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 :-)
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 :-)
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
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 !!!
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!!!
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.
Give enough time to yourself to enjoy the surrounding and relax.
Fondest memory: Gaze at the unique tourqoise lakes !!
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 ....
everything about Patagonia!
grand nature, tower up to sky, clear water, sounds of stream, changeable clouds, crazy wind, hiker around the world.