Patagonia Multisport Adventure
This energetic trip lets you enjoy hiking, cycling, kayaking and horse riding through the magnificent Patagonian scenery while enjoying the community atmosphere and good food & wine at EcoCamp Patagonia, in the heart of the national park, in the evenings.
Sample Itinerary - Activity order depends on your arrival date.
Day 1: Arrival, The Patagonian Adventure starts
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas 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 (see Prices and Facts section). En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza", where we 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 our 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: Cycling to Laguna Azul + Patagonian BBQ
Torres del Paine NP
After breakfast we drive to Estancia Laguna Amarga, next to the ranger station where we entered the park, and we hop on our mountain bikes & pedal away towards Laguna Azul campsite approximately 20 km to the north east. We cycle past an array of fauna on the Patagonian plains including guanacos and ostrich-like ñandús (plus maybe the occasional puma print!), heading up north past the cascading Paine waterfall where we can stop for a break to admire the view. We continue our journey heading past a small canyon in the middle of the Patagonian flora and fauna before looping up towards Laguna Azul.
Upon arrival at Laguna Azul we’re treated to a classic Patagonian barbecue, prepared by a local Patagonian chef in EcoCamp’s cozy barbecue area on the lakeshore. Once we’ve feasted and enjoyed some rest there’s time to explore the surroundings and climb to the nearby sightseeing point with a panoramic view of the lagoon and the Torres in the distance. The cycle ride back to Ecocamp is optional - anyone who is happily tired after the journey and barbecue is welcome to travel back in the support van (accompanying the group at all times on the outward journey). Back at EcoCamp the cyclists reunite with their Safari hiking counterparts to enjoy the evening aperitif.
Day 3: Kayaking
After breakfast at EcoCamp, we will head off at 7:30 am to the Serrano area in the western sector of the park arriving at around 9:00 am at Serrano Base. From here, we will board another vehicle and head to the Pingo River where we shall take part in a safety talk (20 minutes approx.). Afterward, it’s time to get into the water! Once our kayaks are in, we will move gently with the river’s current towards the Grey Lake Peninsula to see the glacier’s impressive icebergs. After enjoying the moment, it’s time to continue down the Grey River for the next 3 hours approx. At Puente Grey, we stop to eat our boxed lunch before continuing downstream to the confluence of the Grey and Serrano rivers. Around 20 minutes later we return to where our adventure started, at Villa Serrano, after an amazing day on the water. Then we take the van returning to EcoCamp for our evening aperitif and meal.
*Kayak: Minumum age is 15 years old / Maximum age is 65 years old
Day 4: Horse Riding
. After a hearty breakfast at EcoCamp, we begin around 09:30 am with an induction talk (1 hour approx.) before heading out on our 13 km journey. We start by making our way around the immense Lake Nordenskjold, with its heart-achingly beautiful views of Mount Almirante Nieto and Cerro Paine, and pass over the ice-cold Patagonian rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for the local flora and fauna who call this land their home, including foxes, condors, and dense groupings of lenga forests. We pick up the pace on the beach, and at around 13:00 we stop for lunch at Paine River. After a full day taking in the sights and sounds of the area, we head back to EcoCamp around 15:00 to get some rest and enjoy an evening cocktail
Day 5: Cerro Paine Trek
We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. We hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows us to warm up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as we start climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine. We cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on our left side. With any luck, we will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it? As we are ready to start the steepest part of the hike, we leave the forest and hike on the rock. As we go up, we admire the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain. We walk upward for about an hour up to 1500m/4920ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio Valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.
Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia
Day 6: Departure Day
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
We 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.
Departures: every day Nov. 1 - March 31
With EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
High season (Nov. 1-Dec. 13 and Jan. 21-March 31)
High season (Nov. 1-Dec. 13 and Jan. 21-March 31)
High season (Nov. 1-Dec. 14 and Jan. 21-March 31)
This trip requires a minimum of 2 persons per departure. If you are a Single Traveler consult us about your departure date and other bookings.
Flight tickets not included; ref. Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago ticket: USD 450 p.p. approx.
Starting / Finishing Point
The trip starts every day with pick ups and drop offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. Please visit our Weekly Transfer Board for details of EcoCamp pick up and drop off times from both Chile and Argentina.
The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to deal with at times. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia transport is in minivans that normally seat from 8 to 14 people. Pick up / Drop off times shown in the Weekly Transfer Board are approximate and will be confirmed locally by our operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.
This trip is a multi activity sports trip and therefore requires a moderate - high level of fitness. Those used to hiking on weekends or doing regular cycling or jogging etc should have no problem but some warm up hikes prior to the trip would be recommendable in any case. Horse riding and kayaking do not require much physical aptitude but those in better physical condition will probably be better equipped in case of cold or wet weather.
In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 130km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!