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Ecocamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Chile, Patagonia

5 days

Summary

EcoCamp’s cosy geodesic domes are situated in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provide the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. Torres del Paine National Park’s magnificent and unrivalled flora, fauna, and stunning vistas are at your fingertips with this customised adventure package, allowing you to handpick daily activities such as cycling, hikes, and nature walks, returning home to EcoCamp at the end of each day. The Wildlife Safari offers you the best flexibility to see and explore the park and its inhabitants with shorter or longer stay options, ranging from 4 days to 7 days so that you can get the most out of your stay at EcoCamp Patagonia!. Contours Travel recommends a minimum of four nights to explore Torres del Paine National Park.

Highlights

  • Cozy, warm and sustainable accommodation in Eco Camp’s unique domes
  • Standard, superior and suite domes cater for various budget types
  • Experience the incredible beauty of Torres del Paine National Park from one of the best locations in the park
  • Activities & excursions to suit every fitness & interest
  • Highly experienced & passionate guides
  • Enjoy morning and evening yoga session inside the dedicated yoga dome
  • Meet new friends and compare notes in the cosy, communal central dome
  • Feast upon delicious Patagonian fusion cuisine, including the famed Patagonian lamb bbq

ITINERARY

Day 1 Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park (Alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate).

En route you will make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch, and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

Day 2 Torres del Paine

With EcoCamp’s Wildlife Safari, you choose the activities! Nature walks, treks, bike excursions, and more are yours to pick from – it all depends on your mood, weather conditions, and travel companions’ preferences! Plus, our private excursion option gives you the freedom every day to choose any excursion that matches your special interests and wishes (ask our travel expert for more details).

Excursions at Ecocamp are scheduled by the hotel each day, always with a moderate and more demanding option available. Depending on which day of the week you are arrive, you may have the following as your first excursion options:

– Hiking or Biking Laguna Azul: an easy walk or cycle to the magnificent lookout point over Laguna Azul, with stunning views of the famous torres in the background
– Western Lakes & Grey Glacier: drive to Lake Pehoe for a walk along the shores of the lake and the chance to see Salto Grande waterfalls. From here, drive to Grey Lake and have a tasty picnic lunch on the shore. Then, embark on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering walls of Glacier Grey.

Day 3 Torres del Paine

A full day to enjoy the variety of excursions offered by Ecocamp. Depending on which day of the week you are arrive, you may have the following as your first excursion options:

– Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail: an moderate hike along the shores of Lake Sarmiento with the chance to feast your eyes upon the stunning natural scenery and perhaps spot herds of guanacos along the way. Driving to the northern shore of the lake, we’ll hike the Fauna Trail for the chance to see more guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print!
– Towers Base Hike: a demanding full day hike, starting at Hosteria Las Torres and heading uphill to Ascencio Valley and the Chileno Refuge. From here the path becomes very steep and the hiking more challenging but you will be rewarded at the top with fabulous views of the Towers. Stop for a picnic lunch in this sublime location before returning along the same trail.

Day 4 Torres del Paine

A full day to enjoy the variety of excursions offered by Ecocamp. Depending on which day of the week you are arrive, you may have the following as your first excursion options:

– Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley Hike: drive to Pudeto and board a catamaran for the north-western sector of the Lake, where we begin the challenging hike to French Valley. The groups’ trekking rhythm will determine how far up the valley we go; expect fantastic views and impressive geological formations throughout the hike.
– Lazo Weber Hike: a 12km hiking trail packed with native flora and fauna. Have your camera ready to snap pics of the guanacos, owls, eagles and condors. The hike will lead you through native coihue and lega forests to El Toro Lookout point for dramatic 360 degree views of the Paine mountain range, the Patagonian Andes, and a suite of rivers and lakes.

Day 5 Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas

Board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Those heading to Argentina board an earlier transfer heading to the border.

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