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Visiting Torres del Paine
Sometimes can be tricky to plan a trip to Torres del Paine, due to its dimensions and the different ways to approach it. There are so many trails, lakes, and amazing view points, that is difficult to decide what to chose (since is not possible to visit all in one day), or how to make the best out of it when you have a couple of days to invest in this outstanding pearl of Patagonia.
Let´s check 3 different ways to visit Torres del Paine National Park:
1. Full day excursions from Puerto Natales, El Calafate, or Punta Arenas
This is probably the most traditional way of visiting the Park, since many people come with a very tight schedule, and they only have time for a full day experience.
There are full day excursions from Puerto Natales, El Calafate, or Punta Arenas. The closest city of these three is Puerto Natales, but generally, the visited spots in the Park are more or less the same: lookout points of Lago Sarmiento, Laguna Amarga, Cascada Paine (Salto Grande)- where you usually eat a lunch box, Lago Nordenskjöld, Mirador Pehoé (above the hostería), étc. During this day you usually have time to do an easy autoguided trek of around 1:30 hs return, but the whole experience is mainly a scenic tour, in a vehicle.
If you stay in Puerto Natales for more nights, you can also visit other parts in the Park, such as Glacier Grey, or to do some of the popular full day hikes.
There is also the chance of having an overview of the Park through a helicopter flight.
2. Overnight inside the National Park
Even though it´s usually more expensive (either inside the National Park or in the immediate surroundings), this alternative is great. One of the advantages, is that you sleep within a magic atmosphere, and that you don´t have to drive all the way back again in order to visit other parts on the next day.
There are alternatives to live different sort of experiences: from staying at the EcoCamp, to enjoy the comfort of the Luxury accommodation in places such as Explora Lodge.
Apart from the scenery excursions, it´s plenty of other things to do: trekking, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, bird watching, wild life tours (such as the amazing tracking Pumas experience), etc.
This is ideal for those who enjoy photography, nature, and wild life, but with a certain comfort in the accommodation.
3. Hiking, Trekking, and Adventure trips
This sort of programs allows the travelers to discover Torres del Paine in a unique way, taking advantage of the different camps in the heart of the National Park.
Usually, people hike the 3 most important valleys of the area, Torres, French and Grey valleys.
The views and the experiences under this scheme are breath taking, for instance, reaching the towers viewpoint with its glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier, is something unforgettable.
For those experienced adventure travelers, it´s possible to do as well different expeditions, for example “La Vuelta Al Paine”.
Beyond BA LATAM offers tours and experiences for all these alternatives. We invite you to get in touch in order to start planning your next beautiful journey to Patagonia!