4-Day Chilean Patagonia Tour: Puerto Natales, Serrano Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park
Day 1: Punta Arenas -- Puerto Natales
After being met at Punta Arenas airport, catch the bus to Puerto Natales bus station, from where you’ll be transferred to your evening’s accommodation at your selected hotel. The rest of the day and night are yours to explore on your own.
Accommodation: Saltos del Paine Hotel (four-star, choice of twin or single room), Costraustralis Hotel (four-star, with ocean view and choice of twin or single room) or Indigo Hotel (four-star, choice of twin with ocean view or single room) in Puerto Natales
Day 2: Puerto Natales -- Balmaceda and Serrano -- Puerto Natales (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, a full-day trip starts with an early morning cruise from Puerto Natales to Ultima Esperanza Fjord. The three-hour cruise takes you through stunning Patagonian scenery to the 1,000-year-old Balmaceda glacier, home to cormorants and sea lions. At the head of the fjord, disembark to take a short 20-minute walk through forest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and walls of ice. Stop for lunch at Estancia Perales, a traditional cattle ranch, on the return trip to Puerto Natales, where the rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to explore on your own.
Accommodation: your same hotel
Day 3: Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine -- Puerto Natales (B, L)
An early start after breakfast takes you on a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere. Traveling through Patagonia’s rugged steppe country, an important habitat for many endangered species. See herds of sheep and native guanacos (animals that look like a cross between a llama and a camel) and notice the rugged snow-capped Torres del Paine mountains towering in the background. Visit Salto Grande waterfall on the Pehoe River and Patagonia’s lovely lakes Pehoe and Grey, overlooked by the snowy white peaks of Grey Glacier. The excursion returns to Puerto Natales in the evening.
Accommodation: your same hotel
Day 4: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas (B)
After breakfast, a transfer takes you to Puerto Natales bus station to catch an onward bus to Punta Arenas airport. (Earliest bus is at 7:15am with an approximate travel time of 3 hours to Punta Arenas. Please plan flights accordingly).
- 3 nights accommodation
- Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach from Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
- Airport transfer
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Note: first bus on Day 4 from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas departs at 7:15am. Please plan flights accordingly
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
We had a wonderful tour in Patagonia, visiting the glaciers and Torrs del Paine National Park. Special thanks to Nadia in Puerto Natales for sorting out all our requirements. Hotel Costaustralis was undergoing refurbishment so was a tad noisy and breakfast was inconsistent, but otherwise a well organised trip,
Breath taking, out of this world landscapes.
The hotel shower in the bathroom leaked all over the floor, I reported it to the office, they cam up and did something but it continued to leak the next day. I was not provided a consistent schedule of what time and where I would be picked up each day, the hotel clerk had the info but not myself.