Patagonia is one of the few breathtaking places in the world, thanks to its landscapes, culture and scenery. Icebergs floating over lakes, endless plains and condor sightings are just a few of Patagonia’s main attractions. It is currently one of the preferred destinations by Chilean and foreign tourists, who are searching for a combination of tranquillity and outdoor activities that immediately connect with the vast flora and wildlife of Patagonia.
Excursions are not booked in advance and are subject to weather conditions.
Biking around Puerto Consuelo
About 20 minutes away from the hotel are the wide fields of the Puerto Consuelo Estancia that belong to the Eberhard family, pioneers of the province who are originally from Germany. This is where we will begin to pedal. We will bike for 12 kilometers through the Patagonian steppe all the while surrounded by beautiful mountain formations, such as Mount Benítez, where the Milodon´s cave is located, the Paine Massif, and the Patagonian Andes. As we approach Eberhard Fjord is possible to see a variety of birds, such as black-chested buzzard-eagles, Andean condors, chimango caracaras, black-necked swans, Chilean flamingo, among others. Finally we will arrive to the estancia’s main house to load the bikes back on the trailer and return to the hotel.
We will leave the hotel and head 18 kilometers north of Puerto Natales to Puerto Prat, founded in 1899 this a small rural settlement was the first town in Last Hope Province. Once we arrive we will begin our hike to Puerto Consuelo, walking along of the shore of the Eberhard Fjord. From here we will admire the unique Chilean Patagonia landscape that harbors a great history of sovereignty and social development. This area of country traditions and sheep farming, surrounded by large mountain ranges along its horizon, provides a beautiful viewpoint of Torres del Paine National Park. It is also an excellent area for bird watching.
Trekking Señoret 360
This hike begins at the base of Señoret Hill (4,340 feet/1.323 meters), located about 25 kilometers from the hotel near Laguna Sofia. Our hike will take us through a dense forest inhabited by diverse birds and colorful vegetation. Without a trail this will be a tough journey, but we will be rewarded with access to interesting geologic formations. After about 4 hours of hiking (weather depending), we will summit one of the best mountains in the zone and get a 360° panoramic view of Last Hope Province.
Horseback riding through Laguna Sofía Valley
We will depart from the hotel in the morning and head towards Laguna Sofia. We will ride horses for approximately 5 hours through Lenga forests and around the lagoon, galloping by terraces formed by glacial waters. We will enjoy panoramic landscapes, such as the Sierra Prat and Mount Benitez, with vertical walls where condors have their nests. Along this horseback ride we will enjoy the immensity of the Patagonian countryside, as well as views of the flora and fauna of the zone. We will admire the vastness of the sky along with the pure air of Patagonia.
Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine
The Torres, or Towers, of Torres del Paine National Park are granite monoliths created by the outcropping of an igneous rock that has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and wind over time. This 8-hour round-trip trek begins at the base of Admiral Nieto Mountain and winds up the Ascencio Valley to Refugio Chileno. It then continues through a beech forest and ends with a climb up a moraine of large rocks that will bring us to the base of the Towers. Weather permitting, we will be able to see the North Tower, Central Tower and South Tower in all their splendor.
Trekking to mount Dorotea lookout
We will leave the hotel heading towards Mount Dorotea, where we will begin our trek, climbing through the beautiful landscape in this area and we will explore thickets where the Shepherd’s Needles (Romerillo) and the Magellan Barberry (Calafate) are prevalent. As we climb we will pass Ñirre and Lenga trees and other plant species. We will reach Last Hope Lookout, at an elevation of 600 meters above sea level, around midday and from there enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Puerto Natales. If luck is on our side, we will also have the privilege of seeing condors flying above us.
Trekking to Condor Lookout
Laguna Sofía, a paleolake, and Mount Benitez, a cliff replete with condor perches, are located 35 kilometers from Puerto Bories. They form part of the paleontological sector home to the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument and rock paintings. Our hike to the summit of Mount Benitez will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. At the summit, we will watch the majestic flight of the condors, usually viewable in this location, in addition to wonderful views of Laguna Sofia, Eberhard Fjord and the Señoret Canal. After enjoying the scenery we will descend Mount Benitez and return to the hotel.
Kayak Patagonian fjords
We will depart from the hotel in the morning and head towards Puerto Consuelo, the oldest estancia in Last Hope Province founded in 1893 by the German pioneer Hermann Eberhard. This will be our base camp for this excursion. After a safety briefing we will paddle for about two hours through the Eberhard Fjord, along the way passing by Puerto Prat, a settlement founded in 1899, and the historic “Island of the Dead”, that was used as a cemetery to bury the first settlers. In this area of “protected waters” it is possible to see a variety of birds, such as Chilean flamingos, black-necked swans, Coscoroba swans, red-gartered coots, and great grebes.
Fly Fishing Patagonia
Patagonia is a wild and unique territory, worn down by enormous masses of ice that shaped its interesting landscapes. It forms one of the most extreme precipitation gradients in the world. Because of this from east to west the landscape is very different – it changes from Patagonian steppe to evergreen forest in less than 125 miles (200 km). It is thought that settlers saw this as an excellent opportunity for the introduction of the voracious Salmonids, which quickly spread and flourished throughout the diverse watercourses of the zone and created a paradise for fly-fishing.
Kayaking Puerto Bories
We will set out from the shore in front of the hotel and row through the waters of the Señoret Canal. This tour is recommendable for both first-time kayakers, as well as those with more experience. The trip takes from one to two hours, depending on expertise. If the winds are blowing in our favor, we will head towards Puerto Natales, cross to the Peninsula or head towards Puerto Condor. Beautiful pictures of the hotel can be taken from the bay.
Horseback Riding at Laguna Sofía
This is a trail ride is appropriate even for novice riders. The ride along the trail is about two hours taking you through Lenga and Ñirre forests. Mount Benitez is one of the sights along the way, as are the condors that usually fly above it. You will also enter caves located on the Laguna Sofia Ranch, where archeologists found the remains of prehistoric animals and of humans dating back 3,900 years. The experienced, native horses make this trail ride across landscapes of great beauty unforgettable.
Kayaking Eberhard fjord
From the hotel we will travel 20 minutes to Estancia Puerto Consuelo, where the Last Hope Province colonization began in 1893. This will be our base camp for this excursion. We will kayak to a number of historic locations along Eberhard Fjord, such as Puerto Prat, founded in 1899 and Krugger Island, known as the “Island of the Dead”, that was used as a cemetery to bury the first settlers. During this excursion it is possible to see a variety of birds, such as Andean condors, Chilean flamingos and black-necked swans.
The Water Track
This excursion is ideal for anyone who wants to see Torres del Paine National Park from a different perspective. The tour will begin at Lazo Ranch, located on the shores of Verde Lagoon. From there we will enter the park, taking a trail that offers unique views, passing by lakes and lagoons and observing local flora and fauna. We will have lunch and rest at mid-day in a lenga forest. The end point is a favorite lookout over Toro Lake, the mouth to the Paine River and the Paine Massif. From there will begin our descent to our pick up point at Weber Bridge.
Historical Museum and Industrial Puerto Bories Tour
We will learn in depth the vestiges of the industrial revolution of 1915, through several machines that gave life to this industrial place managed by the Sociedad Explotadora Tierra del Fuego. We will visit the boilers, engine room, condensors and the workshop. On the outside, we will see the old pier that received hundreds of vessels for the export of products. This visit will revive the history and life of the pioneers sheep farming environment, a place that became the most important meat processing plant of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia.
Horseback Riding at Puerto Consuelo
We will leave the hotel and arrive to Puerto Consuelo 20 minutes later. This was the first ranch in this part of the region, owned by Hermann Eberhard, a German colonist and pioneer who developed a livestock business on this ranch. The original facilities are still standing and the ranch is still operative. After gearing up and mounting our horses, we will begin a tour of the varying landscape and enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful places in the Patagonia.
Patagonia fjords cruise: Serrano and Balmaceda
We will sail through the Patagonian Fjords to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. The voyage affords views of colonies of cormorants and sea lions. The trip to Port Toro inside of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park takes one hour and 30 minutes. Once we arrive to the port we will disembark and take a 45-minute walk to the lookout point for the Serrano Glacier. Upon returning to the pier, the trip will continue towards the Balmaceda Glacier, which flows from Mount Balmaceda. That marks the end of our journey and we will return to the hotel.
Cycling Around Puerto Natales
We will leave the hotel by bicycle, pedaling along a gravel road past the farmlands on the outskirts of the city to the city gates. Our ride will take us along the Pedro Montt Coastal Road, rounding the edge of the Señoret Canal, which offers a spectacular view. From there we go to the heart of the city to see the Arturo Prat Square, the main square of the city, the Municipal Museum of History and the Ether Aike Arts and Crafts Village that define this city. We will return to the hotel by bicycle.
Puerto Natales city tour, a land of pioneers
We will begin the tour along the shores of the Señoret Canal, enjoying the beautiful landscape visited by zonal birds, such as the black-necked swan. From there we will go to the fishermen’s wharf and then to the main square of the city to see important architecture, such as city hall, built during the Magellanic livestock fever. We will visit the Municipal Museum of History and learn a bit more about the history of Natales. The excursion ends at the Ether Aike Arts and Crafts Village where you can mingle with the local inhabitants.
Trekking to the Mylodon Cave
The Mylodon Cave National Monument is located 25 kilometers to the northwest of Port Natales. It is one of the oldest and most important archeological and paleontological sites in Southern Patagonia. Evidence of a human presence dating back to 11,000 years B.C. has been found in these caves, consisting of extinct fauna such as the Mylodon. The trekking begins at the Small Cave, from where we will forge inward in this important archeological finding. We will then move on to the Middle Cave and end at the Large Cave, which is 200 meters deep, 80 meters wide and 30 meters high.
Discovering Torres del Paine National Park
In 1978, Unesco declared the Torres del Paine National Park a Biosphere Reserve. It is also the Eight Wonder of the World. We will head northward to the Park, passing through several lookouts with breathtaking views of the Paine Massif. We will see fauna typical of this area: nandus, or American ostriches, foxes and guanacos; and visit lakes such as the Nordenskjold, Sarmiento, Pehoé and Grey. We will take a short walk to the Big Falls (Salto Grande) where you can see the Horns (los Cuernos). At Grey Lake beach, you will have the chance to watch icebergs that were once part of the glacier.
Patagonian fjord cruise: Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers and “Estancia” lunch
We will set sail from the hotel towards the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. We will arrive to Port Toro. From here we will take a 45-minute walk to the Serrano Glacier. Upon returning to the boat, we will see the Balmaceda Glacier en route and we will head towards the La Peninsula Ranch where a typical Patagonian lunch will be awaiting us. In the afternoon, we can go horseback riding or trekking along the marvelous paths in the area or just rest and relax at the manor home and explore the attractions.
"High-octane activities include full-day hikes to the base of the three-pronged Torres del Paine or picturesque boat rides to area glaciers "- Travel and Leisure -