Planning to travel to Chliean Patagonia in early November 2010 from Osorno (I am attending a conference at Hotel Termas Puyehue). We will have about 2 weeks to plan travel outside of the conference. Would love to spend a week or so in the Torres del Paine area hiking and doing other outdoor activities.
I have heard wonderful things about Explora but it is pricey! I could probably justify 4 nights but not 8. Remota looks really nice but it does seem like a long trip to the center of Torres del Paine park. Would we be missing out not staying right in the park? Does it make any sense to spend 4 nights at Explora and then another 4 in Remota concentrating on activities outside the park?
Also - would appreciate advice on the best way to travel from Osorno to the TdP area? Best to fly back to Santiago and then onwards to Punta Arenas? Or take the ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales?