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Prices From $1505 / £1204 per person
Dates: July 2019
Capacity: 5 per person
El Pedral lodge in Argentina is Peninsula Valdes’ best estancia from which to enjoy the area’s fantastic wildlife.
Thanks to its privileged location, El Pedral, a 19th century Norman house, is the perfect top quality accommodation in Valdes.
Southern Right whales, killer whales (orcas), Humbolt penguins, elephant seals and sea lions can all be found here.
After a day wandering the remote beaches, take a swim in the pool or relax in your comfortable room.
All communal areas are open and so you could read in the library, take in the views and enjoy a drink while wait for your home-cooked meal to arrive.
The Atlantic ocean, which El Pedral looks on to, is so deep that you can see Southern Right Whales directly from the beach.
There is a growing penguin colony too, plus the chance to see the resident orca pod.
The wildlife cast is completed with the steppe fauna – guanacos, foxes, maras and nandus, and the traditional activity you see all around, the sheep farming.
Prices From $1200 / £960 per person
Dates: October 2019
The Estancia Cristina Lodge is a historical farm situated on the northern shore of Lake Argentino in Argentine Patagonia and can only be reached by boat from El Calafate. This is one of the many El Calafate lodging options available but the advantage is that you are well off-the-beaten-track in pristine nature.
The setting is stunning on the lake shore surrounded by glacial peaks. Here you are away from it all surrounded by the majestic Patagonian scenery and immersed in the history of this remote location.
Facilities and package
It has 5 cottages which comprise of a lounge and 4 en-suite bedrooms with stunning panoramic views. The “Octagon” is an exclusive facility for overnight guests which comprises a bar, restaurant and lounge.
Overnight stays include full board, a choice of activities chosen from an extensive menu of horseback rides, 4×4 vehicle excursions and guided hikes.
This beautiful, all-inclusive hotel, deep in the heart of Paine, offers and authentically Patagonian experience.
Hotel Las Torres offers comfort and style from which to explore the park. It sits at the trail head to the park’s most famous trail, the trek to the base of the Towers of Paine.
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.
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.
Prices From $1311 / £1048.8 per person
Dates: From September 2019 to April 2021
Hike the best 7-day version of the classic W trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia.
On this stunning small group trekking we travel to Torres del Paine and walk the classic Paine W hike.
This fully-supported guided Paine W trek is based on the standard W, but with a twist as you stay in a combination of a luxury Eco-Camp and mountain refugios.
Enjoy hot water showers, electricity and plenty of delicious food and wine.
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.
Prices From $2850 / £2280 per person
Dates: October 2019 to October 2020
Indulge your senses at the legendary Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.
This is pure luxury. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff facing Lake Sarmiento with magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National Park.
Tierra Patagonia has 40 opulent rooms with spectacular views across the lake to the Torres del Paine, all decorated to capture the warmth and coziness of being indoors in this wild, faraway place.
The Spa has an adventure spa philosophy with services designed as relaxing options after a day of experiencing the outdoors actively.
Tierra Patagonia blends with the flow of the geology of its location – wood clad interiors meld with the furnishings and textiles, which were hand made by Chilean craftspeople, using natural materials from the region.
Included are a choice of activities such as treks, horse rides, scenic trips and bicycle rides to world famous locations and also to areas less travelled, all of which are led by qualified and experienced guides.
Choose from four day stays or longer – the truth is you probably won’t ever want to leave Tierra Patagonia.
Packages include transfers from Punta Arenas, accommodation and full board with open bar.
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We had an amazing trip and would like to thank you for pointing us in the direction of the 15-day tour and also telling us about El Pedral. As far as I'm concerned, nearly every day brought its own highlights, so there's nothing I'd like to mention in particular. Our tour guide, Florenzia (sp?), was wonderful, as were the mountain guides in Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine. The accommodation and food were fine - and the portions were enormous! The organisation was excellent. We had one transfer when the vehicle broke down, but the driver arranged for another car.
I don't know if we benefitted the local communities. I hope so. We certainly had plenty of time to interact with local people as we weren't just being driven around.
R. Law, UK, 2016
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Our trip was really wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I can honestly say that there weren't any low points.
But, there were many highlights. Camp Poincenot in the woods in the snow was chilly but fun. Amazing views of Fitzroy. Our tour leader Flor was excellent as was Fernando, one of the mountain guides. The wildlife was memorable, guanacos and rhias and then later the penguin colony and elephant seals. El Pedral was magical. The food was superb and we loved it's isolated setting.
Everything was well organised. The group had just 7 people which worked well.
All the accommodation was generally very good. The camps were really good fun, good fun and really warm sleeping bags.
We took trade to local restaurants and bought the odd souvenir etc. We tried to be sensitive to environment and keep impact low.
I would recommend the tour to anyone fit enough for the treks. The uphills were longer and steeper than expected but enjoyable.
Thank you for organising the holiday for us.
A. McGregor, UK, 2016
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19th May, 2020 9:16 am
Mindo, just 80 km from Quito is a small, friendly and fun town, popular with tourists and packed with fabulous things to do. It is easy to get to Mindo as it is just 80km from Quito and it’s beautifully located in the wildlife rich cloud forest on the western slopes of Ecuador’s Andes. Mindo lies at the heart of the Mindo Nambillo Ecological Reserve, just where the highly biodiverse Choco lowlands and tropical Andes meet. The Cloudforest of Mindo is home to a diverse range of birds as well as some more elusive animals such as the agouti, jaguarundi, …
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