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Posted on 01/18/2021 Inspirational Trips & News

Are the Torres del Paine open?

Technically, foreign tourists who meet health requirements can enter Chile. But, the main question “are the Torres del Paine open?” it’s a little bit more complicated than that. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to plan your trip to Torres del Paine in this article.


Last updated: 04/01/2021

Torres del Paine it’s a beautiful place to visit, but since March Chile’s borders have been closed to tourism due to Covid-19 and its pandemic.


When will Torres del Paine open?

If you are wondering “are the Torres del Paine open?”, the answer is yes. On November 26, after eight months of waiting, the opening of Torres del Paine was confirmed. At the moment, all the trails are open to travel the famous W Circuit and people who come from phase 3 or higher will be able to visit Torres del Paine National Park.

Hike in Torres del Paine


This opening will be gradual and respecting all sanitary measures. In this first stage the following will be possible:

  • Receive visits from people coming from communes in phase 3 or higher: This means that people who live outside the Magallanes region will be able to reach Torres del Paine on flights to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, which have health corridors.
  • Tour the W Circuit: All the trails will be available to travel the famous circuit that forms a W, where you can appreciate the iconic Base Torres viewpoint and endless unique landscapes in the world.

During the pandemic, only eleven people visited the park on a daily basis. During December 2020, there have been 359 people visiting Torres del Paine. Last year, in a single day only at the base of the Towers, 1,200 or 1,300 people entered.

While this information may seem daunting, the reality is that it is a great time to visit Torres del Paine if the government requirements are met. Fewer tourists, fewer people hanging around, less chance of getting Covid-19. For this reason, we will tell you about the restrictions for traveling to Chile and, if you meet the requirements, we encourage you to visit Torres del Paine.


Chile travel restrictions: Travelling around the country

Moving across Chile, including Torres del Paine, travelers will have to navigate national and local curfews, wear face coverings in all urban areas, and accept that Chile’s travel restrictions may change rapidly and disrupt their travel plans. 

They’ll have to considerer this travel restrictions:

  • After arriving in Santiago and meeting the entry requirements for non-resident foreigners, they’ll have up to 24 hours to travel to their destination in another region of the country, where they must comply with health measures. For this transfer the valid document is the boarding pass of their airline.
  • To travel from one region to another, they must consider that it can only be done from communes in phase 3 (Preparation) or 4 (Initial Opening) to communes that are in the same condition (phase 3 or 4). They will not be able to travel between regions if their commune of origin or destination is in phase 1 (Quarantine) or 2 (Transition). To know the status of each commune, find out at https://www.gob.cl/pasoapaso#situacioncomunal/. To move, you must obtain the “Affidavit for Travelers Within Chile” at www.c19.cl
  • To travel to the regions of Aysén and Magallanes, they must present a negative PCR. In the case of Aysén, the PCR must have taken a maximum of 96 hours (4 days) before reaching the destination. In Magallanes, where the Torres del Paine are located, it must have been taken with a maximum of 72 hours (3 days).
  • While the Metropolitan Region (Santiago) is in Phase 2 (Transition), they must comply with the sanitary measures that apply for this step, so they must quarantine on weekends and during the week, respect the hours and allowed capacity.
  • There is a daily curfew from 12:00am to 5:00 am, nationwide. Other locations may have stricter curfews.
  • In places where sanitary cordons are in place, travelers may be subject to temperature screenings. Travel to or from comunas in quarantine requires a permiso obtained from the Chilean police.
The towers in Torres del Paine


Can Americans travel to Torres del Paine?

Can Americans travel to Torres del Paine?”, it’s another question that maybe you are asking. The answer is yes. But as all travelers, they will have to present the three mandatory documents when boarding:

  • As we said before, a completed “Affidavit of Travelers” electronic form (available at www.c19.cl  and also known as a Sanitary Passport)  prepared less than 48 hours before boarding;
  • And also a roof of a health insurance policy that provides coverage for Covid-19 and related health issues during the traveler’s stay in Chile. The Health Insurance must cover charges associated with COVID-19 during your stay, with a coverage of USD $ 30,000 (minimum). (All documents must be presented before boarding the flight to Chile).

Also, American citizens should exercise caution by maintaining social distancing practices, following quarantine and sanitary procedures as directed by the Chilean government (including curfew), and following all sanitary and hygiene guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mitigate health risks.


Recommendations for travelling to Torres del Paine 

Beyond Chile’s travel restrictions, there are some general recommendations to keep in mind to enjoy your trip to Torres del Paine in the safest way possible.

  • Keep a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between you and others when possible.
  • Avoid having contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons, and touch panels. If you have to touch these surfaces, when you’re done use hand sanitizer or wash your hands.
  • Put on a cloth mask.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Make a list of things to take: wool or polar hat, neck scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm, Quick-drying t-shirts, waterproof coat and waterproof pants, wool gloves, Polar pants (if you are going to spend the night) and woolen socks, Trekking shoes, preferably high boots to avoid kinks.
  • We recommend to stay at least one night in one of the hostels, hostels or refugios inside the park. If you are really into hiking you can do the famous W circuit (4 days, 3 nights) 
  • The climate in Patagonia is a very important factor to consider. The maximum temperature reaches 20 °C in summer and drops to 0 °C in winter. Although it is possible to visit the park throughout the year, it is recommended to do it between October and April, when you can enjoy days with more than 16 hours of light, sunny and with less rain.

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