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Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land

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Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia: The Last Piece of Land
Patagonia Side Trip - RY Marketplace

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Highlights

5 Days / 4 Nights Adventure
Torres del Paine National Park
Last Hope Fjords
Balmaceda and Serrano hanging Glaciers
Horseback ride
Get a sense of what is living in such remote area

Description

Discover the southernmost wonder of the world: Las Torres del Paine, a national park that gets its name from three soaring granite peaks and is home to a breathtaking vista that reflects millions of years of glacial history. Comfortably tour the park by van or venture on a day hike towards the base of the peaks. Let the local hospitality and gastronomy warm your body and soul. Sail through the wondrous fjords of Patagonia towards ancient hanging glaciers. Horseback through vast Patagonian fields and live a day as a local with fresh barbecue and delicious wine. Seize the opportunity to experience nature at its finest in one of the most isolated and spectacular regions of the world. Let’s redefine the word “Remote”.

Who This Experience Is Good For

Primarily for nature lovers, those who want to get in contact with nature and hike through it, also a must for photographers or content creators. Besides the trekking option on day 2, this experience can pretty much accommodate anyone (reduce mobility should be checked previously).

Meet Our Local Host 

Oscar is a local who, inspired by the beauty of the lands of Patagonia, decided to study Tourism and Hotel management in Santiago. Once graduated he decided to go back to his land to work, promote the area and provide job opportunities to locals. 

Itinerary 

Day 1

Step into the heart of adventure as you arrive in Puerto Natales, Chile, where our dedicated team awaits to escort you to your accommodation. Take a moment to relax and settle in before embarking on a journey of discovery led by our local guide. Explore the vibrant streets of Puerto Natales, and as you take in the sights, savor a welcome drink while receiving a briefing for the thrilling days ahead. As the night falls, immerse yourself in the rich culture and flavors of the region, whether it's wandering the streets, indulging in the delicious local cuisine or simply relaxing and taking in the ambiance of this picturesque city. Your Chilean adventure starts now!

Day 2

Option A) Driving - Embark on a journey of scenic wonder as you depart from the hotel and head towards Torres del Paine National Park. Marvel at the surreal landscapes that Patagonia has to offer as you drive into the heart of the National Park. Explore different viewpoints, waterfalls, and take in the amazing views while enjoying a delicious boxed lunch. Capture breathtaking pictures as you discover the National Park. After a full day of adventure, you'll be returned to the hotel where you can rest and rejuvenate before a free evening to explore and enjoy the night.

Option B) Trekking - Test your limits as you embark on a challenging trek into the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy a ~8 hours hike experiencing the incredible beauty of untouched lands, the cherry on top? admire the three peaks from their base! Take in the stunning scenery and try to spot some wild life along the way, while enjoying a delicious boxed lunch. Expect some random showers along the way. After your thrilling journey, you'll be returned to the hotel where you can rest and rejuvenate before a free evening to explore and enjoy the night.

Day 3

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel you'll be picked up and taken to the marina of Puerto Natales. From there you'll sail through the Ultima Esperanza fjords and towards Balmaceda + Serrano hanging glaciers. This is the perfect day to sit down, relax and enjoy with your friends the views from the water. The tour includes a typical lunch (veggie options available) and other surprises. Once you are back in Puerto Natales you'll be take back to the hotel to enjoy the night or relax (free evening).

Day 4

For your last full day in Patagonia you'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel and later enjoy an Estancia Day with a typical lamb (veggie options available) asado (bbq). You'll get to see how sheep dogs help in the day to day, enjoy a tour around the Estancia + enjoy an optional horse-back ride around the fields of Patagonia. Your last night is free for you to enjoy as you wish! 

Day 5

On your last morning breakfast is included and we'll take you back to the airport.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 
  • Meals 
  • Entrance fees to all parks and attractions
  • Transfers and transportation to RY activities once in Puerto Natales in bus or similar
  • Daily Breakfast 
  • Lunch on Days 2, 3 & 4
  • Bilingual guides
  • Experts contact: Staff on the ground
  • Group excursions
  • Optional walking tour of Puerto Natales (day 1)

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Puerto Natales
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff, guides, cooks and porters 
  • Some meals unless specified
  • Rain poncho or other gear needed
  • Incidental expenses

Know Before You Go

Minimum Needed: 8 people

Maximum Capacity: 16 people

Booking Deadline: 5 weeks before start date

Weather Dependent: Yes & No - Although weather is unpredictable in this region of the world, if there is a disruption due to weather we reserve the right to adjust the itinerary as needed and will always keep the experience and customer safety first priority. 

Difficulty Level: Easy - Besides the trekking option on Day 2 which has been described as medium to high difficulty. 

Special Clothing Required: Yes - Layers are key! Trekking boots are not essential but suggested, joggers can be just fine! Clothing for strong winds and random showers are strongly encouraged. Sunglasses and sunscreen are typically a good idea to pack. 

Special Dietary Restrictions: No - We will try our best to accommodate most dietary needs if given enough notice. 

Extra Cash: Needed for tipping (Not mandatory: you liked the service Tip! You did not? Is ok not to Tip. 10% is good), additional services & souvenirs. ATMs are available in town. 

Accommodation: Shared Room with Twin Beds. Private Room available at additional cost.

As dinners are not included it is expected to be expending $50 to $100 usd extra. We suggest to keep $150 handy for dinners, drinks, souvenirs, tips, etc

Transportation: Flights are not included. All ground transportation to RY related activities is included from Puerto Natales. 

Additional Information: Local equipment and cold weather gear can be rented in town at additional cost. 

Flight Booking Information

Please do not book flights until this trip has been confirmed and you have been instructed to book. LatAm Airways, JetSmart and Sky fly into Puerto Natales from Santiago. Detailed flight information will be shared once the trip is confirmed. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Nation Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Brian
So worth it

I believe the itinerary has been adjusted from what it originally was and as someone who loves to go off the beaten path I can empathize with wanting a bit more adventure. For the trip I was on with Gert we did a 12-14 mile (forgot exactly how much) hike to the base of the Torres del Paine. I was shocked after 4 months in LATAM that my jaw could drop like that for that view. And our guide was awesome.

The second day I wasn’t super excited for but there are almost no other tourists around and riding horses ended up being super fun despite me not even liking horses. The lamb bbq was just a bonus.

The final day was incredible as well and although very touristy made up for it with the incredible views. FYI bundle up for this one.

One other note. This is all weather dependent and we really rolled the dice here and got almost perfect days all three days.

TLDR:
Just adventurey enough for me! If you are in South America do it, it’s insanely hard to get to from anywhere else. Bring a large range of cloths. Shoutout to the beds in the hotel 👌.

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R.C.
HIGHLY Recommend This Experience!!

Have you ever tasted fresh glacier water on a hike to one of the most jaw dropping views in the southern hemisphere? No? Well… then you should probably do this trip...

This experience is extremely well organized and the perfect balance of adventure & down time to eat, drink, and relax. Would definitely recommend that you opt in for horseback riding. It was my first time ever riding a horse and I felt perfectly safe/ well cared for. Also, if you like to get active, definitely go for the trekking option for an added boost of adventure.

Puerto Natales is a lovely town with gorgeous sunsets, the friendliest dogs, and delicious food (seriously the best lamb I’ve ever tasted!) Also, the accommodations are super nice. My group raved about how comfortable the beds were. We slept like babies every night!

Make sure to pack for cold weather. Although, if you’re coming straight from another Lat Am country with a warmer climate, don’t worry. There’s plenty of shops for you to buy some extra cold weather gear.

Honestly, my biggest complaint about this experience is that I have too many EPIC photos, which is making it really difficult for me to figure out what to post on Instagram. Truly a once in a lifetime experience that you don't want to miss!

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Kylan Hurt
Not Off the Beaten Path Enough for Me

Of all of the side trips I was looking forward to (4-month program in LatAm), Machu Picchu and Patagonia were the ones I was looking forward to the most. I can sum up my experience by stating that I wish we could have gotten off the beaten path more, especially since Patagonia is known for its natural splendor.

Good:
- You'll get out of Santiago and to the far reaches of the world.
- Experiencing glaciers lakes (on-foot) was awesome
- Day-hike got us relatively close to the Torres
- Vincenzo (our guide) was nothing short of amazing. He knew how to make the best of every situation.
- Riding horses with a local family gave me the experience of interacting with the true locals of the region. Eating lunch with them was amazing!

Bad:
- There were too many of us cramped in a small van. We went during their Winter so the condensation built up on the windows so that we couldn't even see out of the van. Having a full van of people get in and out at every stop is very cumbersome as well. If you go on this trip I would ask them how many seats are in the van / shuttle and how many people are signed up to go. Add 3 for the driver, photographer, and guide... and ask yourself whether you'll be cramped.
- Aside from being in a small van I really wish we could have gone on a longer hike and got closer to the Torres. Heck, I'd rather camp overnight in the wilderness than sleep at the Bed & Breakfast. I realize not everyone can physically do that... but if you are capable then maybe you should consider planning a trip of your own.
- Keep in mind that the more people you have in your group, the more people are going to want to stop for XYZ. If you are capable of covering a lot of ground with a smaller group then maybe you should plan something on your own with that smaller group.
- Some people don't seem like they were properly warned of how cold it can get in winter.

Was it a good trip? Yes, but tons of room for improvement.

Hi Kylan, Thank you so so much for taking the time to review this experience! We really value your feedback as this is the best way we can know what to improve on or tweak to make this the best trip possible.

We wanted to share that based on yours and past feedback, we've changed the van for the Torres del Paine National Park. As you pointed out, it's not comfortable and we know a different and bigger van will greatly improve the experience.

As for more outdoor activities and hiking, we are working on an alternative full-day hike for the day that will go to Torres del Paine. That has its logistical challenges but we thinking we've found a good system that will allow us to offer that.
About the weather conditions and packing, we've edited the Marketplace description as well as itinerary we send out a week before to convey that information more clearly.

Again thank you and safe travels for the rest of your RY itinerary!

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Franziska Kuntz
One of the best experiences ever!

This trip was one of the first remote year trips I joined and it was incredible. We had the chance to see the beautiful nature of Patagonia and a very different side of Chile compared to Santiago. We could disconnect and experience the national park, the glaciers and horse riding being guided by passionate and knowledgable locals. It is definitely very difficult to organise such a trip on your own, so I can only recommend to sign up. It is definitely worth the money as you will create memories for life.

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Amy Weyant (Exupery)
Go to Patagonia.

Disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. This side trip is amazing - nature at its finest. Excellent guides, amazing animals, and spectacular views at every turn. Just when you think it can't get better, it does. Go.