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Cascada Expediciones

From its beginning in 1991 as a Chilean rafting company, Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences ─ trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip ─ Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. With reliably great programs, great guides, and great service, business is good.

Headquartered in Santiago, Cascada has expanded its operation over the years to include trips in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia with extensions into the remote destinations of Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and Easter Island. A trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.

More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to stand by its philosophy.

Intent on its goal, Cascada carefully selects its providers and tour operators based on their environmentally sustainable policies. It studies, tests, purchases and installs sustainable technologies for renewable energy supply, insulation and waste management. At EcoCamp, which the company owns and operates for its trips in Patagonia, 100 percent of its energy is generated from water, sun and wind, each a natural and renewable resource. EcoCamp’s green ethos is exemplified in the geodesic dome dwellings constructed to retain heat from sunlight and use all natural energy. They’re also designed to minimize their impact on the terrain in Chilean national parks and refrain from disrupting flora and fauna.

Cascada is staffed with South American eco-friendly globetrotters, approximately 25 of whom are full-time employees and 40 seasonal personnel at EcoCamp. A good 90 percent of the EcoCamp staff is either native to or long-term residents of Puerto Natalas or Punta Arenas, two of Torres del Paine’s closest cities. Guides employed by Cascada are specially trained for wildlife, nature and trekking programs, and many are graduates of ecotourism programs. The trekking guides are Patagonian locals with years of experience leading groups in Torres del Paine National Park.

One of the founders of Cascada, Nani Astorga, runs an animal rehabilitation center in the Andes Mountains near Santiago, providing refuge to endangered species.

Cascada Expediciones

From its beginning in 1991 as a Chilean rafting company, Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences ─ trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip ─ Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. With reliably great programs, great guides, and great service, business is good.

Headquartered in Santiago, Cascada has expanded its operation over the years to include trips in Chile, Argentina and Bolivia with extensions into the remote destinations of Patagonia, the Atacama Desert and Easter Island. A trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.

More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to stand by its philosophy.

Intent on its goal, Cascada carefully selects its providers and tour operators based on their environmentally sustainable policies. It studies, tests, purchases and installs sustainable technologies for renewable energy supply, insulation and waste management. At EcoCamp, which the company owns and operates for its trips in Patagonia, 100 percent of its energy is generated from water, sun and wind, each a natural and renewable resource. EcoCamp’s green ethos is exemplified in the geodesic dome dwellings constructed to retain heat from sunlight and use all natural energy. They’re also designed to minimize their impact on the terrain in Chilean national parks and refrain from disrupting flora and fauna.

Cascada is staffed with South American eco-friendly globetrotters, approximately 25 of whom are full-time employees and 40 seasonal personnel at EcoCamp. A good 90 percent of the EcoCamp staff is either native to or long-term residents of Puerto Natalas or Punta Arenas, two of Torres del Paine’s closest cities. Guides employed by Cascada are specially trained for wildlife, nature and trekking programs, and many are graduates of ecotourism programs. The trekking guides are Patagonian locals with years of experience leading groups in Torres del Paine National Park.

One of the founders of Cascada, Nani Astorga, runs an animal rehabilitation center in the Andes Mountains near Santiago, providing refuge to endangered species.

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$1,270$3,112

Choose how you want to explore Torres del Paine each day with options for relaxing or challenging activities, in all areas of the National Park.  Homebase is the unique, award-winning Ecocamp nestled at the base of the mountain range. Trip Length: 4, 5, 6 or 7 Days Destination: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Lodging: Luxury EcoCamp camping, standard to suite domes Activities: Challenging day hikes, naturalist walks, and/or wildlife viewing

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$1,371$3,154

This quick but still challenging hiking trip takes in the most scenic portions of the Torres del Paine "W" trek. Trip Length: 5 Days Destination: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Lodging: Luxury EcoCamp camping, mountain refugios Difficulty: Challenging trek

Rated 5.00 out of 5
$2,030$2,250

Explore the iconic peaks and glaciers of Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park.  This Patagonian adventure lets you enjoy some of the most rewarding (and challenging!) hikes but still overnight in lodges. Trip Length: 6 Days Destination: Perito Moreno, Patagonia, Cerro Torres, Fitzroy & El Chalten, Argentina Lodging: 3-star hotels Difficulty: Challenging trek

Rated 4.67 out of 5
$1,878$4,322

The Torres del Paine "W" Trek is one of the World's classic trekking routes and it takes in the most scenic portions of Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park. A combination of challenging and moderate hikes take you into Torres' famous French Valley, face-to-face with massive Glacier Grey, and right up to the base of the Torres (the iconic granite Towers perched atop the entire range). You'll overnight at the comfortable and remote EcoCamp and in classic mountain refugios. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile Lodging: Domes at the EcoCamp, mountain refugios Activities: Demanding hikes

$3,438$4,276

The circuit around the famous Paine Massif is one of the most scenic trekking routes in the world, suitable for seasoned hikers only. Trip Length: 9 Days Destination: Torres del Paine, Chile Lodging: Tent camping & luxury tented EcoCamp Activities: Very challenging trekking

$925$1,399

A challenging way to end any Torres del Paine trip, kayaking downstream on the Serrano River past glaciers, fjords and mountains to Puerto Natales. Trip Length: 3 Days Destination: Torres del Paine, Patagonian Ice Field, Chile Lodging: Comfortable tent camping & mid-range lodge Activities: Challenging sea kayaking

$2,404$3,018

Explore both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia on this trek that takes in the highlights of both Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier. Moderate to challenging day hikes will show you the iconic views in Patagonia, while comfortable hotels will allow you to recover from each day's adventure. Trip Length: 8 Days Destinations: Torres del Paine, Cerro Torres, El Chalten, and Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina & Chile Lodging: Mid-level, 3-star hotels Activities: Moderate to challenging day hikes

$2,102$2,654

The Atacama Desert Trek is a unique, challenging journey through a bizarre and beautiful landscape in Northern Chile. Trip Length: 7 Days Destination: Atacama Desert, Northern Chile Accommodations: 3-star hotel & tent camping Activities: Challenging multi-day trek

$925

A more budget-friendly and comprehensive tour of Easter Island's historic, culture, and natural highlights.  The relaxed tours are an ideal mix of archeological ruins, natural history, Island vacation, and cultural discovery. Trip Length: 5 Days Destination: Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile Accommodations: 3-Star Hotel Activities: Ancient ruins, cultural & natural history

$3,046$4,139

Experience Chilean Patagonia on this epic multisport adventure to explore the best destinations in Torres del Paine National Park. Your days are action-packed with hiking, biking, kayaking, and horseback riding, while at night you relax in comfort with good food and wine at the EcoCamp, located in the heart of the park. Trip Length: 6 days Destination: Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile Lodging: Eco Camp Dome Activities: Wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking