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Ecocamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari

Chile, Patagonia

5 days

Summary

Located in Southern Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park is composed of lakes, glaciers, forests, waterfalls and the unique granite Torres (towers).  And its magnificent landscapes are at your fingertips with a stay at Patagonia Eco Camp.

Eco Camp allows you to handpick daily activities such as cycling, hikes, and nature walks. So whether you enjoy challenging treks or more moderate adventures, Eco Camp has plenty to offer. Furthermore, the Wildlife Safari package offers you plenty of flexibility with shorter or longer stay options!

About EcoCamp

Located right in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Eco Camp offers a fantastic base for exploring by day. And a cosy and comfortable place to unwind after the day’s adventures! What’s more, Eco Camp’s sustainable design and green technology has been internationally recognised for its environmental best practice. So, if you’re keen to explore the Patagonian wilderness while staying at unique and eco-friendly accommodation, then Patagonia Eco Camp is ideal for you!

Choose from a range of domes designed to suit different budgets:

Compact, non-heated Standard Domes are the best option for budget-conscious travellers. Guests staying in these domes use shared bathroom facilities.

Superior Domes the best choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Private bathrooms and heating make these a popular choice with our clients!

Finally, Suite Domes provide the highest levels of comfort and quality with rustic luxury. These spacious domes have heating, private bathrooms, and the best views of the park.

 

Contours Travel recommends a minimum of four nights to explore Torres del Paine National Park. And for more ideas on the best way to visit this stunning wilderness, click here!

Highlights

  • Cosy, warm and sustainable accommodation in Eco Camp’s unique domes
  • Standard, superior and suite domes cater to various budget types
  • Experience the incredible beauty of Torres del Paine National Park from one of the best locations in the park
  • Activities & excursions to suit every fitness & interest
  • Highly experienced & passionate guides
  • Enjoy morning and evening yoga session inside the dedicated yoga dome
  • Meet new friends and compare notes in the cosy, communal central dome
  • Feast upon delicious Patagonian cuisine, including the famed Patagonian bbq

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected dome (Suite, Superior or Standard)
  • Hiking, biking and vehicle based excursions designed to suit all fitness types.
  • Choose from easy or active excursions.
  • Full board
  • One English speaking guide for every 12 people
  • Start in Calafate, Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales (transfer included)

ITINERARY

Day 1 Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

Today you will be picked up from the airport or hotel in Punta Arenas in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park (alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate or Puerto Natales).
En route, you will make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza”, where you can enjoy a hearty local lunch. There will be a second stop at Cueva de Milodon. A massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11 pm, so upon arrival, there’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

Day 2 Torres del Paine

With EcoCamp’s Wildlife Safari, you choose the activities! Nature walks, treks, bike excursions, and more are yours to pick from – it all depends on your mood, weather conditions, and travel companions’ preferences! Plus, the private excursion option gives you the freedom to choose any excursion that matches your special interests (ask us for more details).
Excursions at Ecocamp are scheduled by the hotel each day, always with a moderate and more demanding option available. Depending on which day of the week you arrive, you may have the following as your first excursion options:
– Hiking or Biking Laguna Azul: an easy walk or cycle to the magnificent lookout point over Laguna Azul, with stunning views of the famous Torres in the background
– Western Lakes & Grey Glacier: drive to Lake Pehoe for a walk along the shores of the lake and the chance to see Salto Grande waterfalls. From here, drive to Grey Lake and have a tasty picnic lunch on the shore. Then, embark on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering walls of Glacier Grey.

Day 3 Torres del Paine

A full day to enjoy the variety of excursions offered by Ecocamp. Some of the available excursions include:
– Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail: a moderate hike along the shores of Lake Sarmiento with the chance to feast your eyes upon the stunning natural scenery and perhaps spot herds of guanacos along the way. Driving to the northern shore of the lake, we’ll hike the Fauna Trail for the chance to see more guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús and maybe the occasional puma print!
– Towers Base Hike: a demanding full-day hike, starting at Hosteria Las Torres and heading uphill to Ascencio Valley and the Chileno Refuge. From here the path becomes very steep and the hiking more challenging but you will be rewarded at the top with fabulous views of the Towers. Stop for a picnic lunch in this sublime location before returning along the same trail.

Day 4 Torres del Paine

Another full day to enjoy the variety of excursions offered by Ecocamp such as:
– Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley Hike: drive to Pudeto and board a catamaran for the north-western sector of the Lake, where we begin the challenging hike to French Valley. The groups’ trekking rhythm will determine how far up the valley we go; expect fantastic views and impressive geological formations throughout the hike.
– Lazo Weber Hike: a 12km hiking trail packed with native flora and fauna. Have your camera ready to snap pics of the guanacos, owls, eagles and condors. The hike will lead you through native Coihue and Lenga forests to El Toro Lookout point for dramatic 360-degree views of the Paine mountain range, the Patagonian Andes, and a suite of rivers and lakes.

Day 5 Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas

Take an early morning transfer, sit back, relax, and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago. Those heading to Argentina board an earlier transfer heading to the border.

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