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Marble caves and Paine wildlife

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15 days/14 nights

From Balmaceda airport to Punta Arenas airport


I personally think this is a very nice trip to see Chilean Patagonia in its both main areas: Aysén and Paine. Days  in Mallín Colorado Ecolodge, is really a full Patagonia adventure stay in a very comfortable and cozy secluded place.  You will certainly have possibilities to do a lot of outdoor activities during the whole trip, observing a variety of birds, flora and different animals that live in Patagonia. The trip to Caleta Tortel will be unforgettable, because you will have not been so isolated ever before. And the program includes the famous National Park Torres del Paine, with its amazing views to high peaks, immense glaciers and wonderful accommodations. And you will finish your vacations searching the huge whales in the Magellan Strait on board M/N Forrest, a small expedition cruise specially designed for the channels. 

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Day 1: Arrival in Balmaceda airport – Mallin Colorado Ecolodge

Our program starts in Balmaceda airport. You will be picked up by a guide to drive  the  Southern Carretera Austral, one of the most pristine places in the world, where the scenery is dominated by the Northern Ice Fields and lake General Carrera. After 5 hours driving, you arrive at the lodge, where a welcome dinner awaits you in the Club house of the lodge.Lodging in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge or similar. LD

Day 2: Horsebackriding and boat excursion

After breakfast, we will do a horseback riding through a forest of native trees such as coigue, ñirre and lenga,  with stops to view glaciers and lakes General Carrera, Bertrand and Plomo, appreciating spectacular views of the Andean foothills of the Northern Ice Fields. We arrive up to a wide plain where you can see Mallín Colorado lagoon, with a marshy surface. After four hours, lunch in the lodge and  boat excursion on lake Bertrand during the afternoon. Dinner and lodging in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge or similar.   BLD

Day 3: Marble caves and Explorer´s Glacier

After breakfast we leave the cabins and start to drive along the Austral for about 50 minutes to take a boat and visit the famous “Marble Caves” on the shore of lake General Carrera. After that, we continue through a recently opened way to visit the Explorer´s Glacier on the Northern Ice Fields. This glacier follows down over earth, so the scenery where it located is simply spectacular. You can see it very near. We return back to the lodge to have a wonderful dinner. Lodging and dinner in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge or similar. BLD

Day 4: Tamango National Reserve

After breakfast we leave the cabins and start to drive south along the Austral Highway to the town of Cochrane. From here we continue to the Tamango National Reserve. This reserve is the only area where you can observe the huemul; Chile s native dear and highly protected specie. We hike through the park, observing the abundant vegetation and fauna. During the hike we will enjoy a satisfying lunch in spectacular surroundings.. Dinner and overnight at the cabins of Mallin Colorado or similar. BLD     

Day 5: Day at leisure in the lodge

After breakfast you have a day at leisure to walk, make pictures, do a trekking in the hills around the cabins or just simply read a book under the trees, viewing the lake. Lodging in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge or similar. BLD

Day 6: A full-day trip to Caleta Tortel.

(You can leave your bigger luggage in the lodge and just bring a little backpack for two days). After breakfast, we start a journey to Caleta Tortel, 200 km along the southern Carretera Austral. We leave Lake General Carrera and start driving along river Baker from its beginning at Puerto Bertrand until its ending in Caleta Tortel. Box - Lunch will be served in a beautiful spot along the road, surrounded by native forests. After four hours aprox. you will arrive to the typical village, constructed in an ingenious network of footbridges, stairs and bridges that go over rocks, vegetation and marshes, connecting the piers with the houses distributed in different sectors of a large rock, in Caleta Tortel. Dinner and lodging in Entrehielos Lodge or similar. BLD

Day 7: A free day in Caleta Tortel.

Free day just to get to know the village, walk along its footbridges, typical houses and simple restaurants. You may take a boat and visit the Island of Dead´s, 1,8 miles from Caleta Tortel. Or we also suggest to visit Glacier Steffens or Glacier Montt in a full day boat excursion. Dinner in Entrehielos lodge or similar.  BLD

Day 8: Visit Patagonia park and back to Mallin Colorado

After breakfast we drive back north to Cochrane where there is lunch served and can make a short walk in the town. On the way back to Mallín Colorado we visit the Chacabuco Valley where we encounter a landscape which is very similar to the Patagonian pampas of Argentina; we can observe guanacos, condors, sheep, cattle and diverse bird species. Lodging in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge or similar.  BLD

Day 9: Flight Balmaceda- Punta Arenas

After breakfast and check-out, you leave Mallin Colorado in direction to the airport. In Balmaceda you will take a flight to Punta Arenas.

Reception in Punta Arenas airport and immediate transfer to Puerto Natales, about 3,5 hours on paved road. Lodging in Hotel Costaustralis or similar, Puerto Natales. Dinner on your own. BL

Day 10: Full day Torres del Paine.

Full day excursion to the different corners of the National Park, including box - lunch. Lodging in Hotel Costaustralis or similar.  Dinner on your own. BL

Day 11: Glacier Grey and Punta Arenas

Half day navigation to Glacier Grey.  In the afternoon, transfer to Punta Arenas. Lodging in Hotel Best Western Finis terrae, or similar.  We ask you to provide lunch pic nic by yourself. B

Day 12: Expedition Cruise M/N FORREST

Pick up from Hotel to M/N FORREST. Boarding in Caleta Hately. Dinner and overnight on board. BD

Day 13: Expedition Cruise M/N FORREST

On board visiting Glacier Santa Inés. Whale watching on Island Santa Inés, Seno Ballena and Carlos III Island. Lunch and dinner on board. BLD

Day 14: Disembark and Punta Arenas

Excursion on board to Caleta Delfines. Disembark and return to Punta Arenas after lunch on board. Arrival to Hotel Best Western Finis Terrae in Punta Arenas. Dinner on your own in Punta Arenas. BL

Day 15: Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile

After breakfast, transfer to the airport of Punta Arenas to take your next flight.B

End of our services

Program includes:

  • All meals as indicated in the program //14 breakfast – 12 lunches – 10 dinners
  • All transfers by air and land as indicated.
  • 6 nights in Mallin Colorado Ecolodge
  • 2 nights in Tortel
  • 1 night in Puerto Natales
  • 1 night in Torres del Paine
  • 2 nights in Punta Arenas
  • 2 nights on board Expedition Cruise M/N FORREST
  • Air tickets domestic flight from Balmaceda to Punta Arenas.
  • Navigation ticket to Glacier Grey
  • Visit to the marble caves
  • Visit to Patagonia park
  • Whale watching excursion 3 days/2 nights

Program does not include:

  • Meals not indicated
  • Wines and beverages
  • Tips
  • Lodging in Santiago de Chile
  • Domestic flights from Santiago to Balmaceda and from Punta Arenas to Santiago

Optional services

  • Hotel in Santiago
  • Full day gourmet tour in Santiago city
  • Marble caves
  • Austral Road Aysen
  • River Baker confluence
  • Huemules at Tamango park
  • Caleta Tortel village
  • Patagonia park
  • Glacier Grey
  • Torres del Paine

This program is valid until May 2019


  1. Balmaceda
  2. Mallin Colorado
  3. Glacier Exploradores
  4. Cochrane
  5. Caleta Tortel
  6. Patagonia Park
  7. Balmaceda airport
  8. Punta Arenas
  9. Torres del Paine
  10. Punta Arenas
  11. Charles III island
  12. Caleta Delfines
  13. Punta Arenas