Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

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Few natural attractions are as spectacular as Torres del Paine National Park, which boasts a series of monumental, jagged mountains keeping watch over an azure lake. Most visitors only come to see the towering mountains, but the national park has plenty more to offer for the intrepid adventurer. Take a few days to trek one of the park's spectacular trails, hiking your way through pristine forests, daring river crossings, and eventually reaching a spine-tingling glacier. Put Torres del Paine National Park into our Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine) trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine).
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  • Spent 4 days in Torres del Paine followed by 3 days at Fitzroy in Argentina. Wow. Our itinerary was carefully mapped out by "Adventures within Reach". The EcoLodge in the park was a fantastic base cam...  more »
  • I cannot speak for all the campsites however I stayed at Las Torres and used their website. The campsite was OK. The cap on the number of people prevents the place becoming an overcrowded tent city. T...  more »
  • My husband and I visited the park May 2017 which is the off season. We did the one day tour through Yagan Travel. Very affordable. Around $50 USD per person. There were 4 people total on our tour, my ...  more »
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  • An obvious must-see in Patagonia! Lots of diversity, incredible weather changes. Prepare your route to limit camping costs! About 10 bucks per person per night, along with the entrance fee. Worth it though!
  • Beautiful park where you can hike from one day to 8 days if you do the full O circuit. The W takes between 3-5 days. You can camp or sleep in the refugios. Most of them offer full board but they get full fast so book ahead. It's real trekking so be prepared. Weather changes very fast and can get very cold and windy. Entrance of the park is currently 21k pesos and it is advised to have cash as the machine often doesn't work. If you are taking the last morning bus for the park, expect a long line at the park entrance.
  • The hike is good, but a lot of room for improvement. We hiked the O-loop. During the hike you won't find any information about the vegetation, animals, the view or landscape (what is the summit in front of me?, how has this glacier changed, what is human impact on Torres?...) the track isn't well maintained so where is my $21000 entrance fee going? Few of the campsites were run by generators from 8 to 10pm--I don't think it's what people are coming for in a National park. We found the Conaf staff to be not eager to share information; we saw them standing in front of a broken bridge and laugh about people struggling to cross instead of repairing it. Camping are expensive and mostly badly run. My recommendation save your money for other place to hike--Patagonia has ya lot of them!
  • Admire the amazing Andes and visit one of South America‚Äôs most beautiful National Parks. Get your llama legs on and go hiking over mountains loaded with the white stuff and across glorious glaciers
  • This is one of those places that has incredible views unlike any you've seen outside of Patagonia. There are a lot of things to do here. As a Backcountry wilderness backpacker, I was disappointed at how developed and built up this place is, so I opted to stick to day hikes. This place is really crowded. Certainly not a wilderness experience by any stretch. However, the views certainly make it worth a visit. Be ready for strong winds and rain that comes out of nowhere.

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Where to stay in Puerto Natales (Torres del Paine)

Despite Puerto Natales' tourist-centric approach, accommodations remain as low-key as the town itself, and many backpackers and trekkers opt to stay in the numerous small lodges and hostels here. These shared spaces feature extremely basic facilities, though combined with cozy common areas and the friendliness of family-run establishments. Many of these hostels are also more than willing to arrange travel if you want to set out into the mountains. As in many of the nation's outdoor-adventure hubs, Puerto Natales' lodging options tend to offer lower rates during the low season.
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