CHILE & PATAGONIA

March 7th-15th, 2020

A 9-day exploration of Chile's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture with hiking or non-hiking options available in Patagonia

Take a journey through this incredible South American gem. Explore Santiago, colorful Valparaiso, beautiful vineyards, and of course the crowning glory of Torres del Paine National Park in stunning Patagonia. For the hikers you'll enjoy a fully guided 4-day 'W' trek through landscapes and viewpoints that will leave you speechless. For the non-hikers, you'll partake in daily activities including fjord boat trips and an estancia tour as well as a guided day tour of Torres del Paine. Whichever option you choose, we have all the makings for a truly amazing journey!

$3249 per person
+$300 for non-hiking option

$250 Off Early Bird Special through May 1st

TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation

    • 5 nights’ accommodations in boutique, centrally located hotels

    Hiking option

    • 3 nights camping in Torres del Paine National Park (tents + sleeping mats + sleeping bags provided)

    Non-hiking option

    • 2 additional nights boutique hotel

    • 1 night at 4-star hotel in Torres del Paine National Park

  • Transportation

    • Private transfer from Santiago Airport (SCL) to accommodation in Santiago

    • Domestic flight from Santiago (SCL) to Punta Arenas (PUQ)

    • Bus to/from the Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ) to Puerto Natales & from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park

    • All other ground transportation between destinations in private transfer vehicles

  • Activities

    • Tour + Tasting + Picnic at Lomo Larga Vineyard

    • Guided walking tour of colorful Valparaiso

    • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park

    • Catamaran boat cruise to Grey Glacier

    • Workshop activity with Fundación Origen

    Hiking option

    • 4-day fully guided trek along the ‘W’ trek of Torres del Paine National Park

    Non-hiking option

    • Full day excursion to Estancia La Peninsula

    • Balmaceda + Serrano Fjord boat trip

    • Full day private guided tour of Torres del Paine National Park

  • Meals

    • Daily breakfasts

    • 5 lunches

    • 3 dinners

    Hiking option

    • 3 additional dinners while trekking

  • Additional

    • Visit to our local community partner + donation to their organization

    • Dedicated local guides + Traverse host

    • Trip briefing in Puerto Natales

    • Small group experience, max 12 people

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Santiago

Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at Santiago International Airport, a driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. You'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore the city at your leisure. In the evening you will meet up with everyone for a group welcome dinner at one of our favorite local spots! Suggested activities for early arrivals include: hike to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, stroll the cobblestone streets of Barrio Bellavista, visit the Plaza de Armas, snap pics in front of the Palacio de la Moneda, and more.

Meals: D

Day 2: Wine & art - Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso

Today you will be whisked away a mere hour west to the Valle de Casablanca. This fertile valley near the Pacific coast is ideal for growing grapes, and famous for producing organic, all natural wine grapes. Today you will be spending the day at the winery Lomo Larga, one of the leaders in coastal, cool climate wines in Chile. Upon arrival you will embark on a tour of the winery from one of their sommeliers, strolling around the grounds and facilities to get a sense of the ambiance and to learn about the wineries unique wines and styles. After your tour you will enjoy a lovely picnic lunch accompanied by a tasting of 4 of their most popular wines. After the tour and picnic you will continue your journey another 45 minutes to the port city of Valparaiso, located adjacent to Viña del Mar. This colorful metropolis is the artistic and bohemian soul of the country. It's filled with street art, music, and poetry. Moreover, it's a throwback to the turn of the 20th century when electric trollies coasted along the waterfront and lurching funicular elevators carried passengers to the highest points in the city. Enjoy a guided walk around the town to get the lay of the land.

Meals: B, L + wine tasting

Day 3: EXPLORE VALPAraiSO & VISIT FUNDACIÓN ORIGEN

In the morning you can enjoy further explorations of Valparaiso at your own pace. Wander the mural-filled alleyways, stroll along the seaside, pop in to art galleries and cafes and taste the local treats. In the afternoon you will be driven to Fundación Origen, our unique community partner located in the rural countryside near Santiago. Fundación Origen has spent 25 years working in the field of holistic education and sustainable development. Today we will tour and learn about their extensive projects including a school for over 400 students, their expansive organic gardens and farm, their community workshops as well as their for-profit market and for-profit B&B (Casa Origen - which we’ll be staying at) that fund and sustain their efforts. After the tour, relax and enjoy the peaceful grounds (including a beautiful swimming pool!) before gathering together for our group dinner provided by the foundation with fresh ingredients straight from their farm & gardens.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Welcome to Patagonia

After breakfast, you’ll head for the Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. Once you arrive to the Punta Arenas Airport you will take a bus and depart for Puerto Natales. This trip will take about 2.5-3 hours so cozy up and watch the landscape change. Along the way you will get your first glimpses of the Patagonian Pampa. If you are lucky you may see of number of local wildlife, including the Guanaco and the Ñandu! Upon arrival to Puerto Natales you will settle into your accommodation and then head to our Patagonia partner office for a trip briefing for the hikers and non-hikers. At this point in time you will be able to ask any last minute questions and for those trekking you’ll meet your guide for the next few days!

Meals: B

Day 5: day 1 of ‘W’ TREK or ESTANCIA EXPERIENCE

Hikers: Early in the morning you will depart on a bus to Torres del Paine with your guide (2 hours). After registering you will begin to hike up Almirante Nieto, a mountain with incredible views of Lake Nordenskjold and the Asencio Valley. After two hours of hiking steadily upward you will arrive to Refugio Chileno. This is where you will be spending the night. Here you can store your large pack before continuing onto the Las Torre lookout. You will hike about an hour through a dense Lenga forest. Once you leave the forest you will approach a moraine and climb to see the iconic granite peaks known as the Torres. After ample time to admire the stunning view, you will return to Refugio Chileno to have dinner and sleep. Total Distance: 9.6 Miles / Average Time: 6.5 Hours

Meals: B, L, D

Non-hikers: This morning you will board a boat to go visit the beautiful Estancia La Peninsula. This full day tour is the perfect way to learn about life at a Patagonian ranch. You will start by taking a boat trip through the fjords before arriving at the ranch for a welcoming coffee and pastry. Today you will have the chance choose between a variety of activities such as horseback riding, hiking or taking a land tour in a 4x4 vehicle. After you will have one of the best Patagonian lamb barbecues in the area, followed by a demonstration on sheep sheering and wool classification. You will also have the chance to meet the estancia's incredibly intelligent sheepdogs! Following a full day of activities you will be brought back by boat to Puerto Natales.

Meals: B, L

Day 6: Day 2 of ‘w’ Trek or Fjord tour

Hikers: Following breakfast, you will leave Refugio Chileno and walk for four hours towards Refugio Cuernos, located on the shore of Lake Nordenskjold and at the foot of the Cuernos. Along the way you will walk along the skirt of Almirante Nieto and pass by Lake Nordenskjold. There will be a few rivers you will pass over by hopping across rocks. As you hike you will catch glimpses of glaciers and the mountaintops hovering over you. Finally, you will see the monstrous peaks of the Cuernos. You will spend the night at the foot of them at Refugio Cuernos. Total Distance: 6.8 Miles / Average Time: 4.5 Hours

Meals: B, L, D

Non-hikers: Today you will embark on an adventure through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. During the voyage you will stop at many viewpoints for a chance to see glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs and condors. Ultimately you will arrive to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park where you will disembark for a short walk through the native forest of Coigues, Ñirres and Ciruelillos until reaching the impressive Serrano Glacier wall. After a time spent in the national park you will head back to the boat and embark for your next destination, Estanica Consuelo. Here you will enjoy a nice lunch before heading back to Puerto Natales. You will have the evening free to do as you please.

Meals: B, L

Day 7: day 3 of ‘w’ trek or TORRES DEL PAINE tour

Hikers: Shortly after breakfast you will begin hiking towards Campamento Italiano, 2.5 hours away. You will trek across a windy beach and finally escape into the valley where the wind is a little calmer. Once you arrive to Campamento Italiano you can leave your large pack and continue into the French Valley with just a small daypack. You will hike across a moraine and through a forest until you come to a clearing. Here you will be blown away by both the wind and the spectacular views of Lake Nordenskjold, Skottsberg and Pehoe behind you, the hanging French Glacier just ahead of you and by many other peaks. After leaving the lookout you will return to gather your large pack and continue onto Refugio Paine Grande on the shore of the beautiful Lake Pehoe. Total Distance: 10.7 Miles / Average Time: 7 Hours

Meals: B, L, D

Non-hikers: After breakfast you will be met by your guide to depart on a private tour of Torres del Paine. You will have the chance to explore Torres del Paine's unrivaled flora and fauna and impressive viewpoints at your own pace. Throughout the day you will be transported to different areas of the park that boast well for viewing the park's wildlife and stunning landscapes with the option to stop at some of the park’s lesser known trails. At some point during the day you will stop for a picnic lunch. When you've finished your full day's activities you will be brought to Hotel Rio Serrano where you will spend the night on the edge of Torres del Paine.

Meals: B, L

Day 8: up close with Glacier grey

Hikers: After an energizing breakfast you will begin a four-hour hike through a small forest and then along Lake Grey. After about two hours of hiking you will get your first glimpse of Glacier Grey. You will continue hiking for two more hours until arriving to Refugio & Camping Grey where you will take a short rest before boarding the Grey III glacier boat cruise, which will take you to admire the glacier up-close and take remarkable photographs of the surroundings. Upon boarding the boat you will be reunited with the rest of your group! After arriving to the other side of Lake Grey you will head back to Puerto Natales where we’ll all enjoy a final farewell dinner together. Total Distance: 6.8 miles / Average Time: 4 hours.

Meals: B, L, D

Non-hikers: After a filling breakfast you will have the morning to do as you please. You may want to relax and take in the stunning scenery and landscapes or go for a walk to explore the nearby forests on the bank of the Serrano River. Around midday you will head towards Lago Grey, where you will embark on a catamaran to visit the impressive Grey Glacier. The boat will start up the lake, nearing the glacier and make a short stop to pick up passengers on the other side of the lake including the rest of your group! From there the boat will make it’s way up close to the glacier where you will have the chance to take remarkable photographs. Upon return to the other side of the lake you will head back to Puerto Natales for the night where we’ll all enjoy a final farewell dinner together.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: SAY GOOD-BYE TO PATAGONIA

Today you will look back on all of the memories you've made and say good-bye to your Patagonian adventure (or see you later!). At some point today you will take a bus from Puerto Natales to the Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ) to catch your flight to your next destination.

Meals: B


Trip Price:

Trip price based on double occupancy. You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.

$3295 per person, double occupancy

+300 per person, non-hiking itinerary

+$600 per person, single occupancy "my own room/tent" option

*EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $300 off through May 1st

  

Trip Does Not Include:

  • Airfare

  • Additional meals, excursions and activities

  • Required travel insurance


About Your host:

Your Traverse Host:   Throughout the planning/organizing stages leading up to the trip, relax and take comfort in knowing that your #1 job is simply to show up and enjoy yourself. Laura will be assisting you with all your arrangements, and helping you prepare and plan for your departure.  In addition, Laura will be your Traverse Host throughout the trip, there with you in Spain to manage logistics and support from the moment you arrive.  With a love for travel unparalleled by most, and a special affinity for the Mediterranean countries of Europe she couldn’t be more excited to explore Spain for the first time together with you.

Your Traverse Host:

Throughout the planning/organizing stages leading up to the trip, relax and take comfort in knowing that your #1 job is simply to show up and enjoy yourself. Laura will be assisting you with all your arrangements, and helping you prepare and plan for your departure.

In addition, Laura will be your Traverse Host throughout the trip, there with you in Spain to manage logistics and support from the moment you arrive.

With a love for travel unparalleled by most, and a special affinity for the Mediterranean countries of Europe she couldn’t be more excited to explore Spain for the first time together with you.

 

Terms & Conditions

Please refer to registration for complete terms.

Deposit
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payment
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule per registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations, less the trip deposit ($250), are refundable up to 90 days before trip start. Please refer to the full Payment Plan for details.

Travel Insurance
Trip protection-style travel insurance that includes travel medical coverage is required for all trips with Traverse. The coverage must have a minimum $200,000 of medical coverage and include injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Most domestic US health insurance plans do not cover international travel claims or provide a global network of contracted doctors and facilities. We want to make sure you are covered in case of an emergency or non-emergency illness or injury while abroad. Trip protection coverage protects the investment of your trip, including benefits for items such as trip interruption, trip cancellation, delays, baggage and personal effects, and more. We do not have a required coverage amount, but typically coverage is based on your trip costs. We partner with Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider who can offer both Travel Medical and Trip Protection. If you choose to purchase through Wanderwell, you can buy the trip protection directly from our Traverse Journeys partner page provided in your Welcome Pack, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to WeForest through 1% For the Planet to aid with carbon offset for your trip. With Wanderwell, the TripProtector Classic and TripProtector Preferred plans meet our minimum requirements for coverage. Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided.

Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.