Torres del Paine and Our Suggestions
Our first suggestion has to be: appoint us to make your reservations and create your itinerary, thus deal with only one supplier and benefit from our local knowledge.
It has been difficult to put down the suggestions below because there are just so many options in this spectacular part of the World. However, we have selected a number of itinerary plans that will work with any of the partner hotels we work with, from the very best to the mid-level sector.
Many people make the big mistake of not allowing enough time when coming to such an incredible place like Patagonia and trying to do “too much” by rushing around and not allowing for enough rest time. Rest time is a vital ingredient to any holiday and we can say, with confidence, and after years of our own travel experience that you should build in rest days and try to have a minimum of two nights at any one destination unless it is only for logistical travel purposes. This does not include the one night stays on at refugios on the W trek, where one night is sufficient.
Please make sure you allow yourself enough time to really enjoy being here. It usually takes a while to get over the travel fatigue to get here. It then takes a while to adjust to this new environment. You then need to be able to relax and take in all the new sights, sounds and experiences you will endure. In reality it is unlikely you will return here soon, so bear that in mind and make sure you allow yourself to get the most out of this wonderful opportunity, which may be the only time you are here. The scenery you will see is like no other on Earth, so bear that in mind.
Take the right clothing. The weather changes in an instant and you can be caught out.
Respect the fact that you are in the wilderness, often a long way from help.
For independence take a rent a car.
For personal indulgence use the services of private transfers.
For economy use the regular buses.
Breaking the Journey
Take a night at Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales on day of arrival and also departure in order to get of the initial traveling fatigue and to rest.
Allow for at least 3 nights in Torres del Paine and 4 nights if you can.
If you can go for one of the all-inclusive options.
Puerto Natales is now only an hour from the Rio Serrano end of Torres del Paine and offers a good base from which to venture out into the Park each day. The scenery around Puerto Natales is beautiful. The village is situated beside the Senoret Channel, which leads into the Ultima Esperanza Sound (or fiord), and this stretch of water is bordered by hills and snow – covered mountains with glaciers at the far end. If you are staying in Puerto Natales it is a good place to come back to after an exhilarating day in Torres del Paine.
If you are going to, or coming from El Calafate, allow for a full day to get from one place to the other.
Only go to El Calafate if you really want to see the Perito Moreno Glacier.
If you will have seen, or will also see Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine, there is no real need to also go all the way over to El Calafate to see the Perito Moreno Glacier – when you have seen one glacier you have seen them all.
Only go to El Chalten if you are a serious hiker. Out of El Chalten and Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine has much more dramatic scenery and has better accommodation facilities in general.
Torres del Paine the “W” and “Circuit”
Only attempt the “W” and / or “Circuit in Torres del Paine if you are reasonably fit and can hike several hours each day. There is no real benefit to go in one direction or the other, but transport logistics and bed availability will determine which way you will need to go.
If you have the time, do consider our whale-watching option.
Kayak Grey Lake or from near to Punta Arenas
Ice Hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier or Grey Glacier
Horse Riding in Torres del Paine or from Puerto Natales
Zodiac boat into Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales (or reverse)
Glacier Grey Navigation on Grey Lake
Explora Salto Chico Torres del Paine
(reserve with us and get USD250 to a hotel room elsewhere)
Hosteria Las Torres Torres del Paine
(reserve with us the all-inclusive and get USD250 to a hotel room elsewhere)
Indigo Hotel Puerto Natales (5% discount with us on room nights and upgrade if available)