Charles Darwin Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Manuel Bulnes 90, Puerto Natales, Patagonia, 6160000, Chile
Charles Darwin Hotel
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Forum Posts

Last question regarding getting IN and OUT of the park and about the W trek

by suziq999

Hi all, last question, I promise! :D

We are coming in by bus from El Calafate. Is it possible to get to the park on the same day by catching another bus? We would prefer not to stay the night in Puerto Natales because of a tight schedule. Can anyone point me to a bus schedule or other companies that might transport us? The same question goes for a return trip, do buses leave late at night or early in the morning for PN such that we can catch the bus back to E.C?

Second question - how do you get to start the trek? Will the bus from PN drop us off at various starting points? I thought to start the W you had to catch a boat across the lake... will this be open in the evening if we come in late from PN? Is there a website with these times? Or can we start the W at another place?

Our timing is that we are coming in Dec 1 from El Calafate and need to return on Dec 7 to El Calafate and hopefully do the whole W in that time period. I hope we are realistic!

RE: Last question regarding getting IN and OUT of the park and about the W trek

by suziq999

SORRY about the double post! I don't know what is wrong with my browser!

RE: RE: Last question regarding getting IN and OUT of the park and about the W trek

by analee

I don't know whether there's any bus that goes from Calafate directly to Torres del Paine.

The bus from puerto natales may drop you in 3 entrances in which you choose where to start , but for the W circuit , I recommend you to start at the laguna amarga entrace, once you get there you can take a transfer to camping las torres and then you go trekking directly to campamento chileno that takes around 2 hours to get there,you can leave your bags at the shelter and go to mirador las torres that will take you other 2 hours or you can choose to get to the mirador las torres the next day, depending on your schedule, then you continue the next day getting to the other camping areas. I recomend you to do this, cause hiking to mirador las torres is the hardest one, so when you get to the other camping areas will be much easier and less tiering.

When you get to Pehoe lake you need to take a catamaran to get to the other side to take the bus, there's 2 trip everyday,.. one at 12:30 pm and the other at 6:30 pm and it takes about 30 min. to get to the other side.

Normally the W circuit takes 4 to 5 days to finish it. So i think that you will have enough time to do it.

It is such a great and wonderfull place, place do the whole circuit, you won't regret it!!!
Good Luck and have fun!!!

Re: Last question regarding getting IN and OUT of the park and about the W trek

by slmounteer

I have the same question - I am arriving in El Calafate at 6:00pm on Nov 30th and trying to get to Puerto Natalas as quickly as possible to do the entire W trek and be back on a plane in El Calafate at 10:30am on Dec 7th. will you let me know what info you come up with! thanks,
p.s. i do know that you can start the w from 2 different places. one does require a boat crossing (if you start at the Refugio Lago Pehoe) and the other doesn't (starting at Laguna Amarga).

Re: Last question regarding getting IN and OUT of the park and about the W trek

by Modita

We are trying to do the same thing as well! We arrive at El Calafate at 4pm and don't mind staying in either El Calafate or Puerto Natales but would rather not have to do both before starting the W Circuit! Any advise??

Travel Tips for Puerto Natales

It was so cold ...

by vtveen

We visited Puerto Natales during late spring (early December) and still it can be ‘winter’. Specially when visiting Torres del Paine or making a boat trip on Seno Ultima Esperanza it can be (very) cold. Besides the weather can change very quickly; during our visit we had rather sunny weather in the morning in Puerto Natales and in the afternoon near the glaciers it was cloudy, windy and very cold.

What to pack for Puerto Natales (and Patagonia)
Clothes: best to wear in layers
Wind- and waterproof jacket
Good shoes (specially if you intend to do some walking or hiking in Torres del Paine)
Hat/cap and gloves UV filter sun glasses
Sunscreen lotion, 30+ (the sun is very intensive, even if there are clouds) Enough space on your memory card.

Trail up to the Base of los Torres del Paine

by jsepulve

The hike is pretty tough. The hike to the base of the Torres is the basic start to the W hike. From Hosteria Las Torres you ascend to Refugio and Camping Chileno, it takes about 1.5 hours if I can remember right. Then you continue to Campamiento Torres, which is a free, unserviced campsite. From Campamiento Torres you head up a valley to the base of the Torres. This part of the hike is pretty tough because its all uphill and on rocks. The base of the Torres is beautiful if you have a nice day, if it is cloudy and rainy it is crappy.
It took me about 7 hours roundtrip from the Hosteria Las Torres, that is with stopping for lunch and some time at the base.

Glaciar Grey

by ezaguryk

The Glacier was born in the South ice field; it forms a mass of 4 km wide and 30 mts of height. You can take a boat in the Hosteria Grey that makes a navigation of the lake and the glacier lasts 3 hours and cost of 60$. Also there are other excursions where you can walk on the glacier the tour it is 8 hours walk.

Morena lagoon grey: it is where finishes the lake of the glacier, in the border concentrates icebergs that it gives off
The glacier and you can observe the glacier if you have good weather.

Nacido en el campo de hielo sur, forma una masa de 4 km de ancho y mas 30 mts de altura. Puedes tomar una lancha en la Hosteria Grey que realiza una navegación del lago y el glaciar dura 3 horas y con un costo de 60$. También hay otras excursiones donde puedes caminar sobre el glaciar 8 horas de caminata.

Morena del lago Grey: Una playa donde termina el lago del glaciar Grey, en la orilla se concentran témpanos de hielo que se desprende de el y puedes observar si tienes buen tiempo el glaciar.

The paine Horns

by galy

According to local myth, an evil serpent called Cai Cai caused a massive flood to kill the warrior tribe that lived in Torres del Paine. When the flood waters receded, Cai Cai took the bodies of the two largest warriors and turned them to stone -- thereby creating the twin horns that crown the mountaintop of Cuernos del Paine

Gateway to Torres del Paine NP

by stevepreece

"The "W""

There was no way we were going to do the full circuit. I could pretend that time restrictions were getting tight and a variety of other excuses, Some partly true and some no so much. However, The "W" fitted the bill. We were doing it left to right, apparently more traditional way is teh other but, I prefer to walk towards "home". Better reason is that there is beer available at campimiento Torres, night 3!!!

We kitted ourselves out at the sister hostel to the one were staying in. Reasonable enough, Kit was good condition and my favourite Trangia stove was available, deal done. Bus ticket into park, Shopping for pasta, soup, dried fruits, chocolate. Take Plastic bags (and sac liner) as when it rains its getts everywhere. Ball of string and can opener seems to be the most useful items.

"Day One & Two"

Up early and off.

It was windy, very windy. Shale was horizontal, scratches on the glases and a cut on teh forehead to prove it. Whilst waiting for the boat saw waterfall and Carolyn was blown sideways.

Loaded onto boat nice hot cup of chocolate lovely.

Arrived and started the walk. Still windy but a little more shady.

3 hour walk to the refugo (grey) campsite. Hell I'll pay its an hour further to the free camp. Shared a carton on wine with Doug and Jess, freinds from the Inka trail. It was the thing to do. Doug had carried the thing round the circuit and it was thanks giving.

Day Two

Weather crap. Misty and wet. the type of rain that guarantees ever part of you will be soaked through and cold.

Back down to where the boat landed, lunch of soup. Off to Italiano. This bit seemed to drag on. cold and wet.......

Great views up the valley towards Frances and Britanica.

Camping was free and i slept well. Rain and mist cleared late afternoon.

"Day Three & Four"

Weather Fantastic. Sunny and hot.
A Great days walking and drying out.
Condors circling the Massive beautiful day.
Couldn't get much more different from yesterday.

Great to rest feet in the Glacial melt.

Arrived at Campimento Torres, and then walked for another age to the campsite. Its out the other side of the hotel complex on the road out towards the park entrance. The refugio is further down the same road. Pay for this camping and keep the ticket, its the bus out to the coaches......

Carolyn returned from the shop with two large cold beers.....lovely girl.

Day Four

Weather was ok, nothing either way.

The first part of the walk towards the torres is nasty. Seemed to go up at 45 degrees and take a long long time. Watch out for the smug hotel tourists on the horses. Rest of the days walk is nice.

Refill water bottles at the refugios.

Clouded over when we arrived at the campsite, sat out until it cleared so climbed to the Torres. Its a long way up over those boulders and even further down. Clouds were coming and going, day hikers had gone as it was late afternoon. Shared the view with two others. Spectacular and the view changed as teh clouds swirled all around.

Back down.

Day 5.....
Hiked out, met Doug and Jess on their way in. Waited for bus at the Campsite. Met Amy, another Inka trailer, as she trudged by with the "where the bloody hell is the refugio" look.

Back to hotel and restaurant......

Great FUN


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