Hotel Saltos del Paine
Bulnes 156, Puerto Natales, Chile
More about Puerto Natales
Zodiac on Rio Serrano
View of Los Cuernos from Camp Pehoe
Glacier Serrano - iceberg filled lake
Torres del Paine: weather-beaten tree
Puerto Natales-El Calafate Bus
Hey guys! Me and my girlfriend will be travelling from puerto natales-el calafate in March and we are looking for the cheapest bus service. We know that Bus Sur and Bus Cootra do the route but we can't find any up-to date prices or a timetable. Can anyone help?
RE: Puerto Natales-El Calafate Bus
Buses leave from Puerto Natales at 8.30 am (Cootra) or 9.00 am (Turismo Zaahj).
One way ticket = 50 Arg. pesos/ return ticket = 95 Arg. pesos.
(see transportation tip on my El Calafate or Puerto Natales page)
Re: Puerto Natales-El Calafate Bus
I read your post on travel from P. Natales to El Calafate (I also read other your posts on S. America when planning my trip in Feb-March 2009, Thanks for them all).
I will check the website you had mentioned but in your opinion, do I have to book in advance (February..).
Also, do you know how long it takes to get to El Calafate? We will be in ELC 3 days and in P. Natales probably 1 night before TdP and then 2 nights after TdP. Is it worth it to spend additional day in P. Natales or preferable to add a day to our El Calafate time?
Thanks a lot
Travel Tips for Puerto Natales
Pisco – pure
Pisco is the national drink of Chile (and Peru) and is a rather strong drink (35% alc.) distilled of muscat grapes, with a high sugar content. These grapes are growing in the north of Chile. It is possible to drink it pure or as a so called ‘pisco sour’, when the drink is mixed with lemon, egg whites and sugar.
Our first pisco was a ‘pisco pure’ during the very cold boat trip on the Fiordo Ultima Esparanza in Chilean Patagonia. And believe me, in spite of the piece of glacier ice in our glass, after a pisco we felt a lot warmer !!
Hill and Balmaceda glacier, the hill has a height of 2035mts, by the Eastern side you will find the Glacier Balmaceda that is in backward movement like almost all glaciers of the world
Cerro y glaciar Balmaceda, el cerro tiene una altura de 2035mts, por el lado oriental de la cumbre se descuelga el colosal Glaciar que se encuentra en retroceso como casi todo los glaciares del mundo
Torres del Paine - the "W" trek
The "w" trek is considered a nice option for those who haven´t got much time available and want to see the most important parts of the park. I´m not a trekking expert =P and I could not complete the whole trek because of the weather, but I will write down the data I´ve collected about this circuit.
It usually takes from 4 to 5 days, depending on weather and speed, covering a journey to Torres and their base, contouring the mountain Chico Sur and the cuernos, then walking along the Valley of Francés and coming back to reach the Grey Glacier (the Grey Glacier, this valley and Torres are known as the most beautiful parts of the park). This walk then has the form of a W... Some people start from the Torres side, walking since laguna Amarga (or you can pay for a microvan to get to refugio las Torres and then start from there), and some others start on the Grey side, from Pudeto´s bus stop and taking a boat to Pehoe Camping.
There´s a nice description of this circuit here:
Just one detail: the cuernos refuge, that was in construction when that text was made, is already in function, and there is a camping as well.
Cuenvos del Paine
This is the amazing backdrop that you have if you stay at Refugio y Camping Los Cuernos.
One tip for campers: it was extremely windy and there were a few people whose tents broke, so it might be a better idea to camp futher along the hike at Campamento Italiano.
Es la capital de la provincia "Ultima Esperanza"
Es una ciudad pequeña , agradable , que vivía del ganado y de la pesca y ahora lo visitan muchos turista que van de paso a Torres del Paine
Aquí pasamos una tarde , nos recuperamos del viaje en el ferry , compramos provisiones , cenamos muy bien y al día siguiente salimos en dirección a Torres del Paine
Aquí organizamos el viaje a Torres del Paine , pero esta información aparece en las páginas de TP
It is the "Last Hope Province" capital
It is an small city , nice, that lived of the cattle and fishing and now is visited by many tourists in their way to Torres del Paine
Here we spent an evening , we recovered of the ferry trip , we bought some food , we had a good dinner and the next morning we left to Torres del Paine
We did here the arrengements for the travel to Torres del Paine , but this info is includede on the TP pages
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