(San Antonio Valley, Lago Toro, Santiago)
What attracted Theroux, Darwin, Melville and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to Patagonia? Come see for yourself.
Take an unforgettable journey to the remotest part of South America and become enchanted by its many spectacular sights and sounds. Stroll along the startlingly blue glacial lakes, explore untamed peaks and view dazzling wildlife right out of a Herman Melville novel. In the evenings, relax in luxurious camping accommodations. Glamorous + camping = glamping.
Head to Torres del Paine National Park and hike through a native Nothofagus forest which leads to the spectacular base of the towers. In Estancia Lazo, a typical Patagonian ranch, hike along the edge of beautiful Laguna Verde toward Mirador Toro, a spectacular lookout point for the Toro Lake and the Patagonian mountain range. View the calcium carbonate formations along the shores of Lago Sarmiento, and observe a herd of Guanacos. Cross a suspension bridge over the Pingo River and arrive at Lago Grey beach and behold the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey, an enormous, 6km-wide wall of ice. View the breathtaking waterfall in Salto Grande and be reminded of the power and magic of this special land.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Enjoy a private tour with an English speaking guide from Santiago to the San Antonio Valley (Matetic Vineyards). Tour a wine cellar with a view of the organic vineyards, and get a deeper understanding of the wine making process as you are given an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour, you'll get to taste four wines from the EQ ultra premium line; Sauvignon Blanc Coastal, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Includes: wine cellar tour + wine tasting, 2 reserve and 2 premium wines.
The Matetic Vineyard "Casona", guest house was built in 1900, with seven Chilean style and luxury rooms well situated in the heart of the Vineyard in a quiet area surrounded by colored gardens and finely decorated, creating a cozy and stylish atmosphere. During your stay you will discover state of the art winery of Matetic Vineyards that has developed the most modern techniqes to produce organic and world class wines.
A variety of outdoor ctivities are avialble at La Casona Matetic. Ask your Sales Consultant about pre-booking any activities or book them localy at arrival in La Casona.
These activities seek to connect the visitor with the natural wonders of the Rosario Valley through contemplative circuits or action filled activities. Some of the highlights include: Walking on the Huayun trail, the “Trail of the senses” or simply enjoy the rolling hills and beautiful valley while observing the local flora and fauna. Following is a list of the activities available:
Hiking - Trails, which cut through native forests, mountains, hills, valleys, ravines, and plains, are all well-marked, perfect for self-guided walks ranging from 1½ to 2 hours in duration.
Biking - Choose from short to longer circuits:
Standard bike: A 20-to 30-minute circuit through the property. The path, approximately 3,000 meters long and two meters wide at its narrowest, runs past small farms, through prairies and over bridges, with periodic rest stations. The bikes are standard, model 1939.
Mountain bike: A 1½- to 2-hour circuit through different types of terrain such as valleys, mountains, and river beds. There are also ramps for jumping, security fences, equilibrium trails in the gorges and a lookout and tunnel for more expert riders. Beautiful lookouts are located within both the native and introduced forests. The path, 5,000 meters in length, is 50 cm wide.
Horseback Riding - Horseback-riding experience is recommended. Short rides last one to two hours, with a 30-minute break; long rides last three to four hours with a break for either lunch or snacks. Terrain includes ravines and hilltops and spectacular views of Rosario Valley. Five or six guests per ride.
Enjoy a private transfer from San Antonio Valley to Santiago with an English speaking guide.
Fly direct from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking
The minibus journey is just under four-and-a-half hours: The journey from Punta Arenas to Patagonia Camp, along 200 kilometers (124 miles) of paved road takes two-and-a-quarter hours. From there, the 190 kilometers (118 miles) to Torres del Paine National Park is mainly along dirt roads and takes two hours and 20 minutes.
Located on the shore of Lake Toro, close to Torres del Paine, in a region of extraordinary beauty, Patagonia Camp is the first luxury camp in Chile. Surrounded by spectacular landscapes, ancient forrests, lakes, and turquoise-colored rivers, Patagonia Camp is the ideal place to experience the rugged and wild Patagonian region by combining nature and adventure with comfort and luxury.
Daily activities at Patagonia Camp include:
BASE TORRES - Duration 9 hours - Difficulty: High
Following a 1.5 transfer, the hike begins uphill until we enter the Valle Asencio. After a short break, we continue to the second part of the trail where we walk through a native Nothofagus forest. The last part of the trail takes us up a steep moraine that ends at the spectacular base of the towers.
LAGUNA VERDE - Duration 6 hours - Difficulty: Medium
The van takes us to the Estancia Lazo, an excellent example of a typical Patagonian ranch, where we start our hike towards the Paine River. Going along the edge of the beautiful Laguna Verde we continue the trail towards the Mirador Toro, a spectacular lookout point from where we have a stunning view of the Toro Lake and the Patagonian mountain range. Our hike ends downhill where the River Paine and Toro Lake converge, in an amazing mixture of blue and green colors.
LA PENINSULA - Duration 6 hours - Difficulty: Medium
This hike starts where Lago Toro converges with Laguna Maravilla. Hiking through a typical puesto Gaucho, we start our hike with a great view of Laguna Maravilla and Salto Maravilla. In the second half of the trail, we walk along the Bahia Maitenes, where we observe the different species of flora present in Patagonia. This hike ends, walking through the edge of the Lago Porteño ending at Patagonia Camp.
MIRADOR CONDOR - Duration 2 ½ hours - Difficulty: Medium
We take the van to Torres del Paine National Park, near Lago Pehoe. This hike starts at the edge of the lake where the trail goes uphill towards the famous Mirador Condor. During the hike we observe different species of flora present in the park and if we are lucky we can see the elegant soaring of the Andean Condor. Once at the top of the lookout point, we can observe the magnificence of the Paine Massive and the amazing contrast with the turquoise color of Lago Pehoe.
LAGO SARMIENTO - Duration 2 ½ hours -Difficulty: Medium
This hike starts on a trail that leads to the shores of Lago Sarmiento. Once we get to the lake we can observe the calcium carbonate formations all along the shoreline making Lago Sarmiento unique in the park. This is a nice hike where we can observe a few of the different species of birds present in the park. If we are lucky - on the way back we can walk through a herd of Guanacos.
PLAYA GREY - Duration 2 hours - Difficulty: Easy
This excursion leads us to one of Torres del Paine National Park's main attractions - Lago Grey beach and Grey Glacier. First we arrive at Lago Grey where, after crossing a hanging bridge over the Pingo River, we will cross into a dark Patagonian forest. We will arrive at Lago Grey beach and view the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey. From here we can see the Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous, 6km-wide wall of ice.
MIRADOR CUERNOS & SALTO GRANDE - Duration 2 ½ hours - Difficulty: Easy
This excursion takes us to Salto Grande, a beautiful waterfall that demonstrates all the power and magic of Chilean Patagonia. After a short trek we arrive at the Mirador Cuernos, a spectacular lookout point with up-close and direct views of the Paine Massif.
MIRADOR EL ESTRIBO - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Medium/High
After a 20 minute drive that takes us to the Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start an uphill hike towards the Mirador El Estribo. At the top of this lookout, enjoy a panoramic view of Lago Porteño, a beautiful lake, in which colors go from deep blue to turquoise. With a little bit of luck small herds of Guanacos can be spotted.
MIRADOR TENERIFE - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Medium
After a short drive towards Estancia Complejo Torres del Paine, we start walking up to the lookout point of Cerro Tenerife. At this beautiful spot, enjoy the impressive views of the colorful Lago Porteño, the majestic Cerro Castillo and the emblematic Torres del Paine Massif.
LAGUNA AZUL - Duration 3 hours - Difficulty: Easy
After an hour drive, we will star trekking to Laguna Azul, where we will take part in a fairly easy trek along the northern shore of this beautiful lake. From this vantage point we can enjoy spectacular views of the Towers - granite formations that give the name to this incredible National Park. This excursion is ideal for enjoying the park’s native forests and regional fauna.
Patagonia is infamous for it’s variable weather so we highly recommend taking proper trekking gear. We recommend layered clothing, especially a rain and/or wind jacket, trekking shoes, hat, gloves, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellent and a backpack.
Choose from full and half-day programs, or lounge in comfort at the Camp.
The minibus journey from Patgagonia Camp to Punta Arenas is just under four-and-a-half hours.
Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours.Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking. This flight may operate with a stop in Puerto Montt.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel is situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, cinemas, theatres and innovative restaurants, this boutique Hotel offers guests the chance to discover the tremendous diversity of the city on their doorstep. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is the newest offering for guests seeking premium accommodation in Santiago de Chile. Its principal characteristics are the refined architecture with which this historic house was originally built, its garden with an outdoor swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and the private areas that help make you feel so at home. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is committed to offering a personalized and friendly service that ensures their guests experience an unforgettable stay within the utmost comfort.
After being met by your guide and private vehicle at your accommodation, you'll be brought towards Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you'll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewellery shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to "Handicraft Los Dominicos town " where you'll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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