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On the Smuggler's Trail in Patagonia

Trip Length 12 days

From $5,895

  • Explore the diverse landscapes of Jeinimeni National Reserve and Parque Patagonia, home to a major, bi-national conservation project—an exclusive MTS trip!
  • Stay in remote huts, tented camps, and luxurious lodges as you trek past glacial lakes and over wildlife-rich pampas
  • Gaze at the dramatic spires of San Lorenzo massif, and enjoy a traditional barbecue with a local gaucho family

Trace the footsteps of outlaws and mountain pioneers on this unique hiking adventure deep into Patagonia’s heart. You’ll begin with a trek through the diverse wilderness of Jeinimeni National Reserve, following a remote path once used by cattle smugglers. Spend five unforgettable days exploring hanging glaciers and turquoise lakes, overnighting in remote camps and huts. Then, it’s on to San Lorenzo massif, the second highest summit in Patagonia, where you’ll share meals and stories with a gaucho family and visit the rustic hut of Alberto De Agostini, an Italian priest who was the first to conquer the peak. Come discover the legacies of this mountaineering playground, and see Patagonia as you’ve always imagined it could be—only with MTS!

Press Play! Get an insider look at Jeinimeni National Reserve and our new adventure by checking out this breathtaking video, created by our Patagonian guiding team.

 

Day 1: Welcome to Patagonia!

Arrive at Balmaceda Airport in Northern Patagonia, where your trip leader will meet you and transfer you to our hotel in Coyhaique (about an hour away). There will be time for a walk around town before your dinner and trip briefing.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia OR Diego de Almagro OR El Reloj

Day 2: Journey to Chile Chico and take the Lunar Valley hike

Today we'll depart early from the hotel and drive to Puerto Ibañez, traveling via Cerro Castillo National Park and Ibañez Pass, known for its stunning views of the dramatic Castillo mountain range and the Rio Ibáñez. At Puerto Ibañez on the north shore of Lago General Carrera (the second largest lake in South America), we will board the Tehuelche Ferry for a 2-hour voyage to Chile Chico, a small mining and agricultural community on the lake’s southern shore. On arrival will drive towards the trail head for the "Lunar Valley" route, boasting impressive geological formations and evocative, ancient cave art. The length of today's hikes will vary, depending on the day's logistics, but we'll generally hike between 1 and 3 hours. Overnight at cabins in Chile Chico.

(Hiking distance and time; 5 miles, 3 hours approx.; Driving distance and time: 90 miles, 2 hours approx.; Boat crossing: 25 miles, 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabins Chile Chico

Day 3: Hike through the beautiful Jeinimeni National Reserve

This morning we’ll take an early drive from Chile Chico across the Patagonian plains and along the Jeinimeni River to the north entrance of Jeinimeni National Reserve, a 400,000-acre outdoor paradise with a rich diversity of habitats. Please note that the road is unpaved and a bit bumpy. On arrival at Jeinimeni we'll begin our strenuous, 15-mile hike from Jeinimeni Lake to Glacier Hut Camp. The trail takes us cross wide and shallow rivers, with lots of glacial and river debris, along turquoise-blue Jeinimeni Lake and over La Gloria Pass, with gorgeous views of Esmerelda Lake, Jeinimeni Lake and many lofty peaks. We'll tackle a number of steep inclines before reaching Glacier Hut Camp in Valle Hermoso, where we will spend the night. 

(Hiking distance and time: 15 miles, 9-10 hours; Driving distance and time: 35 miles, 2 hours; Elevation gain: 750 feet approx; Maximum altitude: 3,607 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Glacier Hut Camp (campsite)

Day 4: Trek the Lago Superior circuit: Glacier Hut Camp to Baguales Glacier

Today, we’ll enjoy a technical trek of the Lago Superior circuit, stopping for a box lunch at the hanging glacier of Punta Guanaco peak. The hike is steep and ascends on eroded rock and gullies until it arrives near the serac band of Baguales Glacier, where lakes and waterfalls are visible. We'll return via the same path to Glacier Hut Camp for dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 miles, 4 to 5 hours; Elevation gain: 1,000 feet approx.; Maximum Altitude: 4,400 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Glacier Hut Camp (campsite)

Day 5: Hike through the spectacular Valle Hermoso and Aviles Pass

We’ll rise early for a hike through the spectacular Pinturas Valley on our way to Parque Patagonia. From Glacier Hut Camp we'll descend to the Ventisquero Valley and hike alongside two glacial lakes. Our route takes us to the end of Valle Hermoso, crossing streams through flat glacial watersheds and passing under hanging glaciers as condors soar over the sharp peaks above. We continue along the river and through beech forest over the low Aviles Pass and through the Pinturas Valley to our pristine camp. Dinner and camping at Rio Pinturas.

(Hiking distance and time; 10 miles, 6 hours approx.; Elevation gain: 570 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,450 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rio Pinturas Camp

Day 6: Take a path through Patagonian pampas and hike to Casa de Piedra

Our day begins with impressive, early-morning views of the Jeinimeni mountain range, the highest in the area. Today’s path leads us across river beds and through beech forests as we descend to the Pinturas River valley. We'll visit a few old huts from the time when the park was an estancia (ranch), marvel at the sheer walls of old volcanic rocks, and enter a land of mountain lions and guanacos (native camels). After 7 hours we cross a hanging bridge over the Pinturas River, affording spectacular views. The last hour is a sharp 500-foot descent that ends at the confluence of the Chacabuco Valley and Casa de Piedra. Here we’ll meet our van and take a 40-minute drive along the edge of the park, passing guanaco herds and lakes filled with wild geese, ducks, and flamingos. Transfer to the elegant Lodge at Valle Chacabuco for the night.

(Hiking distance and time; 16 miles, 10 hours; Driving distance and time: 18 miles, 40 minutes; Elevation gain: 400 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,014 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge at Valle Chacabuco

Day 7: Experience wildlife conservation and land restoration in Parque Patagonia

Today we have two options, including a 13-mile hike with beautiful views of Mount San Valentin and San Lorenzo—the two highest peaks in Patagonia—with the opportunity to experience the revival of fauna in the area. A second option is a half-day hike, experiencing several high lagoons and lakes, after which we'll enjoy a two-hour afternoon workshop about puma and huemul (south Andean deer) conservation in Parque Patagonia. This once-overgrazed sheep and cattle ranch now protects an abundance of Patagonian steppe grasslands, glaciated peaks, and rebounding wildlife. The bi-national restoration project here is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Return to the lodge for dinner.

(Hiking time: 9 hours, (3,000 ft elevation gain depending on option)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge at Valle Chacabuco

Day 8: Meet locals at Estancia San Lorenzo

This morning, after a box lunch,  we’ll drive to Cochrane and continue on to Estancia San Lorenzo, where we’ll meet Lucy and Luis Soto, local pioneers who came to the area 35 years ago and still live the traditional gaucho lifestyle. We’ll take a 2-hour hike through a beech forest and past heart-shaped Corazon Lake to Estancias base camp, where we’ll spend the night.

(Hiking distance and time; 4.5 miles, 2 hours approx.; Driving distance and time: 46 miles, 2 hours approx.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Estancia San Lorenzo campsite

Day 9: Follow trails to Refugio Agostini

We’ll take a trail into the land of the Fundo, passing a beech forest and going through a valley with views of the San Lorenzo mountains ahead. Our destination is Refugio Agostini, where we’ll see the remains of a rustic hut built by Alberto De Agostini, an Italian priest and mountaineer who was the first to summit the San Lorenzo massif, the second highest peak in Patagonia. The Sotos have built a new hut here at the base of the mountain. Leaving the horses behind, we’ll enjoy a 4-hour walk around the lateral moraine to the base of the hanging glacier, taking in spectacular views of the pinnacles and alpine lakes of the massif’s northeast face. Then, we’ll return to Refugio Agostini, where dinner is waiting. Gathered around the fire, we’ll be regaled with stories about the legendary pioneers and adventurers who first explored this rugged land.

(Hiking distance and time: 8 miles, 6 hours; Elevation gain: 1,500 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,353 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Agostini Camp

Day 10: Feast on a traditional gaucho barbeque

This morning, we’ll return to the San Lorenzo ranch, where the Sotos will tell us about traditional farm life. The more energetic of us can take an optional hike to the end of the valley towards Cordon Cochrane mountain range, with its shimmering hanging glaciers and array of unclimbed peaks. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a typical gaucho barbeque with the locals, complete with music and stories.

(Hiking distance and time: 6 miles, 3 to 4 hours; Maximum altitude: 3,353 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Estancia San Lorenzo campsite

Day 11: Settle into a peaceful lodge on the Baker River

After an early breakfast, we’ll depart by shuttle bus and take a bumpy road to the peaceful Green Baker Lodge on the emerald-colored Baker River. We’ll stop for a short hike to Mirador Confluencia en route. This afternoon is at leisure to fish, take a well-deserved soak in the hot tub, and relax. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the lodge.

(Hiking distance and time: 5 miles, 2 to 3  hours; Driving distance and time: 60 miles, 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Green Baker Lodge

Day 12: Depart from Chile

Rise early for a morning departure to Balmaceda Airport for homeward-bound flights. It's a long drive but the spectaculars views of General Carrera Lake, beech and larch trees, and the vastness of the Patagonian Andes are worth it. On the way, we'll stop for lunch in one of the small towns.

(Driving distance and time: 165 miles, 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Mar 23, 2018 - Apr 03, 2018

Apr 06 - 17, 2018

pricing

LAND COST:
$5,895 (6 to 12 members)
$800 single supplement

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Estancia San Lorenzo campsite — Aysen

Located at base of the San Lorenzo massif, Estancia San Lorenzo base camp includes a kitchen with an enclosed fogon (corner-set fireplace), a table and benches, a heated shower, and a rustic bathroom.

Agostini Camp — Aysen

The Agostini camp remote cabin features a kitchen, a firewood stove, and a richly historic dining room. Guests sleep under the stars in two-person tents.

Cabins Chile Chico — Chile Chico

Diego de Almagro — Coyhaique

Ringed by mountains and greenery but an easy walking distance to the town center, the Diego de Almagro Hotel offers spectacular views of the Simpson River. Large, comfortable rooms are well equipped with climate control, hairdryers, cable TV and free WiFi. Guests can also enjoy the onsite gym, sauna, heated indoor pool, and Aysen restaurant serving international cuisine made with regional ingredients.

El Reloj — Coyhaique

Just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, El Reloj offers convenience and old-world charm. There’s an inviting lobby with a stone fireplace, and an elegant, award-winning restaurant serving regional dishes. Rooms are equipped with colonial furnishings and cable TV, and many have magnificent mountain views.

Glacier Hut Camp (campsite) — Valle Hermoso

Glacier Hut Camp is spectacularly situated on the edge of a moraine under a hanging glacier. Guests sleep in two-man tents and wake up to views of  Lago Superior. The shelter features an efficient, slow-combustion heater providing hot water, a gas stove, and a generator for lighting as well as charging cameras and other equipment. For dining and relaxing, there’s a table and benches inside the shelter, along with an outdoor table, benches, and fire pit. Bath facilities include a rustic outdoor shower and a flush toilet.

Green Baker Lodge — Chile Chico

This alfresco lodge is situated remotely in Puerto Bertrand with a gorgeous flowing stretch of river, the Rio Baker, running beside the property. The cozy wooden cabins are beautifully constructed to complement the surrounding landscape, and the lodge boasts a small bar and restaurant serving a hybrid of South and North American cuisine. Its peaceful location on Rio Baker, combined with delicious food, beautiful scenery, and charming cabins—with hot showers and comfortable beds—make Green Baker Lodge a top refuge for global travelers. Enjoy the Chilean wilderness in comfort and tranquility.

Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia — Coyhaique

The 4-star Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia is located a 10-minute walk from the city center. Décor is modern and stylish, from the dramatic lobby to the cozy bar. Spacious, well-appointed rooms offer 24-hour room service, LED TVs, free WiFi, and minibars. Other features include an upstairs restaurant with great views, on-site casino, indoor pool, and fitness center.

Lodge at Valle Chacabuco — Aysen

With walls built of local stone and floors of reclaimed wood, the luxurious Lodge at Valle Chacabuco is pure Patagonia, true to both its surroundings and its environmental commitments. Its elegant décor was inspired by Yosemite’s Ahwanee Lodge, with multiple fireplaces and tall windows framing the mountains. The six expansive bedrooms, each named for a local animal, feature radiant floor heating, handmade furniture, hairdryers, and free internet. Lunch and dinner are served at the stand-alone El Rincón Gaucho restaurant, modeled after an old Patagonian railway station. This is one of the most beautiful retreats in Patagonia!

Rio Pinturas Camp — Pinturas Valley

Enjoy at hearty meal and a peaceful overnight stay at the Rio Pinturas Camp, set in the rugged Pinturas Valley.

  • Explore the diverse landscapes of Jeinimeni National Reserve and Parque Patagonia, home to a major, bi-national conservation project—an exclusive MTS trip!
  • Stay in remote huts, tented camps, and luxurious lodges as you trek past glacial lakes and over wildlife-rich pampas
  • Gaze at the dramatic spires of San Lorenzo massif, and enjoy a traditional barbecue with a local gaucho family

Trace the footsteps of outlaws and mountain pioneers on this unique hiking adventure deep into Patagonia’s heart. You’ll begin with a trek through the diverse wilderness of Jeinimeni National Reserve, following a remote path once used by cattle smugglers. Spend five unforgettable days exploring hanging glaciers and turquoise lakes, overnighting in remote camps and huts. Then, it’s on to San Lorenzo massif, the second highest summit in Patagonia, where you’ll share meals and stories with a gaucho family and visit the rustic hut of Alberto De Agostini, an Italian priest who was the first to conquer the peak. Come discover the legacies of this mountaineering playground, and see Patagonia as you’ve always imagined it could be—only with MTS!

Press Play! Get an insider look at Jeinimeni National Reserve and our new adventure by checking out this breathtaking video, created by our Patagonian guiding team.

 

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Patagonia!

Arrive at Balmaceda Airport in Northern Patagonia, where your trip leader will meet you and transfer you to our hotel in Coyhaique (about an hour away). There will be time for a walk around town before your dinner and trip briefing.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia OR Diego de Almagro OR El Reloj

Day 2: Journey to Chile Chico and take the Lunar Valley hike

Today we'll depart early from the hotel and drive to Puerto Ibañez, traveling via Cerro Castillo National Park and Ibañez Pass, known for its stunning views of the dramatic Castillo mountain range and the Rio Ibáñez. At Puerto Ibañez on the north shore of Lago General Carrera (the second largest lake in South America), we will board the Tehuelche Ferry for a 2-hour voyage to Chile Chico, a small mining and agricultural community on the lake’s southern shore. On arrival will drive towards the trail head for the "Lunar Valley" route, boasting impressive geological formations and evocative, ancient cave art. The length of today's hikes will vary, depending on the day's logistics, but we'll generally hike between 1 and 3 hours. Overnight at cabins in Chile Chico.

(Hiking distance and time; 5 miles, 3 hours approx.; Driving distance and time: 90 miles, 2 hours approx.; Boat crossing: 25 miles, 2 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabins Chile Chico

Day 3: Hike through the beautiful Jeinimeni National Reserve

This morning we’ll take an early drive from Chile Chico across the Patagonian plains and along the Jeinimeni River to the north entrance of Jeinimeni National Reserve, a 400,000-acre outdoor paradise with a rich diversity of habitats. Please note that the road is unpaved and a bit bumpy. On arrival at Jeinimeni we'll begin our strenuous, 15-mile hike from Jeinimeni Lake to Glacier Hut Camp. The trail takes us cross wide and shallow rivers, with lots of glacial and river debris, along turquoise-blue Jeinimeni Lake and over La Gloria Pass, with gorgeous views of Esmerelda Lake, Jeinimeni Lake and many lofty peaks. We'll tackle a number of steep inclines before reaching Glacier Hut Camp in Valle Hermoso, where we will spend the night. 

(Hiking distance and time: 15 miles, 9-10 hours; Driving distance and time: 35 miles, 2 hours; Elevation gain: 750 feet approx; Maximum altitude: 3,607 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Glacier Hut Camp (campsite)

Day 4: Trek the Lago Superior circuit: Glacier Hut Camp to Baguales Glacier

Today, we’ll enjoy a technical trek of the Lago Superior circuit, stopping for a box lunch at the hanging glacier of Punta Guanaco peak. The hike is steep and ascends on eroded rock and gullies until it arrives near the serac band of Baguales Glacier, where lakes and waterfalls are visible. We'll return via the same path to Glacier Hut Camp for dinner.

(Hiking time: 4 miles, 4 to 5 hours; Elevation gain: 1,000 feet approx.; Maximum Altitude: 4,400 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Glacier Hut Camp (campsite)

Day 5: Hike through the spectacular Valle Hermoso and Aviles Pass

We’ll rise early for a hike through the spectacular Pinturas Valley on our way to Parque Patagonia. From Glacier Hut Camp we'll descend to the Ventisquero Valley and hike alongside two glacial lakes. Our route takes us to the end of Valle Hermoso, crossing streams through flat glacial watersheds and passing under hanging glaciers as condors soar over the sharp peaks above. We continue along the river and through beech forest over the low Aviles Pass and through the Pinturas Valley to our pristine camp. Dinner and camping at Rio Pinturas.

(Hiking distance and time; 10 miles, 6 hours approx.; Elevation gain: 570 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,450 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Rio Pinturas Camp

Day 6: Take a path through Patagonian pampas and hike to Casa de Piedra

Our day begins with impressive, early-morning views of the Jeinimeni mountain range, the highest in the area. Today’s path leads us across river beds and through beech forests as we descend to the Pinturas River valley. We'll visit a few old huts from the time when the park was an estancia (ranch), marvel at the sheer walls of old volcanic rocks, and enter a land of mountain lions and guanacos (native camels). After 7 hours we cross a hanging bridge over the Pinturas River, affording spectacular views. The last hour is a sharp 500-foot descent that ends at the confluence of the Chacabuco Valley and Casa de Piedra. Here we’ll meet our van and take a 40-minute drive along the edge of the park, passing guanaco herds and lakes filled with wild geese, ducks, and flamingos. Transfer to the elegant Lodge at Valle Chacabuco for the night.

(Hiking distance and time; 16 miles, 10 hours; Driving distance and time: 18 miles, 40 minutes; Elevation gain: 400 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,014 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge at Valle Chacabuco

Day 7: Experience wildlife conservation and land restoration in Parque Patagonia

Today we have two options, including a 13-mile hike with beautiful views of Mount San Valentin and San Lorenzo—the two highest peaks in Patagonia—with the opportunity to experience the revival of fauna in the area. A second option is a half-day hike, experiencing several high lagoons and lakes, after which we'll enjoy a two-hour afternoon workshop about puma and huemul (south Andean deer) conservation in Parque Patagonia. This once-overgrazed sheep and cattle ranch now protects an abundance of Patagonian steppe grasslands, glaciated peaks, and rebounding wildlife. The bi-national restoration project here is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Return to the lodge for dinner.

(Hiking time: 9 hours, (3,000 ft elevation gain depending on option)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge at Valle Chacabuco

Day 8: Meet locals at Estancia San Lorenzo

This morning, after a box lunch,  we’ll drive to Cochrane and continue on to Estancia San Lorenzo, where we’ll meet Lucy and Luis Soto, local pioneers who came to the area 35 years ago and still live the traditional gaucho lifestyle. We’ll take a 2-hour hike through a beech forest and past heart-shaped Corazon Lake to Estancias base camp, where we’ll spend the night.

(Hiking distance and time; 4.5 miles, 2 hours approx.; Driving distance and time: 46 miles, 2 hours approx.)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Estancia San Lorenzo campsite

Day 9: Follow trails to Refugio Agostini

We’ll take a trail into the land of the Fundo, passing a beech forest and going through a valley with views of the San Lorenzo mountains ahead. Our destination is Refugio Agostini, where we’ll see the remains of a rustic hut built by Alberto De Agostini, an Italian priest and mountaineer who was the first to summit the San Lorenzo massif, the second highest peak in Patagonia. The Sotos have built a new hut here at the base of the mountain. Leaving the horses behind, we’ll enjoy a 4-hour walk around the lateral moraine to the base of the hanging glacier, taking in spectacular views of the pinnacles and alpine lakes of the massif’s northeast face. Then, we’ll return to Refugio Agostini, where dinner is waiting. Gathered around the fire, we’ll be regaled with stories about the legendary pioneers and adventurers who first explored this rugged land.

(Hiking distance and time: 8 miles, 6 hours; Elevation gain: 1,500 feet; Maximum altitude: 3,353 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Agostini Camp

Day 10: Feast on a traditional gaucho barbeque

This morning, we’ll return to the San Lorenzo ranch, where the Sotos will tell us about traditional farm life. The more energetic of us can take an optional hike to the end of the valley towards Cordon Cochrane mountain range, with its shimmering hanging glaciers and array of unclimbed peaks. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a typical gaucho barbeque with the locals, complete with music and stories.

(Hiking distance and time: 6 miles, 3 to 4 hours; Maximum altitude: 3,353 feet)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation: Estancia San Lorenzo campsite

Day 11: Settle into a peaceful lodge on the Baker River

After an early breakfast, we’ll depart by shuttle bus and take a bumpy road to the peaceful Green Baker Lodge on the emerald-colored Baker River. We’ll stop for a short hike to Mirador Confluencia en route. This afternoon is at leisure to fish, take a well-deserved soak in the hot tub, and relax. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the lodge.

(Hiking distance and time: 5 miles, 2 to 3  hours; Driving distance and time: 60 miles, 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Green Baker Lodge

Day 12: Depart from Chile

Rise early for a morning departure to Balmaceda Airport for homeward-bound flights. It's a long drive but the spectaculars views of General Carrera Lake, beech and larch trees, and the vastness of the Patagonian Andes are worth it. On the way, we'll stop for lunch in one of the small towns.

(Driving distance and time: 165 miles, 6 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Estancia San Lorenzo campsite — Aysen

Located at base of the San Lorenzo massif, Estancia San Lorenzo base camp includes a kitchen with an enclosed fogon (corner-set fireplace), a table and benches, a heated shower, and a rustic bathroom.

Agostini Camp — Aysen

The Agostini camp remote cabin features a kitchen, a firewood stove, and a richly historic dining room. Guests sleep under the stars in two-person tents.

Cabins Chile Chico — Chile Chico

Diego de Almagro — Coyhaique

Ringed by mountains and greenery but an easy walking distance to the town center, the Diego de Almagro Hotel offers spectacular views of the Simpson River. Large, comfortable rooms are well equipped with climate control, hairdryers, cable TV and free WiFi. Guests can also enjoy the onsite gym, sauna, heated indoor pool, and Aysen restaurant serving international cuisine made with regional ingredients.

El Reloj — Coyhaique

Just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, El Reloj offers convenience and old-world charm. There’s an inviting lobby with a stone fireplace, and an elegant, award-winning restaurant serving regional dishes. Rooms are equipped with colonial furnishings and cable TV, and many have magnificent mountain views.

Glacier Hut Camp (campsite) — Valle Hermoso

Glacier Hut Camp is spectacularly situated on the edge of a moraine under a hanging glacier. Guests sleep in two-man tents and wake up to views of  Lago Superior. The shelter features an efficient, slow-combustion heater providing hot water, a gas stove, and a generator for lighting as well as charging cameras and other equipment. For dining and relaxing, there’s a table and benches inside the shelter, along with an outdoor table, benches, and fire pit. Bath facilities include a rustic outdoor shower and a flush toilet.

Green Baker Lodge — Chile Chico

This alfresco lodge is situated remotely in Puerto Bertrand with a gorgeous flowing stretch of river, the Rio Baker, running beside the property. The cozy wooden cabins are beautifully constructed to complement the surrounding landscape, and the lodge boasts a small bar and restaurant serving a hybrid of South and North American cuisine. Its peaceful location on Rio Baker, combined with delicious food, beautiful scenery, and charming cabins—with hot showers and comfortable beds—make Green Baker Lodge a top refuge for global travelers. Enjoy the Chilean wilderness in comfort and tranquility.

Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia — Coyhaique

The 4-star Hotel Dreams de la Patagonia is located a 10-minute walk from the city center. Décor is modern and stylish, from the dramatic lobby to the cozy bar. Spacious, well-appointed rooms offer 24-hour room service, LED TVs, free WiFi, and minibars. Other features include an upstairs restaurant with great views, on-site casino, indoor pool, and fitness center.

Lodge at Valle Chacabuco — Aysen

With walls built of local stone and floors of reclaimed wood, the luxurious Lodge at Valle Chacabuco is pure Patagonia, true to both its surroundings and its environmental commitments. Its elegant décor was inspired by Yosemite’s Ahwanee Lodge, with multiple fireplaces and tall windows framing the mountains. The six expansive bedrooms, each named for a local animal, feature radiant floor heating, handmade furniture, hairdryers, and free internet. Lunch and dinner are served at the stand-alone El Rincón Gaucho restaurant, modeled after an old Patagonian railway station. This is one of the most beautiful retreats in Patagonia!

Rio Pinturas Camp — Pinturas Valley

Enjoy at hearty meal and a peaceful overnight stay at the Rio Pinturas Camp, set in the rugged Pinturas Valley.

Dates and Pricing

Mar 23, 2018 - Apr 03, 2018

Apr 06 - 17, 2018

pricing

LAND COST:
$5,895 (6 to 12 members)
$800 single supplement

Activity Level Strenuous
Trip Length 12 days

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