Group of Explora Connects travelers hike over log bridges in wetlands beside tall snowy peaks in Los Huemules Conservation Reserve.
2 Explora Connects Torres del Paine guests hike over a rocky hilltop with a snowcapped peak in the distance.
Dark steely exterior of a modern lodge with tall windows sitting beside a tree on the Explora Connects El Chaltén trip.
Small stone wilderness lodge of Explora Connects trip sitting in Patagonia National Park valley with guanacos grazing in front
Explora Connects travelers on a boardwalk by rectangular white hotel among pampas grassland in Torres del Paine National Park.
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South America Patagonia Land Tour

Explora Connects: Patagonia

On this customizable journey of 9 days (2 lodges), 13 days (3 lodges), or longer, explore one of the most spectacular natural areas in the world. Discover Patagonia’s golden pampas, turquoise rivers, glaciers and much more. Connect the different corners of this vast territory via Explora’s Patagonia lodges, traveling between each in exclusive Explora aircraft and vehicles. These programs come with accommodation in Explora lodges, transfers in private planes (added cost) and vans, all meals, open bar, guided explorations and all entrance fees to national parks.

Connect two or three Patagonia lodges: Chilean Patagonia’s 49-room Explora Torres del Paine Lodge or 10-room Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge, or Argentinean Patagonia’s 20-room Explora El Chaltén Lodge. Each lodge embodies a luxury accommodation with conservation-minded architecture in a privileged and remote location.

After full days of exploration, return to your wilderness lodge to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil setting. Each evening, meet with your guide to plan the next day’s explorations, choosing from a menu of half- and full-day options, from easy to expert, by bike, kayak, horseback, foot, van, or a combination.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Patagonia tours and Patagonia trips.



Itinerary

Discover Chilean Patagonia Itinerary

Spend 9+ days connecting the Patagonia National Park and Torres del Paine to explore Chilean Patagonia in-depth. Explore mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, lenga and ñirre forests, viewpoints, prairies and rivers, plus visit famous sections of the “W” trekking circuit. This itinerary can also operate in reverse.

Route map of Discover Chilean Patagonia Explora Connects itinerary linking Torres del Paine with Patagonia National Park.
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Day 1
Arrive Explora Patagonia National Park, Chile

Staff will greet you at the airport to take you on the 6-hour journey from Balmaceda to the Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge (or pre-book an added cost, 50-minute flight to the Cochrane Airport followed by a 40-minute drive to the lodge). The route from Balmaceda to Valle Chacabuco follows both paved and dirt roads. Stop at a restaurant on the route for about half an hour for a light meal. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 4
Patagonia National Park Exploration

During your days in Patagonia National Park, enjoy a menu of over 25 explorations to choose from. Every evening, sit down with your guide to select the next day’s explorations. Choose between hikes, bike rides, kayaking and overland travel to discover the landscapes and wildlife of this special conservation area. Be lead by a bilingual guide in small groups. And explore six different zones, including extensive forests connecting lakes and rivers, open plains with commanding views, icy glaciers and a fossil-heavy zone. Following is a sample of explorations; ask your Adventure Specialist for the full list.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Los Pumas
This moderate, half-day, 6.8-mile hike in the pioneers zone takes about 4.5 hours. Leave the lodge on foot and hike through a vast steppe region bordering the Chacabuco River. This is one of the areas most populated by pumas and guanacos. Learn more about these species and how to protect them.

Los Carpinteros
This easy, full-day, 3-mile hike in the water and forest zone takes about 2.5 hours. Hike along the southern slope of the Patagonia National Park. Cross areas with diverse vegetation: low shrubs, forest regrowth and dense coigüe forests. Different species of Patagonian bird life and fauna will accompany. Enjoy broad views of the mountains and hills in the sector and the crystalline Lake Cochrane, which is a great binational lake shared by Chile and Argentina.

La Leona
This advanced, full-day, 11.4-mile high mountain hike in the Andean and Patagonian steppe zone takes about 10 hours. Cross the natural corridors of the Valleys to experience its contrasts. Birds make their presence felt, as do the condors gliding above. Encounter different environments until arriving at an area with broad views of the valleys, some of them historic natural corridors in the area.

Featured Biking/E-Biking Explorations

Los Ríos
This easy, half-day, 8.6-mile bike ride in the Baker River zone takes about 2 hours. Leave by van with bikes in tow. After 40 minutes, reach the starting point: the outskirts of the town of Cochrane. Begin the ride in a sector of fields with crops and livestock, the main economic activities in the area. Ride beside the Cochrane River to appreciate its transparent waters and the trees introduced in the days of the pioneers. Continue on to rolling hills with stops to take in the views. End at the bridge over the El Salto River, whose waters come from the ice of Calluqueo.

La Tejuela
This advanced, full-day, 26-mile bike ride in the water and forest zone takes about 6.5 hours. Visit a rancher’s post to learn about part of the Chacabuco Valley’s history. View historic remains and learn about the lifestyle of past residents. Take a sloping path among ancient lenga forests, passing lagoons and diverse views. Pass through transit areas used by huemuls and other species in the Patagonia National Park.

Featured Combination Kayaking & Hiking Explorations

This kayak and hike in the water and forest zone is offered at two different levels of activity, both following the same route. Paddle to the Cochrane River rapids. Walk to the Lake Cochrane viewpoint and return via the Los Carpinteros trail in the Tamango area. Cross coigüe forests in the first half of the the exploration and then flank the riverbank with landscapes of pampa and Patagonian steppe.
-Los Correntadas version: easy, full-day, 2.6-mile, 4.5 hours
-Blugrin version: advanced, full-day, 7.5-mile, 8 hours

Featured Overland Explorations

Chelenko Sur
This easy, full-day, 102-mile overland exploration in the fossils zone takes about 8 hours. Leave the lodge by van and head northward, crossing areas with a strong tradition in livestock husbandry. Travel along the famous Baker River, know for its turquoise waters and heavy flows. Hike to the Baker-Neff confluence, the point where the two rivers meet. The Neff is a glacier-tongue-fed river that comes down from the northern ice fields. Next, walk to the San Martin Fossils sector. Enjoy a tour by the owner to observe and analyze samples of fossilized rocks with different species of molluscs that inhabited the territory more than 175 million years ago.

Viaje Glaciar
This easy, full-day, 98-mile overland exploration in the Patagonian Andean ice zone takes about 7 hours. Depart by van and travel along the Carretera Austral until taking back roads amid forests, rivers and lagoons to reach the Calluqueo Glacier. This impressive tongue of ice hangs from the western slope of the solemn Mount San Lorenzo. It then flows into a murky glacial lagoon surrounded by walls of ice thousands of years old. The wind causes the clouds surrounding Mount San Lorenzo to put on a shifting and dynamic show. Sit down and contemplate, walk around, or go down to get your wet feet in the lagoon.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Fly to Explora Torres del Paine

Leave Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge by van and follow your pre-selected route to Explora Torres del Paine Lodge:

Private Flight (recommended): Travel roughly 40 minutes to the Cochrane Airport. Take a 6-passenger/2-crew private jet for a 1.5-hour flight to Puerto Natales (added cost, booked through operator).

Charter + Commercial Flights: Travel roughly 40 minutes to the Cochrane Airport. Take a 50-minute charter flight on a 4- or 5-passenger/2-crew private jet to the Balmaceda Airport (added cost, booked through operator), where connecting commercial flights are available (added cost, booked independently). Commercial flights typically route through Santiago to reach Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, requiring an estimated 21 hours of travel and a possible overnight in Santiago.

Commercial Flights: Travel roughly 6 hours to the Balmaceda Airport, where connecting commercial flights are available (added cost, booked independently). Commercial flights typically route through Santiago to reach Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, requiring an estimated 21 hours of travel and a possible overnight in Santiago.

Once in Puerto Natales, travel by van for roughly 1.5 hours to reach the Explora Torres del Paine Lodge. If instead arriving into Punta Arenas, then travel by van for roughly 5 hours to reach the Explora Torres del Paine Lodge. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 8
Discover Torres del Paine National Park & Southern Patagonia

Over the course of your days spent at Explora Torres del Paine you will have from over 40 explorations to choose from. The hikes and horseback rides are the quintessential way to discover the landscapes, people and wildlife of this unique territory. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These explorations are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty—you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended treks.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Laguna Larga
This easy, half-day, 3.1-mile hike takes about 2.5 hours with an ascent of 500 feet. Leave the lodge by van and begin your walk along a natural path made by the guanacos, then along the bank of the Larga Lagoon to see gigantic calcium rocks. On this excursion you will probably see the guanacos that move through the park and perhaps a guanaco skeleton or two, since you are now in puma hunting grounds. You will also see Nordenskjöld Lake and mount Almirante Nieto. Finally, return to the Explora lodge by van.

Grey Glacier
This moderate, full-day, 7.7-mile hike takes about 5.5 hours. Begin this exploration by crossing the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board the Explora catamaran towards the Paine Grande lodge. From here, walk towards the Grey Refuge along the border of the massif. Halfway up the ascent you will be able to observe the Grey Glacier and the extraordinary extension of the Southern Ice Fields from above. Later, go down a steep path to the Lake Grey beach, from where a boat will take you closer to the towering walls of the glacier, navigating through the icebergs that float throughout the lake. This exploration is particularly interesting for geology and glaciology enthusiasts. Finally, cross a forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to meet the van that will take you back to the lodge.

Cornisas
This advanced, full-day, 3.7-mile hike takes about 3 hours. Walk from the lodge toward the Paine River to arrive at the cliffs after which this exploration is named. Once you gain some altitude, you will see the river and Lake Pehoé’s shades of turquoise, deep blue and green depending on the light, and eventually the Paine ridge and its surrounding valleys. This exploration allows you to experience the park from different perspectives due to the many lookout spots.

Base Torres
This expert, full-day, 12.1-mile hike takes about 7 hours with an ascent of 2,413 feet. Head towards the Cerro Paine ranch by van. From here, you will climb towards the Ascencio River Valley and the Chilean Refugio Valley from where you’ll begin a steep ascent toward a lookout at the base of the Paine Towers. Once at the top, grasp the magnitude of the granite towers after which the park is named.

Featured Horseback Riding Explorations

Explora Torres del Paine is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for Explora’s horse expeditions.

Cañadón Macho
This easy, half-day, 3.2-mile horseback ride takes about 1.5 hours with an ascent of 502 feet. Ride from the Quincho toward a large beech forest spread over several hills. Upon leaving the forest, enjoy panoramic views of the waterfall below and the Las Chinas River. Continue riding along a more open path until you return to the Explora Quincho.

Donoso
This advanced, full-day, 15.5-mile horseback ride leaves from the stables to gallop over the Serrano Plain and across the Grey River. Climb a densely vegetated hill, crossing creeks, lagoons and plains. Depending on your horseriding expertise, you may be able to canter and trot. Continue riding across wetlands to arrive at the Donosito Lookout for views of the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind. Go up a narrow, pronounced path, crossing beech forests until you reach the Los Choros Lagoon to canter along the shore. After lunch in a nearby forest, continue your ride back to the stables.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge, Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Depart Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Your amazing time in Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Parks has come to an end, but you will take your Explora Connects experience with you for a lifetime. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your included transfer takes you to the airport, or to the next leg of your adventure.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Van transfers connecting the Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Cochrane airports, all on a preset schedule; accommodations; all meals, plus snacks and open bar; two half-day explorations or one full-day exploration with guides, daily; kayak gear, horseback and bike riding gear, and trekking poles; entrance fees to nature reserves, Torres del Paine National Park and Patagonia National Park; access to available pools, hot tubs and leisure areas; WiFi in common areas.

Exclusions

Optional added-cost flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane ($990 per person for the 22-23 season) and from Cochrane to Puerto Natales ($1,700 per person for the 22-23 season); independently arranged domestic airfare to connect from Balmaceda to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas; international airfare; insurance of any kind; discretionary gratuities, spa or massage service, laundry, premium wines or other items of a personal nature such as phone calls; peak season/holiday surcharges (please contact AdventureSmith for details).

Payment & Cancellation

22-23 Season:
Shoulder: Oct 1-31, 2022; Apr 1-30, 2023
High: Nov 1-Dec 20, 2022; Jan 2-Mar 31, 2023
Peak: Dec 21, 2022-Jan 1, 2023

Shoulder & High Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 30 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 30 days – full refund
29 to 15 days – 50% of total trip cost
14 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Peak Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 60 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Peak Season cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 60 days – full refund
59 to 30 days – 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Discover Chilean Patagonia adventure begins in Balmaceda, Chile (BBA) and ends in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT)*, or reverse. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Balmaceda in time for pick-up’s scheduled up to 9:30am (or pre-book an optional, added-cost, 50-minute flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane followed by a 40-minute van ride to the lodge—inquire for details). Plan flights to depart Puerto Natales anytime after airport drop-off at 12:00pm or 2:00pm on the final day, or plan flights to depart Punta Arenas anytime after airport drop-off at 1:00pm or 6:00pm on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

*Departure transportation can also be arranged from several other locations, including the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ), the Chilean border in Cerro Castillo, the Argentinian border city of El Calafate, and hotels, at various times. Pick-up outside of scheduled times will incur an additional fee. Inquire for details and locations.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, 50-minute group charter flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane, followed by a 40-minute van ride to the Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge, is available on this trip’s itinerary, booked through the operator via your Adventure Specialist. This flight is in a 4- or 5-passenger/2-crew private jet. Inquire for details.

Additionally, an optional, added-cost, 1.5-hour group charter flight between Cochrane and Puerto Natales is available on this trip’s itinerary and is subject to a 2-person minimum. Enjoy a private jet transfer via a 6-passenger/2-crew BEECHCRAFT 250-300 or similar. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) per person. Transportation by Explora vehicle to and from Cochrane and Puerto Natales airports at pre-established times. (Alternately, take independently arranged commercial flights via Santiago, connecting to either Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas where Explora vehicles will pick you up at pre-established times.)

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities cover all areas in Torres del Paine and Patagonia National Parks, either by horse, kayak, foot, van or private catamaran. Prior biking or horseback riding experience is not required. Hikes range from easy to expert mountain ascents. A bilingual English or Spanish guide will accompany each group of up to eight guests. Provided gear includes walking sticks and leg protectors for hikes; helmet, bike and water bottle for two-wheeled excursions; and all the necessary equipment for kayaking and horse riding.

Room Configuration

For the 2022-23 season, single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a higher, single rate in select rooms upon availability. The single rate varies with season, room selection and number of nights; inquire for pricing.

Families & Children

There are additional beds for children 3 to 11 when sharing their parent’s room. Maximum one extra bed per room and two children per adult. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Please inquire for special rates for children ages 3-17 years old accompanying their parents, which are subject to availability. Rates for children aged 12-17 traveling with their parents are not valid during High Season and Peak Season.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Explore Patagonia Without Borders Itinerary

Spend 9+ days connecting Torres del Paine in Chile with El Chaltén in Argentina to explore deep Patagonia. Discover extensive pampas, imposing mountains, lakes and lagoons, endemic forests, glaciers, conservation reserves, rivers and valleys. This itinerary can also operate in reverse.

Route map of Explore Patagonia Without Borders Explora Connects itinerary linking Torres del Paine with El Chaltén, Argentina.
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Day 1
Arrive Explora Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Staff will greet you at the airport to take you on the 1.5-hour journey from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park. (If instead arriving into Punta Arenas, then travel by van for roughly 5 hours to reach the Explora Torres del Paine Lodge; inquire for additional pick-up locations and details.) Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 4
Discover Torres del Paine National Park & Southern Patagonia

Over the course of your days spent at Explora Torres del Paine you will have from over 40 explorations to choose from. The hikes and horseback rides are the quintessential way to discover the landscapes, people and wildlife of this unique territory. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These explorations are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty—you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended treks.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Laguna Larga
This easy, half-day, 3.1-mile hike takes about 2.5 hours with an ascent of 500 feet. Leave the lodge by van and begin your walk along a natural path made by the guanacos, then along the bank of the Larga Lagoon to see gigantic calcium rocks. On this excursion you will probably see the guanacos that move through the park and perhaps a guanaco skeleton or two, since you are now in puma hunting grounds. You will also see Nordenskjöld Lake and mount Almirante Nieto. Finally, return to the Explora lodge by van.

Grey Glacier
This moderate, full-day, 7.7-mile hike takes about 5.5 hours. Begin this exploration by crossing the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board the Explora catamaran towards the Paine Grande lodge. From here, walk towards the Grey Refuge along the border of the massif. Halfway up the ascent you will be able to observe the Grey Glacier and the extraordinary extension of the Southern Ice Fields from above. Later, go down a steep path to the Lake Grey beach, from where a boat will take you closer to the towering walls of the glacier, navigating through the icebergs that float throughout the lake. This exploration is particularly interesting for geology and glaciology enthusiasts. Finally, cross a forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to meet the van that will take you back to the lodge.

Cornisas
This advanced, full-day, 3.7-mile hike takes about 3 hours. Walk from the lodge toward the Paine River to arrive at the cliffs after which this exploration is named. Once you gain some altitude, you will see the river and Lake Pehoé’s shades of turquoise, deep blue and green depending on the light, and eventually the Paine ridge and its surrounding valleys. This exploration allows you to experience the park from different perspectives due to the many lookout spots.

Base Torres
This expert, full-day, 12.1-mile hike takes about 7 hours with an ascent of 2,413 feet. Head towards the Cerro Paine ranch by van. From here, you will climb towards the Ascencio River Valley and the Chilean Refugio Valley from where you’ll begin a steep ascent toward a lookout at the base of the Paine Towers. Once at the top, grasp the magnitude of the granite towers after which the park is named.

Featured Horseback Riding Explorations

Explora Torres del Paine is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for Explora’s horse expeditions.

Cañadón Macho
This easy, half-day, 3.2-mile horseback ride takes about 1.5 hours with an ascent of 502 feet. Ride from the Quincho toward a large beech forest spread over several hills. Upon leaving the forest, enjoy panoramic views of the waterfall below and the Las Chinas River. Continue riding along a more open path until you return to the Explora Quincho.

Donoso
This advanced, full-day, 15.5-mile horseback ride leaves from the stables to gallop over the Serrano Plain and across the Grey River. Climb a densely vegetated hill, crossing creeks, lagoons and plains. Depending on your horseriding expertise, you may be able to canter and trot. Continue riding across wetlands to arrive at the Donosito Lookout for views of the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind. Go up a narrow, pronounced path, crossing beech forests until you reach the Los Choros Lagoon to canter along the shore. After lunch in a nearby forest, continue your ride back to the stables.

Accommodations

Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Drive to Explora El Chaltén, Argentina

Leave Explora Torres del Paine Lodge by van and travel roughly 8-9 hours to reach the Explora El Chaltén Lodge, passing through the Cancha Carrera/Cerro Castillo border crossing into Argentina. Stop at a restaurant on the route for a meal. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 8
Explore Los Huemules Conservation Reserve from Explora El Chaltén

Each evening during your stay at the El Chaltén lodge, select from 30+ explorations for the next day, to get you out exploring in small groups with a bilingual guide. Activities range from easy to moderate, advanced and expert, and self-guided options also exist. Choose off-the-beaten-path adventures, from four different zones, including hiking, high mountain ascents, climbing, overland travel, overnight excursions, or a combination. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Mirador Fitz Roy
This moderate, full-day, 5.9-mile hike in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 5.5. hours. Take a van from the lodge to the Los Glaciares National Park. Cross the forests to get a great view of the Los Andes Mountain Range’s massifs. On clear days, watch Mount Fitz Roy and the Agujas Mermoz and Poincenot in all their glory. Finally, reach the viewpoint to Mount Fitz Roy, with a unique perspective of this rock formation and all the mountains around it.

Perito Moreno
This easy, full-day exploration to the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park zone, involves hiking and ice, takes about 6 hours and is subject to availability. Drive to the Perito Moreno Glacier, learning more about its history, the Patagonian steppe, the area’s nature, the dynamics of glaciers and the features that make this one so special.

Lago del Desierto
This advanced, full-day, 8.1-mile hike in the Desert Lake zone takes about 7.5 hours. Take a van from the lodge to the south shore of the Desierto Lake. From there, cross this historical lake while enjoying the view of the Vespigniani Glacier. Land on the northernmost tip of the lake and take a rugged track through the forest, reaching some of the most unexplored parts of this area. Reach the southern edge of the lake and finalize the exploration taking a van back to the lodge.

Featured High Mountain Explorations

Paso del Cuadrado
This advanced, full-day, 13.7-mile high-mountain experience in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 10.5 hours and is an ideal exploration for travelers wishing to have a different experience and perspective of the Patagonia. Surrounded by mountains, hike along the Eléctrico River through a Patagonia forest while enjoying a view to the Marconi Glacier. Then hike up a steep slope, leaving the forest behind and approaching the impressive mountains that seem to grow in height upon approach. The north side of Mount Fitz Roy is waiting from a lookout that is the highest point of this exploration.

Cerro Madsen
This expert, full-day, 13.5-mile high-mountain experience in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 10.5 hours. The ascent to Cerro Madsen, in the Fitz Roy area, is a perfect challenge for beginners in the mountains or for those who want to make their first summit in Patagonia and treat themselves to one of the most wonderful views in the world.

Featured Climbing Explorations

Conexión vertical
This easy, half-day climbing tutorial experience in the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve zone takes about 2.5 hours and is subject to availability. El Chaltén is one of the best places in the world for rock climbing, so start by learning more about the sport and local hot spots. Take in a rock climbing briefing that covers the main places to climb in El Chaltén, history, how to control your body and the importance of trusting partners.

La Roca
This moderate, half-day climbing experience in the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve zone takes about 3 hours and is subject to availability. El Chaltén is known worldwide for rock climbing. Many of the world’s top climbers have gone up the Fitz Roy, Torre, and La Guilloumet mounts, among others. For those with the appropriate experience, take on beginner climbing routes and others that are more demanding, always being mindful of safety.

Featured Overland Explorations

Río Arriba
This easy, half-day overland exploration in the Desert Lake zone takes about 5.5. hours. Leave the lodge by van, going through the different curves and beautiful waterfalls that are formed thanks to the geography of the Río de las Vueltas valley, to go into the deepest and most humid forests of the Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve. Stop for a panoramic vista and after reaching the lake, return along the route to the lodge, stopping at a small waterfall to enjoy lunch.

Colonos
This easy, half-day, 2.4-mile overland exploration in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 1 hour. This exploration is a trip in time, including a guided visit to the house of pioneer Andreas Madsen, a Danish man who arrived in 1901 to work with Perito Pascasio Moreno and built the first houses in El Chaltén. Learn about their history, the challenges faced by Madsen and his family, and everyday life in an estancia over a century ago.

Featured Overnight Expeditions

Hielos Patagónicos
This expert, 3-day expedition in the Southern Ice Field (Campo de Hielo Sur) zone spends 2 nights away from Explora El Chaltén Lodge. Hike from the lodge, bordering the Diablo River valley. Spend the first day among Patagonian forests until we reach the edge of the Diablo Lagoon. We sleep at the Cagliero refuge. The next day will be spent hiking up rock cliffs towards the Southern Ice Fields. It will be a day of contrasts between the valley, the lagoons, and this huge ice expanse. We camp through the night. On the next day, we enjoy the splendor of this place, contemplating the mountains as we descend over ice and snow, until reaching the rock of the Eléctrico River valley. We cross the river in a zip line and hike to a forest, where a van will be waiting for us to return to the lodge.

Campos de Hielo Sur
This expert, 6-day, 56-mile expedition in the Southern Ice Field (Campo de Hielo Sur) zone spends 5 nights away from Explora El Chaltén Lodge. Campo de Hielo Sur is considered one of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world. Walking through this huge plateau of ice and snow is one of the most transformative experiences an explorer can have. If conditions permit, spend 6 days among forests, rocky slopes, lagoons and wide expanses of ice and snow, all bordered by imposing mountains. It is a demanding walk with a changing climate.

Accommodations

Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Depart Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, Argentina

Your amazing time in Torres del Paine National Park and Argentinean Patagonia has come to an end, but you will take your Explora Connects experience with you for a lifetime. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your included transfer takes you to the El Calafate Airport (roughly 8 hours’ drive), or to the next leg of your adventure.

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Meals

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Van transfer connecting Explora Torres del Paine Lodge and Explora El Chaltén Lodge (~8-9 hours), plus van transfers connecting the Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales airports, and El Calafate, all on a preset schedule; accommodations; all meals, plus snacks and open bar; two half-day explorations or one full-day exploration with guides, daily; horseback gear and trekking poles; entrance fees to nature reserves and Torres del Paine National Park; access to available pools, hot tubs and leisure areas; WiFi in common areas.

Exclusions

International airfare; insurance of any kind; discretionary gratuities, spa or massage service, laundry, premium wines or other items of a personal nature such as phone calls; peak season/holiday surcharges (please contact AdventureSmith for details).

Payment & Cancellation

22-23 Season:
Shoulder: Oct 1-31, 2022; Apr 1-30, 2023
High: Nov 1-Dec 20, 2022; Jan 2-Mar 31, 2023
Peak: Dec 21, 2022-Jan 1, 2023

Shoulder & High Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 30 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 30 days – full refund
29 to 15 days – 50% of total trip cost
14 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Peak Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 60 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Peak Season cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 60 days – full refund
59 to 30 days – 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Explore Patagonia Without Borders adventure begins in Puerto Natales, Chile (PNT)* and ends in El Calafate, Argentina (FTE), or reverse. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Puerto Natales in time for pick-up’s scheduled at 12:00pm and 3:00pm, or plan flights to arrive to Punta Arenas in time for pick-up’s scheduled between 9:30am and 8:00pm. Plan flights to depart El Calafate anytime after airport drop-off at 11:30am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

*Arrival transportation can also be arranged from several other locations, including the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ), the Chilean border in Cerro Castillo, the Argentinian border city of El Calafate, and hotels, at various times. Pick-up outside of scheduled times will incur an additional fee, which may be doubled for solo travelers if the transfer’s minimum guest count is not reached. Inquire for details and locations.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities cover all areas in Los Huemules Conservation Reserve and Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, either by horse,  foot, van or private catamaran. Prior horseback riding experience is not required. Hikes range from easy to expert mountain ascents. A bilingual English or Spanish guide will accompany each group of up to eight guests. Provided gear includes walking sticks and leg protectors for hikes, and all the necessary equipment for climbing and horse riding.

Room Configuration

For the 2022-23 season, single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a higher, single rate in select rooms upon availability. The single rate varies with season, room selection and number of nights; inquire for pricing.

Families & Children

There are additional beds for children 3 to 11 when sharing their parent’s room. Maximum one extra bed per room and two children per adult. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Please inquire for special rates for children ages 3-17 years old accompanying their parents, which are subject to availability. Rates for children aged 12-17 traveling with their parents are not valid during High Season and Peak Season.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Discover Patagonia In Depth Itinerary

Spend 13+ days connecting the Patagonia National Park and Torres del Paine in Chile, with El Chaltén in Argentina, to explore every corner of Patagonia in depth. Experience pampas, mountains, glaciers, rivers and conservation reserves, plus the local gauchos and their Patagonian traditions. This itinerary can also operate in reverse.

Route map of Discover Patagonia In Depth Explora Connects itinerary linking Torres del Paine with Patagonia National Park and El Chaltén, Argentina.
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Day 1
Arrive Explora Patagonia National Park, Chile

Staff will greet you at the airport to take you on the 6-hour journey from Balmaceda to the Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge (or pre-book an added cost, 50-minute flight to the Cochrane Airport followed by a 40-minute drive to the lodge). The route from Balmaceda to Valle Chacabuco follows both paved and dirt roads. Stop at a restaurant on the route for about half an hour for a light meal. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 4
Patagonia National Park Exploration

During your days in Patagonia National Park, enjoy a menu of over 25 explorations to choose from. Every evening, sit down with your guide to select the next day’s explorations. Choose between hikes, bike rides, kayaking and overland travel to discover the landscapes and wildlife of this special conservation area. Be lead by a bilingual guide in small groups. And explore six different zones, including extensive forests connecting lakes and rivers, open plains with commanding views, icy glaciers and a fossil-heavy zone. Following is a sample of explorations; ask your Adventure Specialist for the full list.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Los Pumas
This moderate, half-day, 6.8-mile hike in the pioneers zone takes about 4.5 hours. Leave the lodge on foot and hike through a vast steppe region bordering the Chacabuco River. This is one of the areas most populated by pumas and guanacos. Learn more about these species and how to protect them.

Los Carpinteros
This easy, full-day, 3-mile hike in the water and forest zone takes about 2.5 hours. Hike along the southern slope of the Patagonia National Park. Cross areas with diverse vegetation: low shrubs, forest regrowth and dense coigüe forests. Different species of Patagonian bird life and fauna will accompany. Enjoy broad views of the mountains and hills in the sector and the crystalline Lake Cochrane, which is a great binational lake shared by Chile and Argentina.

La Leona
This advanced, full-day, 11.4-mile high mountain hike in the Andean and Patagonian steppe zone takes about 10 hours. Cross the natural corridors of the Valleys to experience its contrasts. Birds make their presence felt, as do the condors gliding above. Encounter different environments until arriving at an area with broad views of the valleys, some of them historic natural corridors in the area.

Featured Biking/E-Biking Explorations

Los Ríos
This easy, half-day, 8.6-mile bike ride in the Baker River zone takes about 2 hours. Leave by van with bikes in tow. After 40 minutes, reach the starting point: the outskirts of the town of Cochrane. Begin the ride in a sector of fields with crops and livestock, the main economic activities in the area. Ride beside the Cochrane River to appreciate its transparent waters and the trees introduced in the days of the pioneers. Continue on to rolling hills with stops to take in the views. End at the bridge over the El Salto River, whose waters come from the ice of Calluqueo.

La Tejuela
This advanced, full-day, 26-mile bike ride in the water and forest zone takes about 6.5 hours. Visit a rancher’s post to learn about part of the Chacabuco Valley’s history. View historic remains and learn about the lifestyle of past residents. Take a sloping path among ancient lenga forests, passing lagoons and diverse views. Pass through transit areas used by huemuls and other species in the Patagonia National Park.

Featured Combination Kayaking & Hiking Explorations

This kayak and hike in the water and forest zone is offered at two different levels of activity, both following the same route. Paddle to the Cochrane River rapids. Walk to the Lake Cochrane viewpoint and return via the Los Carpinteros trail in the Tamango area. Cross coigüe forests in the first half of the the exploration and then flank the riverbank with landscapes of pampa and Patagonian steppe.
-Los Correntadas version: easy, full-day, 2.6-mile, 4.5 hours
-Blugrin version: advanced, full-day, 7.5-mile, 8 hours

Featured Overland Explorations

Chelenko Sur
This easy, full-day, 102-mile overland exploration in the fossils zone takes about 8 hours. Leave the lodge by van and head northward, crossing areas with a strong tradition in livestock husbandry. Travel along the famous Baker River, know for its turquoise waters and heavy flows. Hike to the Baker-Neff confluence, the point where the two rivers meet. The Neff is a glacier-tongue-fed river that comes down from the northern ice fields. Next, walk to the San Martin Fossils sector. Enjoy a tour by the owner to observe and analyze samples of fossilized rocks with different species of molluscs that inhabited the territory more than 175 million years ago.

Viaje Glaciar
This easy, full-day, 98-mile overland exploration in the Patagonian Andean ice zone takes about 7 hours. Depart by van and travel along the Carretera Austral until taking back roads amid forests, rivers and lagoons to reach the Calluqueo Glacier. This impressive tongue of ice hangs from the western slope of the solemn Mount San Lorenzo. It then flows into a murky glacial lagoon surrounded by walls of ice thousands of years old. The wind causes the clouds surrounding Mount San Lorenzo to put on a shifting and dynamic show. Sit down and contemplate, walk around, or go down to get your wet feet in the lagoon.

Accommodations

Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Fly to Explora Torres del Paine

Leave Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge by van and follow your pre-selected route to Explora Torres del Paine Lodge:

Private Flight (recommended): Travel roughly 40 minutes to the Cochrane Airport. Take a 6-passenger/2-crew private jet for a 1.5-hour flight to Puerto Natales (added cost, booked through operator).

Charter + Commercial Flights: Travel roughly 40 minutes to the Cochrane Airport. Take a 50-minute charter flight on a 4- or 5-passenger/2-crew private jet to the Balmaceda Airport (added cost, booked through operator), where connecting commercial flights are available (added cost, booked independently). Commercial flights typically route through Santiago to reach Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, requiring an estimated 21 hours of travel and a possible overnight in Santiago.

Commercial Flights: Travel roughly 6 hours to the Balmaceda Airport, where connecting commercial flights are available (added cost, booked independently). Commercial flights typically route through Santiago to reach Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, requiring an estimated 21 hours of travel and a possible overnight in Santiago.

Once in Puerto Natales, travel by van for roughly 1.5 hours to reach the Explora Torres del Paine Lodge. If instead arriving into Punta Arenas, then travel by van for roughly 5 hours to reach the Explora Torres del Paine Lodge. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 8
Discover Torres del Paine National Park & Southern Patagonia

Over the course of your days spent at Explora Torres del Paine you will have from over 40 explorations to choose from. The hikes and horseback rides are the quintessential way to discover the landscapes, people and wildlife of this unique territory. Every evening your guides meet with you at the lodge bar or living room area to explain all of the next day’s available explorations and help you choose the best option according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is eight travelers, and a bilingual guide leads every exploration. These explorations are off the beaten path and completely unique, not only by accessing certain key sights from alternative routes but also by visiting completely unknown and isolated locations of remarkable beauty—you will not witness others experiencing the region this way. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days with some top recommended treks.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Laguna Larga
This easy, half-day, 3.1-mile hike takes about 2.5 hours with an ascent of 500 feet. Leave the lodge by van and begin your walk along a natural path made by the guanacos, then along the bank of the Larga Lagoon to see gigantic calcium rocks. On this excursion you will probably see the guanacos that move through the park and perhaps a guanaco skeleton or two, since you are now in puma hunting grounds. You will also see Nordenskjöld Lake and mount Almirante Nieto. Finally, return to the Explora lodge by van.

Grey Glacier
This moderate, full-day, 7.7-mile hike takes about 5.5 hours. Begin this exploration by crossing the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board the Explora catamaran towards the Paine Grande lodge. From here, walk towards the Grey Refuge along the border of the massif. Halfway up the ascent you will be able to observe the Grey Glacier and the extraordinary extension of the Southern Ice Fields from above. Later, go down a steep path to the Lake Grey beach, from where a boat will take you closer to the towering walls of the glacier, navigating through the icebergs that float throughout the lake. This exploration is particularly interesting for geology and glaciology enthusiasts. Finally, cross a forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to meet the van that will take you back to the lodge.

Cornisas
This advanced, full-day, 3.7-mile hike takes about 3 hours. Walk from the lodge toward the Paine River to arrive at the cliffs after which this exploration is named. Once you gain some altitude, you will see the river and Lake Pehoé’s shades of turquoise, deep blue and green depending on the light, and eventually the Paine ridge and its surrounding valleys. This exploration allows you to experience the park from different perspectives due to the many lookout spots.

Base Torres
This expert, full-day, 12.1-mile hike takes about 7 hours with an ascent of 2,413 feet. Head towards the Cerro Paine ranch by van. From here, you will climb towards the Ascencio River Valley and the Chilean Refugio Valley from where you’ll begin a steep ascent toward a lookout at the base of the Paine Towers. Once at the top, grasp the magnitude of the granite towers after which the park is named.

Featured Horseback Riding Explorations

Explora Torres del Paine is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for Explora’s horse expeditions.

Cañadón Macho
This easy, half-day, 3.2-mile horseback ride takes about 1.5 hours with an ascent of 502 feet. Ride from the Quincho toward a large beech forest spread over several hills. Upon leaving the forest, enjoy panoramic views of the waterfall below and the Las Chinas River. Continue riding along a more open path until you return to the Explora Quincho.

Donoso
This advanced, full-day, 15.5-mile horseback ride leaves from the stables to gallop over the Serrano Plain and across the Grey River. Climb a densely vegetated hill, crossing creeks, lagoons and plains. Depending on your horseriding expertise, you may be able to canter and trot. Continue riding across wetlands to arrive at the Donosito Lookout for views of the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind. Go up a narrow, pronounced path, crossing beech forests until you reach the Los Choros Lagoon to canter along the shore. After lunch in a nearby forest, continue your ride back to the stables.

Accommodations

Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Drive to Explora El Chaltén, Argentina

Leave Explora Torres del Paine Lodge by van and travel roughly 8-9 hours to reach the Explora El Chaltén Lodge, passing through the Cancha Carrera/Cerro Castillo border crossing into Argentina. Stop at a restaurant on the route for a meal. Upon arrival, settle into your room and meet your guide to plan the next day’s activities.

Accommodations

Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 10 - 12
Explore Los Huemules Conservation Reserve from Explora El Chaltén

Each evening during your stay at the El Chaltén lodge, select from 30+ explorations for the next day, to get you out exploring in small groups with a bilingual guide. Activities range from easy to moderate, advanced and expert, and self-guided options also exist. Choose off-the-beaten-path adventures, from four different zones, including hiking, high mountain ascents, climbing, overland travel, overnight excursions, or a combination. Below is a sample of how you might spend your days.

Featured Hiking Explorations

Mirador Fitz Roy
This moderate, full-day, 5.9-mile hike in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 5.5. hours. Take a van from the lodge to the Los Glaciares National Park. Cross the forests to get a great view of the Los Andes Mountain Range’s massifs. On clear days, watch Mount Fitz Roy and the Agujas Mermoz and Poincenot in all their glory. Finally, reach the viewpoint to Mount Fitz Roy, with a unique perspective of this rock formation and all the mountains around it.

Perito Moreno
This easy, full-day exploration to the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park zone, involves hiking and ice, takes about 6 hours and is subject to availability. Drive to the Perito Moreno Glacier, learning more about its history, the Patagonian steppe, the area’s nature, the dynamics of glaciers and the features that make this one so special.

Lago del Desierto
This advanced, full-day, 8.1-mile hike in the Desert Lake zone takes about 7.5 hours. Take a van from the lodge to the south shore of the Desierto Lake. From there, cross this historical lake while enjoying the view of the Vespigniani Glacier. Land on the northernmost tip of the lake and take a rugged track through the forest, reaching some of the most unexplored parts of this area. Reach the southern edge of the lake and finalize the exploration taking a van back to the lodge.

Featured High Mountain Explorations

Paso del Cuadrado
This advanced, full-day, 13.7-mile high-mountain experience in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 10.5 hours and is an ideal exploration for travelers wishing to have a different experience and perspective of the Patagonia. Surrounded by mountains, hike along the Eléctrico River through a Patagonia forest while enjoying a view to the Marconi Glacier. Then hike up a steep slope, leaving the forest behind and approaching the impressive mountains that seem to grow in height upon approach. The north side of Mount Fitz Roy is waiting from a lookout that is the highest point of this exploration.

Cerro Madsen
This expert, full-day, 13.5-mile high-mountain experience in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 10.5 hours. The ascent to Cerro Madsen, in the Fitz Roy area, is a perfect challenge for beginners in the mountains or for those who want to make their first summit in Patagonia and treat themselves to one of the most wonderful views in the world.

Featured Climbing Explorations

Conexión vertical
This easy, half-day climbing tutorial experience in the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve zone takes about 2.5 hours and is subject to availability. El Chaltén is one of the best places in the world for rock climbing, so start by learning more about the sport and local hot spots. Take in a rock climbing briefing that covers the main places to climb in El Chaltén, history, how to control your body and the importance of trusting partners.

La Roca
This moderate, half-day climbing experience in the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve zone takes about 3 hours and is subject to availability. El Chaltén is known worldwide for rock climbing. Many of the world’s top climbers have gone up the Fitz Roy, Torre, and La Guilloumet mounts, among others. For those with the appropriate experience, take on beginner climbing routes and others that are more demanding, always being mindful of safety.

Featured Overland Explorations

Río Arriba
This easy, half-day overland exploration in the Desert Lake zone takes about 5.5. hours. Leave the lodge by van, going through the different curves and beautiful waterfalls that are formed thanks to the geography of the Río de las Vueltas valley, to go into the deepest and most humid forests of the Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve. Stop for a panoramic vista and after reaching the lake, return along the route to the lodge, stopping at a small waterfall to enjoy lunch.

Colonos
This easy, half-day, 2.4-mile overland exploration in the Los Glaciares National Park zone takes about 1 hour. This exploration is a trip in time, including a guided visit to the house of pioneer Andreas Madsen, a Danish man who arrived in 1901 to work with Perito Pascasio Moreno and built the first houses in El Chaltén. Learn about their history, the challenges faced by Madsen and his family, and everyday life in an estancia over a century ago.

Featured Overnight Expeditions

Hielos Patagónicos
This expert, 3-day expedition in the Southern Ice Field (Campo de Hielo Sur) zone spends 2 nights away from Explora El Chaltén Lodge. Hike from the lodge, bordering the Diablo River valley. Spend the first day among Patagonian forests until we reach the edge of the Diablo Lagoon. We sleep at the Cagliero refuge. The next day will be spent hiking up rock cliffs towards the Southern Ice Fields. It will be a day of contrasts between the valley, the lagoons, and this huge ice expanse. We camp through the night. On the next day, we enjoy the splendor of this place, contemplating the mountains as we descend over ice and snow, until reaching the rock of the Eléctrico River valley. We cross the river in a zip line and hike to a forest, where a van will be waiting for us to return to the lodge.

Campos de Hielo Sur
This expert, 6-day, 56-mile expedition in the Southern Ice Field (Campo de Hielo Sur) zone spends 5 nights away from Explora El Chaltén Lodge. Campo de Hielo Sur is considered one of the most remote and inhospitable places in the world. Walking through this huge plateau of ice and snow is one of the most transformative experiences an explorer can have. If conditions permit, spend 6 days among forests, rocky slopes, lagoons and wide expanses of ice and snow, all bordered by imposing mountains. It is a demanding walk with a changing climate.

Accommodations

Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 13
Depart Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, Argentina

Your amazing time in Patagonia National Park. Torres del Paine National Park and Argentinean Patagonia has come to an end, but you will take your Explora Connects experience with you for a lifetime. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before your included transfer takes you to the El Calafate Airport (roughly 8 hours’ drive), or to the next leg of your adventure.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Van transfers connecting Explora Torres del Paine Lodge and Explora El Chaltén Lodge (~8-9 hours), plus the Puerto Natales airport, Punta Arenas airport, Balmaceda airport and Cochrane airport, and El Calafate, all on a preset schedule; accommodations; all meals, plus snacks and open bar; two half-day explorations or one full-day exploration with guides, daily; horseback and bike riding gear and trekking poles; entrance fees to nature reserves, Torres del Paine National Park and Patagonia National Park; access to available pools, hot tubs and leisure areas; WiFi in common areas.

Exclusions

Optional added-cost flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane ($990 per person for the 22-23 season) and from Cochrane to Puerto Natales ($1,700 per person for the 22-23 season); independently arranged domestic airfare to connect from Balmaceda to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas; international airfare; insurance of any kind; discretionary gratuities, spa or massage service, laundry, premium wines or other items of a personal nature such as phone calls; peak season/holiday surcharges (please contact AdventureSmith for details).

Payment & Cancellation

22-23 Season:
Shoulder: Oct 1-31, 2022; Apr 1-30, 2023
High: Nov 1-Dec 20, 2022; Jan 2-Mar 31, 2023
Peak: Dec 21, 2022-Jan 1, 2023

Shoulder & High Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 30 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 30 days – full refund
29 to 15 days – 50% of total trip cost
14 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Peak Season:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special payment and cancellation terms may apply for bookings made under special and last-minute deals. Changes may be made without penalty up to 60 days prior to check-in. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Peak Season cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to check-in:
Up to 60 days – full refund
59 to 30 days – 50% of total trip cost
29 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Discover Patagonia In Depth adventure begins in Balmaceda, Chile (BBA) and ends in El Calafate, Argentina (FTE), or reverse. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Balmaceda in time for pick-up’s scheduled up to 9:30am (or pre-book an optional, added-cost, 50-minute flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane followed by a 40-minute van ride to the lodge—inquire for details). Plan flights to depart El Calafate anytime after airport drop-off at 11:30am on the final day. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

An optional, added-cost, 50-minute group charter flight from Balmaceda to Cochrane, followed by a 40-minute van ride to the Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge, is available on this trip’s itinerary, booked through the operator via your Adventure Specialist. This flight is in a 4- or 5-passenger/2-crew private jet. Inquire for details.

Additionally, an optional, added-cost, 1.5-hour group charter flight between Cochrane and Puerto Natales is available on this trip’s itinerary and is subject to a 2-person minimum. Enjoy a private jet transfer via a 6-passenger/2-crew BEECHCRAFT 250-300 or similar. There is a strict luggage limit of 44 lbs (20 kg) per person. Transportation by Explora vehicle to and from Cochrane and Puerto Natales airports at pre-established times. (Alternately, take independently arranged commercial flights via Santiago, connecting to either Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas where Explora vehicles will pick you up at pre-established times.)

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the guides can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities cover all areas in Los Huemules Conservation Reserve and Torres del Paine and Patagonia National Parks, either by horse, kayak, bike, foot, van or private catamaran. Prior biking, kayaking or horseback riding experience is not required. Hikes range from easy to expert mountain ascents. A bilingual English or Spanish guide will accompany each group of up to eight guests. Provided gear includes walking sticks and leg protectors for hikes; helmet, bike and water bottle for two-wheeled excursions; and all the necessary equipment for kayaking, climbing and horse riding.

Room Configuration

For the 2022-23 season, single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy room may do so at a higher, single rate in select rooms upon availability. The single rate varies with season, room selection and number of nights; inquire for pricing.

Families & Children

There are additional beds for children 3 to 11 when sharing their parent’s room. Maximum one extra bed per room and two children per adult. Children under the age of 3 are complimentary when sharing room with their parents. Please inquire for special rates for children ages 3-17 years old accompanying their parents, which are subject to availability. Rates for children aged 12-17 traveling with their parents are not valid during High Season and Peak Season.

Travel Insurance

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Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per desired itinerary, season, length and remaining availability. Please contact AdventureSmith for a free custom quote.

22-23 Season Starting Prices:
-Discover Chilean Patagonia (9-day minimum): $8,776
-Explore Patagonia Without Borders (9-day minimum): $7,698
-Discover Patagonia In Depth (13-day minimum): $12,794

Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single and child rates available.

Accommodations

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Explora El Chaltén Lodge

Deep in the private Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, the remote Explora El Chaltén Lodge features the best of Argentinean Patagonia. Relax and explore among the surrounding dense forests, Eléctrico River and Marconi Glacier, with the Southern Patagonia Ice Field nearby.

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Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge

The 10-room Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge sits in a remote sector of the park: Valle Chacabuco, roughly 5.5 hours overland or a 45-minute flight from the Balmaceda Airport. This conservation-minded property features the nearby Northern Ice Fields, Marble Cathedrals, Baker River and nearby lakes.

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Explora Torres del Paine Lodge

The Explora Torres del Paine Lodge is located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, Chile. On the shores of Lake Pehoe, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers.

Expert Review

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Andrew Browning • October 16th, 2017
Expert Review: Explora Torres del Paine

AdventureSmith Specialist Andrew Browning reviews his Explora Torres del Paine Lodge stay within the park. Read about his trip, and tips on booking your stay.

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5 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Atacama

The 5-, 6- or 7-day Explora Atacama adventure offers over 40 explorations in the Atacama Desert, on foot, bicycle or horseback. Explora Atacama Lodge offers the best base from which to experience the many wonders of the driest desert on Earth.

From $2318USD
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5 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Rapa Nui

Experience the mysterious draw of the moai statues of Easter Island on foot, by sea or bike at Explora Rapa Nui. This 5-, 6- or 7-day adventure blends the island's unique history, vibrant Polynesian culture and stunning scenery into over 30 possible tailored activities.

From $2812USD
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8 - 17 Day Cruise
Antarctica Air Cruise

After 2 hours of flying, be cruising the White Continent on Antarctica's first flight and adventure cruise combination. Experience an Antarctic cruise in only 8 days without crossing the Drake Passage, or choose alternate routes visiting South Georgia with only a one-way Drake crossing.

From $9990USD
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5 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora El Chaltén

Enjoy one-of-a-kind access to the solitude, Andean mountains, alpine waterways and stunning glaciers of Argentinean Patagonia. From the all-inclusive Explora El Chaltén Lodge, choose from a daily selection of over 30 guided, small-group explorations.

From $3648USD
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5 - 7 Day Land Tour
Explora Patagonia National Park

From the Explora Patagonia National Park Lodge in Chile's stunning Chacabuco Valley, choose from 30+ daily guided activities to experience the park as few do. Hike, bike, kayak and travel overland to discover valleys, forests, wildlife, fossils, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Start and end each day at your 10-room lodge with included meals, open bar and an attentive staff.

From $3496USD
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Explora Torres del Paine

This 5-, 6- or 7-day lodge-based trip in the center of Torres del Paine National Park offers over 40 unique explorations to choose from, including Base Torres and Grey Glacier. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall from home base.

From $2356USD
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