Ecocamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari, Chile

Description

With EcoCamp Wildlife Safari, you choose the activities!

Nature walks, treks, and more are yours to pick from – it all depends on your mood, weather conditions, and travel companions’ preferences! Plus, Ecocamp Patagonia’s private excursion option gives you the freedom every day to choose any excursion that matches your special interests and wishes.

Torres del Paine National Park’s magnificent and unrivaled flora, fauna, and stunning vistas are at your fingertips with this customized adventure package, allowing you to handpick daily activities such as hikes and nature walks. Best of all, the Wildlife Safari includes cozy accommodation and sublime meals at EcoCamp Patagonia, with shorter or longer options ranging from 4 to 7 days to help you get the most out of your stay in Patagonia!

Apart from the traditional trekking excursions along the W trail, Ecocamp Patagonia also offers a wide range of off-the-beaten-path excursions in Ecocamp Patagonia Wildlife Safari program. It’s a great chance to explore the unknown side of Torres del Paine.

Highlights

  • Departs any day
  • Stay every night at Ecocamp Patagonia
  • Make like-minded friends for life at Ecocamp Patagonia
  • Learn all the local secrets from Ecocamp Patagonia’s knowledgeable guides
  • Choose between nature walks, longer treks, and bike excursions
  • Explore unique fauna and flora
  • Be amazed by the beauty of Glacier Grey 
  • Conquer challenging treks to the base of the tower and Frech Valley
  • Daily yoga stretching group class

Itinerary

Monday & Thursday: Hiking in Laguna Azul, Towers Base Trek, Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley Hike

Tuesday & Friday: Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride, Western Lakes drive & Cerro Ferrier Hike, Lazo Weber Hike

Wednesday & Saturday: Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail, Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley Hike, Towers Base Trek

Sunday: Wild Horse Tracking, Cerro Paine Trek, Salto Grande & Condor Lookout

Ecocamp Patagonia can custom design this itinerary and all Chilean and Argentina destinations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations. During the shoulder and low season (October and April), some excursions may be canceled or modified for reasons of security. You choose your preferred standard of accommodations, travel dates, and the amount of time to spend at the various sites along the way. With advance planning, Ecocamp Patagonia can match a specific guide to your group’s interests by either modifying the original itinerary or offering you a good alternative within the park.

Included

  • Accommodation in an EcoCamp Suite, Standard, or Superior Dome
  • Regular bus tickets El Calafate<>Natales if starting/finishing in El Calafate
  • All ground transport as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide (Guide ratio 1:6, maximum group size: 16 people)
  • Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
  • Boat ticket for crossing Grey Lake* and/or Pehoe Lake. (*Please check the itinerary)
  • House wine during dinner
  • Meals:
    • Day 1: Lunch/Box Lunch and Dinner
    • Days in between: Breakfast, Box Lunch, and Dinner
    • Last day: Breakfast and Box Lunch

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Drinks or snacks not served with the meals included at Ecocamp Patagonia
  • 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 (15-20 liters – to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc.)
  • Water-resistant trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Optional: Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body

Departures

Regular departures are available every day from September to May. 

Starting / Finishing Point

The trip starts every morning with pickups and drop-offs in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, or El Calafate. 

Physical Demands

The easy excursion options do not demand extensive physical activity, other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over fairly flat terrain. The group stops as many times as necessary depending on the rhythm.

Travelers doing the active excursions will find themselves more energetic and to enjoy these more active treks it is essential to be in shape before arriving. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000 m / 3,000 ft high so passengers don’t need to worry about altitude.

Children Policy

  • The minimum age is 6 to participate in the program.
  • Children aged 6-9 are welcome to participate in nature walks.
  • Children aged 10-12 may participate in trekking excursions but the family must hire a private assistant guide.
  • Children aged 12 and above are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults.

Transport

In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that normally seat 8 to 14 people. Pick-up/drop-off times will be confirmed by Ecocamp’s local operations team. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for additional support while you are in Chile.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated 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 to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/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 Wildlife Safari | 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 Wildlife Safari | 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 Wildlife Safari | 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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