to Puerto Tranquilo with the General Carrera Lake alongside, condor sightings, and the Andes’ snow-covered peaks to keep you occupied. Break near Bahia Murta for lunch with a local family in their charming cabin that overlooks the lake.
Embark a on a cruise down the Exploradores River and towards the San Rafael Glacier, part of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field (one of the largest in the world). Savour a homemade lunch while taking in the immense formation and its constantly falling icebergs.
Spend the morning on a private cruise (and as the only boat in sight) on the General Carrera Lake, the second largest lake in South America. Later, continue the route from Puerto Tranquilo to Puerto Bertrand as you raft through exhilarating Class II and Class III rapids.
Be one of the first to visit the recently opened Patagonia Park, located in the Chacabuco Valley. The park is home to the highest levels of biodiversity in the Aysen region – you’ll likely spot huemul deer, pumas, condors, and many endemic plants.
Enjoy the miles of trekking trails with spectacular views of Cochrane Lake and San Lorenzo mountain inside Patagonia Park.
Today leave directly from Cochrane by plane to Puerto Montt and then continue onward to Santiago.