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Prices From $1446 / £1175.598 per person
Dates: From November 2023 to April 2024
Capacity: 5 per person
We save the granite towers that give Torres del Paine National Park its name until the last. Our journey to reach these iconic mountains is one of South America’s finest.
The icy glacier giants of Serrano and Balmaceda set the perfect tone. We stretch our legs through a stunning southern beech, or Nothofagus forest, replete with diverse fauna and flora. Our wilderness Lake Brush campsite delivers unbelievable panoramic views of Torres del Paine and the Tyndall glacier.
Another half-day walk takes us to Hotel Lago Grey, a spot of luxury after the wilds. The next day, once more, we board a boat to sail us up close to the calving Grey Glacier, an unforgettable experience. A gentle half-day walk to our campsite follows; the Torres del Paine W trek has begun.
The Torres del Paine W trek’s name comes from its route up three valleys, creating its W shape and appellation. These are the iconic valleys and highlights which form that W hike:
We head east along the shores of Lago Nordenskjöld, then up into the Paine Massif’s heart, the French Valley. The views are superb; hopefully, we’ll get the weather for a picnic. Heading back down the Valley, we continue east and rest sleep at the Francés campsite.
Another day brings another marvel: the Horns of Paine, Los Cuernos, dramatic guardians of Torres del Paine National Park. Tonight, we’ll enjoy the comfort of the famous eco camp Patagonia and its domes.
Fully rested, a full day’s hike to the Torres del Paine towers is today’s crowning challenge. For many, the view from the base of the Towers is the highlight of their Torres del Paine W trek.
It’s a full-day trek with some steep pulls. Your rewards are the mountain ridge views, beech forests, and rivers that line the walk. Furthermore, the last hour involves clambering over moraine, boulders whose release created the Towers. Finally, your efforts are rewarded with the towers and its glacial lake, a perfect lunch spot.
We retrace our steps to the eco camp to celebrate completing Patagonia’s iconic Torres del Paine Hiking W Trek. Our final day is a travel one; choose to return to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, or take a public bus over the border to El Calafate, Argentina.
Prices From $7495 / £6093.435 per person
Dates: May 2023
Starting in San Pedro in northern Chile, we explore the Atacama desert.
We have to spend a couple of days in San Pedro de Atacama taking it easy and letting ourselves get acclimatised to the high altitude.
Here we concentrate on capturing the wonderful colours of the desert at dawn and dusk as we acclimatise.
Heading to Bolivia
We head nextto the vast southern deserts of Bolivia in our four wheel drive vehicle to enjoy the starkly beautiful landscapes of this dramatic desert wilderness.
The immense Salar de Uyuni is a natural marvel of South America.
Deep blue skies, clear skies and and the brilliant white salt create a fantastic spectacle.
More about the safari
Bruce Percy is an internationally-travelled and published photographer.
He has visited and photographed South America many times and has the knowledge to help you make the most of this trip, which is limited to 8 people.
Anyone who has a passion for photography can join, as it is designed to allow everyone quality time at some fabulous locations, with accommodation, food and logistics all taken care of.
We use hotels built by and in the traditional style of the local Aymara communities, providing an income in this, one of the poorest parts of Bolivia.
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We start in Salta in northern Argentina. We explore this stunning part of the country, passing colourful cultures and rock formations including Purmamarca, a rainbow mountain of seven colours.
Towns such as Humahuaca – with frequent street music – Tilcara, Uquía and Purmamarca thrive among the amazing multi-coloured mountains, salt plans and lakes.
Next, it’s Bolivia – Uyuni and its famous alt lakes and volcanoes. From Uyuni, we head out into the vast southern desert to enjoy the starkly beautiful landscapes of this dramatic desert wilderness.
Lakes that change colour, geysers and bizarre rock formations are just some of the highlights of this enormous salt plain.
From here, it’s to Chile and San Pedro de Atacama desert.
One day you are floating around in the salty Laguna Cejar, the next, gazing at the awesome scenery from atop an Andean peak.
Prices From $2650 / £2154.45 per person
Dates: From October 2023 to April 2024
Start your journey in Punta Arenas or El Calafate from where you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in the Torres del Paine.
All your meals, open bar and daily excursions, walking, horse-riding, wildlife watching, boat trips, are included.
There is also a special ‘Puma spotting tour’ or you can choose to relax in the hotel’s lovely surroundings. Read more about Hotel las Torres’ environmental work, too.
More about Paine
Paine features 180,000 hectares of diverse scenery and wild landscape on the edge of the southern ice fields of Patagonia.
Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, Paine is one of the largest sources of temperate-zone glaciers in the world and lies 120kms / 75 miles north of Puerto Natales, the gateway town for the park.
The name ‘Paine’ (pronounced ‘pie-nee’) comes from a Tehuelche Indian word meaning blue.
The ‘Torres’ – or Towers – are named after three spectacular granite peaks, the highest reaching 2,900m/9,514ft, that form the centrepiece of Torres del Paine.
These dramatic peaks are part of the Cordillera del Paine, the youngest mountain range on earth.
Other notable peaks include Paine Grande at 3,050m and Los Cuernos (the Horns) that range from 2,200-2,600m / 7,218-8,530ft.
Forests, steppe lands, lakes and valleys surround them.
More on trekking the Paine W trek, Patagonia
As well as the beautiful highlights of Grey Glacier, French Valley and Towers and Horns of Paine – there is a bonus visit to the Milodon Cave and the Eastern lakes of Torres del Paine national park.
In the award winning Eco-camp you can choose between standard and superior domes.
These tented, igloo-type domes which minimise environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting in nature.
Torres del Paine National Park
The name Paine comes from a Tehuelche Indian word meaning blue.
The Torres – or Towers – are named after three spectacular granite peaks, the highest reaching 2,900m/9,514ft, that form the centrepiece of Torres del Paine.
Other notable peaks include Paine Grande at 3,050m/10,007ft and Los Cuernos (the Horns) that range from 2,200-2,600m/7,218-8,530ft.
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We had the trip of a lifetime. I hear that expression all the time but never really thought it real to say until now. It was fantastic!
Highlight of the holiday was the view of the Three peaks and the lake in perfect weather conditions. It was also the ice hiking which was totally thrilling and lots of fun.
Our guide, Danny, was simply awesome. Great sense of humor, very knowledgeable, good company, calm. We felt lucky to have him with us.
The Refugios and the one night in the tent were very clean and the beds comfortable. The tents were great and sleeping bags and mats were provided - despite no-one being able to sleep due to the noise of the wind (crazy!) Some Refugios were better than others but all were very comfortable with enough amenities
Food was adequate/fine. Don’t think I’ll be having mashed potatoes any time soon but absolutely nothing to complain about. The first Refugio we stayed in was the best (sorry, name eludes me)
The route was good and everything went to plan (bar the boat which no-one could have foreseen) Only emergency internet at that specific Refugio though so possibly a good idea not to try and leave from here as plans difficult to change.
Not sure about the local community benefitting but certainly in P Natales I felt we helped by shopping, eating and drinking there! Surely just having visitors in the area helps the economy and educates people how to behave in a Natural Park?
We chose this place as we wanted to see if it was as beautiful as we had been told. And YES it was!
We chose Andean Trails as the itinerary could be flexible to our time schedule and the amount of time we wanted to spend walking. (Which was great)
Overall an absolutely fantastic trip which will be very difficult to top so if you have any other ideas for next year, please let us know!
M Bradie, USA, 2018
» Paine W Classic Trek
I’m pleased to say that all the arrangements went to plan and the Eco Camp was excellent. Much better than an hotel. More comfort than I had expected and the food was excellent.
I was in a group of 11 and we had an excellent group dynamic even with an age range from 72 to 33. 3 Brits, 4 USA, 2 Canadians, 1 Honk Kong and 1 France.
We had 2 guides who were excellent.
Well worth the long journey and I can thoroughly recommend the holiday.
R Spoors, UK, 2017
» Paine W Classic Trek
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