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      Food at Refugios - what to expect?

      Torres del Paine Jun 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Another rookie question (sorry!)

      My wife and I (mainly my wife, I'll eat anything) were wondering what kind of food we should expect at the refugios in TDP? Read mixed reviews, some people say it's junk food (somebody ordered chips and guacamole, and got doritos as "chips"), others say its like cafeteria food, etc.

      In other words...what is your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal package?

      Can you purchase produce (apples, bananas, etc) at the shops, or do they offer them at all?

      We just want to make sure it's at least somewhat substantial and semi-healthy to fuel the long hikes.

      Thanks much!

      Adam

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    • Rent a camper or 4x4 pickup

      Punta Arenas Jun 17, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Hi All, we are planning a trip to Chile in November.
      But we found that renting a campervan or mobilehome is not as easy as expected. First of all, they are very expensive.
      Does anyone have any tips on this???
      Maybe its better and cheaper to hire a 4x4 rental car and just rent additional camping equipment. But where to do this?
      When searching the internet I always end up on the same sites.

      Thanks,

      Michael

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    • Solo "W" in late June?

      Torres del Paine Jun 16, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Hello!

      I was hoping to hike the W at some point over the next few weeks and as of now don't have anyone to hike it with. Do you think I'll be okay hiking/camping alone? I have the appropriate clothing and will rent sleeping bag/tent in Puerto Natales.

      On a similar note, it sounds like car/bus transfer from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine is difficult to find at this time of year. Are you familiar with what my options might be? Would it be possible to hire a taxi rather than rent a car?

      Thank you so much for any help/suggestions. As of now I think I may go down to Puerto Natales (fly Santiago -> Punta Arenas) and try to figure out more there. Perhaps I may also find someone else to trek with.

      Raphael

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      Refugios for the W circuit - booking?

      Torres del Paine Jun 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      What is the best way to book the refugios along the W circuit? For example I wanted to stay at Las Torres, Los Cuernos, Paine Grande, and Refugio Grey. I see there are two agencies (Fantastico and Vertice).

      How many months in advance should I book? I am beginning my trip on January 1, 2015.

      Any help or recommendations is appreciated!

      Thanks,

      Adam

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      Hiking from Los Cuernos to Paine Grande (via Valle Frances) in 1 day?

      Torres del Paine Jun 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Is it possible (in only one day) to hike starting at Los Cuernos, then past Campamento Italiano, all the way to Campamento Britanico (i.e. the valle frances trail), and then all the way to Refugio Paine Grande to sleep?

      My wife and I are trying to do the W trail, and stay at Refugios every night for the food and shelter. I've read that most people spend the night at Campamento Italiano. Problem is, I was not planning on bringing a tent, stove, etc. It is always an option, but I was hoping to cut down on the weight of my bag.

      Any advice would be very much appreciated!

      Thanks!

      Adam

       

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