Patagonia Family Trip - 5 days
The ideal trip for all family types, this experience takes families along an unforgettable and most memorable excursion. Discover ancient caves, primitive paintings, and hill-top views of the fjords and Ultima Esperanza. Step inside the Milodon Cave and navigate by boat up-close to the immense Grey Glacier. Hike among the last wild Patagonia horses where few travelers have been before and tour first-hand an authentic ranch. Experience Torres del Paine and its famous attractions by day, and relax and reconnect by night in a Riverside Camp on the shores of the Serrano River and in a cozy remote cabin. Freshly prepared meals and picnic lunches are prepared to each families´ liking and a local guide assists each group along their day´s activities. Sure to create one-of-a-kind memories along this carefully planned, perfect family trip!
Day 1 - Private Transfer from Puerto Natales - Cave Paintings & Discovery Hike - Visit to Milodon Cave - Transfer to Torres del Paine
Our first day begins with a private transfer from your hotel or accommodation in Puerto Natales - making for a laid back morning with plenty of time to prepare before heading out. We'll start by traveling 30 minutes along the beautiful coast of Natales before arriving to the Milodon Cave Sector where we'll begin today's adventure. Our guide will take us to visit a viewpoint over the ¨Cueva Grande¨ (Large Cave), ascending 600 meters where we'll be introduced to the fauna and flora of Patagonia. With sweeping views of the surrounding landscapes, this is a great spot for some first photos and for watching condors soar above us. We'll pass by natural condor colonies and through native lenga forests, later arriving to the 'Sofia Lagoon viewpoint'.
After resting a moment and enjoying the spectacular views of the far reaching fjords below, we'll continue alongside mountainous walls to see our first cave paintings of the day. Our guide will tell us about their significant value and history. Moving along, we'll enter another cave equipped with headlamps to discover the millenary stalactite minerals which have taken millions of years to form above. After carefully inspecting these incredible formations, we leave the cave and head towards the eaves of "Two Horseshoes" where we live an experience in the forest and discover yet more cave paintings on the rocky walls.
As we make our way back, we will visit the Milodon Cave Natural Monument, a 200 meter long cave where the remains of a mylodon (a large ground sloth) and other early Patagonian animals were discovered. After our time exploring this magnificent natural formation, we will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch prepared to your families likings before taking our private transfer to Torres del Paine National Park where we'll spend our first night at the Riverside Camp. Along the shores of the Serrano River, we'll take in the incredible views of the Paine Massif as we enjoy a freshly prepared welcome dinner. At nights' end, tuck into your private deluxe tent for a great evening of rest.
Night at Riverside Camp (Private Deluxe Lotus Tent) (BL-D)
Perfect for families or groups, the Riverside Camp is a fully-equipped site located on the shores of the Serrano River, away from the crowded refugios and campsites. Equipped with men´s & women´s restrooms, hot showers, and electrical outlets for charging and operating electronic devices. Delicious meals are shared in a dedicated dining lodge with views of the Paine Massif. A spacious lounge offers the perfect spot for relaxing and enjoying with great company!
Day 2 - Boat Navigation Across Grey Lake to Grey Glacier - Optional Hike to Pingo Valley
After a relaxed morning and nourishing breakfast in the dining lodge, we will prepare for our afternoon boat navigation on Grey Lake. Our transfer takes us along a short 20 minute transfer through the park to the Grey area, where we enjoy an easy 30 minute walk through a woodpecker-inhabited beech forest to our boat’s departure point. The three hour boat trip takes us around blue-hued icebergs to the immense face of Grey Glacier, where we’ll stay for a while to admire its textures, lines and colors. If we’re lucky, we’ll witness a glacial calving, where chunks of ice break off and plummet spectacularly into the freezing waters.
On your return journey you’ll glimpse the wind-sculpted “ice mushrooms” atop the massive peaks of Paine Grande. If your family is up for the adventure - after enjoying a premium picnic lunch, we’ll hike to the Pingo Valley to reach a viewpoint at “Cascada los Salmones”, a waterfall where salmon are sometimes seen. Be alert as we return: you may see a huemul (Andean deer) hiding nearby. Our private transfer will take us back to camp where we will relax and rest on the shores with plenty of free time to enjoy together before settling in for our second night.
Night at Riverside Camp (Private Deluxe Lotus Tent) (B-BL-D)
Day 3 - Full-Day Torres del Paine Photo Safari Excursion
Our third day shows us Torres del Paine's best highlights! As we awake to the sunrise on the Paine Massif from our camp, we'll enjoy a specially prepared breakfast before setting off in our private vehicle along with our guide. Leaving from the Serrano River, we'll take our time traveling the park's route stopping along various destinations to capture lasting family photos and to explore the area's pristine landscapes and features. Iconic destinations such as Mirador Condor for those wanting to enjoy a short hike to a terrific viewpoint, Salto Grande Waterfall and an easy hike to Los Cuernos lookout will be among our first destinations.
Moving north we'll pass by Lago Nordenskjöld and Laguna Amarga for our chance at seeing Guanacos as they graze in herds and the iconic Chilean Flamingos as they feed in the waters. Laguna Amarga offers a great view of the three towers before we make our way to Laguna Azul where we will enjoy the perfect picnic lunch and can enjoy seeing the famous towers once again but from an entirely different angle.
After enjoying the wetlands and shores of the 'Blue Lagoon', a private transfer will take us to a special reserve where we will discover the last groups of wild horses in Patagonia. This reserve hasn't been exploited for tourism or farming and offers astounding views of Torres del Paine that few have seen. Here a special team welcomes us to tell us about this exclusive location and our next days' activity while we enjoy a welcome dinner with great company. Tonight enjoy a restful evening under the Patagonia skies in a comfortable and cozy dome on this remote reserve.
Night at Wild Patagonia Horse Camp (Private Dome) (B-BL-BBQ)
Pristine & untouched landscapes, some of the last Patagonia wild horses, and an impressive view of the iconic three towers. This private sector of Torres del Paine offers guests a privileged opportunity to stay in private, comfortable domes. Equipped with double-height inflatable mattresses, fresh linens and down covers, each dome offers an exclusive accommodation in a one-of-a-kind place. Groups enjoy traditional cuisine with fresh, local ingredients that are cooked over an open fire. On-site restrooms and shower facilities.
Day 4 - Full Day Patagonia Wild Horse Experience
Today we'll stay on the reserve to take advantage of our time in this special place. We will have the opportunity to select from various experiences and activities including wild horse watching while learning about their special breed, characteristic traits, and exclusive Patagonia habitat. Or if preferred, families may also enjoy exploratory or guided hiking in this pristine area of Torres del Paine. Today is yours to create! Take the time to enjoy your surroundings in this one of a kind location. Enjoy lunch together before spending the rest of the afternoon roaming, relaxing, and re-connecting. You will spend your second evening again in your cozy dome with a delicious dinner before tucking in for a quiet night of rest.
Night at Wild Patagonia Horse Camp (Private Dome) (B-BL-BBQ)
Day 5 - Private Transfer to Cerro Guido - Estancia Tour & Lunch - Transfer to Puerto Natales
Awakening in the morning you'll be treated to a fresh breakfast before continuing your journey onward. Today you'll take your private transfer 1 hour outside of Torres del Paine to Estancia Cerro Guido. Founded 100 years ago, this is the largest estancia in the region settled between Torres del Paine National Park, the Argentine pampas, and the Sierra Baguales. With its typical architectural style and cultural heritage of the pioneers who settled here - today's tour will allow you to discover the traditions and history of this authentic ranch. Upon your arrival, you'll be warmly greeted by the ranch staff in the hall of the main house and be given a brief introduction to understand the importance of the ranches of Patagonia. As you begin the walking tour, you'll visit the estancia's greenhouse to try freshly grown produce and walk along the gardens and grounds of this incredible place. Visiting the shearing shed, you'll be shown the different stages of shearing sheep and their wool with it's unique details. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the estancia's restaurant with views of Torres del Paine and free-roaming horses. After our farewell lunch, we'll return back to Puerto Natales traveling along a different route and passing through the village of Cerro Castillo.
(B - L)
2023-2024 price per person in dbl occupancy: (valid till April 2024)
with 3 people = USD4,195
with 4-6 people = USD3695
Single Supplement = USD
Can add on transfers from and to Punta Arenas, hotel nights in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, extra days for puma tracking or for visiting penguins on Magdalena Island
Reservation Payment – To formally reserve for this trip, each person must provide:
-An initial deposit of 10% of the trip cost
-Completed contact and health form and liability waiver
Final Payment –The balance of the trip cost is due 45 Days before the trip start.
When booking a trip with less than 60 days before the trip start, it is considered a last minute booking and 100% of the trip cost must be paid in full within 48 hours to confirm your reservation. Until the payment is received the trip cannot be guaranteed and any changes to the itinerary may occur or be subject to additional fees.
Cancellations Fees & Refunds
All requests for cancellations and applicable refunds must be made in writing. Depending within the cancelling dates; the following are the amounts that will be refunded to you.
Operator is entitled to cancel services up to 75 days in advance prior to trip start date if:
-The minimum number of full paying members is not met.
-Cancellation or compensation payments do not apply due to “Force Majeure,” that is, unusual events and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of operator or its sub-contractors for events that occur such as war, pandemics, strikes, riots, terrorist activity or threats, natural disasters, climate conditions or fire, environmental emergencies, transport changes in airline companies, boaters and land carriers, changes in providers, etc.
Operator is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trip. For this reason we strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance