Torres del Paine
Start your 5-day hiking tour to Torres del Paine National Park with a pickup from any of these destinations: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, or Calafate (Argentina). On the way to your awarded eco-lodge inside the park we’ll take you to discover a couple other interesting places near Torres del Paine!
First, we’ll enjoy a close-up view of the lakeside in Puerto Natales, where a statue of Milodon – the last giant sloth that walked the Earth 5000 years ago – will be waiting at the entrance of this picturesque town to wave its bronze hand.
Once in Puerto Natales, walk along the shores of “Cabo Última Esperanza” or just relax in one of the little cafes in town while admiring the patchwork facade of colorful houses. Enjoy lunch before leaving town, and try the best seafood in Southern Chile.
We’ll continue by exploring the Milodon Cave, three prehistoric caves where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. Before getting to the caves, we will pass by La Silla del Diablo and learn about its mysterious legend… a story told by the oldest man in Patagonia who believed that the Devil appeared to those who came looking for him on dark nights.
At the end of the day, we’ll reach Torres del Paine National Park and bring you to your dome to spend your first night inside the park. Enjoy dinner at the community dome and start making some new travel buds.
Over the next 4 days, you’ll be able to choose between different tours and hikes inside the park. Our recommendations for today is the famous hike to Base las Torres.
This is the most famous hike in the park since it takes you to the base of the Cuernos del Paine (8500 f.o.s.l.); a challenge for climbers all over the world.
Cross Ascensio Valley, taking its winding path and gazing over Ascensio River until getting to the first stop, Refugio El Chileno. From here, you’ll continue for one hour through a lenga forest — the changing landscapes will combat any tiredness!
You’ll finally get to the moraine; the last beat of the trek, and the hardest. The last hour will be an uphill climb, but take your time, you’ll definitely make it to the top! Your efforts will be rewarded with breathtaking views of these massive granite mountains that extend past a blue lake and up to the sky. You can take a rest, enjoy lunch with a view, maybe spot an occasional red fox sneaking around, and then backtrack to the campsite.
For your second day in the park, we recommend that you take one of the most adventurous day tours to visit the amazing Grey Glacier. This is an optional tour that you can add to your travel itinerary, which will take you on a hike from Paine Grande Lodge along the shores of mountain-lined Pehoé Lake to the northern end of glacial Grey Lake.
Start by crossing Pehoé Lake in a medium-sized boat and reach Paine Refuge, where you’ll start the trek. Your main objective, after 3hr 30min, will be to arrive at the viewpoint of the huge Grey Glacier, emerging from the Southern Ice Field! Enjoy lunch with this amazing backdrop and then embark to get closer to Glacier Grey. Sail between floating icebergs and visit one of the biggest glaciers inside the National Park.
At the end of the experience, we’ll drive you to Pudeto to board another boat and cross Pehoé River. From the opposite shore, we’ll drive you back to the lodge.
For this day, we recommend that you hike to the French Valley, the ‘heart’ of this incredible National Park.
From the lodge, we’ll drive you to Pudeto, where you will enjoy a 45-minute navigation to the opposite shore of Pehoé Lake. From there, start your trek towards the inner lands of the French Valley. This is a unique opportunity to visit one of the least-accessible areas inside the park, since there is no road nearby. But, with your own two legs, you’ll definitely make it!
What will you find in the French Valley? Hanging glaciers, pristine woods, and some daunting jagged peaks: the multi-colored Paine Grande and the forbidding Cuernos del Paine.
You can also cross the rope bridge over the French River to reach some stunning views of the French Glacier, or continue to the French Valley Plateau, or down to the Pehoé River and the glacier. How deep you go depends on your groups’ rhythm!
Take a rest and enjoy your boxed lunch while admiring the valley; the black mountains covered with snow, and the cawing of the kingfisher. After lunch, you can continue on an optional trek to get even farther into the valley, to Britanico Viewpoint. This is a high-difficulty trek, but it worth the effort, since you’ll discover all of the unique geological formations of the valley (like the Blade, Mask and Sword mountains).
At the end of this full-day experience, you’ll backtrack the same route and return to the lodge to spend your last night at the campsite.
This is the end of your adventure tour in Torres del Paine. In the morning we’ll pick you up from your dome and take you to any of the nearby cities with an airport (Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas in Chile, or Calafate in Argentina).
From the Perito Moreno Glacier, to the island of penguins in Ushuaia (Argentina), you can still discover many more natural wonders of Patagonia. Read about our trip itineraries to Patagonia and get some ideas for your next transformative travel experience!
FLIGHTS NEEDEDFOR THIS ITINERARY
No flights needed for this trip. However, the trip may start and end in either El Calafate, Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales- depending on your travel plans.
Flights in South America cost approximately $150 to $350 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.
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