We will hit the road one more time to head towards west and then north, already admiring the Valley “del Francés” and Mount Paine Grande (3,050m/10,040ft), highest summit in the Park.
We will cross over the rivers Paine and Grey, watching the interesting changes in perspective of the Paine mountains, and discovering Mount Balmaceda and the Andes as we drive.
We will get off the car at the Lake Grey area, for our last hike in the Park (1.5h) starting through an old-growth beech forest (lenga, Nothofagus pumilio) towards a wide beach where we are very likely to find gigantic blue icebergs stuck against the shore, offering a magical panorama. We will continue towards a peninsula from where we will enjoy the truly captivating view of Glacier Grey behind many huge floating icebergs. Our return to Puerto Natales will be by a different route (2 hrs, 110 km/69miles) beside the great Lake Del Toro, giving us an opportunity to see other beautiful landscapes on our way back.
Our last stop will be the enormous cave “Cueva del Milodón”, an impressive natural monument, witness to several important paleontological and archaeological discoveries. The place will invite us to imagine the way our ancestors survived in such a hostile weather, living together with the now extinct Pleistocenic fauna (ground sloth, saber-toothed cat, Patagonian panther, amidst others).
After a long and with no doubt unforgettable day, we will say goodbye leaving you at your place of stay.