Torres del Paine Travel Guide
Our first day up didn
Our first day up didn
Torres del Paine
Sunset at Los Cuenos
Torres del Paine
Serenity - magic - unpredictable weather - magnificent light moods
unpredictable weather conditions, as far from perth as you can get!
Visting the Main Sights in the Park (Day Tour)
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...
Valle des Frances
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...
Dont go in summer
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...
La Cueva de Milodon
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...
Torres del Paine- the easy way
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...
Mirador Cuernos - Horns(Cuernos) Viewpoint
Es un paseo de un par de horas muy agradable y sencillo que empieza en las cascadas de Pehoe y se va por un bosque magallánico , lleno de arbustos y flores (zapatitos de la virgen , calafates...) hasta llegar al mirador desde donde se ven los impresionantes CuernosIt is a...
El Calafate to Torres del Paine by car
A car is the best way to see Torres del Paine. We stopped when we wanted, and saw many beautiful sights. And while we did, the tour busses just drove past. When a tour bus did stop, often they scared away the animals. You do not need a 4x4 to get to to Torres del Paine from...
From Punta Arenas airport and Puerto Natales
You can arrive to Torres del Paine National Park by boat from Puerto Natales, and previously Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales by coach.Here's how:If you are arriving at Punta Arenas airport, you don't need to go downtown Punta Arenas. You can catch the bus to Puerto Natales in...
transportation in Puerto Natales
If you have planned to take the boat trip for Puerto Montt you have to book your trip well in advance. If you haven't yet, you can go to Comapa and do it before you go to Torres. For transportation to the Torres you can take the local bus or you can book it with a travel...
A el Calafate - To The Calafate
En la agencia Baquedano Zamorano de Puerto Natales , sacamos el billete para ir desde la Posada Río Serrano hasta El Calafate en autobús Nos costó 40USD y tardamos una hora hasta la frontera , otra hora para cruzar la frontera de Chile y cuatro horas para llegar a El...
El Cuatrero / The Rustler
Dice la leyenda que un cuatrero viajaba un día de invierno entre el cuerno Principal y el cuerno Este y en este cuerno se quedó grabada su imagen , así que si le hechas un poco de imaginación podrás ver al cuatrero montado a caballo y con su gran sombrero en la cabezaThe...
Flora - Patagónia - Flora
Dentro del parque hay cinco tipos de flora completamente diferentes , en función de la altura , que producen cambios importantes en el paisaje Los tipos son : Estepa Patagónica , Matorral preandino , Bosque Magallánico , Tundra Magallánica y Desierto de AlturaAl empezar la...
Vientos de - 100Kms/h - Winds
Con un fortísimo viento fuimos a ver el cementerio de glaciares y la verdad es que lo pasamos bastante mal , primero para cruzar el puente colgante que era peligroso pues se movía mucho y no había casi sitio para agarrarse y segundo que al ir pasar por la playa el viento...
Reserva para - Glaciar Grey - Reservations
A pesar de tener las reservas y de haber confirmado personalmente en la Hostería la visita , la víspera nos llamaron a las 9 de la noche para cambiaros la hora de las 9 a las 3 de la tarde , lo que nos impidió hacer la visita pues a esa hora salíamos hacia El CalafateDe nada...
Luggage and bags: Store your big bags at the hotel you are staying in Puerto Natales and travel light.
A sleeping bag is necessary even if you stay at the hotels. Refugio Pehoe has no bedclothes. Of course, you can rent one there for 3 dollars.
Use a day pack while walking where you can have an empty bottle of water as you can fill and refill it in the creeks and rivers . The water is absolutely safe.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking or trekking boots. Flip-flops are not suitable for trekking but can be used in the bathroom and leisure time of sunbathing.
A warm feather jacket is highly recommended.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen is not to forget. The sun is ruthless there. Clouds let the dangerous rays pass.
Don't take much toiletry as it is heavy and very difficult to carry.
Don't forget bandages (adhesive strips) for the small wounds and blisters.
Photo Equipment: Take everything you have!!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you have a good tent and think you can carry it , do take it. In this way you will have many sleeping options as there are so many camping sites. Even in the summer time the temperatures in the night can drop very low so you need to get warm.
During the winter, of course, you will need special tents and sleeping bags.
Of course you can rent one there so that you don't have to carry it all the way.
Walking sticks are very helpful and you can make them out of fallen branches.
Miscellaneous: Before you leave the city buy some dried fruits and nuts. They give a lot of energy, are easy to carry and can be shared with others easily.
Updated Nov 18, 2007
Laguna Verde hike
This hike, which is accessed by either a trail near the administration area or the Hosteria Mirador del Paine, is much less visited than the W. You get great views of the Cuernos and other mountains, and many more opportunities to see wildlife.
When hiking to Refugio Pingo, we found this little area of wonderful colorful wild lichens - the view was just magic :-)It was so tiny that we almost overlooked it - so better you look at the ground from time to time to discover some of these little beauties :-)
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...
respect the environment !!
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 .
Relaxing near the lakes or glaciers ! Breathing the air ! Walking!!!
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...
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