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R: Required / O: Optional / (*) Most of the suggested equipment can be found in our lodge stores
explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.
|WHAT TO BRING||PATAGONIA|
|Hiking clothing||1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOM||R||R|
|2nd layer: FLEECE||R||R|
|3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKET||R||R|
|4th layer: DOWN JACKET||R||R|
|LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTS||R||R|
|WIND STOPPER GLOVES||R|
|Feet||TREKKING SOCKS (LONG)||R||O|
|MOUNTAIN OR TREKKING BOOTS||R||O|
|Special for horseback rides||RIDING GLOVES||O|
|Other accessories||BATHING SUIT||O||O|
|BUFF OR NECK GAITER||R||R|
|SMALL BACK PACK (25L)||R|
Connecting to Punta Arenas by way of Santiago, Chile: Upon arrival to Santiago de Chile’s International Airport, you must connect to the city of Punta Arenas, approximately three and a half hours away. From Punta Arenas Airport, you will be driven to explora Patagonia by a member of our team, approximately 4 and half hours away and according to a pre-set schedule, with a stop to rest and have lunch.
Connecting to Cerro Castillo by way of El Calafate and Buenos Aires: Upon arrival to Buenos Aires Airport, you must take a connecting three and a half hour-flight to El Calafate. From El Calafate, take a commercial bus or transfer to the Chilean border approximately 4 hours away. Upon arriving at Cerro Castillo, our team will drive you to explora Patagonia. The schedule for this transfer is programmed for 12:00 noon. If you require another schedule, you must coordinate a private transfer service with our reservation team.
Punta Arenas Airport: At 9:20 and 14:50*, shuttle service to the hotel, free of charge. Additionally, there are two extra shuttle services between the airport and the hotel at an additional cost of USD 150 per person. (A minimum of two travelers is required for this service). From May to September these services are scheduled at 10:40 and 16:00*; and from October to April the services leave the airport at 10:40 and 19:40*.
Puerto Natales Airport: At 14:40*, shuttle service to the hotel free of charge.
Punta Arenas hotels: From hotels in the city of Punta Arenas, our team will pick you up between 8:00 am and 09:00 am, arriving at the park at approximately 13:30 for lunch and an exploration later that afternoon. The specific time will be confirmed by our reservations team or by explora Patagonia and the driver will only be able to wait a maximum of 15 minutes from the scheduled pick-up time.
Hotels in Puerto Natales: Travelers will be picked up from their respective hotels between 11:00 and 12:00; specific time to be confirmed by our reservations team or by explora Patagonia. The driver will only be able to wait 15 minutes maximum after the scheduled pick-up time.
Punta Arenas Port: Travelers are picked up between 11:00 and 12:00 noon.
Puerto Natales Port: Travelers are picked up between 11:00 and 12:00 noon.
Chilean border with Argentina “Cerro Castillo”: From here, our staff will pick you up at 12:00 noon.
El Calafate: During some months of the year, there is a transportation service between hotels in El Calafate and explora Patagonia, leaving at 07:00 from Eolo and between 07:30 and 08:15 from downtown hotels and according to the timetable.
*Timetable could vary.
Punta Arenas Airport, Port, and hotels: Shuttle service leaving the hotel at 08:00 and 12:00 noon to arrive at the airport at 13:00 and 18:00 and arriving at hotels and port at 13:40 and 18:40.
Puerto Natales Airport and hotels: Shuttle service leaving the hotel at 11:00 to arrive at the airport at 13:00, and arriving at the hotels at 13:30.
Argentinean border with Chile “Cancha Carrera”: Drop off at 12:00 noon.
El Calafate: Leaving explora Patagonia at 09:00, according to the timetable and arriving at the hotels at 15:00.
Check-in: Check-in can be done from noon.
Check-out: Check-out must be before noon. If you want to take a half-day exploration, you have to check out before leaving to the exploration and we will take care of your luggage.
Temperatures in the Torres del Paine National Park are constantly changing. We can experience all 4 seasons in one day.
There are two main, distinctive climates, which dominate the area. To the west of the Andes, a cold mountain climate predominates (humid), while to the east lays a cold grassland climate (dry).
There are medium intensity winds of around 20 km/h – which can produce gusts of up to 110 km/h–, constantly changing the weather within the park.
In just minutes, the strong winds can darken the sky or disperse the storm clouds, making your Patagonia travel a true adventure.
*Before and after those dates it is any arrival day. The minimum stay varies from season to season.