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LocalAventura Tour: 5D, 4N Chilean Patagonia Tour: Circuit Highlights and Sierra Baguales

5D, 4N Chilean Patagonia Tour: Circuit Highlights and Sierra Baguales

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5 days, 4 nights

Puerto Natales

2 ~ 6

High content


Description

Discover the sheer beauty of Patagonia on this 5-day experience. Local guides Felipe and Nili have designed this trek for those who want to see the traditional W Trek but in a more local and off-the-beaten-path way. Together, you will get to experience the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine National Park as you follow the path to the area’s most impressive sights. To experience the nature from a unique perspective, you’ll even get the opportunity to experience the lesser-known Sierra Baguales, which is poised to become the new hot spot in the region. Camp at night to experience the true wilderness of Patagonia with the comfort of warm meals from the nearby refugios. Enter one of the last areas of true wilderness left in the world with Felipe and Nili, and truly make the most of your trip to Patagonia. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Base of the Towers (Difficult Level): Today you will be picked up in the morning from your hotel in Puerto Natales. After a 2-hour drive, you will reach to the point where we start our hike with your day packs. The first hour of the hike is uphill until you get to the beautiful Asencio Valley with its nothofagus trees. Walking another hour puts us into a lenga forest and then finally we start our challenging climb till we reach the iconic base with the three sister towers and the emerald lake. Having our well-deserved lunch with possibly the best view in the national park, we have time to connect with nature and wish we would never have to leave this place. We then hike back the same trail.

Day 2: French Valley (Difficult Level): We start our day with a panoramic ferry ride, which enables us to see the whole Paine Massif Complex and admire the blue waters of Pehoe Lake. The 30 minute ferry ride takes us to Paine Grande where we start our hike. Hiking 2.5 hours, we get to the Italian Camping and start ascending until we reach the lookout, where we can appreciate the French Glacier and become a spectator of impressive avalanches that often occur. We hike the same way back.

Day 3: This day involves two half-day hikes, described below: 

  • Grey Lake (Easy Level): Driving to the western part of Torres del Paine National Park, we reach to a beautiful lenga forest, where our hike starts. We hike approximately 1 hour until we get to the lookout, where we can see the impressive ice field that covers the west end of the park and Grey Lake with its several incredibly blue icebergs. If we are lucky enough, we'll get really close to icebergs and we can even touch, taste and hear them.
  • Pingo (Easy Level): Pingo Valley is one of the lesser-known trails located at the west of Torres del Paine National Park. If you are not a big fan of hiking up or downhill, you would just love this easy-going hike, which is rich with interesting geographical formations. The first part of the hike is through the valley following the Pingo river until we enter a beautiful lenga forest and reach the waterfall, Chorillo del Salmón.

Day 4: Sierra Baguales: Today we drive to the lesser-known Sierra Baguales, which is poised to become the new hot spot in the region. Baguales was named after its wildlife and especially its wild horses. Bagual means a wild animal and still today, it is very easy to spot wild guanacos, ñandús, foxes, armadillos, eagles, condors and pumas in the region. There are several hiking options around Sierra Baguales ranging from demanding to easy levels. Depending on your interests and physical condition, we choose together how to spend our day in this hidden gem.

Day 5: Horseback Riding to Sierra Baguales Lookout: On our last day, we visit a local estancia (ranch) called Cerro Guido, which is located between Torres del Paine National Park and Sierra Baguales. Cerro Guido is a beautiful example of a Patagonian Estancia with its setting, sheep and horses. We’ll go on a horseback riding excursion of 2-3 hours enjoying amazing vistas of Torres del Paine and Sierra Baguales. This excursion would be recommended for riders of beginner to advanced levels. It’s a great way to say farewell, as it covers the two big highlights of the region. You will then be dropped off back in Puerto Natales so you can board your flight back to Santiago. 


Eligibility criteria

This itinerary includes: 2 difficult level and 2 easy level hikes in the national park. The Sierra Baguales hikes can be named medium level probably. As Sierra Baguales isn't a national park, we still don't have anyone scaling the hikes. :)


What's Included

  • Bilingual guide with over 12 years of mountain experience
  • Ferry ticket to and from Paine Grande
  • 3 Nights of Camping with Camping Gear & Full Board
  • 1 Night of Estancia Lodge Accommodation with Full Board
  • 5 Days of private excursions with air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Entry tickets to the national park
  • Ferry tickets
  • Horseback riding
  • Professional guiding service
  • Lunch & dinner on Days 1-4
  • Breakfast on Days 2-5
  • Lunch on Day 5

What's not included

  • Dinner on Day 5
  • Flights
  • Accommodation in Puerto Natales the night before Day 1 (but can be arranged, please email founders@localaventura.com for price quote)
  • Breakfast on Day 1

Recommendations

  • Torres del Paine has no cell phone coverage, meaning you will be out of touch with the rest of the world during your excursion.
  • Torres del Paine has some of the safest and tastiest potable water in the world, meaning no need for water purification tablets or bottled water.
  • The weather in Chilean Patagonia is pretty unpredictable, making it possible to experience four seasons in a day. Therefore, it is recommended to pack in layers and bring waterproof gear.
  • Your local guide will send you a packing list after booking.
  • This itinerary includes: 2 difficult-level and 2 easy-level hikes in the national park. The Sierra Baguales hikes can be considered medium-level, approximately. 

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Felipe and Nili

We are a couple that is passionate about the wild and unique beauty of Southern Patagonia. As a pair, our mutual love of the outdoors brought us together, so we decided to make this shared interest into a business. Ever since we started, we’ve absolutely loved sharing our home with fellow adventure seekers from around the world.

Felipe

Born and raised in southern Chile, I grew up exploring and learning about nature with my grandfather. I have since loved everything about being outside. I love the beauty, the natural meditations, and I especially love constantly learning about the geology, history, and biology of the land. Through over 11 years of experience in guiding in Patagonia, I’ve become an expert on Parque Nacional Torres del Paine and know every single corner of the park. In addition to Torres del Paine, I’ve worked in other incredible destinations around Chile, like San Pedro de Atacama, where I had the opportunity to climb high summits, like Volcan Pili and Sairecabur. A true lover of adventure, I feel lucky every day that I get to work in one of the world’s most beautiful places. I truly have the best office in the world.

Nili

Originally from Turkey, I decided to go after my dream of traveling throughout South America. When I finally made it to Patagonia, I knew it was where I was meant to stay. As a record-holding paraglider and an advanced open water diver, I love all things adventure, so the beautiful mountains and exciting outdoor activities made it the perfect location for me. Prior to moving to Patagonia, I used to be a teacher who led and coordinated cultural immersion programs for international students. I also speak English, Spanish, Turkish, and German, and so with my language skills, experience teaching and leading tours, and love of adventure, I knew being a guide was my next career move. Not only have I found a job that combines my prior experiences, but one that lets me explore and discover every single day.

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