Travel guide to Chile’s Torres del Paine

Located in Chilean Patagonia, The Torres del Paine National Park is an essential destination for trekking lovers. The road to reach the towers is full steppes sceneries, snow-capped mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers. We’ve made up a guide so you can be prepared for this adventure.

How to get to Torres del Paine?

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park and other spots suchs as Cueva del Milodón National Monument, the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park and Campos de Hielo Sur (Southern Ice Fields).

If you go from Santiago, the capital of Chile, you can arrive by three routes:

Getting by plane to Puntarenas it last approximately 4 hours. In Puntarenas you have to take a transfer or public transportation to Puerto Natales, it last 2 hour.

Getting by direct bus from Santiago to Puntarenas it last approximately 3 days. In Puntarenas you have to take a transfer or public transportation to Puerto Natales, it last 2 hour.

Getting by car from Santiago it last 4 or 5 days taking stops. You can rent a vehicle with us, know our office and our fleet in Santiago. You must rent a 4 x 4 car to visit Torres del Paine.

When to visit Torres del Paine?

The best time to visit in general Patagonia is spring (September to November) and summer (December to March) because the weather is more pleasant, therefor it may be more visitors. In fall (March to June) the number of visitors decreases, and the vegetation acquires a yellow color. Finally, in winter there are very few visitors, and the weather is more extreme but the white color of the snow can be magical.

How to visit Torres del Paine?

You can book a car with us and visit Torres del Paine, there is a parking lot available for visitors. You can take a bus in Puerto Natales as well which brings you to the main entrance to the Park.  

There are to main and recommended circuits for trekking:

  • “O” circuit: 7 days trekking.
  • “W” circuit: 4 days trekking.

You should carry a light backpack, warm clothes and water for hydration. At night there are shelters that are shared with visitors from around the world to enjoy the replenishing local cuisine and a night’s rest before continuing your journey.

You can book a one day, two or three-day tour with many travel agencies in Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, they will provide you with the meals and accommodation.

Spots to visit and activities to do in Torres del Paine

Some of the activities are obvious, while others are a bit more hidden. Look at our recommendations:

  • Hike to the Base of the Towers.
  • Boat Trip to Glacier Grey
  • Trekking to the French.
  • Visit Salto Grande waterfall.

Ready to visit an unique destination with amazing scenarios? Remember you can count on us in Chile.

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