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Patagonia

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The Walking Connection Presents

Patagonia, Chile

An Exclusive 

 

Desert Mountain Club Adventure

Remarkable Landscapes. History. Culture. Cuisine & The Best Hiking On Earth

Guided by Xabier Etxarri (Of Camino de Santiago Fame!) 

EXCLUSIVE! Jo Ann Taylor, founder of The Walking Connection, will-host this limited Desert Mountain Club member experience.

EXCLUSIVE! Xabier Etxarri our Camino de Santiago guide is the lead guide on this special Desert Mountain Club Adventure!

November 16 - 25, 2024

10-Days/9-Nights

Priced from:

$12,998USD        

per person, double occupancy

We're Happy To Answer Your Questions.
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$1250 USD Deposit Due With Registration

Some of the trails are in the world's least touched ecosystems and in some of the last truly wild places on Earth. We'll walk those! 

There are gentle paths and rewarding trails with stunning views in every direction every day. We'll walk those too!

Embark on an extraordinary odyssey through the mesmerizing landscapes and rich history of the southernmost tip of South America. Torres del Paine West, nestled in the southern Patagonia region of Chile within Torres del Paine National Park, stands as a natural wonderland.

This enthralling destination is a haven for hikers, boasting an extensive network of trails that wind through miles of awe-inspiring scenery. Whether you're a passionate wildlife photographer or simply yearning for a profound connection with nature, the Fauna Trail guarantees an unforgettable and immersive expedition through one of Patagonia's most extraordinary ecosystems. Prepare to be enchanted by sweeping vistas of the iconic Paine Massif and its neighboring peaks, reflected in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Indulge in a Stay of Distinction: EcoCamp Patagonia, the world's pioneering geodesic dome hotel, is committed to sustainability through renewable energy and waste reduction. Nestled in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, its remote setting provides unparalleled stargazing opportunities. Expert guides will illuminate the southern hemisphere's night sky, sharing cultural insights and celestial wonders.

Under the guidance of Xabi and his team of experienced guides, every step of your journey is infused with adventure, camaraderie, delectable cuisine, fine wine, and lasting friendships. He'll uncover hidden gems with insider knowledge about the country's folklore, wildlife, and history as you traverse the trails.

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Please note that the details of this itinerary are subject to change. Many of the planned activities are organized according to availability, events or seasonal dates, appropriate weather conditions or the discretion of our guides. We make every effort to provide the experience described in the itinerary with the understanding that some things may change.

Featured Walks and Hikes & Itinerary Overview

With two professional guides, we will provide daily hike options.

  • Welcome to Patagonia with a locally sourced Chilean gourmet dinner. Overnight in Santiago (Le Reve).

  • Begin your adventure on the shores of Last Hope Sound - Overnight in Puerta Natales (Noi Indigo).

  • Sail through rugged cliffs to hike the base of Serrano Glacier - Overnight in Puerta Natales (Noi Indigo) .

  • Hike along the Serrano and Nutria Rivers, offering pristine views of the Paine Massif - Overnight Torres de Paine West (Río Serrano Hotel).

  • Hike a less traveled route to a hidden lagoon - Overnight Torres de Paine West (Río Serrano Hotel).

  • Sail to the impressive Grey Glacier - Overnight Torres de Paine East (Eco Camp).

  • Hike the diverse ecosystem of the Fauna Trail - Overnight Torres de Paine East (Eco Camp).

  • Hike among the breathtaking vistas of the Blue Lagoon - Overnight Punta Arenas (Cabo de Hornos Hotel). 

  • A journey to the Straight of Magellan and Isidro Lighthouse - Overnight Punta Arenas (Cabo de Hornos Hotel).

DAY ONE- WELCOME TO SANTIAGO, CHILE

Arrive at your convenience and transfer to your hotel. (Optional pre-night stays are available.)

 

Join your fellow travelers with a welcome gourmet dinner in the bohemian Barrio Bellavista featuring the gastronomic roots of Chile. Meet your hosts and guides, who will share information on your journey ahead. (D)

DAY TWO- PUERTO NATALES

Flight to Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales, situated on the shores of Last Hope Sound in Chilean Patagonia, is a quaint fishing town with a rich history. It has evolved over the years. Today, it relies heavily on tourism as one of its key industries, although cattle and aquaculture sectors continue to play significant roles. (B,L,D)


DAY THREE- LAST HOPE SOUND

Today, we will cruise through the pristine waters of Last Hope Sound, a deep, vibrant blue inlet surrounded by majestic glaciers and rugged cliffs. We will navigate to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier to arrive at Bernardo O´Higgins Park. Here, we will have the opportunity to explore the base of the Serrano Glacier on foot to take in its exceptional beauty. (B,L)

 

DAY FOUR- TORRES DE PAINE WEST
Torres del Paine West, nestled in Chile's southern Patagonia region within Torres del Paine National Park, is a natural wonderland. Its dramatic landscapes include rugged mountains, pristine glacial lakes, and untouched wilderness. The highlight is the iconic "Torres del Paine," three towering granite peaks that attract hikers and photographers alike. In this awe-inspiring Patagonian wilderness, we will explore well-marked trails, witness stunning glaciers, and spot diverse wildlife like guanacos, foxes, and condors. (B,L,D)

DAY FIVE- SERRANO VIEWPOINT & HIDDEN LAGOON 

Today, embark on an extraordinary, less-traveled route that presents an unparalleled vista encompassing the Massif del Paine, the Grey Glacier, the majestic Patagonian Andes, and the sinuous meanderings of the Grey and Serrano Rivers, bringing us to a hidden lagoon. This journey also provides the unique spectacle of their confluence, where the distinct colors of their waters beautifully contrast and blend at their meeting point. (B,L,D)

DAY SIX- GREY LAKE BOAT TRIP AND BEACH WALK

Torres de Paine East, you will get your first glimpse of the iconic granite towers that give the park its name; torres is the Spanish word for ‘towers,’ and paine is the Tehuelche (a group of South American Indians) word for ‘blue.’ This captivating destination is a hiker's paradise offering networks of trails with miles and miles of spectacular scenery. We set out for our thrilling adventure to the impressive Grey Glacier with its towering blue ice walls. (B,L,D)

DAY SEVEN- FAUNA TRAIL

Whether you're an avid wildlife photographer or simply seeking a close connection with nature, the Fauna Trail promises an unforgettable and immersive journey through one of Patagonia's most remarkable ecosystems.

We will begin the walk at Sarmiento Entrance and finish at Laguna Amarga Entrance, where our ride will be waiting to return us to Eco Camp. (B,L,D)

DAY EIGHT- BLUE LAGOON WALK
The Blue Lagoon Walk in Torres del Paine National Park is a tranquil and picturesque trail that offers visitors a serene journey through some of Patagonia's most captivating landscapes. As you embark on this leisurely walk, you'll be treated to breathtaking vistas of the iconic Paine Massif and its surrounding peaks, mirrored in the crystal-clear waters of the Blue Lagoon. (B,L)

DAY NINE- STRAIT OF MAGELLAN & ISIDRO LIGHTHOUSE

Today’s adventure takes us to the Strait of Magellan and San Isidro Lighthouse. It will be a captivating journey that takes you through the historical and natural wonders of the southern tip of South America.

 

The highlight is the San Isidro Lighthouse, a navigation symbol and a sentinel standing against the wild southern elements. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 - PUNTA ARENAS & POINTS BEYOND

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago and onto points beyond. (B)

itinerary
Inclusions

What's Included?

 

Pre-Adventure 
We'll help you get ready. Walking Connection Adventure Specialists will help you plan and prepare for an amazing journey. We can make pre and post-stays anywhere in Chile or Argentina, help with ground transportation, and even help with our Free Journey 30-Day Physical Training program to help you maximize your Patagonia hiking experience.

Accommodations
Four and Five Star accommodations await you. Though the star system of rating hotels is always subjective, our accommodations' warmth and welcoming hospitality make them simply the best of the best. Double occupancy (two beds) is standard, but Kings are available, and single travelers are always welcome. All come with world-class amenities.

 

Food & Beverage
Chilean gastronomy is a delightful fusion of traditional Spanish cooking, indigenous Mapuche influences, and local ingredients, enriched by later inspirations from European culinary traditions. Its remarkable diversity in flavors and ingredients sets Chilean cuisine apart, reflecting the country's varied geography and climate that yield a bounty of agricultural produce, fruits, and vegetables. 
Chile's culinary landscape is its prominence as one of the world's major wine producers. 

Hosted and Guided Adventure
Professionally, safety-accredited guides bring the Chilean countryside and culture to life. Two professional guides will allow us to see and explore Patagonia with options to fit the group's interests and abilities.  

 

Equipment and Special Gear

Preparing for your adventure is the key to a successful holiday. Patagonia is a diverse region. Your rain gear will come in handy. Layers are key to staying warm and dry. Bring sunscreen too! There is usually plenty of that, too. Warm days can be followed by warm evenings sitting by a cozy fireplace. Sturdy boots, preferably waterproof, are a must.

Taking The Next Step!

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Member Benefits

  • Unique itinerary designed by Walking Connection co-founder, Jo Ann Taylor in partnership with Xabier Etxarri and our local team in Chile.

  • Adventure is co-hosted and led by Jo Ann Taylor.*

  • Co-hosted by Desert Mountain Club, Outdoor Adventure Manager, Jake Metz.*

  • Two professional, experienced hiking guides.

  • Nine nights lodging at EcoLodges and hotels as indicated in the itinerary.

  • Airport private transfer for arrivals on November 16th.

  • Daily meals, as indicated in the itinerary. 

  • Complimentary local wines with some meals.

  • Guest and luggage transfers throughout. 

  • All activities and tours as detailed in the itinerary.

  • Detailed Know Before You Go information, including recommended websites, reading lists, packing list, and weather forecasts.

Items Not Included
 

  • Local guide and driver GRATUITIES.

  • Airfares and Taxes.

  • All items of a personal nature, including beverages and shopping.

  • All passport and visa application fees.

  • Additional hotel stays pre- or post-scheduled itinerary.

  • Early check-in or late check-out of rooms.

  • Optional tours not included in itinerary.

  • Photographs or phone calls.

  • Discounts/Refunds on any unused portion of the tour.

  • Travel Insurance.

  • Anything not expressly stated in the itinerary or on the Member Benefits above.

*JoAnn Taylor and Jake Metz are scheduled to lead this trip, with the understanding that in case of emergency other leaders may be substitued.

Links To Deposit Payment, Details & Guest Registtration Form.

Reserve Your Space NOW!
 

Space is limited to

14 Desert Mountain Club Members.

~Ask about member/guest policy.~

 

Reservations are only accepted and confirmed

with a full deposit for each traveling guest.

$1250 Deposit Due On Sign Up.

 

Your reservation is automatically confirmed, and your deposit is subject to the trip cancellation policy. (See Registration Form For Details). 

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This form is NOT a Reservation, and NO Space will be held for this adventure. To make a reservation, click "Reservations" above or CALL The Walking Connection. (623) 561-0846. 

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