Explora Patagonia Lodge Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the most privileged location with the most beautiful views in all Torres del Paine National Park. Explora sits on the shores of Lake Pehoe with panoramic views of Mount Paine Massif
  • Unparalleled flexibility to choose from a vast array of excursions with a range of difficulty
  • Evenings back at Explora – consistently ranked as one of the top two lodges in South America and a top ten worldwide – with gourmet food, wine, and impeccable service
  • Private catamaran ensures you will see Glacier Grey – the largest glacier in the Southern Ice Field
  • Private horse stables make Explora an equestrian’s paradise
  • Lakeside jacuzzis and spa with complimentary champagne to end the day
  • Knowmad guarantees best pricing at Explora!

Overview & Explora Patagonia Lodge Tips

Explora Salto Chico pioneered the luxury inclusive adventure lodge concept and remains the leader. Their range of innovative excursions throughout Torres del Paine National Park allow you total flexibility to see the park in the way best for you, whether that’s logging countless miles of hiking or relaxed wildlife safaris. Explora’s location is simply the best, their service impeccable, their guides top of the class, and their ability to foster your perfect luxury Patagonia adventure unrivaled. For a spare-no-expense Patagonia experience, choose Explora. As a close partner and friend, Knowmad guarantees best pricing on Explora packages. Our abilities to create private, custom and dynamic itineraries throughout South America make us a perfect fit to plan a holistic Chile and/or Argentina adventure including a stay at Explora Patagonia Lodge. Contact a Knowmad Travel Advisor today at 612-315-2894 or travel@knowmadadventures.com.

Patagonia Chile

Explora operates on 4 night/5 day package basis (8 night stays also available) that are all-inclusive from your arrival in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales to your departure. They also offer transfers to Calafate, Argentina for Chile/Argentina country-combo trips during parts of the year. There are fixed entry dates so inquire about available dates prior to booking flights or making other trip arrangements.

Typically it is best to take the 6:30 a.m. flight from Santiago to arrive around 9 a.m. to the airport in Punta Arenas. Here you are met by an Explora representative and taken for a beautiful drive into the heart of the Patagonia, arriving to the lodge around lunch. On this day you will meet privately with a guide to discuss excursions and your preferences in order to custom tailor your experience at the lodge and in Patagonia.

After your stay it is best to take a late afternoon flight out so that you can maximize your time at the lodge and not rush out early in the morning on the 5th day.

Note: flights on Sky Airlines do exist to Puerto Natales closer to the park, however they do not run daily so rarely work well for Explora packages.

Is It For Me?

A leader in blending luxury and adventure,  a stay at Explora offers flexibility in excursion choices which is ideal for families and groups with differing activity level preferences. This lodge is ideal for those who value the best views and access along with personal service while discovering a natural treasure.

Knowmad has vast knowledge and operations in Chile; this is a private trip and we are happy to modify excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests.

Have questions? Talk to an expert: 612-315-2894

Important Info

Torres del Paine National Park

Costs

  • From $2,485 per person / 2 travelers for 4 nights

All costs are subject to seasonality and room category. We guarantee same or better pricing than booking directly with the lodge. All Knowmad trips are custom and exact pricing is provided in your trip proposal.

We offer door-to-door trip planning services; Knowmad will navigate fixed-date entries, seasonal differences, logistics in transportation, and coordinate your accommodations and excursions for a holistic, seamless itinerary.

LIGHT, MODERATE, OR VIGOROUS TRIP Activities are flexible and can include hiking, boating, wildlife viewing, photography, horseback riding, cultural opportunities, and spa.

LENGTH 5 days – 4 nights, 8 days – 7 nights

BEGIN / END Generally Punta Arenas, Chile and/or Calafate, Argentina. Some flights for Puerto Natales exist during certain times of year.

Air Travel

International Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. You may arrange your international airfare independently, or we are happy to offer our feedback and assistance in helping you book it.

Regional If booked by Knowmad Adventures, internal airfare for this trip (Santiago/Punta Arenas/Santiago) averages $300, however this is an approximation and the airfare is subject to change upon booking. If you would like to arrange your own regional flights, please consult us prior so we can verify the departure and arrival times.

What's Next?

Ready for the trip of a lifetime? Signing up is easy. Call us at 612-315-2894 or email travel@knowmadadventures.com and reserve your spot. Or simply download our registration form, fill it out, and send it back to us along with your trip deposit. Please refer to registration form for terms & conditions.

Weather & When to Go to Chile

The dry summer season is November through March, but it can rain any time of year and can also get windy. Layerable, non-cotton clothing designed for hiking and athletics with a rain shell is the recommended outfit for a day in the Patagonia. Daytime temperatures during this season are typically in the 50s and 60s  F (10-16 C).

Weather in Southern Patagonia

Prior to your departure, you are provided a detailed pre-trip information packet including a recommended pack list, information about the regions you’ll be visiting, suggested readings, up-to-date health information including any recommended vaccinations and more.

Accommodations

Explora Lodge emphasizes simple elegance. The lodge features lakeside hot tubs, pool, spa, nice rooms and common spaces, and most importantly one of the most privileged locations with the best views of any lodge in the world.

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Exploration Options

Every evening our guides meet with you in the bar/living room area of the hotel. There, they will explain all of the planned explorations available for the next day and help you choose the best exploration for you according to your interests and abilities. The maximum group size is 8 travelers, along with a bilingual explora guide.

Our treks and horseback rides will help you
to discover the landscapes and wildlife of this singular place, as well as the unique way of life of its human inhabitants: the gauchos.

The following menu includes descriptions
of our main explorations; the itineraries can experience modifications at any time and without prior notice. Please make sure to speak to an explora guide daily to know the exact explorations being offered.

Trekking Half Day

Walk to Lake Grey Peninsula

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Grey Ranger Station (45 minutes). We cross the Pingo River hanging bridge by foot and continue for 15 minutes through a forest of lenga trees (nothofagus pumilio), until we reach Lake Grey beach from where we can see icebergs. We ascend a moderately steep slope to reach a point where we get impressive views of the Grey Glacier. Finally, we return down a moderately steep slope to the lake shore and back to the Grey Ranger Station where the van will be waiting.

Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours, 2 to 2.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 5 km (3.1 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk to the Toro vista point

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) toward the Weber Bridge. Climb 100 m (300 ft) until reaching the Toro vista point. Observe birds, regional fauna, and characteristics of the local aquatic flora. Views of Lake Toro and the Serrano River flanked by grand Andean peaks such as the Ferrier and Donoso mountains, among others. Return by van to hotel (15 min.).

Duration: 2 hours, walking 1.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 3.5 km (2.2 mi).
Level: Easy.

Walk to Pingo River

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 min.) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Follow a relatively flat trail that follows the turbulent, glacier-fed Pingo River through open prairie in order to arrive at the Salmon River Cascade; great variety of birds and exuberant vegetation. Return to the Grey Ranger Station and back to hotel by van (40 min.).

Duration: 4 to 5 hours, walking 2.5 to 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 8 km (5 mi).
Level: Easy.

Walk along the Aonikenk trail

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van
(30 min.) toward the Lake Sarmiento Ranger Station. Walk along a moderate trail north
of the park limit, with moderate ascent (150 m/ 500 ft). The exploration provides an open landscape with panoramic views. On several rock walls it is possible to see Aonikenk Indian paintings, primitive inhabitants of the region. There is an abundance of guanacos here. Gradual descent to the Laguna Amarga Ranger Station. Return by van (35 min.).

Duration: 3 to 4 hours, walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 7.5 km (4.6 mi).
Level: Easy.

Photo Safari to observe flora, fauna and birds

Itinerary: This exploration has an emphasis on photography and learning the flora and fauna of the park. During the journey it is very likely that we
will observe guanacos, rheas, condors, foxes, skunks, ducks, geese, and other varieties of birds, especially during the spring. Views of the Horns and the Towers, the Almirante Peak and the Paine River Cascade.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours, by van.
Level: Easy.

Walk to Rivera Serrano

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Serrano River (20 minutes). We trek along the river bank until we reach the Serrano park entrance. From here there are splendid views
of the Paine Massif, the Toro Heights and the Serrano Prairie. This riverside trail follows the river basin of the Torres del Paine National Park. We return to the lodge by van (20 minutes).

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours, 1.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 3 km (1.8 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk to Laguna Azul

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (1 hour) toward the Laguna Azul campground. We begin with a 30 minute trek along the border of Laguna Azul, which provides excellent views of the Torres del Paine, forests and prairies. We return by the same path (30 minutes) as far as the Laguna Azul Ranger Station to observe varied bird species that live in the wetlands next to the lake. This trek can also start from the barbecue area.

Duration: 2.5 hours, 1 hour trekking.
Distance on foot: 1.5 km (0.6 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk to New Nordenskjöld

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (25 minutes) toward the viewpoint of Lake Nordenskjöld. This trail crosses gently sloping grass-covered hills and enjoys spectacular views of the Paine Massif and the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto. We continue along the shores of Lake Larga (Long Lake) with its curious, but beautiful calcium formations. We may sight guanacos and diverse birds. We return to the lodge by van (25 minutes).

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hours, 1.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 3.5 km (2.2 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk to La Vega Roja

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Laguna Azul Ranch (1 hour). We trek from the La Estrella Ranch through prairies and forests. There is a steep descent following a river until we reach the trail back to the barbecue area, where the van will be waiting for us to return to the lodge (1 hour).

Duration: 4 hours, 2 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 7 km (4.3 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk to Laguna Negra

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 minutes) toward explora’s stables. The trail follows a gentle ascent through green hills and wetlands. There is beautiful vegetation along the trail, and views of the Paine Massif. We will also gain panoramic views of the Serrano prairie and Laguna Negra with its varied bird colonies. At the end of the trek, you can drink maté tea with the gauchos in the area of the stables. We return to the lodge by van (15 minutes)

Duration: 3 hours, 2.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 3.6 km (1.8 miles).
Level: Easy.

Walk along the Cornices

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico on foot. Ascend 250 m (820 ft) to the cornice of the ridge behind the hotel, offering views of the Paine Massif, the Condor vista point, and lakes Pehoé and Nordenskjöld. The road continues along the cornice, passing tiny lakes and forest, with views of the Paine River, Prat Mountain, Serrano Prairie, and Lake Toro in the distance. Descend through the La Feria Ravine.

Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours, walking 3 to 3.5 hours.
Distance on foot: 6.5 km (4 mi).
Level: Moderate. Note: Frequent strong winds.

Walk to the Condor vista point

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico on foot. This walk offers sweeping views of
the park and observation of diverse flora and species of birds. Includes a 250 m (820 ft) ascent to the Condor vista point. Return down by a different trail to reach the van. Return to hotel (5 min.).

Duration: 2 hours walking.
Distance on foot: 4 km (2.5 mi).
Level: Moderate. Note: Frequent strong winds.

Walk along La Loma

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward explora’s Quincho (barbecue area) (1 hour). From the barbecue area, the van takes us to our start point (20 minutes), then we start our trek by ascending a gentle hill for 45 minutes. From the summit, there are excellent views of the Torres del Paine. The descent, which takes about 30 minutes, takes us through fields of “coirón” grass, where we may see guanacos.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours, 2 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 5 km (3.1 miles).
Level: Moderate

Walk to Linda Lake

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (20 minutes) toward explora’s stables. From here the trail crosses gently sloping, grass-covered hills
before starting a moderate ascent (1 hour),
with spectacular views of the mountains in
the southern sector of the park such as the Balmaceda and the Ferrier Mountains. On the way to the Linda Lake viewpoint, there is a view of the Geike Glacier. We can enjoy a spectacular view of the Paine Massif and also many species of birds, shrubs and forests of Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica). We descend past Laguna Negra, where we may see birds.

Duration: 3 to 3.15 hours, 2.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 6 km (3.7 miles).
Level: Moderate.

Walk to Ferrier vista point

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 min.) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Steep climb (550 m/ 1,800 ft) to Ferrier vista point. Lovely vegetation along the trail and the possibility of viewing huemules, a local deer. Ancient forest of deciduous beech and a spectacular panorama of the Paine Massif from the eastern flank of the Pingo Valley.
View of lakes Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento. Return by van (40 min.).

Duration: 4 hours, walking 3 hours.
Distance on foot: 7 km (4.4 mi).
Level: Difficult. Note: Frequent strong winds at the summit.

Bird watching

There are over 100 species of birds that make up the avian population in Torres del Paine National park, many of them endemic to the area. Based on the time of year and the interest of the group, we organize an exploration to look for and view some of these inhabitants in the park.

*We require a minimum of 4 people to join this exploration between November and April.

Duration: 3 to 4 hours by van.

Trekking Full Day

Walk to Laguna Stokes

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Laguna Azul Ranch (1.15 hours). The trail leads through a valley of vegetation and forests of Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica) with magnificent views of the Baguales peaks and the surrounding area. We arrive at the beautiful deep blue Laguna Stokes, which has panoramic views of the Punta La Proa, Punzón and Cerro Ohnet hills to the north of the Paine Massif, close to Lake Dickson. We return along a trail through forests of lenga (nothofagus pumilio) and calafate (Berberis buxifolia bush), skirting the northern foothills of the Masle Peaks until we reach the barbecue area, where the van will be waiting to take us back to the lodge (1.15 hours).

Duration: 8.5 hours, 6 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 18.5 km (11.4 miles).
Level: Moderate.

Walk to Pingo – Grey

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 minutes) toward the Grey Ranger Station. We trek along a relatively flat trail that follows the turbulent, glacier-fed Pingo River, through open prairies to the Salmon River Cascade. We return along the same trail to Lake Grey. Next we cross the hanging bridge over the Pingo River and trek through forests of lenga (nothofagus pumilio) to the beach before starting the ascent to the Lake Grey Peninsula, where we can enjoy views of the Grey Glacier and icebergs. We return by the same trail to the Ranger Station and head back to the lodge by van (40 minutes).

Duration: 8 hours, 6.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 13 km (8 miles).
Level: Moderate.

Walk to the Toro Heights

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 minutes) toward the Weber Bridge. The trek starts with a climb up a sandy ravine with an excellent view of Lake Toro and continues through the hills of the Toro Heights along a relatively flat trail that winds through woods and valleys. A gentle ascent into the hills leads to interesting panoramic views of the Paine Massif. The trail leads through lush forests of lenga (nothofagus pumilio) and Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica), which are ideal for bird spotting. Finally we reach the imposing Toro Heights, where we will have magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National Park. We descend the slopes of the Toro Heights and return by van.

 

Duration: 5.30 hours, 5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 15 km (9.3 miles).
Level: Moderate.

Walk to the base of the Paine Towers

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (1 hr) toward the Cerro Paine Ranch. Ascend 350 m (1,100 ft) through the Ascencio River Valley to the Chileno Shelter. Walk through century-old forests of beech and past gorges until reaching the Torres Shelter. Climb a glacial moraine until reaching the Towers vista point at the lake (a 350 m/ 1,100 ft climb). Picnic lunch and return to the Cerro Paine Ranch on foot, with a view of multicolored lakes. Return by van to hotel (1 hr).

Duration: 10 to 11 hours, walking 8 to 9 hours.
Distance on foot: 17 km (10.6 mi).
Level: Difficult. Note: This exploration requires that participants be in good physical shape.

Walk to the Pingo River Valley

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (40 min.) toward the Grey Ranger Station. Walk along a relatively flat trail that follows the turbulent, glacier-fed Pingo River, which winds through open prairies and diverse vegetation. Pass the Salmon River and climb a gentle 200 m (650 ft) ascent. Native beech forest, views of the Paine Mountain, Pingo River Cascade, and good opportunities for bird watching. Picnic lunch and return on foot until reaching the Grey Ranger Station.

Duration: 10 to 11 hours, walking 8 to 9 hours.
Distance on foot: 21 km (13 mi).
Level: Difficult.

Walk to the Horns

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the northeast (1.15 hours). Then, after a 15 minute trek across flat terrain, we begin a slow ascent over the densely vegetated foothills of the Mount Almirante Nieto. The trail continues through forests of Antarctic beech (Nothofagus antarctica) to the edge of Lake Nordenskjöld, where we follow a hilly trail around the lake, crossing small streams along the way. We stop at a rocky viewpoint to observe the impressive color of this glacial water lake, before starting a steep ascent of 320 meters (1050 feet) to the entrance of the Bader valley. We continue climbing for 30 minutes up into the valley where we can appreciate a breathtaking view of the Horns, the Sarmiento, Pehoé and Nordenskjöld Lakes and the Ice Fields to the west. We return to Hotel Salto Chico by van (1.15 hours).

Duration: 8.30 hours, 6 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 20 km (12.4 miles).
Level: Difficult.

Walk to the Masle Peaks

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the Laguna Azul Ranch (approximately 1 hour). We set off from the La Estrella Ranch through prairies and forests, across a stream, followed by a steep ascent of 520 meters (1,700 feet) to reach the ridge of the Masle Peaks. From this point, there are panoramic views of Laguna Azul, the Towers and the Baguales Peaks. Heading west along the ridge and gradually ascending for an hour, we reach an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). From here you can see part of the Nordenskjöld and Sarmiento Lakes, the Toro Heights and Mount Almirante Nieto. Continuing west, there is a second viewpoint with impressive views of Lake Paine and the start of the Southern Ice Fields. We return eastwards along the ridge, gradually descending as far as the barbecue area and return to the lodge by van (1 hour approximately).

Duration: 7.5 hours, 5.5 hours trekking.
Distance on foot: 18.5 km (11.4 miles).
Level: Difficult.

horseback rides at the site “el quincho” Half Day

Horseback rides in the Laguna Azul (Blue Lake) area begin at the barbecue site “el quincho” (about 1 hour from Hotel Salto Chico by
van) and pass through a few of the estancias (ranches) in the area. Rides are designed for those travelers who feel comfortable handling horses in open spaces; the moderate to advanced options for those with advanced experience trotting and galloping. The following rides are only available during the Patagonian springs and summer months.

Horseback ride at the barbecue site “el quincho”

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van toward the quincho barbecue site (1 hr). Leave from the quincho on horse, passing through forests of deciduous and Antarctic beech, with views of the Baguales peaks, the Las Chinas River, Mount Almirante Nieto, the Towers, and the Condor Nest peak. Pass by the Laguna Azul ranch and return to the quincho bordering the Las Chinas River.

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours of horseback riding.
Level: Easy.

Horseback ride to the Santa Gemita Ranch

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van to the quincho barbecue site (1 hr). Cross the Zamora River on horseback. Ascend and descend the hills surrounding the quincho, arriving at the Santa Gemita ranch. Return via steep slopes. Possibility of seeing condors and eagles. Spectacular view of the Towers and Laguna Azul.

Duration: 2 hours of horseback riding.
Level: Moderate.

Horseback ride to the 2 de Enero Ranch

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van to the quincho barbecue site (1 hr). Cross the Zamora River on horseback, passing through sections of prairie, Lake Jara and finally arriving at the 2 de Enero estancia at the base of the Obelisco peak. Possibility of seeing condors and eagles. Views of the Sierra Baguales peaks and the Paine Towers.

Duration: 3 hours of horseback riding.
Level: Difficult.

horseback rides at the stables half day

The following horseback rides begin at the explora stable, located 15 minutes from Hotel Salto Chico. From the explora stable we
offer a variety of riding options year-round. Some of the riding explorations described in the following pages have been designed for travelers with at least minimal riding experience who should feel comfortable controlling a horse in open spaces (level: easy). Some require more experience, such as the ability to walk, trot, and gallop along a trail for at least 3 hours (level: moderate). Experienced rides are for those who are comfortable in the saddle for more than 3 hours and able to control a horse in all gaits and situations (level: difficult). explora has the finest Chilean and English saddles, gaiters, and helmets.

Horseback ride to Lake Linda

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) to the stable. The trails heads north, passing through hills dotted with a variety of trees in different stages of development. Views of the Lagunas Negra and Linda, the Pampa Serrano, and the surrounding mountain ranges. Return by van (15 min).

Duration: 3 hours, 2 hours riding.
Level: Easy.

Horseback ride to Laguna Negra

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) This gentle horseback ride includes ascending and descending, gently rolling hills and shallow water crossings. It’s the perfect place to view a variety of local birds as well as privileged vistas of the surrounding mountains, the pampa Serrano and the Laguna Negra (Black Lake).

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours.
Level: Easy.

Horseback ride to Toro point

Itinerary: This is relatively flat ride which includes a water crossing. One can appreciate different species of birds, the Pampa Serrano, Serrano River and Lake Toro, and on the return outstanding views of the Paine Massif.

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Level: Easy.

Horseback ride to Serrano River

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) to the stable. The horseback ride begins crossing the Serrano prairie and along the turquoise waters of the Serrano River, with a view of the snowy peaks of Mount Balmaceda. Return via the golden Serrano prairie, with views of the Paine Massif. Return by van (15 min.).

Duration: 3 hours, 2 hours riding.
Level: Moderate.

Horseback ride to Buena Vista

Itinerary: As the name of the ride suggests, we’ll enjoy some great views as we ride along several well defined ascents and descents. This advanced ride also offers the opportunity to appreciate the geology of the area. Highlights include Paine Massif, Lake Toro, and the Chorrillo del Cañadon. There can be a particularly windy section along the trail.

Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours.
Level: Difficult

Horseback Ride Rincón del Puma

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) toward explora’s stables. The ride starts with a gentle ascent to reach the surroundings of Lake Toro. As we ride through the forests
and prairies of this characteristically rugged Patagonian landscape on this easy and very pleasant horseback ride, we may spot different local bird species.Splendid views of Lake Toro and the Serrano River, crowned by the immense peaks of the Andes Mountains. We return to the stables and from there return to the lodge by van (15 min.).

Duration: 1.5 hours, distance 4 km (2.4 miles).
Level: Easy.

HORSEBACK RIDES AT THE STABLES Full Day

Horseback Ride To the Donoso vista point

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 min.) to the stable. Narrow trails through forest, along lakes, and across prairie land. View of Donoso Mountain, from one of the least-explored, virgin areas of the park. Picnic lunch next to Los Choros Lake. Prairie, streams, mountains and exuberant flora are a few of the highlights of this horseback ride. Return by van (15 min.).

Duration: 6 hours, 5 hours riding.
Level: Moderate.

Horseback ride to Toro Heights

Itinerary: Leave Hotel Salto Chico by van (15 minutes) toward explora’s stables. We cross the Weber Bridge and ascend a steep sandy trail which has some loose rocks, to an altitude of 350 meters (1,150 feet) (40 minutes). We can enjoy splendid views throughout the trail of Lake Toro, the Pampa Serrano, the Grey River and the Sarmiento River. Passing through forests of lenga (nothofagus pumilio) along a flat, rocky terrain, we continue toward the Toro Heights, gaining altitude, and enjoy panoramic views of the Paine Massif, the Grey Glacier and the Baguales Peaks. On our return, there is a very steep descent to the puesto del toro. We arrive back at the stables along the Toro Heights, crossing rivers along the way. We return to the lodge by van (20 minutes).

Duration: 7 hours, distance 30 km (18.6 miles).
Level: Difficult.

 

 

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