Full Day Estancia Tour
Our Full Day Estancia Tour is a perfect way to live and learn about life at a Patagonian ranch combined with navigation through the fjords, adventurous activities and delicious food. You will meet our intelligent sheepdogs and learn how we through holistic livestock management perform responsible shearing of our sheep and how the process and classification of wool work. We invite you to be part of our project based on animal welfare, conservation of nature, sustainable production and high-quality service.
We start the journey by navigating from Puerto Natales to the Estancia La Península, a beautiful ranch located on the peninsula, Antonio Varas. Upon Arrival, you will be welcomed with some warm coffee, tea, and sopaipilla. Then the activities start: you can choose between horseback riding, trekking, 4×4 four-wheel drive or relaxing time at the estancia. The activities take approximate 2 hours and when finished a delicious traditional lamb barbecue is waiting! Then it’s time to learn about how we work with our sheepdogs and see a shearing of a sheep and learn about the whole process and how we classify the wool.
These are the activities you can choose from:
Choose from one of our prized criollo horses to explore the estancia in true Patagonian style. Rides are lead by a gaucho, a local cowboy, and a bilingual guide to walk you through the estancia’s diverse landscape. Pass through wide-open pampas, green southern beech forests and rocky coastline while learning about the local flora and fauna. Admire the surrounding mountains and glaciers from spectacular viewpoints along the trail and even delve into history about the areas indigenous tribes while visiting an archeological point of interest.
Four-wheel Off Road drive
This is an excellent option for those who are looking for a scenic tour without having to put in a too much physical effort. Guests can enjoy the comfort of riding inside our farm vehicle that follows a dirt road from the main house all the way to the top of Cerro Ballena (Whale Hill). This route passes through a landscape of southern beech forests full of a variety of birdlife and other creatures. As the tour continues the vegetation evolves to a landscape dominated by chaura (a local bush) and coigue (the evergreen beech tree) passing by where the sheep live during the summer months. Upon reaching the top guests are rewarded with a 360-degree view of the fjord and the surrounding mountain ranges not to mention a birds-eye view of the entire estancia.
Guided walk and bird watching
We offer a variety of walks depending on your fitness level. The classic route meanders along the coastline passing through wetlands and native forests that are habitats for a number of wildlife. Birds such as condors, black-chested buzzard eagles, flamingos, geese, swans and much more are often observed within the first few steps. An overpopulation of rabbits in the area gives many birds of prey an ample food supply attracting birds of all shapes and sizes to the estancia. Our knowledgeable guide comes equipped with books and binoculars.
Relaxing time at the ranch
Jet lagged or tired from the previous day’s activities? Feel free to snuggle down on one of our comfortable sofas to contemplate the landscape, sip on some fine Chilean wine or browse through our book collection. Feel free to wander around the farm to snap photos of our stables, corrals, barn and our Patagonian Bearded Collies in their doghouse. This is the perfect option if you want to escape and have some alone time to clear your mind and absorb the beauty of the landscape.
We departure from Puerto Natales at 9:00 am and will return around 4.30 pm.
The programme includes the following:
Transport from hotel to the pier and back
Boat trip to the peninsula Antonio Varas
Tea/coffee and sopaipilla upon arrival
One of the activities (horseback riding, trekking or 4×4 offroad drive)
Traditional lunch with free bar (wine, beer, juice, soda etc.)
Shearing of a sheep where we tell about the process, how to classify the wool etc.