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Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

1. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation and set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. After arriving access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary toward Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales. On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

2. From El Calafate: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Embark on a fascinating excursion to Torres del Paine, departing from El Calafate. Hike through a stunning national park, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls. Take in mesmerizing landscapes, explore a variety of natural landmarks, and enjoy an included lunch. Get picked up from your hotel and take the road to the Republic of Chile border crossing. After the customs and immigration procedures, meet your guide and begin to travel the last 80 kilometers to the National Park. Gaze at the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, the Saltos del Río Paine, the upper viewpoint of Cerro Almirante Nieto/Cuernos del Paine, and the entrance to Laguna Amarga. Once inside the Torres del Paine National Park, dive into the different trekking trails and receive your packed lunch. Follow a trail from the Salto Grande and enjoy a low-difficulty walk towards the Mirador de Los Cuernos del Paine, on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. Then, back in the vehicle, begin the ride to Lake Pehoé, the last viewpoint, overlooking the Cuernos del Paine and the French Valley. Continue exploring and getting to know the southernmost part of Chilean Patagonia. Learn about its flora and fauna on your return to Calafate.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

3. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. Pick up at your accommodation between 6:15 6:45 in Puerto Natales and drive towards Torres del Paine National Park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales around 21:00 – 21:30 hrs.

Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

4. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

5. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

6. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

06:00 to 06:30 Pick up at your accommodation for Torres del Paine National Park. We will access Torres del Paine National Park and our hike “Portería - Portería” begins in the National Park access “Portería Laguna Amarga” and finishes in a different one called “Porteria Sarmiento”. Marvel at the Paine Massif and the radiant, blue glacial lakes in a 2 hours hike along the Patagonian steppe. This path is also characterized and attractive for the observation of local wildlife. After 1 hour hike approximately, we will reach a series of cave paintings which date from 10.000 years ago, these were made by the first population that arrived in Patagonia. Afterwards, our transfer will take us to the Nordensköld viewpoint to enjoy the view of the lake of the same name and the East face of the Paine Massif where our local guide will explain the geological characteristics of the Paine mountain range. We will continue our excursion and stop at “Pudeto” area to enjoy the rushing frothing waterfall “Salto Grande”. Immediately after, we will start a 2 hour hike (go and return) to “Mirador Cuernos” (Horns viewpoint), a place of overwhelming beauty and probably one of the most famous spots in Torres del Paine National Park. At Pehoe campsite we will have lunch. And after having some rest and time to enjoy the view of the lake and Condor Lookout. Approximate time of arrival in Puerto Natales: 19:00 hr.

Trekking Base Torres: desde Puerto Natales

7. Trekking Base Torres: desde Puerto Natales

Walk with us through the immensity of the imposing Torres del Paine National Park at any time of the year! After the pick up at the lodge we head towards Torres del Paine National Park, after a 1 hour and a half walk, we will enter the park through the Porteria Laguna Amarga sector. Already at the starting point of the hike, the guide gives us a briefing of security and delivery of the equipment "trekking poles" (crampons and flashlights in winter season). The hike is a total of 21 kilometers on a mountain trail, which is divided into 3 stages. The first one is about 1 hour 30, going into the Asencio Valley until reaching the well-known Paso de los Vientos with an incredible view of the Valley where we can appreciate lakes and intense forests of lenga. We stop to hydrate and eat something in the area of the mountain refuge "Chileno". The second part is the easiest of all, in this we go into the lenga forest with short climbs and several planes. Once we finish the forest we focus on the last and hardest part of the trail the "Moraine" this is a very rocky sector, here it will take us about a 01:15 min to reach our goal the Base Torres viewpoint. Already in the viewpoint the guide will explain us about the formation of these imposing towers, then we have 45 minutes to enjoy and take pictures, then we will have lunch and start the return to the starting point. Once back in the van we return to Puerto Natales to our respective lodgings.

Senderos Aonikenk & Nordenskjold

8. Senderos Aonikenk & Nordenskjold

The pick-up starts very early in the morning at the respective accommodation. We drive to the Sarmientos gate, located in the eastern sector of the Torres del Paine National Park. Here begins our first hike of the day of 7.2 kilometres, of low/medium intensity, called the Aonikenk Trail (The Aonikenk were the hunter-gatherer ethnic groups that inhabited Patagonia). We will walk through the Patagonian steppe, an area of vast plains and small bushes. This is a sector where we will be able to appreciate a diversity of flora and fauna such as guanacos, foxes, Andean condors and even puma concolor. In the middle of the path there is a small cave where we find a cave painting dating back more than 6500 years. From this spot we have unequalled views of the Paine mountain range. Once in the vehicle we head back to the Pehoe Campiong, which is located in the central sector of the National Park. Here we will give you an hour to have lunch with the best postcard view of the Pehoe Lake and the Cuernos del Pais. After this break we head for a short trek to the Pudeto sector, where our second hike begins, here we will see one of the most famous waterfalls of the National Park called Salto Grande. After a 3km walk we reach the foot of the Nordenskjold Lake, here we have a scenic and impressive view of the entire Paine Massif, where we will recognise peaks such as Admiral Nieto, Cuernos, Paine Grande and Valle del Frances. After taking the necessary photos of this beautiful viewpoint, we return to the vehicle along the same path and return to Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales: Full Day Torres del Paine + Milodon Cave

9. Puerto Natales: Full Day Torres del Paine + Milodon Cave

Embark on a full-day tour of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the world. Admire the park's blue and turquoise steppes and lakes, twisted forests, and rivers and waterfalls that adorn the Grey Glacier and the "Paine" mountain range. Begin your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. From there, journey to Torres del Paine National Park, passing through blue and turquoise steppes and lakes, twisted forests produced by the Patagonian wind, and rivers and waterfalls that adorn both the Grey Glacier and the "Paine" mountain range. See the so-called Cuernos del Paine, from the Serrano and Lago Pehoe sectors, as well as the famous Torres from sectors such as Lago Sarmiento and Laguna Amarga. Depending on weather conditions, take short walks in the Salto Grande sectors (40 minutes, round trip) and the Lago Grey beach (one hour, round trip). Stop for a visit to the main cavern of the Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument, which lasts approximately 45 minutes. Afterward, return to Puerto Natales, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Tour from Puerto Natales

10. Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Tour from Puerto Natales

Depart from Puerto Natales and embark on your full-day adventure to the Torres del Paine National Park. When you arrive in the park, make your first stop in the 1000-year-old Milodón Caves which were created by an enormous natural disaster. Marvel at the incredible anthropological value this site holds, believed to have been inhabited by the first human inhabitants on the continent who sought refuge from the elements and wild animals. Learn about how these prehistoric peoples lived in close proximity to the Milodón, an extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30-minute hike, make another stop at El Castillo Hill where a cafeteria service is available. Listen to an introduction to the Torres del Paine National Park and the area of Laguna Amarga (bitter lagoon). Hear about the spectacular local wildlife that makes its home in the park, including red foxes and condors. A short distance ahead, observe the spectacular views of the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé Lakes as you try to catch a glimpse of guancos (wild Andean llamas) and rheas (related to the ostrich or emu) that inhabit the area. The tour continues with a 10-minute hike to a stunning waterfall called Salto Grande (Big Jump). Watch in wonder as the imposing 10-meter high water flow emerges from Lake Nordenskjöld and impacts with the surrounding landscape. Admire the breathtaking views of the imposing Mirador Cuernos mountain formation in the distance, known for its resemblance to a pair of animal horns.  In the afternoon, continue the trek through the Grey Lake and glacier area. Explore the grey glacier ice floe and enjoy a relaxing walk through the lengas (a native tree to Patagonia) forest then take a well-earned 1.5 hour-break. At the end of your adventure, you will be returned to Puerto Natales and dropped off at the bus terminal or your hotel.

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Our overall experience was excellent. It was myself and my teenage son and the activity kept us both very engaged. Our tour guide (Diego) was fantastic and provided instructions in both Spanish and English. and Our activity included several stops at scenic points (Mirador cave- a separate entry pass needed); and within Torres del Paine national park (a separate park entry pass needed), with a final stop that included a short hike to the grey lake. Activities were fun and engaging.

Very informative and also fun thanks to our guide Jerome and driver Manuel. Lots of pretty stops and a chance for a good walk for an hour over lunchtime along the grey lake beach………got a glance of the glacier in the distance even through the cloud!

The landscapes are very enjoyable. The guides were telling us about the flora and fauna and history. The speed of the walks is ideal for everyone, I went with my 9 year old son and he really enjoyed it. It was a very pleasant trip

Helena was very informative and explained things in English to myself. Stopped and saw a Puma eating its catch. Very well organised tour . Have perfect weather and thoroughly enjoy the tour

Great day with beautiful views and a good lunch. Boat was warm and comfortable. I wish they had been clearer about the cost of drinks at lunch but it was amazing overall.