Ecocamp Patagonia Epic Multi-Sports Adventure, Chile

Description

A sports enthusiast’ dream come true: the best of Torres del Paine with the best of outdoor adventures!

Unleash your adventurous side on this multi-sport extravaganza, exploring beautiful Torres del Paine by foot, bike, kayak, and horseback, followed by relaxing nights under the stars at Ecocamp with good food and even better company.

Highlights

  • Multi-Sport adventures in Torres del Paine
  • Stay every night at Ecocamp Patagonia 
  • Kayaking on Grey River
  • Trekking to Cerro Paine 
  • Towers base view from a different perspective
  • Mountain bike excursion
  • Horse riding through Patagonia

Departures

Regular departures are available every day from September to April.

Itinerary

Sample itinerary below. The itinerary depends on the day of the week the program starts.

Day 1: Your Patagonian Adventure Starts

In the morning, you will be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas and driven to Ecocamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively, you can start your trip in El Calafate. On the way, a stop in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza,” will be made where local foods can be tasted. The journey is scenic and highly atmospheric, featuring many wild birds and wonderful Patagonian landscapes. The day ends with arrival and overnight stay at Ecocamp Patagonia, nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and with a prime view of the majestic Torres.

Day 2: Cycling through Estancia Laguna Azul & Cañadón Macho

After breakfast, the group will start their biking adventure. The 7 km morning bike excursion follows a route inside the Laguna Azul Estancia close to where it meets Baguales, heading up to Saltos Las Chinas.

Once the group is back at Laguna Azul, box lunch will be enjoyed with a beautiful view of the Towers and when ready to continue, the van will take the adventurers to the next bike track.

This 4 km biking excursion follows a single track through Cañadón Macho, finishing at a junction with the road near Cascada Paine. Although this excursion is not too demanding, there are some sections of the trail that have some difficulty at the point where Cañadon Macho crosses a meadow and starts climbing, followed by an undulating stretch of descent, which is a little steep and rocky. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia. 

Day 3: Kayak on Grey River

After breakfast at EcoCamp, the group will head off at 7:30 AM to the Serrano area in the western sector of the park arriving at around 9 AM at Serrano Base. From here, the adventurers will board another vehicle and head to the Pingo River where the adventurers will take part in a safety talk (20 minutes approximately). Afterwards, it’s time to get into the water! Once the kayaks are in, the adventurers will move gently with the river’s current towards the Grey Lake Peninsula to see the glacier’s impressive icebergs. After enjoying the moment, it’s time to continue down the Grey River for the next 3 hours. At Puente Grey, the group will stop to eat the box lunch before continuing downstream to the confluence of the Grey and Serrano Rivers. Around 20 minutes later the group will return to where the adventure started, at Villa Serrano, after an amazing day on the water. Then the van will return to Ecocamp for evening aperitif and meal. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia. 

Day 4: Patagonia Horseback Riding

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Patagonia is to ride through it on horseback. After breakfast at Ecocamp, the day will begin around 9:30 AM with an induction talk (1 hour approximately) before heading out on the 13 km journey. The group will start by making the way around the immense Lake Nordenskjold, with its heart-achingly beautiful views of Mount Almirante Nieto and Cerro Paine, and pass over the ice-cold Patagonian rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for the local flora and fauna who call this land their home, including foxes, condors, and dense groupings of lenga forests. The adventurers will pick up the pace on the beach, and at around 1 PM stop for lunch at Paine River. After a full day of taking in the sights and sounds of the area, the group will head back to Ecocamp around 3 PM to get some rest and enjoy an evening cocktail. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia. 

Day 5: Cerro Paine Trek

The adventurers will leave after a tasty breakfast at Ecocamp to head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its 2 imposing peaks. The group will hike along the mountain for half an hour, which allows warming up while admiring the view of the surrounding pampas. The challenge begins as climbing the eastern part of Cerro Paine starts. The group will cross the lenga forest with the sound of the local birds and enjoy a few stops to observe the immense Almirante Nieto Mountain and its glacier on the left side. With luck, the adventurers will follow the tracks of the puma as the towers come into full view. A nice place for lunch, isn’t it? As the group is ready to start the steepest part of the hike, the group will leave the forest and hike on the rock. Going up, the spectacular panoramic view of the immense pampas and the mountains in the distance, like the Balmaceda mountain can be enjoyed. The group will walk upward for about an hour up to 1500 m/4920 ft to reach the eastern peak of Cerro Paine, which offers an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio Valley. After chilling and taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, the adventurers will backtrack along the same trail and return to Ecocamp. Overnight at Ecocamp Patagonia. 

Day 6: Departure Day

The adventurers will board an early morning vehicle, sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to Punta Arenas on time to catch the evening flight to Santiago.

The weather in Patagonia can be difficult to plan around at times. Ecocamp Patagonia reserves the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide based upon operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate any part of the itinerary based on these considerations. The routes on the kayak and horse ride excursions may vary depending on weather and safety precautions. 

Included

  • Accommodation in Ecocamp Domes
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • All excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide. (Guide ratio 1:6 Max group size: 12 people)
  • Park entrance fees into Torres del Paine National Park
  • All meals at EcoCamp Patagonia
    • Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 2: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 3: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 4: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 5: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
    • Day 6: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Not included

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Personal items

What you need to bring

Passengers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once.

  • A day backpack (10 liters – to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc)
  • Trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of woolen socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Optional Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park

Starting / Finishing point

The trip departs every day starting and ending in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or El Calafate. 

Physical Demands

This trip is a multi-activity trip and therefore requires a moderate to a high level of fitness. Those used to hiking on weekends or doing regular cycling or jogging, etc. should have no problem but some warm-up hikes prior to the trip would be recommendable in any case. Horse riding and kayaking do not require advanced abilities.

Children Policy

The minimum age of participation is 16, maximum age is 65.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transport is in minivans that normally seat between 8 to 14 people. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for anyone needing additional support while they are in Chile.

Weather

The Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared for cold winds (up to 130km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

Location

  • Biostays certified - this hotel is helping protecting the Rainforest with us.

  • This hotel has been carefully handpicked by our dedicated team.

  • You’re almost an eco warrior! If you book this stay with us, at least 2 acres of rainforest will be protected.

  • Your money is secure and we don’t handle any payments. You will be charged directly by the hotel/property.

Room / Accommodation Types

Ecocamp Patagonia Epic Multi-Sports Adventure | Suite Dome Loft

Suite Domes are perfect for families and large groups with its added loft, all the space and luxury.

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Ecocamp Patagonia Epic Multi-Sports Adventure | Suite Dome

With its local Patagonian decorations, private bathrooms and the best views, Suite Domes are the most popular domes in Ecocamp Patagonia.

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Ecocamp Patagonia Epic Multi-Sports Adventure | Superior Domes

Superior Domes are the best choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk.

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Ecocamp Patagonia Epic Multi-Sports Adventure | Standard Dome

Being the world’s first geodesic hotel rooms, Standard Domes are the perfect home to return to after a day’s trek.

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