Torres del Paine Things to Do

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    Valle des Frances

    by barryg23 Written Jan 10, 2008

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    The middle section of the W, and my favourite area of the park. We had great weather for the hike up and down French Valley, which took about 5 hours in all. We started at Campamento Italiano and hiked up to the mirador beyond Campamento Britanico. The path is well marked and easy to follow.

    Ruth in French Valley Valle des Frances

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    La Cueva de Milodon

    by elsadran Updated Oct 10, 2014

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    This is the Big Milodon. It's in the front of a cave, where they found the remains of an immense sloth.
    You can come by bus or as a part of an excursion, booked at a travel agency. The cave is nothing to write home about...

    It's more than 2 meters tall
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    See guanacos

    by amy312 Written Jan 11, 2007

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    One of the best places to see guanacos is on the bus ride into the Laguna Amarga park entrance. On the bus you go by them pretty quickly, but by car you can stop and take photos. We also saw a few near Laguna Verde.

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    La fontera / The border

    by elpariente Written Apr 14, 2007

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    Si vas a cruzar por carretera hacia Argentina , la frontera está en Cerro Castillo y vas por el paso fronterizo Río Don Guillermo
    Pasamos el día que murió Pinochet
    If you are crossing by road to Argentina , the border is in Cerro Castillo , and you go by the border pass Río Don Guillermo
    We crossed it the day that A. Pinochet died

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  • Hike the Valle Frances

    by morto24 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    This hike from Refugio Pehoe is well worth the effort if you are lucky enough to have good weather. The hike starts with a series of small up and downs to get to the Italian Camp and then continues with a steep uphill section to reach a good viewpoint of the mountains and a small glacier. You can then continue along an easy track through the forest to reach a clear area near the Campamento Britanico where you get a fantastic view of the granite peaks.

    View from near Campamento Britanico
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    Torres del Paine- the easy way

    by LizontheMove Written Apr 26, 2007

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    We wanted to see the national park but only had three days and weren't particularly trek minded. So, we booked a one day excursion from Puerto Natales which fitted in most of the main sights. It took the following route:
    1. Myledon cave- where they found myledon hair and skin. Not much to look at but good comedy photo with the giant myledon statue.
    2. Multiple photo stops on the way into the national park with amazing views (we were really lucky with the weather). We saw a flock of condors descending on a dead sheep too! Great view across Lago Amarga (see picture).
    3. We then stopped at the south side of Lago Grey at the cemetery of iceburgs. This place was so surreal with cool shaped burgs which had come from the glacier (visible in the distance). We had free time and lunch there.
    4. Then to Salto Grande and chico (two waterfalls).
    Then you can go back to P. Natales but instead we were dropped at the entrance to the park and got the shuttle bus to the refugio. WARNING! This place is hideously overpriced at $33 a night for a shared room (6peeps) with no heating and the weakest light. No blankets provided, the hot water was off most of the time and there was no kitchen so you had to pay $8 for dinner. There is a camp site there which is cheaper but it was really cold when we went so not feasible out of season.
    The next day we decided to do the first leg of the W walk. This was pretty tough going and took me 6 hours (3hours for fitter people!). It was steep but the views were great. Be warned, just when you think you are nearly at the Torres themselves, there is an hour scramble up loads of giant boulders to get to the top! There is a campsite at the base if you don't have to get back to the refugio that night. Also, make sure you drink from the mountain stream- its safe and was the best tasting water I have ever had.
    The next day, we got the bus back to P. Natales (but beware, the afternon public bus is very unreliable, it never showed but we managed to get a tourist bus back which we flagged down!).

    View of Torresw del Paine from Lago Amarga The iceburg cemetery- very very cool
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    Los Cuernos del - Paine - Horns

    by elpariente Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Los Cuernos del Paine , que se pueden ver desde muchos sitios del parque , son impresionantes
    Los cuernos que se ven son : Este(2.200m) , Principal(2.600m) , Norte(2.400m) , Máscara(2.300m) , Hoja (2.200) y Espada (2.500m)
    Durante la época de los glaciares la erosión progresiva en las paredes de las montañas dio lugar a lo que se conoce como cuerno (horn). Estas torres de granito tienen la parte superior oscura que es la que no estaba en contacto con el hielo del glaciar y sometida a la erosión y de color claro aquella que sufrió la erosión producida por el desplazamiento de los glaciares
    The Horns ( Cuernos) that you may see from different areas of the Park are impressive .
    The horns that you see are : Este(2.200m) , Principal(2.600m) , Norte(2.400m) , Máscara(2.300m) , Hoja (2.200) y Espada (2.500m)
    During the Glaciers era the mountains progressive erosion originated what is called Horn(Cuerno). This granite towers have the upper part in dark colour as they were not in contact with the glacier ice and they did not suffer the erosion and in clear colour the one that suffered the erosion produced by the glaciers displacement

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    Porterías - Torres del Paine - Main gates

    by elpariente Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Hay tres Porterías de acceso al parque : Laguna Azul , Laguna Amarga y Lago Sarmiento .
    En ellas te dan información del parque , se sacan los billetes , se toman los autobuses...
    También hay una Sede Administrativa del CONAF donde te pueden dar todo tipo de información y ayudarte a organizar tu visita y además hay un pequeño museo y se pueden ver películas como la del Puma
    There are three main gates to the park : Laguna Azul , Laguna Amarga y Lago Sarmiento .
    There they give you information about the park , you get the tickets , take the buses...
    There is also a CONAF Administration Center , where they may give you information and they may help you to plan your visit an additionally there is a small museum and you may see films as the one of the Puma

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    Cascada - Paine - Waterfall

    by elpariente Written Apr 15, 2007

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    En el río Paine está la cascada con el mismo nombre que tiene unas vistas espectaculares de las Torres
    In the river Paine is the waterfall with the same name that has spectacular views of the Towers

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    Las Torres del - Paine - Towers

    by elpariente Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Desde muchas partes del parque se pueden ver las torres : la Sur (2.850m) , la Central (2.800m) , la Norte(2.600m) y delante de ellas está el Almirante Nieto (2.640m) y el Ventisquero Torres
    La vista es espectacular y el día que estuvimos aparecían y desaparecían por culpa de las nubes
    From many parts of he Park you may see the towers : the South(2.850m) , the Central(2.800m) , the North(2.600m) and in front of them the Almirante Nieto(2.640) and the Ventisquero Torres
    The views are spectacular and the day we were there they appeared and disappeared because of the clouds

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    Visting the Main Sights in the Park (Day Tour)

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 21, 2010

    On the day tour, you get to see the main sights that can be accessed from the road. A standard tour would include Lago Sarmiento, where there's an excellent view of the Torres themselves; Laguna Amarga, the main park entrance; Lago Nordenskjold, via a 45 minutes to an hour hike, for stunning views of Valle Frances and Los Cuernos and finally stopping at Salto Grande and Lago Pehoe.

    Some tours stop at Lago Grey for those who take a boat tour to Glacier Grey. I haven't done this but I understand this recommended as something to do and if you plan to stay in the park for more than one day, you can visit the various lagunas and lakes of the parks.

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    Dont go in summer

    by the___gecko Written Dec 10, 2007

    Despite everyone saying summer is the best time, I believe it is not.

    I was there mid march and still found that there were to many people on the trek. Not so much the full circuit but the W.

    I can only imagine its 5 times worse in the warmer months.

    So wait till mid March at least and if you dont mind the cold it may be worth waiting till early April.

    I dont think the circuit opens in November so its not a good time to go then either unless you want to do the W only.

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    Storyin Torres del Paine

    by storyin Updated Jun 21, 2005

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    We can see Torres del Paine from Refugio Chileno .

    sleeping on the big rock and listen to the sound of river in the afternoon ~~~so ~~so ~~so comfortable ~

    Torres del Paine from Refugio Chileno
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    See wildflowers

    by amy312 Updated Jan 11, 2007

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    We saw lots of wildflowers on our visit in late November. Many plants were in bloom, including orchids and fire brush plants. The flowers really added to the experience.

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    Salto Grande - Pehoe - Big Waterfall

    by elpariente Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Por medio de este salto se comunican el Lago Nordenskjöld y el Lago Pehoe
    5crWith this waterfall the Lake Nordenskjöld and the lake Pehoe are communicated

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