Patagonia Wild Horse Tracking

EcoCamp Patagonia Stay
Trip Length: 1 Days
Group Size: 1-14
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From: 723 USD
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Head to the final frontier of Patagonia for a wild west adventure: witnessing the untamed majesty of wild horses!

EcoCamp Extension

Embark on a quest to find the wild horses of Patagonia, herds of untamed stallions and mares roaming the fields and pampas of Torres del Paine. Using a skilled guide and tracking equipment, you’ll encounter amazing views, jaw-dropping wildlife and plant life, and unforgettable memories while tracking these mighty creatures!

Highlights

Highlights

  • Observe wild horses.
  • Trek through pristine corners of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Uncrowded, unsigned treks.
  • Unique scenery and panoramic views.
  • Bilingual guide specialized in animal tracking and behavior.
  • Observation equipment.
  • Theoretical and practical introduction to wild horses.
  • Ideal for all ages.

Itinerary

Option 1: Wild horse tracking

Torres del Paine National Park

After enjoying a buffet breakfast at EcoCamp, we'll head towards the Laguna Azul sector. From here, we'll begin our journey by 4x4 through the folds of the Cordillera Masle, from which we’ll be able to appreciate the Cordillera Baguales, Salto Las Chinas and Barranca de Los Toros pass. After about 40 minutes, we'll arrive at a typical "puesto" where Patagonian "gauchos" would take refuge while caring for their livestock. Here, we'll hear a short but interesting introduction to the area's history and the evolution and characteristics of its wild horses. With the help of satellite tracking equipment, coupled with our guide’s experience and knowledge, we'll begin our trek, searching for the 100 untamed horses that remain isolated in this sector surrounded by mountains, lakes, and plains, in the most pristine and untouched terrain of Torres del Paine. Depending on the horses’ location, we'll choose a place to have lunch and share our stories and experiences. The experience of tracking, observing, and analyzing the horses in such natural surroundings is incomparable. Additionally, we'll be privy to fantastic views of Lago Stokes, the Cordillera Dickson and the imposing Towers. After 7-8 hours, we'll return to EcoCamp, ready to enjoy an aperitif before settling down to our warming meal.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Option 2: Study the behavior of wild horses

Torres del Paine National Park

If you would like to form a part of an investigation and conservation project for Patagonia's wild horses, today is your day! The program is very similar to Option 1, however the focus is completely different. Option 2 participants already possess a basic understanding of the behavior of wild horses and so are able to support us as we deepen our investigation into these fascinating animals. For one day, you'll be a part of our onsite work team, generating scientific information relevant to the conservation of wild horses.

Overnight at EcoCamp Patagonia.

Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

Choose between dome comfort:

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)

Suite Dome EcoCamp Patagonia 1920x1281Suite domes were designed to further our goal of providing comfort in a natural setting with minimal environmental impact, and also maintain the hotel’s familiar and cozy vibe. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a wood stove and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome Loft
(2 floors, Heating & Private bathroom, 37m²/398ft²)

Suite Loft  (4)Suite dome lofts are two-storey domes which fit up to four people and have comfortable double or twin beds both up and downstairs. These domes, ideal for families or groups of friends, come with a wood stove, a private terrace and a private bathroom with a state-of-the-art composting toilet.

EcoCamp Patagonia Superior Dome
(Heating & Private bathroom, 23m²/250ft²)

Superior Dome InteriorSpacious, comfortable and equipped with private bathrooms, Superior Domes are the optimum choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk. Each Superior Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater, skylight windows and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet

EcoCamp Patagonia Standard Dome
(Shared bathroom, 10m²/108ft²)

Standard Dome TwinEcoCamp Standard domes were the world's first lodge accommodation in geodesic shape. They are resistant to the strong Patagonian winds, and come equipped with two single beds (doubles on request), cozy fleece blankets and feather quilts. There are windows in the ceiling for stargazing. Standard domes include shared bathrooms which are large, comfortable and gender divided.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not be involved in the Standard Dome sharing option this season. All standard domes will be reserved for individual travelers or travelers from the same reservation group.

Included

Included

  • 1 or 2 full-day excursions.
  • 1 or 2 overnight at Ecocamp Suite Dome.
  • Bilingual specialist guide.
  • Transfers.
  • Introduction to the day's objectives, equipment, safety considerations, and necessary behavior when approaching and observing wild horses.
  • Basic training in use of radio telemetry and "yagi" antenna.
  • Use of observation equipment. (binoculars, monoculars, tablets, etc)
  • Life insurance (participants over 18 years old only), insurance during transfers and guided trek.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, and dinner

Not included

  • Transfers in and out of the National Park.
  • Insurance. (as the same as for main program)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Items not mentioned.

Facts

Departures

Semi-private departures every day on request, October to April.

What is an EcoCamp extension?

EcoCamp Extras are excursions you can book in addition to our regular EcoCamp programs, to enhance your experience in Patagonia!. These tours can take place before or after your main program but we strongly recommend doing them afterward to maximize your arrival experience at EcoCamp with your fellow trekking/Safari group members. Transport in and out of the park is not included as these services are covered by your regular program with EcoCamp. If you wish to book an EcoCamp Extra without any other EcoCamp program please contact us so we can give you a quote.

Starting / finishing point

The trip starts and ends at Ecocamp Patagonia.

Physical demands

You must be able to walk 4-12km and carry your own backpack.

Transport

Transport during excursions in vans and 4x4.

Weather

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to the saturated winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, both the strong marine and the South Patagonic Ice field influence make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rains and eventually snow. Even in summer (December to March) you should come prepared to find cold- strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfalls. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF (24ºC max, 2ºC min).

What you need to bring

Appropriate clothes (hiking boots, comfortable clothes, windbreaker, sunhat, sunglasses, sunblock, water bottle, personal backpack).

Itinerary modifications

We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on operational considerations. The trip guide can modify, change or eliminate part of the itinerary based on safety/weather considerations.

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We are a Chilean owned adventure tour operator, based in Santiago de Chile, operating adventure tours in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia. Our base prices are in Chilean Pesos (CLP), but we charge prices in USD based on the exchange rate valid on the day of payment.

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