- Tailor made
ocated in a private reserve, Awasi Patagonia and its exclusive 12 villas offer impressive views over Torres del Paine and Lake Sarmiento. A thick native forest of Lenga and Ñirre trees protects the chosen location from the strong Patagonian winds.
As an Awasi guest, you will live unique experiences, through a choice of customized excursions with their own guide and a cuisine that will enchant you.
Its ‘all-inclusive’ programs give you total peace of mind to enjoy and discover the grandeur of nature in Torres del Paine, the 8th Wonder of the World.
|Keep in mind||Highlights|
|A 5 Day / 4 Night All Inclusive program is suggested||The exclusive and 100% tailor made Awasi service and its exquisite cuisine|
|The Master Villa features 2 rooms for 4 guests||The 12 villas are placed in such a way that each one enjoys great intimacy|
|Season: from October to April||Enjoy the amazing views over Torres del Paine and Lake Sarmiento|
Protected by the forest, the villas are distributed along paths that are connected to the Main House. The main house includes the restaurant, reception desk and comfortable lounges overlooking the majestic scenery.
Awasi guests can either walk along the paths or ask the reception desk to provide transportation via small electric motor-driven vehicles.
Protecting the environment and surroundings, the buildings are made of local procured wood, allowing the structures to blend into the incomparable natural landscape.
For the exclusive use of Awasi guests, the restaurant invites you to experience the delights of the menu designed by chef Mathieu Michel, featuring Patagonian gastronomy with the culinary excellence that has already distinguished Awasi Atacama as members of Relais & Chateaux.
Belgian chef Mathieu Michel, was chosen “Best Chef in Chile 2011”. His knowledge of local recipes and ingredients allow him to create dishes and preparations with simple and local characteristics blended with the sophistication and quality of European cuisine.
Depending on season and day, there are at least 4 daily flights from Santiago (3:30 hrs flight) to Punta Arenas. There are also flights (2:10 hrs duration) from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas.
The strategic location is protected from the strong Patagonian winds by a luxuriant native forest. The indigenous fauna remains intact in these forests and plains, where there are sightings of guanacos, ñandús (rheas), foxes, condors and, occasionally, pumas.
orres del Paine National Park, 8th Wonder of the World, is considered to be one of the most emblematic sites of Chilean Patagonia. It dazzles you with its magnificent scenery of jagged mountains and its lakes of glacial origin with ever-changing turquoise hues. Here you are at one with the wild.
Torres del Paine Peaks
Paine Grande Massif
Los Cuernos Peaks
Almirante Nieto Massif
FLORA AND FAUNA
he Torres del Paine National Park habitat melds together a wide array of T
he Torres del Paine National Park habitat melds together a wide array ofecosystems, making it a treasure for Chilean wildlife. Its 242,000 hectares provide shelter to over 120 avian species, 272 plant species and 25 mammal species. Distinctive among these are the puma, guanacos and ñandús that graze in groups in the steppes, the condor, one of the largest birds in the world and the huemul, an elegant deer in danger of extinction.
This biodiversity of glaciers, mountain ranges, forests and waterfalls give rise to a vast array of plant communities that are found in four main biotic areas: the Patagonian steppes, the pre-Andean brush, the Magellanic forest and the Andean desert. At the park, you will find notros, calafates, lengas, ñirres, coigüe beech trees, frutillas del diablo and llaretas.
he Aónikenk or “people of the south”, better known as Patagones, were first sighted in 1526, giving rise to the name of the region: Patagonia. Like all nomadic peoples, the Patagones covered extensive distances to hunt different animals that were the basis of their nutrition, clothing and weapons.
Over the centuries and with the cultural changes introduced by the new immigrants, the Patagon people disappeared as a race at the beginning of the 20th century, but their features are still present in the gauchos and inhabitants of this extreme corner of the planet.
Another major indigenous group were the Kawéskar or Alacalufes – nomads who were incredibly adapted to this hostile habitat that gradually disappeared.
art of the experience of visiting Torres del Paine in Patagonia is the climate. As intense as unpredictable, it requires visitors to be prepared for sunshine, rain, wind and snow. A good example of this are the changing temperatures between the valleys, the mountains (where the climate is colder due to the snow and ice) and the pampas that tend to be warmer and windier.
At Torres del Paine, each season of the year has a special charm and poses a different challenge. In summer the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, but it is necessary to cope with the strong winds that are characteristic of these latitudes. During the winter, the short days and low temperatures invite you to walk or ride horseback over the light coating of snow that covers the park. In the spring the park recovers all its natural vigor, with the native plants flowering and the migratory birds returning to give birth to new creatures. Lastly, fall is the ideal time of the year to appreciate the intense reds, oranges, yellow and greens that bedeck the different trees of the park.
All Inclusive programs range from 3 up to 6 nights. However, a 4 night program is recommended.
Each program includes:
Breakfast, lunch, appetizer and dinner
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
Private outings with bilingual guides
Private transfers to and from Puerto Natales or Cerro Castillo
Check-in: 4:00 pm / Check-out: 12:00 pm
KEEP IN MIND
Puerto Natales is located 2:30 hrs drive from Punta Arenas Airport. Transfer Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales available by vehicle at extra cost.
Our recommendation is to stay at least 1 night in Puerto Natales, before heading to Awasi. Ask us for the recommended hotel and activities!
Helicopter transfers are available at extra cost.
Inspired by old Patagonian shelters and ranching outposts, Awasi Patagonia features only twelve villas (one of them with two suites) in its private reserve. These are distributed in such a way as to ensure the utmost privacy and also offer the best views of the forest, Lake Sarmiento, the pampas and Torres del Paine.
t Awasi Patagonia excursions are private (with a guide and a vehicle assigned to each villa) and are planned according to the pace and preferences of each guest. The times, duration and routes of each excursion are defined in line with the special interests and wishes of each guest.
The excursions can be carried out with a greater or lesser degree of physical exertion, depending on the conditions and wishes of our guests. With regard to their duration, excursions are divided into half day (between 4 and 6 hours) and full day (between 6 and 10 hours) outings.
WHAT TO WEAR
Awasi recommends guests to carry always a pair of gloves, hat and sunglasses, and to wear layers of clothing, in order to enjoy this ever-changing climate to the utmost.
1st layer: undershirt and long johns made of quick-drying synthetic material that will help to evaporate body humidity.
2nd layer: light clothing that will keep you warm and protect you from the wind
3rd layer (external, for body insulation): breathable and water-repellant jackets and trousers.
he different excursions offered by Awasi and tailored to your interests, fitness level and preferences, such as, trekking, biking or horseback riding are divided in five areas, each of which offers very different points of interest.
Rain is a characteristic of this area and is the most humid part of the Park. For this reason it is possible to observe a wide array of vegetation, as well as the oldest and largest forests. Due to the protection and safety these forests afford, it is possible to sight huemul, a Chilean deer.
Some of the points of interest in this area are: Pingo river valley, Grey lake and glacier, pampa of the Serrano river, Ferrier overlook, etc.
Within this area it is possible to carry out a wide variety of excursions, whether half or full day, allowing you to observe different views of the Paine massif, as well as highland lagoons, lakes of different colors because of the concentrations of glacial sediments, an imposing waterfall and cave paintings, among other attractions.
From this area it is also possible to access the Valle del Francés (Frenchman’s Valley), which is made up of glacial moraines and lenga and ñirre forests, all surrounded by imposing granite mountains.
Although this area was affected by the last fire that occurred during the 2011-2012 season, large extensions were not touched and those that were have begun their natural recovery process.
Some of the points of interest in this area are: Lakes Nordenskjöld, Pehoé and Sarmiento, Valle del Francés, base of the Paine Towers, Salto Grande, etc.
About 45 minutes by vehicule from Awasi, this is the easternmost area of the park and because it is far away from the Patagonian ice and mountains, it is the least rainy area of the park. Here the great lakes give way to the Patagonian steppe, with its famous south wind, where we will discover the history of the first indigenous inhabitants and the pioneering ranchers of the region.
In this sector is the Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon), propitious for the sighting of fauna such as guanaco, chingue (Patagonian skunk), armadillo, fox, ñandú (rhea) and an interesting variety of birds, among them the majestic condor. In addition to the large variety of fauna that can be seen in this area, if the weather permits we will have attractive views of the Torres del Paine, Sierra Contreras and Sierra Baguales.
Points of interest in this area: Laguna Azul, Laguna Amarga, Paine cascade, the “Guanacos” ravine and flood plain, etc.
This area corresponds to Awasi’s private reserve and the cattle ranch where Awasi is situated. From here you can go on walks, rides on horseback or bicycles along different routes such as Sierra Contreras, where you can also observe the Laguna Azul with the Granite Towers as a backdrop, in much the same way as it was seen in 1879 by Florence Dixie, considered to be the first tourist in the region.
Enjoy our private reserve with your guide or simply walking on your own from your Villa in the midst of lenga and ñirre forests, observing the local flora and fauna, as well as the gauchos of this estancia going about their daily tasks.
Some points of interest: Overlooks in Sierra Contreras, Las Chinas river valley and waterfall, Tercera Barranca cattle ranch, condor cliffs, old cattle post and lagoon.
This area is located on the easternmost extreme of the region and extends to the limit with Argentina, over the extensive plain or pampa that characterizes the Patagonian landscape. This area is very interesting because of its geological and paleontological attractions. Set in the rocks of the sector it is possible to observe the living history of 65 million years.
Leaves, tree trunks, shark teeth, mollusks are some of the fossils that can be seen in the midst of the awesome scenery shaped by the Sierra Baguales range. A recent discovery of fossilized leaves found under dinosaur remains in the vicinity of this location made it possible to prove that the native forests (dating back 66 million years) originated in Antarctica, which at that time was joined to the American Continent.
The old hub of the Estancia La Cumbre will receive you and give you the chance to enjoy the ecosystem of a highland steppe and observe the unique flora and fauna of the region.
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AWASI PATAGONIA – All Inclusive Packages
VILLA (Based on double occupancy)
3 nights: USD 2,970.-
4 nights: USD 3,820.-
5 nights: USD 4,480.-
6 nights: USD 5,160.-
MASTER VILLA (Based on 4 guests)
3 nights: USD 2,670.-
4 nights: USD 3,360.-
5 nights: USD 3,900.-
6 nights: USD 4,500.-
Rates per person on double occupancy (Villa) or 4 guests (Master Villa). Valid until May 2015.
Breakfast, lunch, appetizer and dinner.
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
Private outings and bilingual guides. Each Villa is assigned a 4×4 vehicle with personal tour guide to customize all excursions.
Private transfers in/out to Puerto Natales and Cerro Castillo.
Transfer from Punta Arenas or El Calafate
Helicopter or vehicle transfer
Laundry, phone calls
Any other extra not mentioned
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