Hostería Tercera Barranca -Torres del Paine Patagonia  


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3-Day Horseback Riding Trip From Laguna Amarga to Laguna Azul + Paine Tour With Navigation

 Grey Lake

Day 1

This excursion to Torres del Paine National Park, offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this region.
Early in the morning, we pick you up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. The tour starts with a visit to Milodón Cave Natural Monument (approximately 1 hour, entrance optional.)
Next we head to Torres del Paine National Park, visiting the best lookout points along the way. Lookout points include: Sarmiento Lake; Laguna Amarga (with a classic view of the Towers); Nordenskjöld (with a classic view of the Paine Horns); Salto Grande (a big waterfall that connects Lake Nordenskjöld with Lake Pehoe); Weber Bridge; the shore of Grey Lake (area of icebergs) and the Grey Glacier lookout point (where we take a short stroll along the lake to observe impressive icebergs and a marvel at Glacier Grey.
The diverse animal world we witness along the way is sure to fascinate. We will certainly see herds of guanaco and rheas. And with a little luck, we may see foxes, pumas and the majestic condor.
After visiting Grey Lake, we return down the same road till we reach Estancia Tercera Barranca, where we stay the night and dig into an excellent meal of grilled lamb on the spit. Guests enjoy views of the Towers from their rooms.

HOrseback riding to Laguna Azul

Day 2

Early in the morning, after eating a good breakfast with excellent views of Torres del Paine, we begin a horseback ride of about 7-8 hours. For the first two hours, we ride toward Laguna Azul, stopping to visit the Las Chínas waterfall on the way.
At Laguna Azul, we marvel at the best view of the three Towers yet. We eat our lunch here, while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Paine Massif beside the lake. After lunch we continue to ride another 2.5 hours (approximately) to Laguna Amarga. Here, we visit one of the most famous lookout points of the Towers, offering classic postcard-picture views of the national park.
Here, the vehicle will be waiting for us to take us back to Estancia Tercera Barranca. Dinner tonight is an asado (barbecue) of Patagonian lamb, which is typical of the region. Accommodation in the Hostería.

Balmaceda Glacier

Day 3

Early in the morning after a good breakfast, we cross the front of the Paine Massif again until we reach the Serrano sector. Here, we receive waterproof jackets and life vests to start descending the Serrano River toward Glacier Serrano in semi-rigid boats. During the journey, we will make a short stop at Salto Serrano (a geologic depression that makes for strong water rapids). This requires that we leave the boat and walk five minutes to pass the rapid and board another boat to continue with our trip.
During the voyage, we enjoy the flora and fauna along the river with continuous views of the Paine Massif and Glacier Tyndall. We eventually arrive to Glacier Serrano. This is the gateway to Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, one of the largest parks in Chile. Here we walk to the viewpoint of Glacier Serrano. If we are lucky, we’ll be able to contemplate the blocks of ice calving and splashing into the lagoon below.
We return to the port by 13:15 hours, where we board the 21 de Mayo boat and begin to navigate through the Última Esperanza Fjord en route to Puerto Natales. During this voyage we will observe the Balmaceda Glacier, which pours into the sea from the summit of Mount Balmaceda.
In the middle of the fjord we stop for 1.5 hours for a Patagonia lamb barbecue at Estancia Perales. We then continue sailing through the fjord, arriving to Puerto Natales around 16:00 hours, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Start: Puerto Natales
End: Puerto natales
Difficulty: Low
Season: October-April
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More options

It is possible to start and finish this program from Torres del Paine National Park. (No additional cost.)

Navigation across Grey Lake: On day 1, it is possible to take a boat trip to see the Grey Glacier up close. (Additional costs apply.)

Ice hiking and ice climbing: On day 1, it is also possible to hike on the Grey Glacier with crampons for about 3 hours. Alternatively, you can choose to do some ice climbing on the glacier. Both options carry an additional cost, and can only be done by combining the ice hiking glacier Grey / climbing with the navigation across Grey Lake.

This program can be done using campsites. Consult for updated program costs and itinerary.


It is not necessary to have horseback riding experience. Your guide takes the time necessary to ensure that you learn all the most important technical aspects of riding, all the basic security measures, the local riding style and how to stay comfortable.

Climate and Temperature

Patagonia is known for its changeable weather and high winds. Even the summers can be very cool and rainy. Appropriately warm clothing and equipment are required.

Strong and impervious footwear
Warm clothes
Rain jacket
Rain pants
Cap or wool hat
Sunglasses (optional)
Private transfers: From Puerto Natales / Tour of Torres del Paine / Hostería Tercera Barranca / Serrano sector.
Bilingual guide (Spanish / English), with WFR training, VHF radio and first aid kit.
Horseback ride from Tercera Barranca to Laguna Azul and then to Laguna Amarga (approximately 6-7 hours).
Individual equipment: gaiters and helmet.
1 night lodging in Hostería Barranca. Private bathroom.
Private transfer from Hostería Tercera Barranca to Serrano River sector.
Entrance fees for Bernardo O´Higgins National Park.
Food service: All included, four meal services a day (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner).
Drinks: mineral water, juice, coffee, tea.
Transfer from Puerto Bories to Puerto Natales.
Navigation “Ruta Náutica” Torres del Paine / Puerto Natales.
Not included
Entrance fees for Torres del Paine National Park and Milodón Cave Natural Monument.
Drinks during the luncheon barbecue at Estancia Perales.

Groups have a maximum of 6 persons.
It is possible to exceed this maximum for tour operator or family groups.

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