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Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

1. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

2. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica Volcano Climb

Meet with the local partner the day before your climb for an equipment check-up and brief explanation of the hike. The next day drive 30 minutes from the center of Pucon to the base of Villarrica Volcano. From here begin the hike to the summit of one of Chile's iconic active volcanoes. The first stage will be a traditional hiking ascent, starting at 1,800 meters above sea level. Acclimatize at an easy pace. As you approach the summit glacier, start using crampons and ice axes, with the assistance and explanation from the guides. After four to five hours of climbing, reach 2,847 meters at the summit. Gaze at the middle of the crater and its impressive geological formation. See fumaroles and maybe even some lava. From here also enjoy 360-degree views of surrounding volcanos, lagoons, and forests. Spend approximately one hour at the summit and then descend in half the time it took to climb up. Combine walking and controlled snow sliding to get down. During your hike have conversations about the native peoples of the Andes, the mountains and their relationship with them, as well as topics in volcanology. Once you've reached the base, your vehicle will be waiting to return you back to the departure office in Pucon.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

3. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. After transportation to the national park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales.

From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

4. From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

Trek through the wilderness of Patagonia on a full day guided excursion out into this magnificent landscape. After pickup from your hotel between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM, you’ll head to the mysterious Sierra Baguales mountain range. On arrival at the horse ranch, you’ll enjoy a welcome coffee and cookies as you learn about the origins of the ranch.   Start off on a short trek of a half hour to visit Laguna Irene, where you can observe and photograph the birds and surroundings. As you do this, you’ll talk with your guide about the process of colonization of Patagonia, the history of the first human occupation of this place, and the habits and social importance of Patagonia for its first population.   Then, head to your next trekking starting point. On this second hike, you’ll cover 12.5 kilometers of medium inclination. Take in views of the Baguales mountain range, where pumas, guanacos, and wild horses live. After 3.5 hours of hiking, you’ll find marine fossils, dating back more than 50 million years. With a bit of luck, you may even run into a herd of horses.   Continue to a viewpoint located 1,200 meters above sea level and take in panoramic views of the entire sector, including excellent views of the various rock formations. Enjoy your packed lunch before taking the road back to the ranch, and from there, back to Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

5. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 7:30 AM to 8 AM, then set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. Arrive by about 10 AM and access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary towards the Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales (through Portería Serrano). On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

6. Pucon: Full-Day Villarrica National Park Hike

Start your day traveling through incredible landscapes of nature and geological formations. Drive approximately 70 kilometers along the border with Argentina and crossing the beautiful area of Puesco. Arrive at the hike starting point at the Quillelhue Lagoon in Villarrica National Park. Trek for about four kilometers and pass by the Escondida and Huinfiuca lagoons. Continue towards Laguna Verde and after reaching about five kilometers, arrive at a slope and approach the skirts of the mythical Lanin Volcano. Be impressed by the 3,870 meters high peak and its glacier hat. Stop for a healthy lunch when it pleases you. Having crossed a mountainous Andean landscape and after visiting this last lagoon, return to the starting point of your hike. Heaed back to Pucon with a stop in the town of Curarrehue. While here, visit the Mapuche women's cooperative and see local, fair-trade crafts and gastronomic products before concluding your day.

Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

7. Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

Spend a day exploring Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia. This medium-to-difficult hike offers incredible views of the park's 3 famous peaks – Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzin, all on a day trip from Puerto Natales.  The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales at 6:30 AM. Travel north for 2 hours to reach the starting point of the trek. After a quick briefing with the local guide, start the walk crossing a bridge over the Asencio River. Trek for 1.5 hours to reach Refugio El Chileno, shrouded in forest and in the shadow of the spectacular Monte Nieto Almirante. After a short stop at El Chileno, continue for 2-2.5 hours along a steeper section of trail to the main lookout.  Reach the main lookout of Las Torres at the eastern end of the lagoon, from where you will have a spectacular view of the three granite peak as well as the Peineta and Nido de Condores hills.  Stop and enjoy your packed lunch while admiring the views. After the break, return to the base along the same path. Following the trek, hotel drop-off will be provided in Puerto Natales.

Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

8. Pucon: Quetrupillan Volcano Full-Day Climb

Meet at the local partner's office in downtown Pucon and travel to the Palguin area to the east of the city. Start the hike and cross the forest full of native Coihue trees, some of which reach more than 20 meters high. Discover the various birds of the area as you hike along a leisurely trail. Learn about the native inhabitants and culture of the region from your experienced guides. After you exit the forest, make your way into the rugged Andean mountain landscape. As the height increases, hike along steeper slopes which will bring you closer to the summit. When you reach the crater at the top, after climbing over 1,000 meters, walk westward along the ridge to reach the summit at a height of 2,347 meters. Enjoy fantastic views of the Villarrica and Lanin volcanoes, along with more than three other volcanoes in the area. Admire the many lagoons, Argentinean pampas, and green forests of this panoramic viewpoint. Enjoy an easy descent, where you will walk once more through green forests, and arrive at your vehicle which will take you back to Pucon.

From Pucón: Lanín Volcano Guided Ascent

9. From Pucón: Lanín Volcano Guided Ascent

We will travel from Pucon to the border with Argentina to begin the ascent to this iconic volcano of the Mapuche culture and the area, along with our certified Zenit guides. With first level equipment that we will deliver we will ascend more than 1.000 meters the first day, to camp in our chosen site, and then at dawn we will attack the summit with 1200 meters of altitude difference and a first level mountain experience. Then after enjoying this great summit, with an iconic glacier hat at the top and unforgettable views, we begin the descent, then at the base we return to Pucon, after approximately 18 kilometers of mountain day.

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4.5 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Wir haben unsere Tour via GetyourGuide gebucht, was super einfach und unkompliziert war. Leider mussten wir unseren geplanten Versuch, den Vulkan zu bezwingen, verletzungsbedingt erstmal um ein paar Tage verschieben. Der Touranbieter Zenit Travel Chile war äusserst unkompliziert und hilfsbereit und hat uns sogar Alternativen offeriert, für den Fall, dass die Verletzung nicht abgeklungen wäre. Am Tag des Aufstiegs waren wir, im Vergleich zu anderen Gruppen, eine kleine Gruppe. Nur wir zwei und unser Guide, sozusagen unbeabsichtigt eine Privattour. Das war jedoch perfekt für uns. Wir konnten unser eigenes Tempo bestimmen und sind so als erste am Krater angekommen. Während des Aufstiegs hat unser Guide uns viele Informationen über Vulkane im Generellen und im Speziellen Villarrica gegeben, uns gut erklärt, wie man mit Steigeisen und Pickel umgeht, uns Optionen zum Abstieg geboten und all unsere Fragen zu diversen Dingen beantwortet. Wir können Zenit Travel mit gutem Gewissen empfehlen.

Super trip!! After meeting up with two fellow hikers and two guides in the office in Pucon to get equipped, we went off to the national park and started the hike. Very good instructions and the guides sat a good slow pace. Breaks were well planed and communicated, so we had something to look forward to! The guides were good at pointing out sights and conversing about the country, the people and the culture. About halfway we got to the rim of the glacier and mounted cramp-on and ice axes to continue the climb. The views were awesome with a few clouds below us and the smoke from Villarrica above us. A couple of hundred meters below the rim, my 69 year old wife decided to stop and conserve resource for the return. The guides were very helpful and understanding and one of them guided both of us back to our starting point, where a car was waiting to pick us up and take us back to the office. Back at the office, they had fresh fruit and juices waiting for us and time to debrief.

The staff was extremely helpful with anything that we needed and made getting all of the gear extremely easy! They listened to our needs on the mountain and helped encourage my whole group to complete the hike.

This experience was wonderful!! Our guides with Zenit Travel were so kind and accommodating! It is a difficult climb, but highly recommended for those who enjoy hiking!

It was a unique experience with an experienced guide.