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Torres del Paine Explorer, Private wildlife and photo safari - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!Ideal itinerary for couples or solo travelers! Fully flexible and comprehensive nature trip and photo safari with private transportation and naturalist guide. Daily departures from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile. Ask for private transfers from/to El Calafate, Argentina.

2 to 5-day options | Check out our updated rates and lodges for the season 2013-2014. Join us on one of these private nature trips and photo safaris to Patagonia's premier wildlife destination.

 

The mighty 'Cuernos del Paine' - the Horns - an impressive mountain backdrop during most of our excursions, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Torres del Paine Explorer | 2 to 5-day options | Trip Code TDP01

Lake District & Chile Island - Discovering Volcanos, Rainforests and Islands [CHL06] - www.fsexpeditions.com Español

 

Discover Torres del Paine, Patagonia's premier wildlife destination, at its best. This is a completely private wildlife and photo safari, entirely led by a naturalist guide from our company. This custom-designed itinerary includes private transportation and naturalist guide services throughout the length of the trip, park entry fees, hotel-based accommodation and all meals. This package provides you privacy and full flexibility to pursuit your particular interests; besides you will receive in-depth nature interpretation and enjoy of the best wildlife encounter opportunities with your experienced naturalist guide.

If you are considering to come to Torres del Paine, why don't you avoid the crowds and the rigorous, non-private trip programs offered by hotels and instead, enjoy with us of an intimate experience in the field, of memorable picnic lunches and a trip with pace varying from easy to moderate?

If you are a nature photographer, a nature enthusiast, a birder, a botanist, a hiker with an interest in the natural world, or simply an adventurer, this journey of discovery is for you!

 

Recent Testimonials

'We are a couple in our 50's and 60's who went on a four day trip to Torres del Paine with Claudio Vidal of Far South Expeditions. We had never been to Chile before and did not know what to expect. Our experience far exceeded our expectations. Every detail of our trips was carefully planned and expertly carried out. We saw amazing birds, animals and scenery. Our hotels and meals were great. We cannot recommend ... highly enough.' | Donald and Debbie Green (USA)

 

'We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our visit to Torres del Paine' with FS Expeditions! The trip was as you described and we look forward to using Far South Expeditions again to explore the Patagonia and beyond! Roberto was "fantastico" and we would not have enjoyed the visit without his knowledge and assistance!'. | Rick Rumrell (USA)

 

INTRODUCTION

Trip Highlights

• Comprehensive 2 to 5-day journeys to world-famous and Patagonia's premier national park, Torres del Paine.

• Great accommodation at superior nature lodges located within the park.

• Boat trip to Grey Glacier, one of the most outstanding ice formations of the Southern Patagonian Andes.

Photo excursions to special locations for sunrise and sunset shots.

• Fascinating wildlife including Andean Condors and Guanacos, Chilean flamingos, foxes and rheas.

• Discover and photograph the delightful array of native mountain flora.

Great hiking opportunities suitable to different skill levels varying from very easy to moderate.

 

This program is operated as a custom trip (flexible option which runs on a date you choose giving you more privacy). This is available upon request for individuals or small private groups.

 

The ubiquitous Guanaco (Lama Guanicoe), the ancestor of llamas, will be a common species to photograph during this trip, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com 

 

The Difference of Traveling with FS Expeditions:

• Fully flexible, hotel-based, wildlife photo trip with private transportation and naturalist guide.

• Great dinning cuisine and memorable picnic lunches.

• Spacious private vehicles that ensure a window seat to each trip participant.

• Each vehicle and driver we use has been authorized by the Chilean Transportation Authority.

• The service and expertise of a professional local naturalist leader, who will look after every logistical aspect of 'your' holiday.

• Top-class spotting scopes will be available for the use of our guests for a better observation and study of the wildlife and landscapes.

• …plus an useful pre-departure information package (maps, wildlife checklists and more).

 

Torres del Paine Explorer can be combined with the following optional extensions:

King Penguins of Tierra del Fuego (2 days) join our quest for the 'Lords of Patagonia' across the mythic Straits of Magellan;

'Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten' (5 days, 4 nights), explore one of the most majestic glaciers and the 'sacred' peak of Patagonia: El 'Chalten' (or Mount Fitz Roy) in this private photo journey;

Expedition Cruise to Tierra del Fuego & Cape Horn (4- 5 days), follow Darwin's footsteps across the most remote corners of Patagonia, on the wake of the 'Beagle'.


2-DAY OPTION

Day 1 • Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport (before 12pm*), you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine. During our journey to the park, we will observe how the strong westerlies have sculpted the vegetation of the Patagonian wind-swept steppes. On route we will try to spot Guanacos, Southern Grey Foxes, and Patagonian Skunks while enjoying our first contact with Southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. We will make several stops for photography and wildlife observation along the way. Colourful Chilean Flamingos groups can be seen on the alkaline pools and we will have delightful views of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in Puerto Natales.

Distance from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: Approximately 250 kilometers | 155 miles (between 3 to 4 hours, including stops).

On route towards the park we will have splendid vistas of the hilly terrain and if is clear, of the Paine Massif at the distance. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. This evening we can do a nice nature walk or a sunset photo session (before or after dinner).

Distance from Puerto Natales to Hotel Las Torres (eastern side of the park): Approximately 120 kilometers | 75 miles (approximately 2.5 hours, including the many scenic and wildlife stops).

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (L,D)(G).

* We suggest you to arrive to Punta Arenas a day before the trip, in order to have an earlier start towards the park.

 

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) - an immature individual -, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) - Lake Grey - Drive to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas

We will have an early start in order to be at location to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn. If you have choose to stay in the eastern side of the park, at Hotel Las Torres, we will concentrate on photographying the three 'Towers', while if you have selected Hotel Cabañas del Paine or Río Serrano, we will be at one of the viewpoints of Pehoe Lake to photograph the 'Horns' and 'Paine Grande', located in the southern face of the Massif. Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge national park, which comprises in total an extent of 600,000 acres. (242,242 hectares). The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colouration when observed at a distance.We will have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or southern Beech forests and its diversity of plants and animals; we will try to see Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and the shy Andean Deer or Huemul, if we are lucky. We will be marveled by seen the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests.

Lago Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colosal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. After our picnic, we will head back to Punta Arenas where our trips ends, approximately at 6pm.

(B,L)(G).

 

Codes: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch/Box-lunch; D=Dinner; G=Guide; *=Hotel Category.


3-DAY

Day 1 • Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport (before 12pm*), you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine. During our journey to the park, we will observe how the strong westerlies have sculpted the vegetation of the Patagonian wind-swept steppes. On route we will try to spot Guanacos, Southern Grey Foxes, and Patagonian Skunks while enjoying our first contact with Southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. We will make several stops for photography and wildlife observation along the way. Colourful Chilean Flamingos groups can be seen on the alkaline pools and we will have delightful views of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in Puerto Natales.

Distance from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: Approximately 250 kilometers | 155 miles (between 3 to 4 hours, including stops).

On route towards the park we will have splendid vistas of the hilly terrain and if is clear, of the Paine Massif at the distance. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. This evening we can do a nice nature walk or a sunset photo session (before or after dinner).

Distance from Puerto Natales to Hotel Las Torres (eastern side of the park): Approximately 120 kilometers | 75 miles (approximately 2.5 hours, including the many scenic and wildlife stops).

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (L,D)(G).

* We suggest you to arrive to Punta Arenas a day before the trip, in order to have an earlier start towards the park.

 

Sunrise at the towering granite spires that named the park - Las Torres -, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) - Lake Grey - Boat trip to Grey Glacier (c. 3 hours)

We will have an early start in order to be at location to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn. If you have choose to stay in the eastern side of the park, at Hotel Las Torres, we will concentrate on photographying the three 'Towers', while if you have selected Hotel Cabañas del Paine or Río Serrano, we will be at one of the viewpoints of Pehoe Lake to photograph the 'Horns' and 'Paine Grande', located in the southern face of the Massif. Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge national park, which comprises in total an extent of 600,000 acres. (242,242 hectares). The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colouration when observed at a distance.We will have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or southern Beech forests and its diversity of plants and animals; we will try to see Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and the shy Andean Deer or Huemul, if we are lucky. We will be marveled by seen the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests.

Lago Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colosal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and actively calving front of the Grey Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 outlet glaciers which originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world's third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. The photography is great at this particular spot; we will be treated with a glass of pisco sour or scotch containing glacier ice of hundreds, possibly thousand years old!
This evening we will have again an optional photo outing for sunset and the dramatic cloud formations.
Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Young guanaco - locally called as 'Chulengo -, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 3 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector) - Drive to Punta Arenas

This morning we will have again an early start in order to be ready to photograph the Towers or the Horns with the first light. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns in orange colors and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks. At the eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake, we will reach a location that commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres, the pinnacles from which the park takes its name. As we move around the park, you shall observe confiding herds of Guanaco, most southerly camelid, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and impressive Andean Condors soaring along the road. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine river and if is clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga. After our picnic, we will head back to Punta Arenas where our trips ends, approximately at 6pm.

(B,L)(G).

 

Codes: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch/Box-lunch; D=Dinner; G=Guide; *=Hotel Category.


4-DAY

Day 1 • Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport (before 12pm*), you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine. During our journey to the park, we will observe how the strong westerlies have sculpted the vegetation of the Patagonian wind-swept steppes. On route we will try to spot Guanacos, Southern Grey Foxes, and Patagonian Skunks while enjoying our first contact with Southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. We will make several stops for photography and wildlife observation along the way. Colourful Chilean Flamingos groups can be seen on the alkaline pools and we will have delightful views of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in Puerto Natales.

Distance from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: Approximately 250 kilometers | 155 miles (between 3 to 4 hours, including stops).

On route towards the park we will have splendid vistas of the hilly terrain and if is clear, of the Paine Massif at the distance. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. This evening we can do a nice nature walk or a sunset photo session (before or after dinner).

Distance from Puerto Natales to Hotel Las Torres (eastern side of the park): Approximately 120 kilometers | 75 miles (approximately 2.5 hours, including the many scenic and wildlife stops).

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (L,D)(G).

* We suggest you to arrive to Punta Arenas a day before the trip, in order to have an earlier start towards the park.

 

The heavily-crevassed front of the Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) - Lake Grey - Boat trip to Grey Glacier (c. 3 hours)

We will have an early start in order to be at location to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn. If you have choose to stay in the eastern side of the park, at Hotel Las Torres, we will concentrate on photographying the three 'Towers', while if you have selected Hotel Cabañas del Paine or Río Serrano, we will be at one of the viewpoints of Pehoe Lake to photograph the 'Horns' and 'Paine Grande', located in the southern face of the Massif. Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge national park, which comprises in total an extent of 600,000 acres. (242,242 hectares). The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colouration when observed at a distance.We will have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or southern Beech forests and its diversity of plants and animals; we will try to see Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and the shy Andean Deer or Huemul, if we are lucky. We will be marveled by seen the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests.

Lago Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colosal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and actively calving front of the Grey Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 outlet glaciers which originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world's third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. The photography is great at this particular spot; we will be treated with a glass of pisco sour or scotch containing glacier ice of hundreds, possibly thousand years old!

This evening we will have again an optional photo outing for sunset and the dramatic cloud formations.

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Day 3 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector)

We will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and the spotting scope. Also the flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography. The park holds probably nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) are great to see the myriad of flowers that bloom in these magnificent landscapes. After our return to the hotel and enjoy our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset.

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Porcelain Orchid (Chloraea magellanica), Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector) - Drive to Punta Arenas

This morning we will have again an early start in order to be ready to photograph the Towers or the Horns with the first light. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns in orange colors and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks. At the eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake, we will reach a location that commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres, the pinnacles from which the park takes its name. As we move around the park, you shall observe confiding herds of Guanaco, most southerly camelid, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and impressive Andean Condors soaring along the road. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine river and if is clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga. After our picnic, we will head back to Punta Arenas where our trips ends, approximately at 6pm.

(B,L)(G).

 

Codes: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch/Box-lunch; D=Dinner; G=Guide; *=Hotel Category.


5-DAY

Day 1 • Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

After meeting your guide at your hotel or at the airport (before 12pm*), you will be transferred in a private vehicle to Torres del Paine. During our journey to the park, we will observe how the strong westerlies have sculpted the vegetation of the Patagonian wind-swept steppes. On route we will try to spot Guanacos, Southern Grey Foxes, and Patagonian Skunks while enjoying our first contact with Southern beech (Nothofagus) forests. We will make several stops for photography and wildlife observation along the way. Colourful Chilean Flamingos groups can be seen on the alkaline pools and we will have delightful views of Black-necked and Coscoroba Swans on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Fjord, in Puerto Natales.

Distance from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: Approximately 250 kilometers | 155 miles (between 3 to 4 hours, including stops).

On route towards the park we will have splendid vistas of the hilly terrain and if is clear, of the Paine Massif at the distance. While visiting the valleys we will be given a geological interpretation of the origins of the dramatic backdrop of Torres del Paine, one of the finest natural spectacles in Patagonia. This evening we can do a nice nature walk or a sunset photo session (before or after dinner).

Distance from Puerto Natales to Hotel Las Torres (eastern side of the park): Approximately 120 kilometers | 75 miles (approximately 2.5 hours, including the many scenic and wildlife stops).

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (L,D)(G).

* We suggest you to arrive to Punta Arenas a day before the trip, in order to have an earlier start towards the park.

 

Poppies in bloom near Laguna Azul, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 2 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) - Lake Grey - Boat trip to Grey Glacier (c. 3 hours)

We will have an early start in order to be at location to photograph the Paine Massif at dawn. If you have choose to stay in the eastern side of the park, at Hotel Las Torres, we will concentrate on photographying the three 'Towers', while if you have selected Hotel Cabañas del Paine or Río Serrano, we will be at one of the viewpoints of Pehoe Lake to photograph the 'Horns' and 'Paine Grande', located in the southern face of the Massif. Today we will explore the southern and western regions of this huge national park, which comprises in total an extent of 600,000 acres. (242,242 hectares). The landscape is dominated by the omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rugged peaks, formed out of granite and sedimentary rock. The long-gone Indians of Patagonia gave the name Paine, meaning “blue”, presumably referring to its remarkable colouration when observed at a distance.We will have the opportunity to explore the Nothofagus or southern Beech forests and its diversity of plants and animals; we will try to see Magellanic Woodpecker, Austral Parakeet and the shy Andean Deer or Huemul, if we are lucky. We will be marveled by seen the contrasting mosaic of towering mountains, glaciers, wetlands, steppes and forests.

Lago Grey is certainly one of the highlights of the day. Colosal icebergs are stranded on the southern shore of the lake after a long and slow transit from the glacier front. From this shore we will board our boat (the M/V Grey II) for a 3-hour excursion through the icy waters of the lake towards the impressive and actively calving front of the Grey Glacier. Grey is one of the nearly 50 outlet glaciers which originate from the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field, world's third largest after Antarctica and Greenland, and is one of the most beautiful and colourful in all Patagonia. The front is full of crevasses and the solid glacial ice colours vary from whitish to deep indigo. The glacier is flanked towards the east by impressive granite walls which are part of the Paine Massif, and towards the west by the eroded and low summits of the older Andes. The photography is great at this particular spot; we will be treated with a glass of pisco sour or scotch containing glacier ice of hundreds, possibly thousand years old!

This evening we will have again an optional photo outing for sunset and the dramatic cloud formations.

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Guests 'at location' during sunrise for shooting, Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 3 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector)

We will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and the spotting scope. Also the flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography. The park holds probably nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) are great to see the myriad of flowers that bloom in these magnificent landscapes. After our return to the hotel and enjoy our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset.

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park

We will keep exploring the alkaline ponds and reed-fringed lagoons located of the eastern part of the park. There are approximately 120 species of birds in the park and we will see a considerable number of them, with the help of binoculars and the spotting scope. Also the flora is a very interesting subject for observation and photography. The park holds probably nearly 500 species of plants; the southern spring and early summer (mid-October through late January) are great to see the myriad of flowers that bloom in these magnificent landscapes. After our return to the hotel and enjoy our delicious dinner, we will have another chance to photograph the mountains and clouds at sunset.

Overnight (O/N) Hotel Las Torres or similar, Torres del Paine (4*). (B,L,D)(G).

 

Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), Torres del Paine National Park, Chilean Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal - www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Day 5 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector) - Drive to Punta Arenas

This morning we will have again an early start in order to be ready to photograph the Towers or the Horns with the first light. With the right lighting, the mountain base turns in orange colors and the scene become very dramatic with peculiar lenticular clouds moving fast over the peaks. At the eastern corner of Sarmiento Lake, we will reach a location that commands the most incredible views of the towering peaks of Las Torres, the pinnacles from which the park takes its name. As we move around the park, you shall observe confiding herds of Guanaco, most southerly camelid, the curious-looking Lesser Rhea and impressive Andean Condors soaring along the road. During the morning we will visit the eastern side of the park to enjoy the views of one of the impressive waterfalls of Paine river and if is clear, of the fabulous granite columns of the Paine massif from Laguna Amarga. After our picnic, we will head back to Punta Arenas where our trips ends, approximately at 6pm.

(B,L)(G).

 

Codes: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch/Box-lunch; D=Dinner; G=Guide; *=Hotel Category.

 

MAP

 

DATES & PRICING

Rates for Custom Departures (you choose the date): Available from September 2013 through April 2014.


Meet/Depart: Daily departures from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, Chile. Optional transfers to/from El Calafate, Argentina (please inquire).

 

Torres del Paine Explorer - Custom Departures
Based at HOTEL LAS TORRES (eastern side of Torres del Paine)
2 days | 1 night
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
1 September - 30 October 2013
$1,524 $874 $762 $83
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014
$1,582 $907 $795 $101
1 March - 30 April 2014
$1,524 $874 $762 $83
3 days | 2 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
1 September - 30 October 2013
$2,568 $1,511 $1,256 $166
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014
$2,678 $1,575 $1,321 $202
1 March - 30 April 2014
$2,568 $1,511 $1,256 $166
4 days | 3 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
1 September - 30 October 2013
$3,537 $2,042 $1,667 $248
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014
$3,669 $2,139 $1,764 $304
1 March - 30 April 2014
$3,537 $2,042 $1,667 $248
5 days | 4 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
1 September - 30 October 2013
$4,441 $2,590 $2,115 $331
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014
$4,661 $2,703 $2,245 $405
1 March - 30 April 2014
$4,441 $2,590 $2,115 $331

 

Torres del Paine Explorer - Custom Departures
Based at HOTEL RIO SERRANO (southern side of Torres del Paine)
2 days | 1 night
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
October 2013 / March & April 2014
$1,573 $871 $756 $115
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014 $1,600 $885 $770 $132
3 days | 2 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
October 2013 / March & April 2014
$2,658 $1,504 $1,244 $230
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014 $2,755 $1,531 $1,271 $265
4 days | 3 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
October 2013 / March & April 2014
$3640 $2,032 $1,646 $345
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014 $3,722 $2,073 $1,706 $397
5 days | 4 nights
No. of guests 1 (Solo) 2-3 4 Single Suppl.
October 2013 / March & April 2014
$4,623 $2,560 $2,091 $460
1 November 2013 - 28 February 2014 $4,733 $2,615 $2,146 $529

 

NOTE: The above prices are per person in US$, based on double occupancy in standard room.

 

What the trip includes/excludes

The above price is per person in US$, based on double occupancy. All payments are in US Dollars.

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, boat trip in Grey Glacier, and park entrance fees.

The trip price excludes: Domestic flights, tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, drinks, à la carte dishes, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

Do you want us to arrange your flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas?

Domestic flights Santiago – Punta Arenas – Santiago (from US$ 300-400 per person).

Duration of the flight: 3 hours (direct) / 4 hours (with a stop-over in Puerto Montt).

 

Tour Registration:

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person. Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

 

Cancellation Policy:

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

LODGES

Hotel Las Torres, Torres del Paine National Park - www.fsexpeditions.com

Hotel Las Torres, Torres del Paine

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This charmingly rustic hotel provides a comfortable base from which to explore the park’s towering mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, ice fields and steppes. Las Torres is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the town of Puerto Natales and 230 miles (375 kilometers) from the larger city of Punta Arenas.

Each of the hotel’s many windows look out over the expansive steppe or snow-capped mountains surrounding it, including the trio of towers that gave the park its name. The hotel features 57 rooms, several sitting areas, two restaurants and a bar. The interpretive center located by the hotel’s reception desk lays out information about the rock formations and wildlife you may encounter on your excursions. In addition, the spa next door offers you the chance to unwind and rejuvenate after you return from your adventures.

The rooms of the hotel provide a cozy atmosphere, being the perfect setting to relax and enjoy after a long days excursion. Central heating, box spring beds, telephones and private bathrooms in a rustic yet elegant decoration provide the ideal ambience in our superior rooms for resting and preparing the next days activities. Several services are available in the relaxing environment of your room, with a simple call you have the possibility of enjoying massages, food, wine and drinks.

Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine, Patagonia - www.fsexpeditions.com

Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine

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The hotel gets its name after the sinuous Serrano River, which is born in the waters of Toro Lake and flows into Ultima Esperanza Sound. Its unique location, facing the Torres del Paine Massif and surrounded by an astonishing natural setting, gives the perfect amalgam of design, quality and comfort, keeping in mind the fragile ecosystem.

The hotel is surrounded by a breathtaking natural beauty which has spectacular view from all our facilities. The spacious areas give emphasis to elegance and quality assuring a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

The hotel has 95 rooms. The decoration of Rio Serrano Hotel is both warm and cosy with architectonical lines that merge fineness and rustic. They have been designed to provide that unique home atmosphere. Wood and stone make the perfect blend, that together with a fireplace set scene of pure relaxation.

 

PHOTOS

Check out our photo gallery with images from recent nature and photo trips to Torres del Paine.


Peter while photographying guanacos, Torres del Paine NP, Chile - 27 Dec 2010. | Peter mientras fotografía guanacos en el PN Torres del Paine, Chile - 27 Dic 2010.[photo © Claudio F. Vidal] - http://www.fsexpeditions.com

 

Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 12:08