(Santiago, Puerto Natales)
Experience Torres del Paine National Park, considered as the 5th most beautiful place in the world by the National Geographic and one of the most beautiful National Park in Chile. The high mountains, wildlife, glaciers &lakes and rivers shaped a landscape unique & breathtaking. Experience, discover and enjoy the beauty of this park by trekking the most important route open for tourism. “W” route is known by many tourists like one of the most popular trekking route in Patagonia and it will certainly be an unforgettable adventure.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Enjoy a private half day panoramic city tour with your own private vehicle, professional driver and English speaking Guide taking in the main avenues of the city’s civic center as well as the main sites of interest. Visit La Moneda Palace, the current seat of the government formerly the home of Chilean presidents until 1958. Then continue along the streets of the downtown area to the Main Square surrounded by the Cathedral Metropolitana of the XVIII century, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Visit the Forestal Park passing in front of the Fine Arts Museum towards Bellavista, the bohemian quarter of Santiago. Continue to San Cristóbal Hill, a beautiful public park dominated by the monumental sculpture of Virgin Mary (36 meter high). From this site, enjoy a panoramic view of the city before continuing toward the modern residential neighborhoods of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Las Condes, and Vitacura. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel allowing you some time for some independent exploring or some relaxation time at your hotel. San Cristobal hill fee included.
Situated in the exclusive area of Las Condes, in Santiago, the Atton El Bosque is perfectly placed for those who want easy access to the city. Clean and well-maintained, the 240 rooms are decorated in neutral colors with modern effects. Each room includes air conditioning and heating systems, mini bar, and internet. Dine on authentic Chilean fare, and choose from a range of international dishes. Friendly service and hospitality are one of the highlights of this hotel. Visit the business center for internet use, and try out the gym and swimming pool for a bit of a workout.
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
Upon your arrival into Punta Arenas airport, your private driver and English speaking guide will meet you for a transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales. Approximate transfer time 4.5 hours.
Located in the attractive town of Puerto Natales (Chile), on the edge of the astonishing Ultima Esperanza fjord, the Costaustralis hotel stands out as a living example of the spontaneity of the Magellan architecture. Facing the fjord of Last Hope, Hotel Costaustralis stands out for its traditional building land marking the entrance of the city of Puerto Natales. Costaustralis Hotel boasts 110 comfortable rooms designed to provide total relaxation.
You will be transferred from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), with a little stop in Cerro Castillo Village (located at 54 Km north from Puerto Natales on the way to the National Park). Cerro Castillo is a small settlement on a jagged rocky peak on the main border crossing point between Chile and Argentina.
Upon arrival at the Laguna Amarga entrance, you will pick up your entrance ticket and take the shuttle that will be waiting to take you to the Las Torres Sector where Las Torres Hotel is located.
Arrival: 4:30 pm
Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park
Located inside Torres del Paine National Park, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia features a spa, a restaurant and an organic garden. It offers room with free Wi-Fi only 4 miles from Laguna Amarga Lake. With large windows overlooking the valley and the mountains, rooms at Las Torres Patagonia are very bright. All of them have heating and private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is served daily. Guests can enjoy beauty treatments at the spa, or engage in horseback riding activities.
This morning, depart for a hiking trek to Base Torres. For the first hour, walking is steep with fantastic views of Lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mountain with its hanging glacier. You will then reach Refugio El Chileno. Carrying only a small back pack, you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” with it's challenging ascent (45 min), will take you to one of the most impressive places in the park: the lookout of the “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will enjoy the view of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor.
Please note this activity has a high difficulty level.
The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mountain, part of the Paine Massif, with great views to Nordenskjöld Lake; from December the flora presents different colours specially the “Ciruelillo” or “Fire Bush” which takes its name from the red colour of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will arrive at the Base of Los Cuernos where Cabins Los Cuernos are located. Considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”.
Difficulty Level: Medium
The first 2 hours are with some ascents and descents and views to Nordenskjöld Lake, until you reach “Campamento Italiano”. At this point, it is recommended you to contact CONAF staff so you can leave your big backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for approximately 1 hour and a half until you reach French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that, the trail continues until “Campamento Británico” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Britanico”, where you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc.The return is the same way back to “Campamento Italiano”, and then to Pehoé sector.
Difficulty Level: High
Located inside Torres del Paine National Park, the lodge offers rooms with shared bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. There is a living room with a fireplace and the rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner at the on-site restaurant. Lodge Paine Grande is set in a privileged natural scenario with direct views of Pehoé Lake and Paine Grande Hill. It is only accessible through the trekking paths of the park.
Trek to Grey Glacier lookout (roundtrip). The trail goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Grey Lake and Mountains. After 1 hour, you will reach the first lookout point, where you may observe Grey Glacier in the distance, after approximately 2 hours, you will reach the Main lookout, in front of the glacier.
The return journey is the same way back until Pehoé Lake to take the Catamaran that crosses the Lake at 6.30 PM to Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales (arrival time to Puerto Natales: around 9.30 PM).
Please be aware of the Catamaran departure time. Note: private transfer not needed, shuttle. You may leave your backpack in the storage room at Paine Grande Lodge, free service.
Enjoy a private transfer from Puerto Natales to the airport in Punta Arenas with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Cabins Los Cuernos is located in the Base of Los Cuernos del Paine, at 4,5 hours trek from Las Torres sector or El Chileno. The hotel has a spectacular view of Los Cuernos and Nordenskjöld Lake. It is the perfect place to recover energies and continue the challenge!
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
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.
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