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Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

1. 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.

Puero Natales: Glacier Tour with Lunch & Whiskey Aperitif

2. Puero Natales: Glacier Tour with Lunch & Whiskey Aperitif

We invite you to discover the incredible world of the fjords. On the way you will be able to appreciate native flora and fauna, visit the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers and enjoy a delicious Whiskey on the rocks. 07:00 Presentation in Puerto Natales or Puerto Bories. 08:00 Navigation from Puerto Bories to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers, through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord, sighting of beautiful mountains, waterfalls, ranches and Patagonian bird life. 10:45 a.m. Balmaceda Glacier View 11:00 Hike to the Serrano Glacier Viewpoint in the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. 12:30 p.m. Return from Serrano Glacier to Estancia Perales, Whiskey aperitif with ancient ice five pm Arrival in Puerto Natales approximately.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

3. 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: Base of the Towers Day Hike

4. 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.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Park Full-Day Hike

5. 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 head for Lagua Azul (Blue Lagoon) area to enjoy the views of the iconic Paine Towers, the local flora and fauna, as Lady Florence Dixie (one of the firsts visitors) did 140 years ago. Afterwards, our route leads us further to “Cascada Paine”, a beautiful waterfall, proof of the natural decline of the river Paine basin. 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 the “Cuernos del Paine” (Paine Horns). Approximate time of arrival in Puerto Natales: 19:00 hr.

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: Torres del Paine National Park Day Tour

7. 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.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Lookout and Hiking Trip

8. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Lookout and Hiking Trip

Discover Torres del Paine National Park on a series of mini hikes to its most iconic viewpoints. Leave Puerto Natales by van to immerse yourself in the stunning nature of the world-renowned park. See ancient cave paintings, turquoise lakes, and peaks reaching up to the sky during your trip. Head to the National Park, put on your hiking boots, and begin your first mini hike. See ancient messages and signs painted onto cave walls on your first mini trek from Laguna Amarga to Sarmiento Lakes. On this trek, marvel at the snow-covered peaks of the mountains surrounding you, creating a picture perfect backdrop for your photos. Keep a lookout for native pumas and guanacos. Next, make your way to the spectacular waterfall on the Paine River, the Cascada Paine, from where you can see the Torres del Paine, three striking towers formed by needle-shaped granitic rocks that gave the park its name. Here, take a breather and stop for a box lunch before continuing on to marvel at the views from the Nordenskjöld and Salto Grande viewpoints. From here, make the most of the clear view of the mountain range. Continue to the Cuernos del Paine and the Condor viewpoints, where there are arguably the best views of the Torres del Paine mountain range. Head back to Puerto Natales afterwards.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Guided Hike

9. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Guided Hike

06:00 to 06:15 hrs. - Pick up at your accommodation towards Torres del Paine National Park. After a 2 hours drive, we arrive at Pudeto's sector where we will embark the catamaran (30 minutes approximately) towards Paine Grande Camping site, where our hike starts towards the French Valley. We will walk along the Pehoe lake while we enjoy the view of the Paine Horns. When we finally reach the "Italiano Campsite", we continue until the spectacular French Valley lookout. At this point we will also be able to observe the magnificent granite formations of the Paine Massif. This path is part of the W-trail (the left vertical side in the middle). In three and a half hours, we will arrive to the French Valley lookout, where it is possible to see three peaks: Hoja, Espada and Fortaleza. At the lookout we will have time enough to have lunch and some rest. We return by the same path to embark again the catamaran by Paine Grande Refugio towards Pudeto. After this 20 km hike we will drive back to Puerto Natales. Approximate time of arrival in Puerto Natales: 21:00 hrs.

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What people are saying about Serrano Glacier

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Great tour! Paolo was our tour guide. Although we requested an English speaking tour, Paolo stood in. We did not feel shortchanged despite the broken Spanish/English. Also there was only two in my party and a third guest; they could have easily cancelled due to the small size of the group. We saw everything we wanted and probably more than was listed on the tour due to the small size of the group. I also felt that due to the communication issues, the guide went the extra mile while showing us Patagonia in a day.

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!

Incredible hike. Our guide Juan was knowledgeable and helpful along the entire way. We really bonded through the whole experience. The hardest hike I’ve ever done but well worth the push up then back down. Honestly it was incredible and probably a hike I will remember vividly for years to come. Make sure to pack as much food and water as possible, you will really work up an appetite and go through a ton of water.

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!

The guide went out of his way to answer our questions.