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    Refugio Info

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 10, 2013

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    Favorite thing: I hiked part of the W January 2012. Much was closed due to the fire and we couldn't do the circuit. We stayed in the Refugios and ate the food at each as well as sleep there. It cut down tremendously on the weight of our packs making for a much more enjoyable trek. The food was great for breakfast and dinner. Lunch, while you get a lot in a brown bag, it was a bit dry sandwich.

    I reserved the refugios here: http://www.fantasticosur.com/

    I plan on returning now that the complete W is open again and will use the refugios again. As you stated they are a bit expensive. It was about $400usd for 4 nights and all meals included. You can purchase the food without sleeping in the refugio. The prices seemed on par with what you would spend on a meal while vacationing. The website above has great information.

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    respect the environment !!

    by elsadran Updated Aug 26, 2007

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    photo from the park's achives of 2005 big fire.

    Favorite thing: Nature ! It 's unbelievably beautiful !!
    So please respect it. Don't litter !
    Don't make open fires.
    A big fire made a lot of damage to this paradise a couple of years ago....
    Don't pick flowers .

    Fondest memory: Relaxing near the lakes or glaciers ! Breathing the air ! Walking!!!

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    tiny apples

    by elsadran Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: maybe you are allowed by Mother Nature to pick something to ..eat. Maybe only the alluring tiny apples. Choose the darker ones. They are tastier..After all, even Adam and Eve couldn't resist....
    You can also drink the absolutely clear running waters. They are safe and taste great !!!

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    Suspension bridge to Torres del Paine Lookout

    by Trekki Written Oct 9, 2004

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    Suspension bridge - at Rio Paine

    Favorite thing: If you start your PN Torres del Paine trip with hiking to the Torres del Paine Lookout, you have to leave the bus at Laguna Amarga.

    All traffic heads over the suspension bridge, either cars (of Hosteria Las Torres) or backpackers. Nice experience, mainly if Rio Paine is full of water from snow melting in the mountains :-)
    The picture was taken at low water, but some weeks later, it was all flooded, and we had to take off the hiking shoes to cross the bridge :-)

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    Laguna Amarga - first stop in PN Torres del Paine

    by Trekki Written Oct 9, 2004

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    Marguerite fields at Laguna Amarga

    Favorite thing: Every bus into PN Torres del Paine makes the first stop at Laguna Amarga, which is the park's entrance gate.
    Every park visitor has to register here, informin the guardarias about their hiking plans and length of stay.
    This is just a precaution, as the weather changes can be very drastic, making some hikes difficult or impossible. The guardarias regularly check with the refugios or hotels bout the visitors in bad weather.

    Fondest memory: Depending what you plan next after arrival, you start your hike to Torres del Paine Viewpoint from here, or get on the bus again to go further south in the park.

    Nevertheless, it's nice to wander around and enjoy the landscape here. Rio Paine maeanders through the soggy meadows, marguarites are growing in huge fields :-)

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    Map of PN Torres del Paine

    by Trekki Written Sep 23, 2004

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    Map of PN Torres del Paine (Turistel)

    Favorite thing: Please find here a map of PN Torres del Paine with all the possible tours (dotted line), the roads (normal line), the campgrounds and the hotels.

    I have marked Refugio Pingo and Refugio Zapata, as this hike is part of my travellouges.

    Fondest memory: The map has been taken from a very good guidebook of chilean tourism - Turistel

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    Storyin Base of the Tower

    by storyin Updated Jul 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: everything about Patagonia!
    grand nature, tower up to sky, clear water, sounds of stream, changeable clouds, crazy wind, hiker around the world.

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    • Backpacking
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    Don't feed wild animals

    by elsadran Written Aug 26, 2007

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    Favorite thing: DON,T feed wild animals. You destroy their natural habits of finding their food. It's unacceptable !!!
    I have seen tourists in the park feeding a fox just to make a picture ....
    Unbelievable !!!

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    Time to relax

    by elsadran Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Give enough time to yourself to enjoy the surrounding and relax.

    Fondest memory: Gaze at the unique tourqoise lakes !!

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