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Patagonia MarathonFor an unforgettable marathon experience, come to one of the most majestic places on Earth with Eclipse Travel to Patagonia. In late September each year the Patagonian International Marathon takes place in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. As Australia’s official partner with the organiser NIGSA Events and specialists in South America, Eclipse Travel will organise your trip to comfortably get you to and from Patagonia in relaxed and trouble free travel with some recommendations to visit some of the breathtaking scenery and destinations nearby. We know first-hand all the properties within Torres del Paine National Park and can arrange all of your transport to / from the event and any other destinations you would like visit in South America while on your journey. Travel packages including flights can be arranged in 3, 4 or 5 star style so just let us know what you prefer and we can do the rest. The Patagonia Marathon is held in the freshest air in the world, within the spectacular peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. Marathons do not get any better!
Patagonian Marathon information:The sixth edition of the Patagonian International Marathon will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2017, and will maintain the classic race distances of 42K, 21K, and 10K. However, everyone finishes in the same location. The race route has magical and breathtaking landscapes. Mountains of granite and ice rise more than 2,500 meters above the race route. Multi-coloured lakes and wildlife are abundant which include condors, guanacos, foxes, huemul, pumas and rhea, among others. The surface of the race route is a winding gravel road. Another important factor that marks the character of the event is high likelihood of strong winds.
Day 1: Arrival
Fri, 08 Sept
You will be collected from the airport or hotel in Punta Arenas and transferred to our hotel in Puerto Natales. Puerto Natales is a port city in Chile’s Southern Patagonia and the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. You have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Marathon Day
Sat, 09 Sept
Today is the day of the 6th annual Patagonian International Marathon! After breakfast you will be transferred to the start line of the marathon. There are different starting points for the different distances, all converging on the same finish line. The event features three race distances: marathon (42 km), half marathon (21 km) and 10km.
After you have completed your event, and had time to soak in your wonderful achievement and the spectacular atmosphere and setting, you will be transferred back to Ecocamp for the evening for dinner and a well-earned rest.
Day 3 & 4: Explore Torres del Paine
Sun, 10 Sept & Mon, 11 Sept
Choose between nature walks or more adventurous treks on our Wildlife Safari program activities.
Day 3 Options (Sunday):
Trek Cerro Paine: We leave after a tasty breakfast at EcoCamp and head to Cerro Paine, a nearby mountain characterized by its two imposing peaks. This is a demanding trek of 16km with a max altitude of 1200m and an estimated hiking time of 7hrs. Highlights include the lenga forest, mountains, glaciers, the pampa and an unforgettable lookout of the towers and the Ascencio valley. After taking in one of the most striking views of the national park, we backtrack along the same trail and return to EcoCamp.
Nature Walk to Salto Grande & El condor Lookout: After breakfast we head westwards by van, taking a route along the southern shore of Nordenskjold lake. Our first stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskjold lake into Pehoe Lake. From here it’s a short walk to Cuernos viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the mighty Horns. From the viewpoint, we drive to Pehoe Lake and begin the two hour round-trip walk to El Condor Lookout from its shores. We go gently uphill through the steppe vegetation; a great opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here we witness the piercing blueness of Pehoe Lake and and the Paine river. On a clear day, we can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. We reenergize taking in the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snowcapped peaks. After a hearty lunch in the perfect location, we backtrack along the same trail and drive back to EcoCamp.
Day 4 Options (Monday):
Nature Walk to Laguna Azul: On our way to Laguna Azul we will have the chance to enjoy some marvellous views of the famous Torres, as well as passing through the Pampa Guanaco, where we will be lucky enough not only to spot many elegant guanacos, but also to hop out of the van and walk amongst them. After soaking up these beautiful surroundings, we will continue our drive to Laguna Azul, where a picnic lunch will have been prepared for us! We will enjoy our picnic lunch looking out over the lake, with a view of the three granite towers in the distance. After lunch, we will walk south to Macho Cañon, where we can observe the typical fauna of the Torres del Paine National Park, including more guanaco herds. From here we will jump into our van again, heading back to the EcoCamp in time for cocktail hour.
Trek to Base of the Towers: After a hearty breakfast we set off from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
Day 5: Departure
Tues, 12 Sept
Transfer back to Punta Arenas, stopping for lunch in Puerto Natales.
Evening flight to Santiago.