Women Tour Patagonia Chile

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Duration

6 days

Difficulty

Advanced

Location

Patagonia, Chile

Date

November to April

USD $4.200

Per person in DBL

6-Day Multisport Women Tour - Patagonia

During this unique women-only trip in Patagonia, you will not only enjoy the beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park, but also will get to know very important entrepreneurs women in addition to connect with your spirit during the private yoga and meditations sessions. Hike and kayak with the best views of Torres del Paine Massif. Walk through the wilderness, kayak on pristine rivers and lakes, and enjoy tracking wild horses off-the-beaten path. Be part of the positive impacts generated in the Torres del Paine National park by helping the Legacy Fund in a special reforestation project. Staying at the comfortable Riverside Campsite and the special Patagonia Bagual Camp, this is an unforgettable multisport adventure to entice all outdoorsy types together with other motivated women.

Patagonia Multisport Women Tour Highlights

  • Discover Patagonia: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park 
  • Savor Chilean cuisine and taste authentic Patagonian food
  • Hike the best and uncrowded trails through endemic forests of Patagonia
  • Kayak famous Grey Lake and Grey River
  • Experience the ancestral art of Basket weaving with the Kaweskar indigenous women
  • Hatha Yoga session at unique spot with professional instructor
  • Reforestation Monitoring with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund
  • Tracking wild Bagual horses

Itinerary

For flight quotes (international and domestic), please contact our partner Exito Travel.  

Before we kick off our women tour in Patagonia, you should take a day or two to adjust to local time and recover from your travels, thus allowing y0u time for any flight or luggage delays. You should fly into Punta Arenas airport (PUQ).

In Chile, domestic flights are operated by 3 local airline companies: LatamSky Airline and JetSmart.

We recommend staying at Hotel Diego de Almagro Punta Arenas in the city, which is well-located with lots of restaurants and other facilities just a short walk away.

Official Airport Transfer

The official shuttle company at Punta Arenas Airport is called TeleTrans. All their shuttle services will drop you off at the hotel or address you are staying in Punta Arenas. 

Our meeting hotel address is AVENIDA CRISTOBAL COLÓN 1290, PUNTA ARENAS.

Today, your guide will be waiting for you at hotel, for a private transfer that will drive us to Puerto Natales. After leaving your luggage at your hotel, we will enjoy an afternoon activity with the Kaweskar Women.

Weaving represents a tradition ancestral spiritual connection, using as dialogue the hands that weave the stories and connects people. The basketry in junquillo is an ancestral art taught from generation to generation. Today, it reaches us through its artisans who have preserved their legacy and bring us closer to the Kaweskar people with this experience.

After this amazing experience, we will enjoy a Welcome dinner in the city.

Accommodation: Vendaval Hotel
Meals: Welcome dinner
Activity: 1,5 hours
Driving time: 3 hours

 

Today in the morning, after checking out from hotel, we will drive towards the Estancia Lazo located in the Torres del Paine National Park. This 13,000-hectare cattle ranch was founded over a century ago, and still operates today beneath the striking views of the Paine Massif on the shores of Laguna Verde. There, we’ll start hiking into the National Park along a generally flat trail through peaceful stretches of native beech and coihue forests.

This area is teeming with wildlife. As you walk, watch for condors and caranchos circling the skies, guanacos grazing on the hills, and woodpeckers, owls, and lesser-known species such as the cachaña (Austral parakeet), peeking out from the leafy trees.

We’ll reach Honda Lagoon, before continuing the Toro Lake lookout (559 m), where a 360-degree view over the mountains, rivers, lakes and glaciers await.

Take a moment to identify the Grey, Serrano and Paine Rivers, Serrano Valley, Mount Balmaceda and the Geike and Tyndall Glaciers before we make our descent towards the Weber bridge, where a transfer will take us to our luxury campsite.

Accommodation: Riverside Camp
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Hiking time: 5 hours
Driving time: 2 hours

 

After an early breakfast, our transfer will drive us to Grey Lake to meet your kayaking guide. There, with views of Paine Grande and Grey Glacier as our morning backdrop, we will hear about kayaking safety and paddling techniques.

Afterwards, during approximately 2 hours, we will paddle on Grey Lake, weaving amongst the floating icebergs that have calved from the glacier and been whittled into natural ice sculptures by the wind and sun.

While paddling, take time to look around you: the granite peaks of Paine Grande, Cordon Olguín and Los Cuernos interplay beautifully with the water’s multiple shades of turquoise. Leaving Grey Lake we’ll begin our descent of Grey River, which snakes through canyons bubbling with rapids and framed by steep rock faces.

Accompanied by views of the imposing Paine Massif, we’ll paddle for 25 kilometers down Grey River until it joins the Serrano River.

After 4-5 hours of paddling we’ll arrive back at our campsite ready to stretch our muscles and prepare for dinner.

Accommodation: Riverside Camp
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Kayaking time: 4-5 hours
Driving time: 30 minutes

 

In the morning, we start our day with a transfer to the Laguna Azul, an enchanting lake bordering the park. It is home to ducks, swans, coots, woodpeckers and blessed with an incredible view of the Paine Towers. Here we will meet the team of the Legacy Fund. During this activity, they will hike with us through the reforestation area outside of the marked trails. We will learn to identify the different native plant species, how to spot threats to these plants, various ecological functions, and appropriate monitoring techniques.

Then an orientation, training, and reforestation introduction follows. The Legacy Fund team will give you a brief history of the organization and provide detailed context on the ecological restoration efforts in Torres del Paine National Park.

After this nice outdoor activity, we will drive to our Riverside Camp where we will enjoy a Hatha Yoga Class with a professional yoga teacher (1,5 hour + 1 hour of meditation) and dinner.  

Yoga Class is dependent on weather conditions.

Accommodation: Patagonia Bagual Camp
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Activity: 3-5 hours
Driving time: 1,5 hours

 

After breakfast, we’ll hear a short but interesting introduction of the area’s history, in addition to the evolution and characteristics of the wild horses.

With the help of satellite tracking equipment, coupled the experience and knowledge of our guide. We’ll begin our trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated in this sector surrounded by mountains, lakes, and plains, in the most pristine and untouched terrain of Torres del Paine.

Depending on the location of the horses, we’ll choose a place to have lunch and share our stories and experiences. The experience of tracking, observing and analyzing the horses in such natural surroundings is incomparable. Additionally, we’ll be privy to fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson, and the imposing Towers.

We hike back to our Camp where we will enjoy a traditional farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Patagonia Bagual Camp
Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Driving time: 1,5 hours

 

The last morning starts again with a nice breakfast. Afterwards will drive you to the airport of Punta Arenas to catch your flight.

End of our services.

Meals: Breakfast
Driving time: 5 hours

 

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Difficulty

Advanced. Designed for people who lead active lives and are comfortable participating in up to 6-8 hours of physical activity per day. Tours at this level generally involve some activities of higher intensity and/or a more vigorous pace. Usually a medium command of techniques is needed according to the activities involved.

These hiking tours are physically demanding and best suited for strong people with a high endurance level. A typical day may include hiking over fairly hilly terrain offering lots of challenges. Trails are along high meadow paths and/or maintained cliffside or Andean trails, with some steep ascents to make you feel exhilarated

Itinerary Modifications

Slight itinerary modifications might occur due to weather and or road conditions, or force majeure.

Weather notes

We suggest visiting the web for current conditions in Chile and doing your own research on this topic. www.meteochile.cl/ or www.accuweather.com

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the influence from the strong marine currents and Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather hard to predict.

In Torres del Paine, in spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to march) you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls.

The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC / 52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min). Rest assured, however, that just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become pleasantly warm!

Night-time temperatures will most likely range from –1°C to -5°C (30s and 40s F) depending on the weather.

Legacy Fund

The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund is a non-profit initiative of Sustainable Travel International dedicated to ensuring a more sustainable future for Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. Launched in 2014 in response to challenges posed by rapidly increasing visitation to this iconic yet fragile landscape, the Legacy Fund mobilizes and implements collective stewardship of one of the world’s most cherished and spectacular natural wonders. It partners with local and international businesses, municipalities, park authorities, and visitors to collaboratively raise funds, awareness, and execute local sustainability projects that:

  • Restore and protect ecosystems
  • Improve tourism infrastructure and mitigate visitor impacts
  • Promote community development
  • Diversify recreational & cultural opportunities for residents and visitors.

In 2018, more than 285,000 people flocked to Torres del Paine National Park, considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. This figure represents double digit annual and five-year growth rates and is not expected to abate in the near term. Such intensive use and overcrowding have placed significant strain on the region’s unique flora and fauna, aging infrastructure, insufficient resources, and local population.

Since 1985, three man-made fires, all started by tourists, have ravaged almost 1/5th of the park’s area, including native lenga tree forests, home to the black woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), Cachaña (Enicognathus ferrugineus) and the endangered huemul deer (Hippocamelus bisculus), amongst other endemic and endangered species now facing drastically reduced and altered habitats.

Naturally occurring forest fires are nonexistent in this part of the world. That means when a species like lenga is devastated by human-induced fires, it won’t automatically recover. As a result, humans must intervene to rehabilitate and revegetate these ecosystems.

In response to the fires, Chile’s National Forest Corporation, CONAF, began ecological restoration efforts to accelerate recuperation of the park’s damaged forest ecosystems. Lenga seedlings are cultivated in a nursery until they are ready to be transferred into the park. They are then replanted in small clusters, or “nuclei,” of 100 in the least resilient fire-affected areas. To date, more than 900,000 lenga seedlings have been planted in the park.

Citizen Science

The Torres del Paine Legacy Fund supports CONAF’s restoration efforts by monitoring reforested lenga nuclei. A combination of volunteers and tourists, YOU in this case, will join us on field expeditions to collect data on the health and growth of the young seedlings. This collaborative citizen-science effort will help inform CONAF to improve reforestation efforts in Torres del Paine.

 

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