My friend and I are planning a trip in January to Patagonia--unfortunately, I'm having trouble finding a guidebook that focuses on this region and does it well. The initial plan (not yet booked) is to start in Punta Arenas, but is that the best idea? I would be coming from Ushuaia (following an Antarctic cruise) and my friend would be coming from the US, so she's able to fly anywhere. If we do start in Punta Arenas, I'll probably take the bus there from Ushuaia, but maybe we should start somewhere in Argentina?
We are interested in scenery, mild hiking (i.e. not climbing), and wildlife. To be honest I'm not particularly educated about what there is to do down there, how best to organize logistics, possibilities of including both countries in a reasonable time frame, etc. Any assistance is welcome!
Can someone help me to draft a plan to see the park in a meaningful way mainly using a car and knowing that
a) I will arrive in Puerto Natales on the 14th Sep (evening)
b) I have 4 days of time to go around the park (one of these days I might cruise to Balmaceda/Serrano, if worth)
c) I need to go back to Punta Arenas on the 19th
Thank you very much in advance for your wise advice.
We are staying in Puerto Natales. We would like to take the 3 hour Grey Glacier boat tour at 12:00 on 4/26. I understand we can take a bus from town to the entrance of the park. Are buses still returning to town at 18:00 at this time of year? Some information states the last bus to town is 14:00 and others state 18:00. What other options are available?
I’m planning to do W trek for 5 days by myself in the first week of April. It seems very expensive to join the travel agency even without a guide. Is it not safe to do trekking alone in April? I am a female and have had some hiking experience but not expert. Any comment would be appreciated.
Is there a place in the park that you can park your rental car while hiking the W route? i read that you can park it at the Hotel Las Torres. please let me know. thx
We will be hiking the W in late February and are debating 3 sleeping bag options. Rent from the refugios and not have to carry the bag, maybe take a liner. Question here is are they clean and warm enough? Rent from Erratic Rock, again are they clean? Take our own bags and then have to also carry them all over Argentina.
I'm planning a trip in one or two days from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. I need to be back in Puerto Natales at 18:00 day two. What are my options? I know that buses TO Torres del Paine departs once in the morning and once in the afternoon, but when do they go back? Do I need to book my ticket in advance to make sure I can take the bus?
I will have two days in Puerto Natales and will definitely go to Torres del Paine national park at least one day.
I know there are a lot of guided tours for one day. But are there any recomended guided tours for two days, without camping and instead staying the night at som hotel och hostel close to the park? I will not be able to carry all my belongings all the time, som two days of hiking by myself is not an option.
And then get back to Puerto Natales on day two.
Hello, I'm planning a trip to Torres del Paine for 2 days at the end of November. Essentially I am planning on leaving Puerto Natales on Thursday morning and returning Friday night to possibly catch a bus to Punta Arenas. Ideally, I would like to camp one night (Thursday night) on the site and see the highlights of the W trek (perhaps 1st or 2nd leg only). Do you know of any shuttle in the park taking hikers from one point to the other? Any recommendation as to what needs to be seen in such a short amount of time?
I'm planning a day tour to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales.
What kind of guided tours do they offer in the park? Is it worth it? Are there any mini bus tour in the park if you don´t want to trekk all day?
I'm not used to go trekking and it could be nice to have someone lead the way to the best parts, not not too far away because I'm going back to Puerto Natales in the afternoon.
I know there are at least two bus companies that can take me from Puerto Natales to El Calafate, but it doesn't seems like it's possible to book online (at all, not only for foreigners). There seems to be at least one bus per day departing to El Calafate.
Is there a ticket office somewhere in Puerto Natales? Is there a risk that the bus tickets will be sold out in advance?
I will probably have a flight to catch in El Calafate, so I want to be sure. My trip will probably be in the middle of January.
Hello, I was wondering what you would recommend in terms of luggage at Torres del Paine. I planned a trip from Central Chile to the South and I am using a rental car most of the time, which also makes it easy to store my stuff. At Torres del Paine I wanted to do the 3-4 day hiking circuit. Is there a way to store my duffel bag since I won't have my rental car there (and then just take a small backpack with me)? Or would I need to carry all my belonging while doing this?
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.
Im looking for just a day Tour from El Calfate, Argentina to Torres del Paine, Chile on either April 5th or 6th. I only have 2 and half days here because one of the days Im doing an Ice trek on the glaciers on either the first or second day depending on whats available for Torres del Paine. The next day we are heading north to El Chalten to go camping and hiking for 3 days. This is why I'm looking for just a day trip on these days. Any recommendations on certain tours or where I can find these day trips available? Should I book them now or wait until I get to my hotel?
I will be flying from SCL to Torres del Paine on Feb 17. What is the closer airport in Torres i del Paine
Any budget hotel can recommend
Any local tour for 2-3 days to the National Park
How is the weather in Feb, i.e. whats temperature
We are a group of 15 people that would like to go from Punta Arenas to El calafate .For us the best solution would be a private bus / van with a driver.Do you know any agency that could help us?
hi. i arrive into punta arenas airport at 12 midnight. we plan to spend the night at the airport and then catch a taxi downtown. we are booked with bus sur at 7am to leave towards puerto natales. my concern is ...would there be airport taxis readily available or is there a need for me to pre arrange for one?
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My friends are starting in at the Paine Grande entrance and I would like to meet them halfway through the hike to just to the torres del paine. is this possible? can i meet them at the amargo bus stop? suggestions for where to meet??
thank you so so much!!
Me an my friend will be travelling to Torres del Paine in December, and will be staying 2 nights + 3 days in the park.
This is our first time in TdP, and we find it a bit tricky to come up with a suitable route for such a short time. We both like hiking, but are not super sporty. And we prefer to stay in the refugios, and not to camp.
We'd be really grateful if somebody could suggest a suitable itinerary for such a short stay!
Sanna & Hanna
I will be staying at Hotel Las Torres Patagonia, mid November, and would like to take the day tour called "Las Torres Sendero del Ascencio". It is the hike to the base of the Towers. I am a little worried about the difficulty of the hike. Does anyone have any experience with this hike and how hard would you rate it?
Hi! We're planning a trip to Torrel Del Paine at the end of November. Below is the availability I've found at places we'd like to stay.
- Explora Patagonia (Nov 23-27, which aren't our original dates but we can make it work. $4,560 per person)
- Patagonia Camp (Nov 26-30 and have option of all inclusive or not. Not is $850 per person, with all inclusive is $2,040 per person)
-Tierra Patagonia (Nov 26-30, $3000 per person)
All inclusive is clearly a much more expensive option... do you think all inclusive is worth it? (I'm not sure we'll want to do activities non-stop and also I'm vegetarian- so not sure I'll be taking advantage so much of the food).
Seems like the only option that isn't all inclusive is Patagonia Camp.
Can you please let me know your thoughts on these options and if there are others I should look into? We're looking for something relatively luxurious as it's an anniversary trip, so no hostels etc.
I need help in planning our trip to Torres del Paine in March, 3 for 2 days. We will have a rental car and will be staying at Hotel Rio Serrano. We are all close to 55-60 years old, not very adventurous. Any advice will be appreciated, thank you!
After reading many posts, it seems that the campsites in the park only open mid-september... Does anyone know where to camp if all sites are closed, can we just camp there even if it is closed??
My wife and I are traveling to Patagonia in Dec & Jan. We have pretty much everything booked except bus tickets from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales (round trip).
What is the best way to purchase these bus tickets?
I tried to purchase in advance, and got in contact with a company called "Austral Glacier". They claim to organize everything for you, without any fees (hotels, bus tickets, etc). They want me to wire cash into their bank account, and naturally that is a red flag for me. I've never had to do this before.
I guess my question is, is it necessary to book these bus tickets in advance? I arrive in Punta Arenas at 7pm the night before I need to take a bus to Puerto Natales...I assume I can just purchase a ticket on the spot no problem?
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.
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!
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!
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.