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THE FJORD TRAIL (3D/2N)
RATES PER PERSON
  • 2-3 passengers USD$ 1.295
  • 4-8 passengers USD$ 1.095
  • Single supplement USD$ 100
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TRIP LEVEL
Moderate
TRIP LENGTH
3 Days/ 2 Nights
START / FINISH
Puerto Natales (PNT), Chile 
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EXTENSIONS
WHALE WATCHING (3D-3N) (WW)

W-TREK TORRES DEL PAINE (5D/4N) (WNAT)

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Day 1 We meet at noon in the park administration; from here we’ll take a private transfer, crossing the Serrano River and arriving to Aniceto Astorga’s farmhouse. There we’ll choose our horses to begin a ride to an unexplored valley at the border of Torres Del Paine national park. We cross several rivers and go through a landscape filled with lakes and wetlands, constantly being surprised by the changing views of the Paine massif and the last glaciers of the Southern Ice Field. We’ll spend the night here after setting up camp on the shores of Lake Brush.
(10 minutes transfer, 4 hours walking and trotting) (BL-BBQ) (Night at Lake Brush Campsite)

Day 2 After a hearty breakfast we continue to Bernardo O´Higgins national park. This trail takes us through humid forests, similar to those of the austral canals, following the Serrano River until it empties into the Sound of Last Hope, where we spend the night in the Hostería Balmaceda with an amazing view of the Serrano glacier.
(5 hours, walking) (B-BL-D) (Night at Hostería Balmaceda)

Day 3 We’ll begin the day by crossing the river into the Seno de Ultima Esperanza, facing the imposing Serrano glacier at the foot of the Balmaceda Mountain (2148m). Here we make a short easy walk up to the glacier. We’ll then take a boat, “the cutter, 21 de Mayo” navigating via glaciers and canals on our way down to Puerto Natales.
(45 min walk, 3 hours by boat) (B-BBQ)

REGARDING THE SCHEDULE
The schedules indicated above are subject to change due to weather conditions or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, but we will try our best to keep them unaltered.

 
Camping Chile Nativo

Our clients sleep in 4-season tents, North Face VE 25 (3 person capacity) or similar, based on twin-share occupancy. We use a Mountain Hardwear domo-dining tent when the group is over 6 passengers and only in certain areas.


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Gaucho's hut (Puesto)

A “puesto” is a hut that the Gauchos use during the summer time, when they have to take care of the cattle herds away from the main Estancia house.
These simple huts are warm shelters to escape the occasional inclement weather in Patagonia. It’s a great place for cooking and enjoying a mate (local tea) around a fire.

Usually located in a strategic location, close to a water source and protected from the strong winds. We will be able to sleep in one of these characteristic Patagonian huts, or camp beside it.


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Hostería Balmaceda

The perfect place for resting, adventure and observation. There are 16 rooms with private bath and a dining room with grill. This is all surrounded by a beautiful landscape and a magnificent view of the Serrano glacier and the Balmaceda Mountain.


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INCLUDED

-All private transport indicated in the itinerary
-All horses, saddles and packhorses
-Helmets, Leather chaps, leather gloves, saddle bags, dry bags
-All meals indicated in the schedule (B: breakfast, BL: picnic lunch,
L: lunch, D: dinner , BBQ: barbecue)
-One night at Chile Nativo camp
(North Face VE 25 tents, double occupancy basis)
-One night at Hosteria Balmaceda
(Twin standard rooms)
-Entrance fee to Bernardo O´Higgins National Park
-Guide (English-Spanish languages), plus a Baqueano (local cowboy)
-Navigation from Monte Balmaceda to Puerto Natales


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NOT INCLUDED
-Any additional nights
-Medical expenses
-Insurance of any kind
-Personal expenses
-Sleeping bag and mattress
-Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks at the Hostería Balmaceda
-Gratuities for Guide and baqueano
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WEATHER
Weather and Temperature Chart

The weather in Patagonia in an important factor that must b e taken into account. The maximum temperature in summer is 20 C° and it drops to below 0° in winter. The windchill factor sometimes makes the ambient temperature drop 6 or 7 degrees. The temperature of the water is normally between 4 and 5 degrees Celsius.


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Estancias, Glaciers & Pisco Sours!
 
Travelling as a group of 6 friends of varying horse-riding abilities, we highly enjoyed our week in Patagonia. Chile-Nativo made arrangements which accommodated all speeds and included, for some, a day off the horses for those who needed a break from the saddle. Our horses were wonderful; tough and hardy but very responsive with admirable stamina and endurance.

The baquenos were friendly and helpful, the tack comfortable and the horses well cared for. We were also pleased to spot deer, fox, skunk, condors, guanaco and nandu amongst the wildlife - if not the elusive puma! The organisation and logistics were on spot, the food and drinks were delicious and, of course, the scenery was fantastic. The variety of landscapes we rode over left us with marvellous memories of the rolling hills on the estancias, rugged icy mountain peaks, glaciers and rocky forested hills.

Although we never caught a salmon at Brush Lake our lamb BBQ was superb and the location magnificent. Our Zodiac ride to the Serrano glacier and penguin spotting trip rounded off the trip nicely and left us very sad to have to leave. A highly recommendable holiday, we felt very well looked after by our guides.

 
Kotska Wallace
November 2007
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El sendero del Fiordo
 
Bueno ya de vuelta en Santiago te escribo para contarte un poco de nuestra impresión acerca del viaje y del servicio prestado. El viaje fue impresionante. Todo el lugar indescriptible. No queríamos volver ninguno de los tres viajantes. El servicio prestado fue desde el primer día muy bueno. Mirko estaba a la hora en el aeropuerto y en general el servicio de transporte fue totalmente satisfactorio. Asimismo Cristian, nuestro guía, demostró responsabilidad, conocimiento y mucha simpatía en todo el trayecto. Ambos un 7. No queda más que agradecerles por vuestro servicio. Gracias por todo.

 
Edwards Carrasco
Abril 2007
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