5 Day Historical Tour of Southern Patagonia

  • Chile - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 1172

5 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 490
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Begin this magical journey in Puerto Natales, at the southernmost end of the country.
  • Soak in the vistas of Canal Señoret, specifically from the Costanera Pedro Montt promenade, usually visited by birds of that area such as black-necked swans.
  • Travel to the Mylodon Caves, considered to be one of the oldest and most important archaeological and paleontological sites in Southern Patagonia providing evidence of a human presence from 12,000 B.C.
  • Explore the Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, and considered the 8th natural wonder.
  • Visit the Salto Grande Waterfall, from where you can see the Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns).
  • Trek around Lago Grey, with astounding views of the Grey Glacier and its icebergs. 
  • Sail around the magnificent Patagonia Fjords, Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Puerto Bories

    Arrival at Punta Arenas airport. Your driver from the Singular Patagonia Hotel is going to meet you and drive you to the hotel. It is a scenic 2 and a half hour drive.
     

    Today we recommend an introduction tour, to give you a better context to your destination.
     

    Puerto Natales, Land of Pioneers (half-day excursion):
     

    Puerto Natales is located at the southernmost end of the country. Our visit will start in the coastal area by the shore of Canal Señoret where we will enjoy the beautiful landscape from the Costanera Pedro Montt promenade, usually visited by birds of that area such as black-necked swans. We will continue our journey along the coast until we reach the fishermen pier and fish markets. Heading towards the central part of the city, we will visit some of the more significant constructions such as the Municipalidad Building built during the Magellan cattle-booming times and financed by the  Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego (SETF: Company for the Exploration of Tierra del Fuego). We will learn about the history of Puerto Natales during a visit to the Museo Histórico Municipal, and avail the opportunity and privilege of meeting the locals and artisans, getting to know their work, traditions and workplaces.
     

    Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 2 : Puerto Bories – Mylodon Caves – Puerto Consuelo

    After the buffet breakfast, start your day with an interesting trekking plan.
     

    Trekking to Mylodon Caves (half-day):
     

    The Mylodon Cave is located twenty-five kilometers north-east from Puerto Natales. The caves are considered to be one of the oldest and most important archaeological and paleontological sites in Southern Patagonia. They provide evidence of a human presence from 12,000 B.C. associated with the extinct Mylodon. Our hiking excursion will start at Cueva Chica (Small Cave) where we will learn about this important archaeological finding, and then head to the Cueva del Medio (Middle Cave), finishing at Cueva del Mylodon (Mylodon Cave) of a stunning scale and dimension: two hundred metres deep, eighty metres wide and thirty metres high.
     

    Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
     

    In the afternoon, continue exploring.
     

    Horseback riding to Puerto Consuelo (half-day):
     

    Departure from the hotel towards the historical Estancia Puerto Consuelo, a 30-minute vehicle ride. This is the first estancia to be known in this region; it belonged to the German pioneer Herman Eberhard. Here, he developed the livestock business. The place maintains its original facilities and still keeps the estancia activities going. After getting ready with our gear and equipment, we start our visit to the estancia, loaded with historical bits and through diverse natural landscapes, to enjoy unforgettable moments at one of Patagonia’s most beautiful settings.
     

    Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours (including the vehicle ride).
     

    Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 3 : Puerto Bories – Torres del Paine National Park

    Buffet breakfast, followed by exploring the Torres del Paine National Park (full-day).
     

    The Torres del Paine National Park is part of the national system of the protected wildlife areas of Chile. It is located 154 km from Puerto Bories. We will head north from Puerto Natales, to reach Villa Cerro Castillo. This is a village surrounding an old estancia that belonged to the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, and is devoted to sheep farming. Then, we will continue our journey to Lago Sarmiento, where we will be able to observe the typical fauna of this area: ñandúes and herds of guanacos. We will enter the Torres del Paine National Park at Portería Laguna Amarga. Once inside the park, we will visit different viewpoints with unique perspectives of the Macizo Paine. We will take a thirty-minute walk to visit the Salto Grande waterfall, where we will be able to see the Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns). Finally, we will reach Lago Grey, where we will start a one-hour trek, with a view of the glacier Grey and icebergs. We will return by the Mylodon cave route, where we will have panoramic views of the Macizo Paine. This excursion includes box lunch, the park’s admission tickets and requires a minimum of 02 guests.
     

    Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 4 : Puerto Bories – Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers

    We highly recommend a sailing excursion to all: navigating around the Patagonia Fjords, Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers (half-day).
     

    Enjoy the opportunity of navigating through the Patagonian Fjords and visiting the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. Our journey starts at the hotel pier, where our boats will be ready to take us navigating, for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, allowing us to observe colonies of blue-eyed cormorants and sea lions. We will then disembark at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O Higgins National Park). After a forty-minute stroll, we will reach a viewpoint overlooking the glacier Serrano, bordering a lagoon with icebergs that come from the base of the glacier. We will return to our boat and continue our journey to the Balmaceda Glacier that looks rather impressive from the Cerro Balmaceda. We will finish our visit to the glacier and return back to the hotel.
     

    Lunch at the hotel. Prepare for your afternoon excursion or maybe you would like to enjoy the hotel facilities such as the pool and spa area.
     

    An estancia visit (half-day):
     

    This excursion has been specially designed for those travelers who would like to inquire more about the history, customs and traditions of Patagonia. We will depart from the Singular towards Cerro Castillo to delve more into the history of the sheep business. This area was crucial during the administration days of Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, which controlled the livestock business of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. We will visit the sheep shearing barns and will have the opportunity to photograph farming activities and its famous workers: the gauchos. We will continue our visit to other close-by estancias, discovering what it is like to live in an area where time and life have a different pace.
     

    Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 5 : Puerto Bories – Punta Arenas

    After breakfast, enjoy leisure time before your transfer to Punta Arenas Airport.

  • Duration
    5 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 1
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,448 $ 490 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • 3 meals per day: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily excursions
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Pool and spa use (treatments and massages have additional cost)
Cost Excludes
  • Premium alcohol
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • International calls
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 1 : Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales – Puerto Bories

Arrival at Punta Arenas airport. Your driver from the Singular Patagonia Hotel is going to meet you and drive you to the hotel. It is a scenic 2 and a half hour drive.
 

Today we recommend an introduction tour, to give you a better context to your destination.
 

Puerto Natales, Land of Pioneers (half-day excursion):
 

Puerto Natales is located at the southernmost end of the country. Our visit will start in the coastal area by the shore of Canal Señoret where we will enjoy the beautiful landscape from the Costanera Pedro Montt promenade, usually visited by birds of that area such as black-necked swans. We will continue our journey along the coast until we reach the fishermen pier and fish markets. Heading towards the central part of the city, we will visit some of the more significant constructions such as the Municipalidad Building built during the Magellan cattle-booming times and financed by the  Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego (SETF: Company for the Exploration of Tierra del Fuego). We will learn about the history of Puerto Natales during a visit to the Museo Histórico Municipal, and avail the opportunity and privilege of meeting the locals and artisans, getting to know their work, traditions and workplaces.
 

Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 2 : Puerto Bories – Mylodon Caves – Puerto Consuelo

After the buffet breakfast, start your day with an interesting trekking plan.
 

Trekking to Mylodon Caves (half-day):
 

The Mylodon Cave is located twenty-five kilometers north-east from Puerto Natales. The caves are considered to be one of the oldest and most important archaeological and paleontological sites in Southern Patagonia. They provide evidence of a human presence from 12,000 B.C. associated with the extinct Mylodon. Our hiking excursion will start at Cueva Chica (Small Cave) where we will learn about this important archaeological finding, and then head to the Cueva del Medio (Middle Cave), finishing at Cueva del Mylodon (Mylodon Cave) of a stunning scale and dimension: two hundred metres deep, eighty metres wide and thirty metres high.
 

Lunch at the hotel restaurant.
 

In the afternoon, continue exploring.
 

Horseback riding to Puerto Consuelo (half-day):
 

Departure from the hotel towards the historical Estancia Puerto Consuelo, a 30-minute vehicle ride. This is the first estancia to be known in this region; it belonged to the German pioneer Herman Eberhard. Here, he developed the livestock business. The place maintains its original facilities and still keeps the estancia activities going. After getting ready with our gear and equipment, we start our visit to the estancia, loaded with historical bits and through diverse natural landscapes, to enjoy unforgettable moments at one of Patagonia’s most beautiful settings.
 

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours (including the vehicle ride).
 

Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 : Puerto Bories – Torres del Paine National Park

Buffet breakfast, followed by exploring the Torres del Paine National Park (full-day).
 

The Torres del Paine National Park is part of the national system of the protected wildlife areas of Chile. It is located 154 km from Puerto Bories. We will head north from Puerto Natales, to reach Villa Cerro Castillo. This is a village surrounding an old estancia that belonged to the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, and is devoted to sheep farming. Then, we will continue our journey to Lago Sarmiento, where we will be able to observe the typical fauna of this area: ñandúes and herds of guanacos. We will enter the Torres del Paine National Park at Portería Laguna Amarga. Once inside the park, we will visit different viewpoints with unique perspectives of the Macizo Paine. We will take a thirty-minute walk to visit the Salto Grande waterfall, where we will be able to see the Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns). Finally, we will reach Lago Grey, where we will start a one-hour trek, with a view of the glacier Grey and icebergs. We will return by the Mylodon cave route, where we will have panoramic views of the Macizo Paine. This excursion includes box lunch, the park’s admission tickets and requires a minimum of 02 guests.
 

Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 : Puerto Bories – Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers

We highly recommend a sailing excursion to all: navigating around the Patagonia Fjords, Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers (half-day).
 

Enjoy the opportunity of navigating through the Patagonian Fjords and visiting the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. Our journey starts at the hotel pier, where our boats will be ready to take us navigating, for approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, allowing us to observe colonies of blue-eyed cormorants and sea lions. We will then disembark at Puerto Toro (Bernardo O Higgins National Park). After a forty-minute stroll, we will reach a viewpoint overlooking the glacier Serrano, bordering a lagoon with icebergs that come from the base of the glacier. We will return to our boat and continue our journey to the Balmaceda Glacier that looks rather impressive from the Cerro Balmaceda. We will finish our visit to the glacier and return back to the hotel.
 

Lunch at the hotel. Prepare for your afternoon excursion or maybe you would like to enjoy the hotel facilities such as the pool and spa area.
 

An estancia visit (half-day):
 

This excursion has been specially designed for those travelers who would like to inquire more about the history, customs and traditions of Patagonia. We will depart from the Singular towards Cerro Castillo to delve more into the history of the sheep business. This area was crucial during the administration days of Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego, which controlled the livestock business of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. We will visit the sheep shearing barns and will have the opportunity to photograph farming activities and its famous workers: the gauchos. We will continue our visit to other close-by estancias, discovering what it is like to live in an area where time and life have a different pace.
 

Accommodation: Singular Patagonia Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 : Puerto Bories – Punta Arenas

After breakfast, enjoy leisure time before your transfer to Punta Arenas Airport.

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Jan to Dec $ 2,448 $ 490 per day
Cost Includes
  • 3 meals per day: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily excursions
  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Pool and spa use (treatments and massages have additional cost)
Cost Excludes
  • Premium alcohol
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • International calls
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary
Climate

Patagonia has changing weather. So, in one day you can have sun, wind, showers, snow. Wildlife includes many kind of birds such as condors, flamingos and animals like foxes, guanacos, pumas etc.

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

Reciprocity Fee (Chile)

 

Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile for the first time, citizens from specific countries must pay the ‘reciprocity fee’ before passing the international police.  This amount must be paid at the international airport via Cash or Credit Cards (Traveller’s cheques are not accepted).

  • Australia       
  • Mexico                

For all other nationalities, please confirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities so check the visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travelling.

 

Travel Documents 

 

Before travelling, please ensure that you have a current passport that is valid for at least six months after your scheduled return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport. Some countries may require you to hold a return air ticket, or have sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket.

Physical Fitness/Skills

No special preparation is needed.

Meals provided

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Other useful tips

Travel light, but pack sturdy outdoor hiking boots. Take comfortable, layered clothing such as fleeces, t-shirts, swimming gear, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Include an outdoor warm top for cold nights and cold altitudes as well as a warm hat and gloves.  Lip balm, sun-screen and sun glasses.

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5 Day Historical Tour of Southern Patagonia