The most famous of the national parks in Chile and all Patagonia, Torres del Paine is remote, isolated, rugged and windswept, yet while all this makes it lengthy to reach and demanding to explore, it is at the same time the very essence of its appeal and there is no doubting that it is worth the effort.
Getting to the Park
Unless crossing into the park by road from Argentina, you will arrive by air into Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city, a bustling place of multi-coloured houses and pioneer spirit. Depending on flight schedules, you will stay a night here either before or after your time in the park itself.
To get into the park you will travel through the Patagonian steppe for 300 kilometres to Puerto Natales, and then on another 100 kilometres to the park itself.
Your first sighting of the eponymous towers and the uniquely smooth and twisted peaks and horns of the Paine Massif is unforgettable.
Exploring the Park
We will have booked you accommodation within the park itself and from your cosy hosteria or the luxurious Explora hotel, you can choose from a wide variety of excursions on foot, by car or by boat, all of which we can pre-book for you if you wish.
We particularly recommend an afternoon’s sailing on Lago Grey to approach the glacier of the same name, navigating through vivid blue icebergs on the way. As you drive through the park, you will also marvel at emerald and turquoise lakes, waterfalls and grazing guanacos, while those who prefer to explore on foot can take a day’s hike to the base of the towers, or a longer circuit involving camping and up to six days’ walking.
While the weather is always unpredictable this far south, if visiting between October and March, you can hope to enjoy clear skies and even sunshine.
Suggested itineraries featuring Torres del Paine National Park
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