In Patagonia we explore all year long
In Patagonia we explore all year long
We leave the hotel by foot, walking along the Pehoé Lake, observing the various orchids and
ñirre trees that comprise the local flora. We will ascend to a triangular rock from where we will be able to see the intense blue of Lake Pehoé and the Paine ridge. If the day is clear we will be able to enjoy a unique view from above, quite different from that of the hotel. Finally we will descend, observing the turquoise tones of the Paine River from afar.
We leave the hotel by van and go over the Weber Bridge, from where we will walk toward
the Del Toro Lake and the park administration. Along the way we will see the abundant low-growing flora and rock, which prove that the park was completely covered in ice a million years ago. Once we reach the lookout, we will see the Del Toro Lake, the Serrano plains and the old gaucho ranches. During the descent, we will observe a small lagoon fed by rain water where birds, and, if we are lucky, black-necked swans can be seen. We will return to the hotel by van.
We will leave the hotel by van and head towards the area of the Pudeto station. From there we will walk along a path where we will see the largest formation of the massif, called Paine Grande, with its hanging glaciers. Later we will arrive at the turquoise waters of Lake Nordenskjöld. You can often hear the sound of breaking ice and the creaking noises of the mountains. Later, from the Nordenskjöld lookout, we will have a full view of the lake and the Paine Massif. Finally, we willreturn to the hotel by van.
We will leave the hotel by van and head towards the Grey Lake station. We’ll begin the excursion by crossing the hanging bridge over the torrential Pingo River and cross a lenga forest until we reach the shores of Lake Grey, generally quite windy, where we will be able to see the enormous icebergs that break off the Grey Glacier. After a moderate ascent, we will be able to see the Grey Glacier up close. Finally we will return to the Grey station where a van will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
We leave the hotel by van and head towards the Serrano station. From there, we will hike across the pampa Serrano, fully grasping the contrast between the flat grasslands and the granite Paine Massif. The Serrano River’s lush wildlife leads our hike. We finally meet the explora van that takes us back to the hotel.
We will walk from the hotel to the banks of the Paine River where we will follow a path with slight slopes, low bushes and small patches of forests, with outstanding views of the Paine River and the massif.
This exploration begins at the explora Quincho, from where we will take the van to the Blue Lagoon and walk along a large wetland inhabited by numerous aquatic bird species. We will then walk along the beach of the lagoon with its transparent waters, and the Paine Towers will gradually come into view. We will eventually reach a lookout from where we will see one of the best views of the lagoon and granite towers behind it. At this point, a van will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
After walking along the beaches of the Blue Lagoon, we will slowly ascend on a path lined with lenga and ñirre trees. We will hike across plains and finally arrive at a lookout with panoramic views of the Blue Lagoon and the Paine Towers. We will return on the same path towards the van, which will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
We leave the hotel by foot, walking along Lake Pehoé and the camping area. From afar we will see a mushroom shaped hill, at the top of which the Mirador Cóndor will be our destination. Along the way we will pass through lenga and ñirre forests while we gain altitude, feeling the force of the wind that makes this expedition all the more challenging. Once we reach the Mirador Cóndor, we will have a 360° view of the park, observing, among other things, Lake Pehoé, the Paine Massif, Lake Sarmiento and explora Patagonia. On the way back we will go down a steep rocky slope until we reach the van that will take us back to explora.
A van will take us from the hotel to the beginning of our walk, along a trail of low vegetation where we will find paramelas, a natural indigenous flower known for its vibrant yellow color and pleasant scent. We will then descend to the beach of Lake Sarmiento Chico, crossing rocky formations of calcium, and ascend to panoramic views of Lake Sarmiento. We will return to explora by van.
We will leave the hotel by van and head to the eastern part of the park. This excursion is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife, especially during spring, when animals are active and the vegetation is in full bloom. We will also visit a cave with 4,000 year old paintings and see geese, ducks and swans in the lagoons along the way. The terrain has various ups and downs without too steep a slope. We will return to the hotel by van.
We will leave the hotel by van and head toward the Grey Lake station. From there, we will walk on a path along the Pingo River, crossing open fields and entering a dense forest of native trees. Along the way, we will enjoy different views of the Paine Massif along with its unique fauna, which includes ducks and parrots. We will return along the same path to the station and take a van back to explora.
This expedition begins at the explora Quincho, from where we will walk towards the Paine Towers. This exploration allows us to observe the park’s rich wildlife. We will cross native forests and finish with a descent during which we will be exposed to the strong Patagonian winds. We will return to the hotel by van.
We leave the hotel by van, reaching the Weber Bridge where we will cross the turquoise waters of the Paine River. There, we will immediately begin our steep, rocky ascent of the mountains bordering the river. The vegetation is low, allowing beautiful views of the Del Toro Lake, Paine River and Serrano Pampa where you can often see gauchos. After arriving at the highest point, we will descend along the same path. The wind and slope allow us to completely connect with the nature of the place. We will arrive at the park administration where a van will be waiting for us.
We begin this exploration by crossing the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board the explora catamaran towards the Paine Grande hotel. From here, we will walk towards the Grey Refuge along the border of the massif. Halfway up the ascent, we will be able to observe the Grey Glacier and the extraordinary extension of the Southern Ice Fields from above. Later we go down a steep path to the Lake Grey beach, from where a boat will take us closer to the towering walls of the glacier, navigating through the icebergs that float throughout thelake. This exploration is particularly interesting for geology and glaciology enthusiasts. Finally, we will cross a forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to meet the van that will take us back to the loge.
*This excursion is subject to climate conditions, as the boat rides may be cancelled due to strong winds.
We will cross the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoé on board of the explora catamaran and head towards the Paine Grande hotel, where we will begin our hike. We will enter the French Valley surrounded by dense forest and native bushes. We will cross the hanging bridge over the French River, and reach the Italian camp. From within the valley, we will be able to observe the Glacier del Francés and the amphitheater of granite peaks that frame the area. On the way back we will return along the same path to the hotel.
We will leave the hotel by van and head toward the Cerro Paine Ranch, from where we’ll begin our hike around the base of Almirante Nieto, with its brush land and grasses. Later, we will hike along Lake Nordenskjöld, crossing forests and small ponds, and start a demanding ascent to the beginning of the Bader Valley, with breathtaking views of the horns, Lake Pehoé, Lake Sarmiento, Lake Nordenskjöld and the Southern Ice fields. We will return along the same path to the van that will take us back to the hotel.
We leave the hotel by van and head to the Grey station, where we will immediately begin a very demanding ascent. We will gradually be able to see Lake Grey and the enormous ice barrier of the Southern Ice Fields, until we enter a very dense forest. After crossing the forest we will reach the final point of the exploration, usually quite windy, but with outstanding views of the Grey and Pehoé lakes. We will return from the station to explora by van.
We will leave the hotel, on foot toward the Paine River until we arrive at the cliffs after which this exploration is named. As we gain altitude we will see the river and Lake Pehoé’s shades of turquoise, deep blue and green depending on the light. Once at the top we will be able to contemplate the Paine ridge and its surrounding valleys. This exploration allows us to see the park from different perspectives due to the many lookout spots.
We leave the hotel by van to reach a steep path facing the Paine River, Lake Toro and the Serrano plain. Up in the mountains, the path goes into an old-growth forest, where the trees creak and the wind howls as if speaking to us. Finally we will ascend to a lookout exposed to the strong Patagonian winds, with unique views of the Paine Massif and its surrounding lakes. We will then begin our descent to where a van will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
We will leave the hotel by van and head towards the Grey station, walking along side the Pingo River and crossing a forest. We will cross the Salmon River and emerge among mature forests full of clearings through which we can see parts of Paine Grande. We will then return along the same path to the Grey station where the van will be waiting to take us back to the hotel.
We leave the hotel on foot, walking up a slight slope towards a lenga forest, where we will see the devastating effects of the last fire. Continuing our hike, we will arrive at a look out from where we will see La Cal Lagoon and probably be able to spot some condors flying above as they nest in this area. Later, we will descend to the lagoon where we will follow a path used by the Aonikenk and finish at the tranquil banks of Lake Sarmiento. We will return to the hotel by van.
The hike from the Valle del Francés to the Plateau involves reaching the Italian Camp and the lookout from where we will have privileged views of the granite peaks, Lake Pehoé and the glacier.
The hike is on a steep rocky path that runs along the moraine left by the glacier.
On this exploration we will follow the same path as the Grey Glacier exploration. From the Grey Glacier shelter, we will ascend towards the Park Ranger camp lookout, from where we will be able to truly grasp the glacier’s size. Later we will return along the same path to the shelter, from where we will board a boat that will take us up close to the glacier walls. As in the previous expedition, we will cross a lenga forest and the Pingo River hanging bridge to take a van back to the hotel.
*This excursion is subject to climate conditions, as the boat rides may be cancelled due to strong winds.
We will leave the hotel by van and head towards the Cerro Paine ranch. From here, we will ascend towards the Ascencio River Valley and the Chilean Refugio Valley from where we’ll begin a steep ascent toward a lookout at the base of the Paine Towers. Once at the top, we will be able to grasp the magnitude of the granite towers after which the park is named.
This excursion takes us deep into the French Valley ascending towards the lookout located in the center of the granite peaks. From the Plateau we will ascend very steeply going in and out of lenga forests and gradually approaching the Paine Horns. We will continue to gain altitude until practically arriving at the base of the horns.
We will leave the stables and ride across rivers, forests and pampas as we ascend toward the Black Lagoon lookout. During the ride we will come across several lagoons, ideal for spotting bird species such as southern lapwings, and upland geese.
We leave from the stables, riding across the Serrano Plain, crossing creeks and rivers with the Paine Massif behind us. We will ride along the banks of the Serrano River and the Toro Lake, crossing parts of it. We return over the plain, with a full view of the Paine Massif ahead of us.
This ride is the hardest of the “beginners” explorations due to its climbs and descents. We leave from the stables and ride across an area of small hills, gaining altitude until we reach the Linda Lagoon, with panoramic views of the Paine Massif. Throughout this ride we will see small southern beech trees and birds such coots and southern lapwings.
We begin riding over a plain from where we will be able to see the abundant flora and fauna. As we continue the ride, we will ascend a hill of scattered beech lenga forest, gradually gaining altitude until we reach the Buena Vista lookout, from where we will see the mouth of the Paine River, with its vibrant shades of turquoise and the Massif behind it. We will return to the stables on a steep but steady path.
We begin this horse ride at the stables through a partially flat and open area until we arrive at a lenga and ñirre forest. We will ride through the forest on narrow paths and climb a hill with moderate slopes, but completely exposed to the strong Patagonian winds. Once we reach the highest point we will be able to see Lake Toro and the Paine River. After this stop we will begin to descend on a steeper path to return to the same forest and then to the stables.
We ride from the Quincho toward a large beech forest spread over several hills. Upon leaving the forest we will have panoramic views of the waterfall below us, and the Las Chinas River. We will continue riding along a more open path until we return to the explora Quincho.
We begin the ride from the explora stables and head toward the Grey River. The path is mostly flat and windy as it is quite exposed. We will arrive at the banks of the Grey River, ride along it, and finally return along the plain toward the stables.
We leave the explora stables and ride across the Serrano plain until we come to a path that leads to the Grey River. The horse ride has some elevation changes and depending on the rider’s expertise we can gallop over the plain and feel the intense wind behind us.
We leave the Quincho and ride across the Las Chinas River, toward the valley of the Mercado ranch. We will be able to gallop and trot because this excursion is flatter than Santa Gemita. On our way back to the Quincho we will cross Las Chinas River, which can be quite deep and strong. We do not recommend this ride for travelers who are afraid of heights.
We will leave from the stables, riding across the plain and along the Serrano River. As the ride continues, we will cross some roads and ascend to a lookout from where we will be able to see a small town on the outskirts of the Park and the vastness of the plain around us. On the way back, we’ll cross a small antartic forest before returning to the explora stables.
We leave from the explora Quincho, and ride up a steep slope toward the banks of the Dry Lagoon, which looks similar to a salt flat. Later we will come to a lookout, from where we will be able to see the 2 de Enero Ranch, where the gauchos will welcome and treat us to a warm mate (local infusion) by an open fire. We will return through forests and unstable terrains toward the explora Quincho.
From the explora Quincho, we will ride across the Las Chinas River and begin a strong ascent toward the feet of the Sierra Jara. We will ride across the ridge on unstable terrain and arrive at Santa Gemita. From there we will have clear views of the Blue lagoon and the Paine Towers behind it if the skies are clear enough. Finally, we will ride down a steep slope and return to the explora Quincho. We do not recommend this ride for travelers who are afraid of heights.
We leave from the stables, riding across the Serrano plain, crossing the Grey Bridge, and riding along the riverbank. From here, we will ascend a hill with dense vegetation, going in and out of beech forests. We will see wetlands and swampy terrain until we reach the Donosito lookout, from where we will be able to see the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind us.
We’ll ride from the stables over the Serrano Plain and cross the Grey River. We will ascend a densely vegetated hill, crossing creeks, lagoons and plains. Depending on the rider’s expertise, we’ll be able to canter and trot. We will continue riding across wetlands until we arrive at the Donosito Lookout, from where we will see the Serrano River, the Grey River, the plain and the Paine Massif behind. We will go up a narrow, pronounced path, crossing beech forests until reaching the Los Choros Lagoon where we will canter along the shore. After lunch in a nearby forest, we will continue our ride back to the stables.
We’ll leave the stables, galloping over plains and rocky terrain, reaching the Grey riverbanks until we reach a hill. We will ascend abruptly toward the Témpanos lookout from where we will be able to see the Grey Lake, its ice fields and glacier in the distance.
We leave the stables and ride across the Weber Bridge, immediately ascending over sand and loose rock, until reaching panoramic views of the Toro Lake, the Serrano plain and the Grey and Serrano Rivers. After the ascent we will find a beech forest on rocky and relatively flat terrain to later go on toward the Sierra del Toro. After crossing a beech forest, we will make a steep descent, and stop for lunch. We will return along the ridge toward the stables along unstable terrain, often having to dismount in order to continue safely.
After completing several explorations at over 4.000 m.a.s.l. (13.123 f.a.s.l.) , gradually acclimatizing our body, on the sixth day we depart by van from explora toward a remote campsite in Bolivia. Once settled, we go on a hike in the area of Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca, from where we enjoy a good view of the Licancabur volcano. The following day, we begin our hike before sunrise. The trail is very well marked and we light it using headlights. Mid-way, we watch the sunrise over Laguna Verde and Laguna Blanca. After hiking for several hours, we reach the summit, from where we have a view of the world’s highest crater and lagoon. The descending route can be challenging due to the steep slopes and unstable ground. On our way back, we pass by ancient Inca ruins.
*This exploration requires a 60-day confirmation prior to arrival at explora. Check visa requirements to enter Bolivia.