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Torres del Paine National Park
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Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch
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Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park
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Small-Group Advanced Day Hike to Torres del Paine Towers with Lunch
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Owner description: A hiker's dream, this national park contains huge granite mountains surrounded by clear lakes and a series of well-maintained trails that vary in degree of difficulty.
Reviewed February 12, 2013

The "W" trek is touted as one of the great treks in the world. We were there in January, 2013, and it lived up to its billing. The central massif rises at least as dramatically as the does the Teton range in Grand Teton National Park, soaring at points well over 2000 vertical meters from the land below.

We stayed in refugios, which were clean, quiet, and not (like some European alpine huts) cramped. Food was adequate, and beer/wine available, admittedly at ballpark prices. (One refugio had a bar whose view was better than I've ever seen from any watering hole in the world) Camping was available proximate to the refugios, and at other points in the park, as well. The landscape, including the towers, glaciers, the iceberg filled waters of Lago Grey, was beyond description.

At it was high season, trails were reasonably crowded, but not unbearably so. People we met ranged from 20 something "vagabonds" to families out for day hikes to numerous "mature" walkers like ourselves.

It is a major production to get to this part of the world from the Northern hemisphere. You fly to Punta Arenas, and then must arrange transportation North to the park, several hundred kms away. (We used Dittmar Adventures, a local company, to book our trip, and they did a fine job).
However all the grief and cost of transportation pales with the experience you will have. If you are a reasonably fit hiker, it is very doable, and NOT TO BE MISSED.

3  Thank Erniedog_11
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

It is easy to arrange your hike in TdP national park from Puerto Natales including hiring camping gear or booking refugios.

Buses link from Puerto Natales to the shuttle and catamaran in the park. Arrange this through your hostels in town.

The W trek stops are (west to east): Day 1: Puerto Natales to park and catamaran to Paine Grande, walk to Refugio Grey (11km, 3.5h). Day 2: Walk Refugio Grey to Refugio Paine Grande (11km, 3h), Day 3: Refugio Paine Grande to Camp Italiano (2h) up French Valley and back (4h) then to Refugio Cuernos (2h), Day 4: Cuernos to Refugio Chileno (4h), Day 5 Chileno to torres lookout (3h) and return to bus stop (1h). Alternative is reverse for east to west.

Many recommend west to east for the best views of the Torres but these are often clouded over. Refugios Grey and Paine Grande are the best of the bunch.

6  Thank DiverHan
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

To get a close view of this amazing set of granite spires you need to hike for about 4 hours to the base of the Torres. The view is breathtaking especially, when the weather is clear. You hike to the base, along with lots of people, from Los Torres Hotel. Tip: Start before sunrise to avoid the crowds. We started at 6AM and had the place for ourselves for a short while.

3  Thank ShlomoW2012
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Every where you tour there is a view. We were fans of yellowstone and Yosemite, but this is at least up there and in some ways more impressive. Don't miss it out but try and do it at your own pace by hiring a car in Port Natales or Arenas..... And stay in the park to enjoy the pink sun rises on the rock faces...

Thank John E
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

If you want an experience like no other, go to Patagonia. It will get into your skin and never leave you. It will bring you to tears in a good way. You will see first hand why Chile calls this national park their gem.

1  Thank LakeloversWI
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