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4 Day Wilderness Watching Safari in Torres del Paine, Patagonia
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Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa, Torres de Paine, Chile

Unique Safari in Chile

At Tierra Hotels they have a great love and respect for the Earth and its resources and majesty. They believe their guests share their feelings and they invite curious travelers of the world to join them in the faraway Patagonia for a one of a kind stay at their welcoming hotel in a sublime location in the uttermost south of Chile, which will give you the chance to explore the surrounding nature and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • The guide speaks English and Spanish
  • Children are allowed on this tour
  • Park fees are included in the price

Highlights

  • Two half day excursions or one full day excursion daily
  • Transfers at published times to and from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, and Cerro Castillo
  • Mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine, and liquors
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Use of pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 activity days
Airport transfer included: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport
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Accommodation

The hotel's architecture and interiors radiate an ambiance of Patagonian warmth and comfort. Large windows provide excellent mountain and lake views. Hotel facilities include the living room, bar, dining room, excursions area, library, TV lounge, iPads for guest use, Wi-Fi, store, outdoor terrace, and full Uma Spa.

Rooms

Tierra Patagonia has three suites, 34 superior rooms (ten of which can be connected to create five family apartments), and three standard rooms. All rooms have the same beautiful view across the lake to the Torres del Paine Massif. Suites have a living room upstairs and downstairs there is a bedroom and a bathroom measuring 55 square meters (775 square feet) in total.

Both superior and standard rooms measure 36 square meters (387 square feet). The family apartments are 72 square meters (775 square feet) in total and consist of two bedrooms and two bathrooms, which can sleep up to a maximum of six people. All rooms have a telephone, hair dryer, safe, and heating.

Standard room

The standard rooms are 36 square meters (387 square feet) and have a king or two twin beds. The bathtub is in the bedroom and the bathroom has a separate shower and washbasins. The view is over the lake and the Torres del Paine mountain range.

Suites

The suites are 52 square meters (549 square feet) in size and have a loft style distribution, on two levels. Upstairs is a living area with sofas and a coffee table. The bedroom is downstairs with a king bed and bathroom with shower, bathtub, and washbasins. Large two-storey floor to ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the lake and Torres del Paine mountain range.

Superior room

These rooms measure 36 square meters (387 square feet) and have a king or two twin beds, bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, and washbasins. The view is of the lake and the Torres del Paine mountain range.

Sustainability

Privileged to be located amidst such pristine natural beauty, Tierra Hotels are committed to its care and protection. Their main aim is to provide the best adventure spa services that produce the least impact possible. Sustainability is a strong factor in all their decision-making.

Program

Tierra Hotel's excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides; they offer a variety of activities, including hikes, horse rides, scenic visits, or bicycle rides to discover the places of interest in the Torres del Paine National Park, as well as other less explored areas outside the borders of the park.

They divide their activities into three levels of difficulty:

  • Easy: Apt for all ages and capabilities
  • Medium: Requires a reasonable level of physical ability and / or experience
  • High: These activities require excellent physical condition, experience, and ability

Every day you can choose two half day excursions or one full day excursion.

  • Half day: Morning and / or afternoon, lunch is in the hotel
  • Full day: Start in the morning with return to the hotel in the evening, usually after 6:00 p.m. A lunch box is provided.

The guides lead guests to the mountains, pampas, woods, glaciers, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls of the Torres del Paine National Park, as well as the ranches and wide open plains that surround the hotel. They also help them spot endemic birds, plants, and animals along the way. Guests consult with the head guide at the beginning of their stay to select the best excursions for them, taking into account individual interests and fitness levels. Excursion options include walks, treks, horseback rides, bicycle rides, and scenic tours.

Sample itinerary

Half day walks

Backyard - Tierra Patagonia exclusive

This walk is perfect for stretching your legs on arrival at Tierra Patagonia. Head towards the lake shore and the boundary of the Torres del Paine National Park and pass through areas of low bush, all the time enjoying panoramic views of Lake Sarmiento. Viewed from the lake shore, the hotel melts into the surrounding pampa whilst the dramatic skyline of the Sierra Baguales behind can be seen, separating Chile from Argentina. The element that most stands out during this walk are the thrombolytes on the shores of the lake.

These formations, which are several million years old, were created by some of the oldest living organisms on the earth. They form caves on the lake shore, some of which hide the most important predator in the park, the puma. This is the hotel’s “back yard” and it is common to see wildlife such as eagles, condors, guanaco, sheep, foxes, and ñandú (a type of ostrich) with amazing views of the Torres del Paine mountain range.

  • Level: Easy

Hunters trail

After a 30-minute drive to the Porteria Lago Sarmiento, this trek starts gradually, winding its way northwards, with the Paine Massif as a constant companion. Half way through you will visit a rocky area where there are cave paintings from the Aonikenk, hunter-gatherer native Indians that occupied this area some 6,000 years ago. It is also one of the best areas to see wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, and condors. The hike ends a few meters away from Portería Laguna Amarga where the van is waiting to drive you back to the hotel.

  • Level: Medium

Full day walks

Grey Peninsula

Heading west from the hotel you enter the park via the Sarmiento entrance. You continue on the road through the park for about one and a half hours with wonderful views of the lakes and mountains until you reach the Grey checkpoint. Here you start the walk by crossing the Pingo River on a hanging bridge. You continue through a beautiful lenga forest. You descend down a short slope until you reach the black pebbles of Grey Beach. In springtime there are many wildflowers and beautiful mountain views.

In autumn, the leaves on the trees are deep red and yellow. You walk for around 40 minutes on the beach until you reach the viewpoint where you can see the Grey Glacier in the distance. You follow the peninsula round until you get back to the Grey checkpoint, where your driver is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

  • Level: Easy

Mirador Cuernos

Heading west you enter the park at the Sarmiento entrance. You travel into the heart of the national park, stopping at various viewpoints, including Laguna Los Cisnes, Lago Sarmiento, Lago Nordenskold until you reach the Pudeto sector. From here you start your walk, with amazing views of the mountains close up, as you skirt around the shores of Lake Nordenskold.

You reach the viewpoint opposite the French Valley which has an unbeatable view of the Horns of Paine after about two hours. Then you make a small detour to see the largest waterfall in the park, Salto Grande. You continue along the northern shore of Lake Pehoè and finish where your driver is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

  • Level: Medium

Paso de Agostini

This hike starts from the Estancia Lazo and you enter the National Park at the Laguna Verde entrance, walking through a beautiful wood of lenga trees. During the hike you can see the Paine Massif and the many lakes of the area which give wonderful photo opportunities. You share a box lunch surrounded by nature where a variety of different animals can be spotted, depending on the time of the year.

A short climb of about 10 minutes takes you to a viewpoint with vistas of Lago del Toro, the largest lake in the area, and the Paine River. The descent from here takes 35 minutes to the Weber Bridge where a vehicle is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

  • Level: Medium-high

Pingo Valley

From the hotel you head west to enter the Park at the Sarmiento entrance (25 minutes). You cross the national park with views of the mountains and lakes until you reach the Grey entrance after about one and a half hours. You start the hike here with a CONAF certified guide. The trail follows the Pingo River and after about an hour you reach an old “puesto”, or gaucho base.

You continue on the same path, surrounded by a beautiful lenga forest until you reach “Chorillo Los Salmones”, a small waterfall in the middle of the Pingo Valley. After a well deserved rest, you head back down the valley where your driver is waiting to take you back to the hotel.

  • Level: High

Riding

Horseback rides are available, that allow guests to get to know the depths of Patagonia, giving them access to areas that are less explored in the company of real baquenanos (or Patagonian cowboys). Their horses were raised in this wild geography and have been specially trained for both beginners and expert riders. The saddles are Chilean style, which is similar to western without the horn.

Estancia Lazo (half day)

From the hotel you head south towards Estancia Lazo. The road is scenic and with great views of Lake Sarmiento. The ride starts near the Hostería Lazo and winds through an ancient lenga forest. After about an hour, you reach a clearing with wonderful views of the Paine Massif. You head back through the wood to the Hostería, with a local gaucho always by your side.

  • Level: Easy

Entre Lagos horseride - Tierra Patagonia exclusive

Following a short 20-minute ride, you arrive at the Entre Lagos section of Estancia Cerro Guido (Cerro Guido ranch). Here you dress with chaps and hard hats before mounting your horses and setting on towards the Sierra del Toro, and down towards Lake Sarmiento with panoramic views of the Paine Massif, ending at the hotel. This ride requires previous riding experience, as it is not on a marked trail.

  • Level: Medium (requires some experience)

Scenic voyages

Scenic voyages are the perfect balance between an excursion by van and shorter easy walks. They are ideal for those who enjoy photography and bird watching.

Laguna Azul (half day)

From the hotel you head north to the Laguna Azul area and enjoy spectacular views of the North, Central, and South Towers, weather permitting. You enjoy a short walk along the north shore of the lake and in springtime and summer see many birds in the lenga woods. You drive on to see the Paine Waterfall and Laguna Amarga, with beautiful views of the local area.

  • Level: Easy

Paine Massif (full day)

This is a scenic trip which concentrates on the west side of the Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best option to see a large part of the park in just one day, with stops at various places for taking great photographs. The journey finishes in the area of Grey Lake, where there are glaciers, ice floes, and feathery nothofagus woods. If you are lucky, you may see a huemul, a native deer in danger of extinction. You walk for around 30 minutes on the shore of Grey Lake where ice floes from the glacier have become “beached”. The return journey to the hotel is via the same route.

Note: Walking at Grey Lake is subject to weather conditions.

  • Level: Easy

Special interest

Birdwatching (half day)

With ever-changing landscapes dominated by the Patagonian wind, the Torres del Paine National Park is a great place to see wildlife. With several different ecosystems, it is possible to encounter more than 120 bird species, including flamingos, caiquenes, ducks, ñandú (a type of ostrich), Magellanic woodpeckers, caranchos, eagles, and of course, the majestic condor. You depart at dawn when the bird life is more active and the light favors photography.

You travel between lakes, woods, and pampa searching for bird life in an experience which is enriching for both beginners and experts. You discover more about the life cycles of different birds, while you take in the impressive Magellanic scenery. The best time for bird watching is from December to February and the main areas to be visited are Laguna de los Juncos, Laguna de los Cisnes, and Estancia Cerro Paine, among others.

  • Level: Easy

Biking

La Porfiada

You leave the hotel heading northeast and enter the park through the Laguna Azul checkpoint (one hour). You continue to the La Porfiada section which is a part of the Cerro Guido Estancia. The ride is mainly downhill for the next two hours, through lenga and ñirre woodlands where native birds and animals can be spotted. At the end, you are rewarded with an incredible view towards the northeast side of the Paine Massif, including the famous “Torres del Paine”. You meet your driver at Laguna Azul and return to the hotel.

  • Level: Medium

Baguales

You leave the hotel heading northeast and enter the park through the Laguna Azul checkpoint (one hour). From here you start biking, heading south through a series of rough downhill trails for about an hour. When you reach the Cañadon Macho area you continue biking for another hour, coming across a wide variety of local birds and animals. There are also impressive views of the Paine Massif, Serra Masle, and Sierra Contreras. The ride finishes at Cascada Paine, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.

  • Level: High

Note: As a part of their sustainability program and support of local small businesses, Tierra Patagonia offers the following excursions through local providers: sailing on Grey Lake and kayak. These excursions are based on availability, climatic conditions, and confirmation from their suppliers. Please note that to participate in any of these activities, an advanced notification is required. Tierra Patagonia reserves the right to cancel activities at any point due to weather conditions.

There are also other excursions available. For details, please send an inquiry to Tierra Hotels.

Location

Tierra Patagonia is a friendly, welcoming hotel in a sublime location in the uttermost south of Chile. The hotel is surrounded by nature, in splendid isolation, overlooking Lake Sarmiento and the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park which was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978.

Distances

  • Cerro Castillo - 30 minutes
  • Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) - 1.5 hours
  • Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ) - 4 hours
  • El Calafate, Argentina - 4.5 hours

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with daily buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tierra Patagonia´s chef uses local products like seafood from the Strait of Magellan, lamb and beef from neighboring ranches, as well as native calafate berries to prepare healthy, delicious meals. Guests can also experience a traditional Patagonian barbecue, which features the slow-cooking of a lamb over coals. Vegetarian dishes are always available. There is an extensive menu of Chilean wines, artisan beers, and classic cocktails.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Kayak on Grey Lake (full day)

Following in the footsteps of the indigenous waterborne nomads, kayaking amongst the ice floes, Tierra Hotels offer excursions on the Grey Lake. The ice here can reach up to 15 meters in height and floats with forms and shapes which fire the imagination. Specialist guides accompany guests on the journey as they paddle amidst the floes, from a different viewpoint of the local biodiversity.

Note: Minimum 2 guests are required for this activity which is available at an additional cost. It must be reserved at time of booking as it is subject to availability of local supplier.

  • Level: Medium

Macizo Paine and sailing to Grey Glacier (full day)

This is a scenic trip which concentrates on the west side of the Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best option to see a large part of the park in just one day, with stops at various places for taking great photographs. The road ends at Lake Grey, where you embark on the Grey II, sailing towards the Grey Glacier. You will see glaciers, ice floes, and feathery nothofagus woods. If you are lucky, you may see a huemul, a native deer in danger of extinction. You return to the hotel by van.

Note: This activity is subject to seasonal operation of sailings and weather conditions on Grey Lake. Sailing has an additional cost. It must be reserved at time of booking as it is subject to availability of local supplier.

  • Level: Easy

Spa treatments

A distinctive feature of Tierra Hotels is the Uma Spa, a relaxing space that offers steam rooms, sauna, heated indoor infinity pool, hydromassage, outdoor Jacuzzi, and lush towels and robes. Uma Spa treatments include a variety of massages and facials using local elements. Like the rest of the hotel, the spa enjoys wonderful views of the lake and mountains, and has a yoga studio, as well.

If you would like to have a massage or spa treatment, you are recommended to check at what time you will return to the hotel and pre-book a spa appointment to ensure the treatment of your choice.

What's included

  • Two half day excursions or one full day excursion daily in small groups with other guests
  • Regular transfers at published times to and from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, and Cerro Castillo (please review transfer times before buying your tickets)
  • Use of pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi
  • Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Open bar which includes mineral water, sodas, juices, house wine, and liquors
  • Guide fees
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Premium wines and vintage liquors (available for additional prices)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Punta Arena

  • Take Route 9 northbound, travelling roughly 250 kilometers to Puerto Natales
  • On arrival in Puerto Natales, continue on Route 9 North, heading towards Cerro Castillo, roughly 55 kilometers away
  • At Cerro Castillo, continue northbound, taking all roundabout exits which point towards Torres del Paine until the road gradually turns from asphalt to gravel for 31 kilometers, where you will arrive at a distinct crossroads
  • A large red and white building will appear just before it. You’ll notice a shed-like bus shelter and sign indicating ‘Cerro Guido 17 kilometers’.
  • Take a left at this crossroads, heading in the direction of the national park entrances of Portería Sarmiento and Laguna Amarga
  • After 4 kilometers, a red gate with black posts and sign for Tierra Patagonia will be on your left. Enter and continue on for 800 meters until reaching the hotel.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) or Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport (PUQ). Transfers from and to these airports are included. Tierra Hotels will pick you up from the airport. All transfers have specific pick-up and drop-off times.

Please note that Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (PNT) is only open during the Chilean summer months.

Arrival by ferry / boat

Additionally, Tierra Hotels offer transfers from the pier in Punta Arenas for anyone taking a cruise, from the border crossing with Argentina at Cerro Castillo.

Airport: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport Airport transfer included: Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport Airport transfer included: Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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