Depart from your hotel in Puerto Natales in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan with your experienced guide. Sink back into your seat and watch the spectacular scenery begin to unravel as you journey north to the mountain of Cerro Benitez.
Arrive at the Milodon Cave Natural Monument and delve into the darkened depths to encounter life-size replicas of a prehistoric giant sloth. Gain fascinating insight in the 19th century discovery of the extinct creatures as you stroll past stalactite-studded crevices and arrive at a legendary landmark known as the Devil’s Chair.
Return to the vehicle and venture further north to enjoy a revitalizing coffee break at the impressive villa in Castle Hill (own expense). Feel your excitement heighten as you approach the entrance of the phenomenal park, which sprawls over 447,000 acres (181,000 hectares).
Walk westward beside the iridescent wonder of the Nordenskjold Lake until you reach the rushing and roaring Salto Grande Waterfall. Admire the power of the natural landmark from a vertiginous vantage point, scanning the landscape for native herds of guanaco.
Then, venture to the center of the park to the inviting and intimate Hosteria Pehoe, a rustic hotel nestled in an islet of Lake Pekoe. Pleasure your palate with a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch (sample menu listed below) before wandering the dramatic shores of the lake.
Revitalized, trek towards the colossal glacier at the north of the Grey Lake. Admire the sparkling spectrum of color upon the water’s surface before gasping at the enchanting enormity of the 90-foot (30-meter) high glacier.
Head back to the minivan and gaze out of the windows at more stunning sights as you travel back towards Puerto Natales; capture the grandeur of the park’s granite towers on film before sitting back in your seat for the scenic journey back.
Note: Entrance fees to Milodon Cave Natural Monument and Torres del Paine National Park are your own expense.
Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):
• Assortment of salads, pastas, rice and soup
• Main course of chicken or other roasted meat
• Dessert, like flan or fresh fruit
• Soft drinks, water
• Beer (own expense)