(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.
Patagonia is a seasonal destination, best visited between September and February. With limited hotel & lodge space, and because of this relatively short travel window, we strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is a colonial country home featuring seven stylish rooms. With over 100 years of history, in 2004 it was fully remodeled and beautifully decorated by the renowned Max Cummins. La Casona offers the perfect setting for a relaxing, unique holiday experience. Visit the vineyard, explore the grounds, taste the fine wines and relax in the peaceful Rosario Valley. Come and enjoy the incomparable personalized service, comfort and exceptional hospitality. La Casona at Matetic Vineyards is located in Rosario Valley, a subdivisión of San Antonio Valley, 120 kilometers from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio.
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 forests, 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. Immersed in a beautiful, aromatic native forest of coigües and notros, from within your private yurt you will be able to hear the sound of wind or rain while you go to sleep, gaze at the stars right from your comfortable bed, and encounter one of the most beautiful landscapes of the world from your window or every time you step outside on the walkway connecting you to the main building. Each yurt has a private bathroom and terrace and is fully equipped with double beds (either king or twin), central heating and stylish decorations of locally handcrafted textiles and furniture. A beautiful central dome lets you enjoy the ever-changing Patagonian clouds during the day or the amazing starry sky at night, all from inside the comfort and warmth of your yurt.
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 an 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.
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