Torres del Paine, taking its name from the Tehuelche word Paine meaning ‘blue’ and the word Torres meaning ‘towers’ is considered by most, as South America's finest National Park, which is home to huge towering peaks that were created during the Ice Age and are still topped with glaciers today. The park, covering an area of 242,242ha, is to the north of Puerto Natales, and is recognised as one of the fifty wonders of the world and was declared a Biosphere Reservation by UNESCO in 1978. The two Cuernos (the Horns) and the Torres (Towers) are surrounded by a string of aquamarine, emerald and turquoise Lakes. This beautiful setting has made a fantastic destination for hikers and backpackers, ecology-lovers and adventure sportsmen alike. Snow-capped mountain tops, cascading rivers, waterfalls and glaciers.
Getting to Torres del Paine
A bus journey from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales will take 3 hours with a full day excursion into the Park from Puerto Natales the following day. A newly built road reduces the journey time to the park from Puerto Natales to about 2 hours. Alternatively you can take a bus journey from El Calafate which will take 3 hours and get collected by your guide from Chile/Argentina border.
In summer (December through March), highs of 23°C (73°F), lows between 1°C and 4°C (34-39° F). In winter, 3°C and -5°C (37 and 23°F), respectively. Total rainfall amounts to about 670 mm (26.4 in) a year, spread throughout the year and falling as snow in winter. Note that although the park is open all year round, snow may prevent access in the winter. In spring and summer the westerlies are strong, albeit not very cold.
Accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park
As well as the fantastic hotels we are also able to offer pre-paid reservations at many of the “Refugios” or refuges within the park to accompany your trekking holiday, for more information follow the hotels link on the bottom of this page.
Tours in Torres del Paine National Park
There are many tours available in the Torres del Paine National Park including the Grey Glacier, sailing and hiking tours pleas follow the tours link on the bottom of this page for more details.
Self- drive in Torres del Paine National Park Tour, 5 days / 4 nights
Day 1: Punta Arenas-Puerto Natales
AM Departure from the airport in Punta Arenas. PM Departure to Puerto Natales. On the way, recommended visit to Seno Otway Rookery (160 Km. paved road) where nearly 6.000 Magellanic Penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) use this site as a nesting place. Accommodation in Puerto Natales.
Day 2: Puerto Natales-Torres del Paine National Park
AM Visit to Cueva del Milodón (24 km. paved road) the Milodón (Mylodon darwini), was a large herbivore animal that disappeared by the ends of the Pleistocene. Then heading towards Torres del Paine National Park (126 Km. paved and non-paved road). PM Accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 3: Torres del Paine National Park
AM Visit to Pingo viewpoint and surroundings of Grey lake area. PM Recommended navigation towards Grey Glacier (optional not included in program). Accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park.
Day 4: Torres del Paine National Park
AM Day at leisure to visit Torres del Paine National Park. (Non-paved road). Recommended one of the many hikes possible to do in Las Torres area. Recommended stops: Salto Grande - Pehoe Lake – Salto Chico –Nordenskjold Lake view point–Las Torres Area. Trekking Base Las Torres (approximate length 6 hours). PM At dusk, return to hotel (non-paved road). Accommodation in Torres del Paine national park.
Day 5: Torres del Paine National Park-Punta Arenas
AM Departure from Torres del Paine National Park to airport in Punta Arenas (400 Km.). Return the car at airport in Punta Arenas.