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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.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

2. 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. After transportation to the 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.

Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

3. Punta Arenas: Full-Day Whales, Penguins, and Glaciers Tour

Cape Froward, one of the most southern points on the planet, is home to many glaciers, humpback whales, Sei whales, Piebald dolphins, Commerson’s dolphins, and the Magellan Penguin. All of these creatures help form part of the natural wonder of the Austral region of the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. As you tour one of the most remote and pristine places on the planet, this full-day journey will help you grasp the sheer magnitude of nature at its fullest. Starting early in the morning, you will go by bus to your boarding place, located 50 kilometers south of Punta Arenas. It will be from this area that you will sail for about 10 hours. This is sure to be an incredible adventure in which you will witness a unique landscape surrounded by mountains, glaciers, Lenga, and Coihue forests. In addition, marine fauna will amaze you by its proximity and sheer abundance. You will encounter sea lions, petrels, cormorants, and austral dolphins, among others.

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.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

6. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

The firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif. A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande ( grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos ( horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes. The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.

From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

7. From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

Begin your morning with an early morning pickup from your accommodation and head towards Torres del Paine National Park. After an approximately 2-hour drive, arrive at Pudeto sector to embark on a 30-minute catamaran ride towards the Paine Grande camping site. Upon arrival, your hike towards the French Valley begins. Walk along Pehoe Lake while enjoying the view of Paine Horns. Once reaching the “Italiano Campsite”, continue on until the spectacular French Valley lookout. At this point you will also be able to observe the magnificent granite formations of the Paine Massif. Take a path part of the W-trail, and in 1.5-hours arrive at the French Valley lookout where it's possible to see the three peaks of Hoja, Espada, and Fortaleza. Take a break at the lookout to rest and have lunch. Return by the same route you came to embark again on the catamaran by Paine Grande Refugio towards Pudeto. After your 20-kilometer hike relax during your drive back to Puerto Natales with an arrival time of about 8:00 PM.

From Puerto Natales: Hike to Ferrier Hill

8. From Puerto Natales: Hike to Ferrier Hill

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Natales at 7:30 AM and travel towards Torres del Paine National Park. Meet with your guide and receive a brief overview of the itinerary for the day. This is a medium-high difficulty hike that takes 5 hours in total along a steep route. The path is well built and leads through a native Lenga forest, the home of many animals like the huemul, or South Andean deer, and also many birds species. Embark on your hike to Ferrier Hill, which is a pyramidal type peak that belongs to the Patagonian Andes. From its viewpoint, at 700 meters above sea level (2296 feet), you will have a complete view of Torres del Paine National Park, including Zapata and Grey glaciers. Upon reaching the viewpoint, stop for some lunch and time to rest. Return to the starting point of the hike and drive towards Camp Pehoe. Depart on a short 1-hour hike to the Mirador Condor, which boasts breathtaking views of Paine Horns and Pehoe Lake.  Next, make your way to the Salto Grande viewpoint where you will observe a beautiful waterfall and later on to the Nordensköl viewpoint where we will enjoy the view over the lake and the East face of the Paine Massif. Go towards the eastern exit of the park named Laguna Amarga, where you will stop to see the Paine Towers. Return to Puerto Natales at approximately 8:00 PM.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

9. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

Departure from Puerto Natales towards Torres del Paine National Park in our shared transport. Entrance to the sector of Laguna Amarga, where we can appreciate Torres del Paine. Start the tour through the paths of the park, where we will observe its particular flora and fauna, admire the stunning views of the Paine Massif. We will stop at the main viewpoints to make an appreciation of the landscape and its spectacular features. We will have lunch in the Park and continue with our tour in the Park. We headed to Lake Grey for an hour’s trek, past an ancient lenga forest and the spectacular view of the Paine Massif from its west face with its intense and incredible blue tones of the ice of the Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Start of the return to Puerto Natales by the sector of Portería Serrano. To finish our tour we will visit the Natural Monument Cueva del Milodón, from the time of the Pleistocene. 21:00 approximately, return to Puerto Natales and your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Patagonia, Chile

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Incredible hike, the guides were really supportive and spread throughout the group to make sure everyone made it. Before more challenging parts they bought the group together to explain what had to be done. While this hike is incredibly hard when heading up to the base of the towers it’s rewarding. The way the hike goes it feels completely manageable though and you will be confident you can make the last 1km to the towers!

This tour was phenomenal, the boat was very comfortable and had all the amenities you’d need. The staff and guide were very informative and attentive. I saw beautiful scenery and a plethora of birds and marine life. I saw whales, sea lions, penguins, dolphins, and the finale was the Helado Glacier. Take warm clothing the wind is very strong, but it’s well worth it!

Our guide Marion was amazing, smiled all day, explained everything, answered every question and had a great sense of humor. The park is absolutely gorgeous, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, mountains, etc. This tour is a great way to see the nightlights of the park all in one day.

A great experience .. through all weather conditions .. sun, wind, rain and snow .. but well worth the views along the way and especially at the top of the climb. A full day activity!

Great organization and great guides. A bit slow paced for younger people but all good fun.