Arrive Santiago early in the morning. The hotel has an airport shuttle, and you can take this to your hotel where you can rest up if you choose, or explore the city. This evening, we’ll have terremotos at a secret yet beloved dive bar, followed by an orientation dinner with the group.
Today will be a long day of travel, but Chile’s charm will somehow keep you energized. In the morning, we will check out of our hotel and head to the airport for our flight to Punta Arenas (3.5 hours). We will eat lunch, and then board our bus for Puerto Natales. We will quickly check in to our modest rooms, and have dinner nearby. Night at Puerto Natales
We will check out of our rooms and have breakfast nearby. We’ll take the bus to Pudeto (2.5 hours) and from here will take a catamaran to behold the behemoth star of the park: Glacier Grey. Night at Refugio Paine Grande.
December 10: Trek to the mirador for Glacier Grey (or all the way up to Paso John Gardner, for those ambitious folks). Return to camp for dinner and another night at Paine Grande.
This will be a long day, but the scenery will keep us going. We’ll depart from Paine Grande to Campamento Italiano where we will leave our bags, and bring our lunches up to Mirador Frances (and if we are up for it, we’ll go all the way to Mirador Britanico (where we can get our first sneak-peek of the Torres). We will head back, pick up our bags and then trek about 2 more hours to Refugio Los Cuernos, where we will be rewarded by wood-burned hot tubs overlooking the turquoise waters of Nordenskjöld Lake. Night at Refugio Los Cuernos.
This is our last full day, and we’ll trek onward to Campamento Chileno (about 3.5 hours) where we will have our lunch. From here, we will move forward on a steep trail for about 2 hours to behold the Torres head-on. We will hike back down, check into our room and have dinner. Night at Refugio Chileno.
For anyone who wants to really witness the Torres in all their glory, we’ll want to wake up quite early so we can catch the sun rise over the Torres. It is truly a photographer’s paradise, so don’t forget your camera. This is the finale of the trip, that will render you speechless any time you try to describe it to someone. After we hike back down for lunch, we will be picked up by a shuttle that will return us to Puerto Natales, where we will check back into our hotel and have our final dinner. Night at Puerto Natales.
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and head towards the bus stop to return to Punta Arenas. We will have lunch, and head to the airport for our flights back to Santiago. For those who wish to stay another night, please contact our office and we will be happy to arrange for a fee. Otherwise, you are free to fly home this evening as most flights depart around 10pm. Please do not arrange your flights any earlier than 10pm.