Torres del Paine National Park Chile
We are proud to offer you torres del paine ,but before you do anything please see what can we do for you in and around the area and note the different ways of getting here. Our specialist local knowledge means that we can offer you the right hotels in torres del paine as well as different levels of accommodation in and around the area in places like Puerto Natales, El Calafate and Punta Arenas too. We even have a map of torres del paine as well as a photo gallery. Getting around this area of Patagonia can be tricky so we suggest you look at the buses & transport page. Most people come to this Park for the trekking and information covering the torres del paine W trek and torres del paine Circuit trek W and Circuit trekking routes is here in our trekking info section. Specific information covering the travel schedule services of the torres del paine catamaran in order to coordinate travel logistics.
Torres del Paine Hotels and Accommodation also for the W Trek
Hotel Explora, Hotel Salto Chico, Hotel Explora Salto Chico, Hotel Las Torres, Hosteria Las Torres, Hotel Grey, Hotel Lago Grey, Hosteria Lago Grey, Hotel, Cabanas Paine, Hotel Paine, Hotel Mirador del Paine, Hotel Mirador del Payne, Hosteria Mirador del Payne, Estancia Cerro Guido, Cerro Guido, Patagonia Camp, Eco Camp, Hotel Pehoe, Hosteria Pehoe, Hotel Serrano, Hotel Rio Serrano
Torres del Paine Glacier Grey Navigation
We are able to arrange reservations for the glacier grey navigation and coordinate this with other aspects of your trip in torres del paine national park. The weather changes rapidly in the Park so it is a good idea to look at the page on climate & clothes, and take note of the long distances between destinations and of course the main places of interest in torres del paine chile. The area is a geologists “nirvana” and is heaped in geological history and also home to many interesting varieties of flora & fauna.
Activity Suggestions in and around Torres del Paine
Departing from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia is the Australis cruise, taking in the incredible sights of Patagonia from the sea. Also departing from Ushuaia is the Antarctic cruise, with options to see Antarctic marine life and the majestic White Continent. The entire Patagonic region is ideal for newly weds and we have many honeymoon ideas for you. From Punta Arenas we can also organize whale watching and penguin excursions to Isla Magdalena. If you are not sure of what to do try looking at our suggestions.
Other Cities and Areas Close to Torres del Paine National Park
The city of Punta Arenas is the principal gateway to Torres del Paine for those arriving from Santiago. From here people need to get to Puerto Natales by regular bus, private transfer or rent a car – all of which we can organize. The border village between Chile and Argentina is called Cerro Castillo– once part of a massive estancia. For those who wish to get to El Chalten it is necessary to get to El Calafate first. The southern-most city in the World is in Argentina and called Ushuaia and from here it is possible to cross over the Beagle Channel to Chile and on to Puerto Williams, but only by zodiac dingy and if the weather is good – so this is not a reliable way to get across the Channel. Also from Ushuaia are many cruise ship departures to Antarctica and Cape Horn.
Chile Torres del Paine Travel Options
We offer torres del paine W packages for those who wish book all the right refugios in one go. We also offer torres del paine all-inclusive packagesin good-level hotels as well as top-of-the-range luxury accommodation. For those who wish to remain independent in and around torres del paine the self driveoption would be advisable and we can arrange the rent a car. If you are active and like outdoor activities we can arrange horse riding in and outside of torres del paine, kayak on grey lake or rio Serrano, grey glacier ice hike and in El Calafate the Perito Moreno ice hike. One novel option is to take the Rio Serrano zodiac trip that starts either in Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine. We can build in the Lago Grey navigation in torres del paine starting at either Hosteria Lago Grey or Refugio Lago Grey. If you can afford it, especially if you are in a small group it is a good idea to consider private transfers, which we can organize and are a great way to save time because you get picked up at your hotel and delivered to your hotel when you want. There are other maritime options to consider such as the Navimag cruise from either Puerto Natales or Puerto Montt and the Skorpios cruise from Puerto Montt.
Torres del Paine Quote
A quote from Salesian missionary Padre Agostini: "The Paine massif is unrivalled..... In its colours and form it is without doubt one of the most fantastic and spectacular sights that human imagination can conceive."
Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is set in the heart of Southern Patagonia and declared a World UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Torres del Paine is one of the most impressive natural geographical spectacles on Earth. The area that the Torres del Paine Park covers is 182,000 sq hectares and is the jewel in Chile's tourist crown. Just why it’s worth travelling 4.5 hrs from Santiago on a plane and then driving a further 5 hrs by car to get to torres del paine is only apparent when you stand and stare in amazement at the unbelievable sight of this monumental cluster of mountain peaks that appear to stand all on their own in the middle of an otherwise flat plateau. Torres del Paine comprises a central massif of the "Cuernos del Paine" (Horns of Paine), covered in snow at varying altitudes and offering support to giant blue-white blobs of ice otherwise called hanging glaciers, and three other towers - which are the actual Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine). The sight of the almost vertical rock sides rising up to an altitude of close to 3,000 m is what causes such an awe-inspiring view. For outdoor lovers Torres del Paine is a must to see before you die.
The Torres del Paine Cuernos
Cuernos del Paine within the Torres del Paine comprises the Cuerno Principal (2,600m), Cuerno Este (2,200m) and Cuerno Norte (2,400m). To the west of the Cuernos del Paine is the Valle del Frances (one of the highlights of the park), a high altitude valley ringed by a curtain of almost vertical rock.
The Towers of Torres del Paine
The Torres del Paine actually means "towers" and the vast Torres del Paine comprises the peaks of Torre Monzino (north) (2,600m), Torre Central (2,800m) and Torre D'Agostini (south) (2,650m). To the east of the Torres del Paine is the Valle Ascencio.
Surrounding this jaw-dropping spectacle is a natural wilderness of turquoise-coloured lakes, waterfalls, glaciers (especially Grey glacier) and fast-running rivers. The massive Grey Glacier, 7km wide at its widest point and stretching back over 20 km., is still in the process of carving its own valley to the west of the Cuernos del Paine.
Torres del Paine W Trek
Most people coming to Torres del Paine will come to hike the famous Torres del Paine W trek and the more serious trekkers will hike the complete Torres del Paine circuit. The W is called so because the route forms a pattern like a “W” and the circuit, although encompassing the “W” also takes in the back area behind the Central Massif and completes a circuit of the Park and hence its name. Each route takes a number of days and involves serious trekking, therefore trekkers should be reasonably fit. All the accommodation must be pre-booked. Options on the trails include a number of hikers’ hostels called "refugios" (refuge) and / or serviced camp sites. Refugios offer rather basic, shared dormitory-style accommodation along with communal shower rooms.
Torres del Paine Hosterias and Hotels
For those who prefer something more comfortable there are a number of hosterias, which are actually hotels with en-suite bathrooms and nice restaurants – but the hosterias are not generally located on the hiking trails, bar one: Hosteria Las Torres. Hosterias, apart from offering nicer accommodation, are better suited for those who have a rental car and who wish to drive out to stunning beauty spots as well as participate in some of the excursions such as visiting Grey glacier, horse riding, or trekking other than the main trails.
Torres del Paine offers all levels of hotel accommodation, the best being at the Hotel Explora Salto Chico where top-of-the-range all-inclusive packages are offered. The Hosteria Las Torres, as mentioned, can offer hotel accommodation as bed and breakfast or as an all-inclusive package and is a less costly alternative to Explora. It is also an option for those wishing to trek the Torres del Paine W and have their first (or final) night or two in a decent hotel.
Experiencechile.Org is a specialist travel planner for Torres del Paine and other destinations in Chile and Argentina. However, we offer a professional travel organisation service and we are not a place where you will get the lowest price, if that is what you want. If you only want to lowest price it is better if you source all hotels and other requirements directly.
Recent Torres del Paine National Park History
The first recorded tourists to visit Torres del Paine was a group of five British aristocrats, guided by local "baqueanos" (native horsemen of Southern Chile) in 1879. Among this group was Lady Florence Dixie who, in 1880, published a book about her travels called "Across Patagonia", describing her adventures and the stunning beauty of the zone. About a decade later, in 1910, the first real tourists began to show. Today, approximately 70,000 people per year visit Torres del Paine. Following in Lady Florence Dixie’s wake were a number of explorers and scientists after which some of the features in the Park are named such as: Otto Nordenskiold, Carl Skottsberg and Alberto Maria de Agostini to name a few. In 1959 the original name given to the Park was “Parque Nacional de Turismo Lago Grey”, but in 1970 it was re-named “Parque Nacional Torres del Paine” (Torres del Paine National Park) and designated by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978.
The Torres of Torres del Paine
The vast Torres del Paine comprises the peaks of Torre Monzino (north) (2,600m), Torre Central (2,800m) and Torre D'Agostini (south) (2,650m). To the east of the Torres del Paine is the Valle Ascencio.
The Cuernos of Torres del Paine
Cuernos del Paine comprises the Cuerno Principal (2,600m), Cuerno Este (2,200m) and Cuerno Norte (2,400m). To the west of the Cuernos del Paine is the Valle del Frances - one of the glories of the park - a high altitude valley ringed by a curtain of almost vertical rock.
The massive Grey Glacier, 7km wide at its widest point and stretching back over 20 km., is still in the process of carving out its own valley to the west of the Cuernos del Paine.
The Southern Patagonian Ice Field
The Southern Patagonian Ice Field (“Campo de Hielo Sur”) comprises a large area of Torres del Paine National Park and includes Glaciers Dickson, Grey and Tyndall. Among the numerous lakes are Dickson, Nordenskjold, Pehoe, Grey, Sarmiento and Del Toro and all of these end up flowing into the Serrano River and ultimately in to the “Ultima Esperanza Sound”, which is bordered by the small village of Puerto Natales.
Brief Geographical History
The "Macizo de Paine" (the central massif) was formed when hot volcanic magma cooled and turned into granite. Over millennia, this area was covered by layers of sediment, compressing to form rock cap over the harder granite below. Over thousands of more years unbelievable geographical pressures forced the entire area to rise up. The area was then covered by glaciers and as they retreated the ice carved away the softer, sedimentary rock to reveal the harder granite columns below. The result is the jaw-dropping site of almost vertical columns of rock that shoot up from the ground like towers, rising to just below 3,000m in height.