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    • What must-see hiking is well marked and good for a self-guided trip

      Torres del Paine Apr 12, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      We are visiting Torres Del Paine in late December 2015 - we are a family of three all nature lovers, hikers and campers.
      My husband cannot carry a backpack right now, so we are basing ourselves from Las Torres Hotel and want to hike and see the most beautiful spots in the area.

      I think we need a car since we are not buying all-inclusive, and we need some local input about how far hiking trails are and how well marked they are. We can do some excursions with the hotel, but we don't want to be on the schedule and pay all the extra. We have travelled to many and stayed in many US National parks - this is our first trip to Patagonia.

      We'd love feedback from anyone who has travelled this way. Ideally we would do the W circuit, but we want to sleep inside on a bed this trip because we are travelling to far to get there (we live in USA - CAlifornia).

      THanks for any ideas about what we should see and what is easy to see on your own vs what might be worth doing with a guide. Also reality check on car for getting around and gas situation.

      THank you!

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    • Torres del Paine itinerary help!

      by Engreeks1 Online Now May 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Hi there!

      I'm planning a trip to Salar de Uyuni and Torres Del Paine with a group of 6 young, fit friends. I'm working on our itinerary (included below) and am soooo excited, but had a couple of specific quick questions:

      1) Does sky airlines fly from Calama to Puerto Natales in high season? We exit Salar de Uyuni in Calama and the current Sky airline website doesn't allow me to reserve past mid November. In November there are no flights from Calama to Puerto Natales (or Punta Arenas as a second-choice). So I'm currently having us fly from Calama to Santiago then from there to Puerto Natales.

      2) Is it cheaper to buy SKY airlines flights from Chile or South america (or any non-US location)? I can find a way to get a friend to book for me if so.

      3) We will be beginning the hike Dec 30th and ending it on Jan 5th. Will the holidays interfere with being able to have lodging in Refugios or getting buses?

      4) We only have 7 days in Patagonia - would you rather (1) spend the whole time doing the circuit or (2) do the shorter W and spend some time in the other attractions in Patagonia? I've heard isla del magdalena is great, as well as the Fitzroy region in Argentina?

      5) What are the best legs in the TdP circuit to dwell in? Is the itinerary below realistic for a group of 6 young, fit, outdoorsy travelers? Our current itinerary assumes we dwell one extra day in Valle del Silencio, but we could just as easily switch this "dwell day" to any other leg:

      Dec 30 - Sun (day 1)
      Take first bus to Torres Del Paine NP
      Arrive at Laguna Amarga
      Hike 4.5 hrs to Seron
      Hike 6 hrs to Dickson refugio

      Dec 31 - Mon (day 2)
      Hike past los perros camp site
      Hike over Paso John Gardner
      Attempt to hike to Grey refugio

      Jan 1 - Tues (day 3)
      Spend the day around Grey refugio, doing a glacier hike in grey glacier
      Finish off at Paine Grande refugio

      Jan 2 - Wed (day 4)
      Hike into frances valley
      Camp at Refugio de los cuernos

      Jan 3 - Thurs (day 5)
      Hike to Silence valley
      Rent tents in Chileno refugio
      Camp in Silence valley

      Jan 4 - Fri (day 6) - return to Chileno Refugio and sleep there

      Jan 5 - Sat (day 7)
      Early morning hike out to bus departing a 7am, bus to Punta Arenas airport
      3:40PM depart punta arenas

      Hope that's not too many questions - thanks in advance!

      2 Answers May 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM
    • Sights and Beauty in OCT - DEC

      by slothasaurus Online Now May 7, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      HI all,

      Patagonia has long been a dream of mine and I have an opportunnity to visit this beautiful part of the world between Mid october and Mid december. It seems to be the norm that all photos you see of patagonia are beautiful blue skyes and groud coverded in snow. I am hoping my experience to be the same but am unsure if this time oy year will still be covered in Snow. I understand the Andes section will have snow capped peaks but can any body give me ideas or mabye even some photos from the region from this time of year.

      Cheers

      1 Answer Mar 1, 2013 at 1:18 PM
    • walking in Glacier National Park & Torres del Paine NP

      by holiday24 Online Now Sep 3, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      i am considering joining a 'Gap' tour which has day walks in these 2 areas but wondering how tough they will be & how young & energetic the other members are likely to be!. I am a 63yr old female reasonably fit & do some walking in the French Alps, but am not a fast walker & have not done a hard full day uphill slog. i will be in the alps again in a few weeks time & hope to push myself further, but need to confirm the hoilday before then.

      can anyone give me an idea of the gradients expected & if the walking times quoted are actual walk times or include breaks for lunch,snacks/photos etc? or any other guidlines?

      1 Answer Sep 4, 2011 at 7:44 AM
    • Weather in late April

      by janetlee Online Now May 2, 2010 at 11:49 PM

      I plan to go to El Calfacate in Argentina and Torres de Paine in late April. How is the weather during this time of the year? Is there cruise/boat service?

      3 Answers May 3, 2010 at 6:24 AM
    • Finding a local guide in Patagonia - Torres del Paine

      by almet_nyc Online Now Oct 27, 2009 at 9:24 PM

      Does anyone know how to hook up with a local guide for Torres del Paine before the trip (mid-November) or once in Puerto Natales?

      If I don't find a local guide, I will trek it alone. Any advise is appreciated for a single traveler.

      Thanks

      4 Answers Nov 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM
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      This island is part of Fantasy Island

      by puppis Online Now Nov 28, 2007 at 3:54 PM

      This island does not exist in any map. Maybe is part of the Atlantida.
      I suppose it is the Isla de Tierra del Fuego.

      4 Answers Dec 1, 2007 at 4:23 AM
    • Hot Air Ballooning.....Patagonia

      by sastley Online Now Nov 28, 2007 at 2:31 AM

      Hi

      Does anyone know of any hot air ballooning opportunities around Punta Arenas or Ushuaia?

      I will be there in Feb/March

      Thanks
      Stacey

      3 Answers Nov 30, 2007 at 9:08 AM
    • Birthday Ideas....Patagonia

      by sastley Online Now Nov 19, 2007 at 4:04 AM

      I'm seeking inspiration for my boyfriend's birthday in Patagonia...

      We fly into Ushuia on 26th Feb and plan to be in Cape Horn for his birthday on 29th. Then we have a week to get to Punta Arenas for our flight home. By this time we will have been backpacking for 3 months so I'd like to do something really special.

      Does anyone know of any special restuarants or hotels in this region? Anything alternative, romantic or breathtaking would be welcomed!

      1 Answer Nov 19, 2007 at 8:52 AM
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      Trekking Companies for Patagonia

      by Geisha_Girl Online Now Oct 10, 2007 at 12:41 PM

      Hello,

      We're trying to gather information to plan out a trek through Patagonia and would love any recommendations on trekking guides or companies in that area. I found a few interesting ones just searching the internet but would love any personal recommendations from folks who had good experiences with one. Also would love to chat about your first-hand experience on this trek.

      What's the best time of year to be there? Is Oct/Nov a good time or would it be better in Jan/Feb?

      Any insight, advice, pics or stories to share would be great!

      Thanks for your help,

      G_G

      7 Answers Nov 3, 2009 at 9:10 AM
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      4-night cruise M/V Via Australis Ushuaia-Punta Arenas

      by IraLawrence Online Now Oct 16, 2006 at 2:24 PM

      I am planning a 4-night cruise December 23rd from Ushuaia-Punta Arenas on the cruiseline Cruceros Australis (M/V Via Australis). I am traveling with 2 children 10 & 13 yr boys. Has anyone traveled on this vessel? Looking for feedback regarding quality of accommodations, food, staff, etc. What is the attire required and can you rent outdoor clothing/boots?
      Thank you.

      1 Answer Oct 16, 2006 at 9:16 PM
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      travel to Patagonia in June/July

      by aloha088 Online Now Mar 30, 2006 at 4:01 PM

      hello everyone... one last question...

      is it possible to travel in winter (June/July) to travel to Patagonia?
      Are there any ferries or busses operating?

      again your help is appreciated.
      Jacqueline

      6 Answers Apr 19, 2006 at 10:08 AM