Chile, Feb 26 – Mar 3, 2024

PATAGONIA

Exploring the Natural Wonders of the World Inside & Out with Kaypacha

OVERVIEW

The trip of a lifetime!

Patagonia’s wonder, beauty, and raw, powerful magnificence will stir you deeply from within, reminding you of your roots, connection to Creation, and true place in the natural world. Nature grows wild, barren, and beautiful, and the wide open spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them. The majesty of jagged soaring peaks rising from pristine glacier waters jutting into clear blue skies (and brilliant stars) will bring us from the silent, empty void within to the spiritual presence and wisdom of the earth and sky. Join us!

OVERVIEW

The trip of a lifetime!

Patagonia’s wonder, beauty, and raw, powerful magnificence will stir you deeply from within, reminding you of your roots, connection to Creation, and true place in the natural world. Nature grows wild, barren, and beautiful, and the wide open spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them. The majesty of jagged soaring peaks rising from pristine glacier waters jutting into clear blue skies (and brilliant stars) will bring us from the silent, empty void within to the spiritual presence and wisdom of the earth and sky. Join us!

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TIME

Jupiter ☌ Uranus

This is the ideal time to visit Patagonia, both weather and “starwise.”

Jupiter, the planet of natural law and the expansion of consciousness through all things/places foreign, will conjunct with Uranus/Prometheus, bringing profound illumination, vision, and heart/mind/Source connection.

Venus and Mars will also be conjunct in Aquarius, bringing in the new paradigm.

PLACE

Torres del Paine National Park

These huge, extreme, wild, and open spaces will bring you to the edge of the known world, both inside and out.

You will witness yourself and your life from a different, removed, still, and enlightened state resulting from immersion in nature, astrology, yoga, and breathwork.

INTENTION

Journey Inside & Out

Our world is changing fast and furiously. It is too easy to be overwhelmed and affected by the high-paced stress and pressure when surrounded by it and pushed to engage with it in order to “survive.”

To thrive as opposed to survive, we must step away and be guided by the “still small voice within,” which can be heard loud and clear in the vast open space of Patagonia and the deep inner realms reached through meditation.

EXPECTATIONS

Expansion & Connection

You can expect to push your physical, emotional, mental, and spirit bodies out of their comfort zone and into an expanded state of awareness.

Physically, we will hike and sail in one of the most amazing places on Planet Earth daily. Emotionally, we will unite to hold, support, get to know, and love each other as mirrors of ourselves. Mentally, we will explore the “blueprints of our souls,” our astrological birth charts, and the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. Spiritually, we will open ourselves to the invisible, silent working of the luminous light beings to receive their guidance, grace, and goodness.

TIME

Jupiter ☌ Uranus

This is the ideal time to visit Patagonia, both weather and “starwise.”

Jupiter, the planet of natural law and the expansion of consciousness through all things/places foreign, will conjunct with Uranus/Prometheus, bringing profound illumination, vision, and heart/mind/Source connection.

Venus and Mars will also be conjunct in Aquarius, bringing in the new paradigm.

PLACE

Torres del Paine National Park

These huge, extreme, wild, and open spaces will bring you to the edge of the known world, both inside and out.

You will witness yourself and your life from a different, removed, still, and enlightened state resulting from immersion in nature, astrology, yoga, and breathwork.

INTENTION

Journey Inside & Out

Our world is changing fast and furiously. It is too easy to be overwhelmed and affected by the high-paced stress and pressure when surrounded by it and pushed to engage with it in order to “survive.”

To thrive as opposed to survive, we must step away and be guided by the “still small voice within,” which can be heard loud and clear in the vast open space of Patagonia and the deep inner realms reached through meditation.

EXPECTATIONS

Expansion & Connection

You can expect to push your physical, emotional, mental, and spirit bodies out of their comfort zone and into an expanded state of awareness. Physically, we will hike and sail in one of the most amazing places on Planet Earth daily.

Emotionally, we will unite to hold, support, get to know, and love each other as mirrors of ourselves. Mentally, we will explore the “blueprints of our souls,” our astrological birth charts, and the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. Spiritually, we will open ourselves to the invisible, silent working of the luminous light beings to receive their guidance, grace, and goodness.

USD $4,100
Quadruple Loft Dome
(4 individual beds)

USD $4,830
Double Suite Dome
(2 twins or 1 double bed)

What’s included:

  • 6-night accommodation in a selected dome.
  • Domestic flights to/from Santiago – Patagonia
  • Astrology workshop with Kaypacha
  • Kundalini yoga with Kaypacha
  • Salto Grande Hike & Cuernos Lookout (Full-day excursion)
  • Grey Glacier Navigation (Full-day excursion)
  • Towers Base Trek / Fauna Trail (Full-day excursion)
  • All meals (open for special dietary requirements)
  • Complimentary house wine during dinner
  • 2 English-speaking guides for the group
  • All ground transportation & transfers during the trip
  • All tickets and entrance fees
  • Welcome bag for your adventure
  • Our help before and during your stay with us!

USD $4,100
Quadruple Loft Dome
(4 individual beds)

USD $4,830
Double Suite Dome
(2 twins or 1 double bed)

What’s included:

  • 6-night accommodation in a selected dome.
  • Domestic flights to/from Santiago – Patagonia
  • Astrology workshop with Kaypacha
  • Kundalini yoga with Kaypacha
  • Salto Grande Hike & Cuernos Lookout (Full-day excursion)
  • Grey Glacier Navigation (Full-day excursion)
  • Towers Base Trek / Fauna Trail (Full-day excursion)
  • All meals (open for special dietary requirements)
  • Complimentary house wine during dinner
  • 2 English-speaking guides for the group
  • All ground transportation & transfers during the trip
  • All tickets and entrance fees
  • Welcome bag for your adventure
  • Our help before and during your stay with us!

ASTROLOGY

Kaypacha

Kaypacha first began the study of astrology over forty years ago. Since then he has explored the synchronistic relationship between the cosmos and both earthly phenomena and our internal human experience of Self/Soul, offering astrology and yoga workshops to thousands on every continent in the world.

His diverse background includes knowledge of evolutionary, shamanic, and Uranian astrology, cosmobiology, and esoteric studies. He has been practicing and teaching kundalini yoga for more than ten years and has combined his knowledge of the Sabian symbols, tarot, meditation, breathwork, and yoga to create his own unique,heart-centered astrological methods for healing and growth.

ASTROLOGY

Kaypacha

Kaypacha first began the study of astrology over forty years ago. Since then he has explored the synchronistic relationship between the cosmos and both earthly phenomena and our internal human experience of Self/Soul, offering astrology and yoga workshops to thousands on every continent in the world.

His diverse background includes knowledge of evolutionary, shamanic, and Uranian astrology, cosmobiology, and esoteric studies. He has been practicing and teaching kundalini yoga for more than ten years and has combined his knowledge of the Sabian symbols, tarot, meditation, breathwork, and yoga to create his own unique,heart-centered astrological methods for healing and growth.

EVENT DETAILS

  • 6-night accommodation in a selected dome.
  • Domestic flights to/from Santiago – Patagonia
  • Astrology workshop with Kaypacha
  • Kundalini yoga with Kaypacha
  • Salto Grande Hike & Cuernos Lookout (Full-day excursion)
  • Grey Glacier Navigation (Full-day excursion)
  • Towers Base Trek / Fauna Trail (Full-day excursion)
  • All meals (open for special dietary requirements)
  • Complimentary house wine during dinner
  • 2 English-speaking guides for the group
  • All ground transportation & transfers during the trip
  • All tickets and entrance fees
  • Welcome bag for your adventure
  • Our help before and during your stay with us!

Not included:

  • International flight tickets
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Drinks/snacks not served with the meals included
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Personal items and hiking gear

⛰️ Salto Grande & Cuernos Lookout

After breakfast, we head westwards by van along the southern shore of Nordenskjold Lake. Our first stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskiold 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, an excellent opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here, we witness the piercing blue of Pehoe Lake and the Paine River. On a clear day, we can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. We re-energize while taking in the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snow-capped peaks. After a hearty lunch in this perfect location, we backtrack along the same trail and drive back to Camp.

Activity: Contemplative Ride
Distance: 4 km / 2,5 miles
Difficulty: 1/5
Altitude point:


⛰️ Grey Glacier & Lake Navigation

We start driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande, its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock to leave travelers doing Grey Trek and some viewpoints on the way, observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors, and interesting flora. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls, where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe.

From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here, we enjoy a tasty box lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to Camp.

Activity: Nature walk & boat trip
Distance: 1.6 km / 1 mile
Difficulty: 1/5
Altitude point: 200 m / 660 ft


⛰️ Towers Base Trek

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) consists 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 Camp.

Activity: Demanding hiking
Distance: 22 km / 14 miles
Difficulty: 4/5
Altitude point: 878 m / 2,880 ft


⛰️ Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery. It offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems in the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way.

First, we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds before descending the isthmus that separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view that could easily be mistaken for a piece of art!

Then, we’ll begin our ascent back to the van. Along the way, we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here, we drive eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail.

As we walk northwards along the trail, we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains, including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús, and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic Lagoon, and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk, we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station, where we’re picked up and driven back to Camp.

Activity: Nature walk
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
Difficulty: 2/5
Altitude point: 200 m / 660 ft

Physical Demands
The easy excursion options do not demand extensive physical activity other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over reasonably flat terrain. We stop as many times as necessary, depending on the group’s rhythm.

Hikers doing the active excursion on Friday (Torres Base) will find it more energetic and physical. To enjoy this trek, it’s essential to be in good shape. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000 m/3,000 ft high, so there’s no need to worry about altitude.

Children Policy
Children aged 12 and up are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults.

Transport
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that generally seat 8 to 14 people. Our local operations team will confirm pick-up/drop-off times. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for additional support while you are in Chile.
Ask for the Weekly Transfer Board details for more information about pick-up and drop-off times.

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. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

Hikers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once.

We recommend:

  • A day backpack (15-20 liters – to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc.)
  • Water-resistant trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Optional: Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILE

  • Please be informed of any requirements or Visas specific to your country of origin.
  • Chile is open to tourism, with no more Covid requirements.

IMPORTANT: Everything is subject to change due to the constantly changing laws and regulations regarding Covid and travel. We suggest you purchase refundable/changeable travel tickets and acquire travel insurance.

While we understand that life is crazy and plans change, we also hope you know it is much work to put on a retreat, high risk, and not easy to fill empty seats at the last minute. Our refund policy is as follows:

  • Your initial deposit is non-refundable.
  • 61 or more days before arrival date, 60% refund.
  • 31-60 days before arrival date, 40% refund.
  • 0-30 days before arrival date, no refund.

There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend purchasing Travel Protection Insurance.
Refund % will be calculated based on the amount paid at the moment of request.

  • Quadruple Loft Dome (4 individual beds) – USD $4,100 / Sold Out
  • Double Suite Dome (2 twins or 1 double bed) – USD $4,830 / Sold Out

Prices per person, and in USD. Currency converter HERE

EVENT DETAILS

  • 6-night accommodation in a selected dome.
  • Domestic flights to/from Santiago – Patagonia
  • Astrology workshop with Kaypacha
  • Kundalini yoga with Kaypacha
  • Salto Grande Hike & Cuernos Lookout (Full-day excursion)
  • Grey Glacier Navigation (Full-day excursion)
  • Towers Base Trek / Fauna Trail (Full-day excursion)
  • All meals (open for special dietary requirements)
  • Complimentary house wine during dinner
  • 2 English-speaking guides for the group
  • All ground transportation & transfers during the trip
  • All tickets and entrance fees
  • Welcome bag for your adventure
  • Our help before and during your stay with us!

Not included:

  • International flight tickets
  • Insurance (appropriate insurance is mandatory for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping to guides and staff
  • Drinks/snacks not served with the meals included
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Personal items and hiking gear

⛰️ Salto Grande & Cuernos Lookout

After breakfast, we head westwards by van along the southern shore of Nordenskjold Lake. Our first stop is the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall, with its impressive cascading waters falling from Nordenskiold 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, an excellent opportunity to learn about the local flora. Here, we witness the piercing blue of Pehoe Lake and the Paine River. On a clear day, we can see the immensity of the Southern Patagonian ice fields in the distance. We re-energize while taking in the whole Paine Mountain range and its stunning snow-capped peaks. After a hearty lunch in this perfect location, we backtrack along the same trail and drive back to Camp.

Activity: Contemplative Ride
Distance: 4 km / 2,5 miles
Difficulty: 1/5
Altitude point:


⛰️ Grey Glacier & Lake Navigation

We start driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande, its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with its black, granite horn-like spires. We stop at Pudeto Dock to leave travelers doing Grey Trek and some viewpoints on the way, observing and photographing herds of guanacos, Andean condors, and interesting flora. As we walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls, where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe.

From here, we drive up to Grey Lake and wander along the beach. Here, we enjoy a tasty box lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible up-close look at the glacier, we drive back to Camp.

Activity: Nature walk & boat trip
Distance: 1.6 km / 1 mile
Difficulty: 1/5
Altitude point: 200 m / 660 ft


⛰️ Towers Base Trek

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) consists 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 Camp.

Activity: Demanding hiking
Distance: 22 km / 14 miles
Difficulty: 4/5
Altitude point: 878 m / 2,880 ft


⛰️ Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail

This predominantly flat trek boasts stunningly diverse natural scenery. It offers the chance to feast your eyes upon a startlingly blue lake, which is secluded from all the other water systems in the area. There will be ample opportunity to spot many graceful guanacos and great grebes along the way.

First, we will examine the geology of the area’s turbidite rock folds before descending the isthmus that separates Lake Sarmiento from Lake Sarmiento Chico (the two lakes were once a single mass of water), walking along a slight slope, and ambling beside the eastern edge of Lake Sarmiento Chico. We will eventually arrive at an impressive bay on the western side of Lake Sarmiento, admiring a breathtaking view that could easily be mistaken for a piece of art!

Then, we’ll begin our ascent back to the van. Along the way, we will stumble across an awe-inspiring, panoramic vista of Lake Sarmiento from its western shore, looking towards its eastern coast glimmering on the horizon. From here, we drive eastwards along the northern shore of Sarmiento Lake until we reach the starting point of the Fauna Trail.

As we walk northwards along the trail, we see park fauna on the Patagonian plains, including guanacos, ostrich-like ñandús, and maybe the occasional puma print! We pass by Goic Lagoon, and after an approximate 5 km relaxed walk, we reach the Laguna Amarga ranger station, where we’re picked up and driven back to Camp.

Activity: Nature walk
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
Difficulty: 2/5
Altitude point: 200 m / 660 ft

Physical Demands
The easy excursion options do not demand extensive physical activity other than walking a maximum of two consecutive hours over reasonably flat terrain. We stop as many times as necessary, depending on the group’s rhythm.

Hikers doing the active excursion on Friday (Torres Base) will find it more energetic and physical. To enjoy this trek, it’s essential to be in good shape. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000 m/3,000 ft high, so there’s no need to worry about altitude.

Children Policy
Children aged 12 and up are welcome to participate in all activities and are treated as adults.

Transport
In Torres del Paine and throughout Patagonia, transportation is in minivans that generally seat 8 to 14 people. Our local operations team will confirm pick-up/drop-off times. An exclusive toll-free emergency number will be available for additional support while you are in Chile.
Ask for the Weekly Transfer Board details for more information about pick-up and drop-off times.

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. Fine weather may deteriorate almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find cold, strong winds (up to 130 km/hr) and rainfall. Summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (52ºF), ranging between 2 to 24ºC (35 to 75ºF).

Hikers need to be prepared for summer and winter all at once.

We recommend:

  • A day backpack (15-20 liters – to carry a camera, glasses, raincoat, etc.)
  • Water-resistant trekking or hiking boots
  • Extra shoes for evenings or in case others get wet
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 2 pairs of wool socks
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Shorts or comfortable loose pants
  • Sun protection (glasses, hat, lip balm, and sunscreen)
  • Cash to buy extra drinks, snacks, or souvenirs in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Optional: Capilene underwear for the upper and lower body

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILE

  • Please be informed of any requirements or Visas specific to your country of origin.
  • Chile is open to tourism, with no more Covid requirements.

IMPORTANT: Everything is subject to change due to the constantly changing laws and regulations regarding Covid and travel. We suggest you purchase refundable/changeable travel tickets and acquire travel insurance.

While we understand that life is crazy and plans change, we also hope you know it is much work to put on a retreat, high risk, and not easy to fill empty seats at the last minute. Our refund policy is as follows:

  • Your initial deposit is non-refundable.
  • 61 or more days before arrival date, 60% refund.
  • 31-60 days before arrival date, 40% refund.
  • 0-30 days before arrival date, no refund.

There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early. We recommend purchasing Travel Protection Insurance.
Refund % will be calculated based on the amount paid at the moment of request.

  • Quadruple Loft Dome (4 individual beds) – USD $4,100 / Sold Out
  • Double Suite Dome (2 twins or 1 double bed) – USD $4,830 / Sold Out

Prices per person, and in USD. Currency converter HERE

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