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Torres Del Paine National Park - Best Tours & Trips 2019

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In Chilean Patagonia is an other worldly landscape of ice fields, rocky cliffs, and granite peaks. This is Torres Del Paine National Park, which is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Chile. With diverse wildlife, multiple hiking trails, and countless opportunities for incredible photos, it's any outdoor enthusiasts dream.
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Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
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Discover Torres Del Paine – 5 Days
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Discover Torres Del Paine – 5 Days

Say Hueque
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5 days
$ 587 / day
$ 2,935
From : $ 3,962
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Experience a true Patagonia Adventure
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy Suite Domes
  • Discover amazing wildlife and landscapes
  • Enjoy travelling to Chile
Visits:
El Calafate, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina
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Torres del Paine W Trek Self Guided – 5 Day Package Lodging in Refugios
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Torres del Paine W Trek Self Guided – 5 Day Pac ...

5 days
$ 252 / day
$ 1,260
From : $ 1,764
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore Patagonia
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • On this trek, you will see many of the incredible sights within the park, including: The Torres, Lake Pehoe, the French Valley,  Almirante Nieto and Lake Nordenskjold
Visits:
Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Southern Patagonia: Torres Del Paine Circuit Trek

Adventures within Reach
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9 days
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Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Visit John Gardner Pass
  • Grey and Dickson Glaciers
  • Complete Paine Massif Circuit
  • Opportunity to see Torres del Paine Towers
Visits:
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Torres del Paine National Park tour
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Torres del Paine National Park

9 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike begins with four miles to Refugio Chileno crossing at the Rio Ascensio
  • Hike towards Lago Nordenskjold
  • Trekking on Glacier Grey
  • A panoramic view of Laguna Sofia and surroundings
  • Enjoy 5-6 hours of world class fly-fishing in this magical place close to Balmaceda Glacier
Visits:
Patagonia, Santiago, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Southern Patagonia, Torres del Paine & Tierra del Fuego tour
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Southern Patagonia, Torres del Paine & Tierra ...

6 days
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Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the shrubby slopes and moorland of the Baquedano Hills
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Birding around Punta Arenas
Visits:
Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Torres del Paine - The W Trek

G Adventures
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6 days
$ 275 / day
$ 1,549
From : $ 2,193
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
Highlights
  • Trek the spectacular w trek
  • Snap a photo of the famous three peaks of torres
  • Marvel at the lakes and glaciers en route
Visits:
Chile
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Exploration of Atacama & Torres del Paine

Global Basecamps
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13 days
$ 734 / day
$ 9,543
From : $ 10,879
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • The Atacama Desert and Torres del Paine are the landscapes that prove Chile is South America's final frontier
  • The edge of the map is rugged and wild, and a perfect playground for adventurers at heart
Visits:
Chile
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Torres del Paine W Trek - Self Guided

World Expeditions
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8 days
$ 312 / day
$ 1,690
From : $ 3,499
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : High intensity hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling. May experience dramatic changes in altitude. Extreme activities included. Extreme
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Hike one of the world's greatest treks at your own pace with a full pack
  • Marvel at the peaks of Torres del Paine
  • Experience the dramatically beautiful Patagonian Pampa
  • Journey on a boat trip in front of the magnificent Grey Glacier
  • Walk with incredible views of the hanging glacier of the French Valley
Visits:
Punta Arenas
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Trekking Torres Del Paine “W” Circuit – 5 Days tour
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Trekking Torres Del Paine “W” Circuit – 5 Days

Say Hueque
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5 days
$ 262 / day
$ 1,310
From : $ 1,769
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Travel to Patagonia
  • Enjoy Great Patagonia Trekking
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Sail to Grey Glacier
  • Conquer Paine Towers
  • Enjoy Terrific Views of Los Cuernos
  • Visit Milodon Cave
Visits:
Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park, Argentina, Chile
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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)
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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)

SmarTours
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13 days
$ 323 / day
$ 4,199
From : $ 5,669
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit Magdalena Island Penguins
  • Enjoy Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion
  • Enjoy an escursion to Torres del Paine Park
  • View Perito Moreno Glacier (El Calafate)
  • Embark on an unforgettable full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park
  • Experience Buenos Aires
  • Tour of Charming Santiago
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Glacier National Park, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, San Cristobal, Santiago, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
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Argentine & Chilean Patagonia 18 Days tour
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Argentine & Chilean Patagonia 18 Days

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18 days
$ 224 / day
$ 4,040
From : $ 5,454
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Sensual Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Cruise Bariloche´s Lakes into Chile
  • Explore Iguazu Falls National Park
  • Hike in Chalten & Torres del Paine
  • Tour & Cruise Perito Moreno Glacier
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Lake District, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Best Of Patagonia 13 Days tour
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Best of Patagonia 13 Days

Say Hueque
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13 days
$ 135 / day
$ 1,760
From : $ 2,376
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy El Calafate Tours
  • Experience Hiking in Chalten
  • Visit to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Visit Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas
  • Explore  to Ushuaia
Visits:
El Calafate, Patagonia, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Discover Argentina In 24 Days tour
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Discover Argentina In 24 Days

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24 days
$ 204 / day
$ 4,890
From : $ 6,602
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Explore Iguazu Falls
  • Enjoy Treeking in El Chalten
  • Visit Torres del Paine Chile
  • Tour Perito Moreno Glacier Patagonia
  • Bariloche Tours
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Buenos Aires & Southern Patagonia In 14 Days tour
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Buenos Aires & Southern Patagonia In 14 Days

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14 days
$ 227 / day
$ 3,175
From : $ 4,286
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Sensual Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Visit Ushuaia
  • Hike in Chalten & Torres del Paine
  • Tour & Cruise Perito Moreno Glacier
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina, Chile
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Argentina For Adventurers 21 Days tour
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Argentina For Adventurers 21 Days

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21 days
$ 191 / day
$ 4,020
From : $ 5,427
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy Adventure in Argentina
  • See Buenos Aires Tango Show
  • Enjoy Peninsula Valdes Whale Watching
  • Explore Iguazu Falls
  • Experience Patagonia Trekking
  • Enjoy Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Visits:
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Iguazu Falls, Iguazu National Park, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Puerto Madryn, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Ushuaia, Argentina
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Top Torres Del Paine National Park Experiences and Attractions

Top Torres Del Paine National Park Experiences

Trek the spectacular French Valley, which extends from the Paine Grande to Torres del Paine and Los Cuernos mountains. It’s a full day of glaciers, valleys and waterscapes.

Try ice hiking on the Grey Glacier. Start with a Zodiac boat ride to the western arm of the glacier, then get ready to discover icy blue crevasses and mystical ice caves.

Now that you’ve hiked Grey, see it up close by kayak. There’s nothing quite like maneuvering your safe, small kayak amidst massive icebergs and right up to the face of the glacier.

Horseback ride with a gaucho (traditional horsemen) through the park and its vast pampas, covering more ground as you pass by traditional estancias (ranches). (You’ll also conserve your hiking energy for another day of trekking.)

You came this far, so it’s only natural to tackle the hike to the base of the Towers. Plan for 8-10 hours and get ready for a mind-blowingly majestic view of the iconic peaks and turquoise lake.

Stand at the precipice of the Salto Grande waterfall, but get ready for unusually strong winds, a unique feature of the picturesque falls on the Paine River.

Track the elusive puma, which thrives here in Torres del Paine thanks to a ban of hunting and the abundance of fresh guanaco. Check in with your tour company about visiting the eastern area of the park, where the experts will know just where to look to glimpse these secretive big cats.

Fish for trout and salmon in the beautiful blue and green lakes and fast-flowing, glacially fed rivers. Your Torres del Paine tour company can arrange everything from half-day to multi-day fishing excursions to angle for brown, brook and rainbow trout and even the mighty chinook salmon.

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Torres Del Paine National Park Trip Reviews

28 Torres Del Paine National Park Tour Reviews - Summary 92% Recommend

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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Robbed of purse and passport at hotel on day 2, trip ruined with no support from Great Value Vacations.

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Booked trip for wife and daughter to see Santiago and Patagonia. The Santiago hotel (Hotel Fundador) was dingy and lacked basic amenities such as air conditioning, and placed their safety at risk. Her purse and passport were stolen in broad daylight in the hotel lobby. (She had stepped away to call the driver, who did not arrive to take them to the airport).

The stolen passport and purse meant they missed their flight to Patagonia, and had to find a new hotel in Santiago. I called Great Value Vacations, who advised that there is nothing they can or will do to help. I worked with our trip insurance (AiG Travel Guard), who kindly worked to get the airline (Latam Chile) to reinstate the flights. After several days, Latam Chile offered to reinstate the flights but only if we resumed the schedule and paid them thousands more, and by then it was too late. We had to book our own flight home.

As part of this vacation, they did not receive a safe or clean hotel, transportation to the airport for the next leg of the journey, nor any help resolving disrupted travel during the event.

To summarize, we paid for the entire cost of the trip, and enjoyed the flight to Santiago and one day of the city. The remaining 5 days were forfeited with no recompense from Great Value Vacation. AiG Travel Guard was kind and helpful, but noted that a stolen passport is not a covered reason for a trip interruption claim, so we received little reimbursement from them.

I have filed complaints with BBB, my credit card (where I booked the flight), and am seeking the advice of an attorney at this point.

Lessons if you choose to book with Great Value Vacations:
1. Carefully research the exact hotels they book you in and ensure you are comfortable with the safety and locations.
2. Get trip insurance (not from Great Value Vacations) and know what is covered in case you need to make a claim.
3. Have a backup plan in the event your transportation doesn't arrive (as happened to us.)

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Operator Great Value Vacations

What an amazing Trip! Really appreciate all of the work

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What an amazing Trip! Really appreciate all of the work that went into making this trip run smoothly and how everything was organized and efficient from the moment we arrived in Puerto Natales. We (my roommate and I) booked this trip hoping for a great experience, and it definitely delivered.
We were met at the beautiful hostel in PN by wonderful staff members who had our room ready and offered great advice on things to do that night. The next day, we met up with Laura, owner of the tour company, at their office and were provided with all of the passes, maps, information and tips you could ever need for the O-Circuit hike. We met our guide, Carlos, who has over 9 years of experience hiking in Patagonia. He answered all of our questions and made us feel ready for the trip. The next day, we took the bus to the park entrance and then the ferry to the first campsite. The hike is BREATHTAKING, and worth every blister, ache or sore you might experience during the hike.
I would definitely recommend the O-Circuit, as it gives you the full experience of how large Patagonia is. It was a perfect mix of hiking on our own for the first 4 days at our own pace, and then having the guide to lead us on the north side of the circuit, which is definitely not as well marked and has harsher climates and hikes. During the whole trip, all of our lodging, entrance fees, campsite fees and logistics were handled and delivered smoothly. All we had to do was hike our gear from one site to the next, show our passes and passports, and drink some delicious Austral.
This was a trip of a lifetime, and definitely worth it to have all of the logistics, including all of your food on the hike, already taken care of and planned out for you. We’re very thankful to Keteka for helping organize all of this, and would recommend this trip to anyone!

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Operator Keteka

The trip exceeded my expectations.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sebastian and Carolina were extremely helpful putting the tour together to South America. We had a great trip, the itinerary was good and I enjoyed the fact that there was free time to explore on our own. Hotels were excellent. Tours were great and pick ups were punctual or early . I only wish we could have stayed longer. The trip exceeded my expectations. I will certainly use your services again. Thank you

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Operator Across South America

We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

"We recently booked an extensive two week trip of Argentina and Chile through Across South America We approached the company by email (in English) from Australia and advised them what our interests and budget were.
They then came up with a wonderful itinerary which covered our interests perfectly. They chose excellent hotels and scheduled internal flights and airport pick-ups, etc perfectly. Everything ran like clockwork.
We paid from Australia using the companies secure payment providers. We had no issues at all with the payments.
We were given a contact within the company who kept in touch with us (using WhatsApp) while we travelled. Our contact was always happy to answer our questions (which were sometimes asked outside of normal working hours).
We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency. You will not be disappointed if you use them.

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We had a great trip with say hueque! 

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"We found your website online and looked on TripAdvisor. The reviews on TripAdvisor were all pretty good and recent. The price was also good and easy to tailor the trip to our needs.
Great organization and for the most part, everything was on time and well planned. We knew exactly where to be and when.
Our hotel Las dunas in El Calafate was beautiful...every window overlooked Lago Argentina and it was a beautiful view.
We did a private hike in El Chalten up to 1,000 meters view of Mont Fitz Roy; our hiking guide was patient and great. While it was a tough hike, the view was spectacular. I really enjoyed perito Moreno as well.
Our guide Matias in El Chalten with walk patagonia was great!
The bus from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia was old and dirty; my seat was literally falling off. And then when we got to Rio grande, we had to switch buses and had to wait an hour and half for the next bus and bus driver. I didn’t like techni austral and it made a long day even longer.

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You could not improve on what we experienced

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"We first learned about Say Hueque trough web search and decided to travel with you because of your attention to details. The efficiency of all the logistics, pick ups, hotels and flights was our highlight of travelling with you.

Our favorite hotel is the Higueras in Valparaiso because of it´s location, food, décor and staff. The full paine rib trip was the best excursion. Connie, our guide at Las Torres was awesome. You could not improve on what we experienced. Thank you very much – you and your company provided a really supurb service!

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Torres Del Paine National Park Tours and Travel Guide

Torres Del Paine National Park Attractions & Landmarks Guide

In Chilean Patagonia is an other worldly landscape of ice fields, rocky cliffs, and granite peaks. This is Torres Del Paine National Park, which is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to Chile. With diverse wildlife, multiple hiking trails, and countless opportunities for incredible photos, it's any outdoor enthusiasts dream.

Not only is Torres del Paine National Park a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it’s now the eighth wonder of the world. Its striking countenance and rugged landscape woos adventure travelers who seek majestic glaciers, turquoise waters, uncommon flora and fauna, rushing rivers, Chilean lenga forests and vast pampas.

Within this privileged landscape, there are miles of marked trails and countless opportunities for lodging (from the rustic to the luxurious), making it an accessible and enjoyable destination for any level of outdoor enthusiast.

Torres del Paine Trekking Circuits

1. “O” Circuit - Topping many an avid adventurer's bucket list is the lengthy “O” circuit in Torres del Paine, which takes, on average, eight days to complete and extends for nearly 60 miles. It’s certainly the most challenging trek in the Torres del Paine and yet, with the right Chile tour company, those who are in excellent shape can easily tackle it.

Depending on how independent one wishes to be, there are Torres del Paine tour companies that fit the bill - bring all your own gear and food, and a good map, perhaps checking in with a guide at the beginning for sound advice … or opt for a less arduous (and cumbersome) undertaking and travel with a tour company that provides tents, sleeping bags, food, equipment and guide services.

The “O” circuit starts at Laguna Amarga at the main Torres del Paine park entrance, continuing to the Las Torres sector and on to Seron Campsite. From here, the vista is nothing less that heavenly, dotted with ancient glaciers and lenga forests. The second day brings a higher difficulty rating as you continue to the Dickson shelter and then through the Paso John Gardner at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level. Subsequent days bring you to Los Perros Campsite, Grey Glacier, the French Valley and ultimately, the Las Torres base, where you’ll finally see those iconic massifs of the park - cross your fingers for clear skies.

2. “W”  Circuit  - Seeking one of the most scenic treks in the world, yet have modest time constraints and are reasonably in shape? Consider the “W” Circuit in the Torres del Paine, a celebrated route that lasts just four days yet lands you within striking distance of Grey Glacier (the southernmost tip of the Chilean Patagonia’s Southern Icefield), French Valley and the three imposing Las Torres (and the stunning turquoise lagoon in front of them) for which the park is famous.

It’s an epic trek all wrapped up in a tidy package that won’t eat up a month’s worth of vacation time and is just as memorable and striking as tackling the whole “O” Circuit. Along the way, take a scenic ferry ride on Lake Pehoé, trek around Lake Nordenskjold and photograph unique forests, rushing rivers and a variety of flora and fauna, including 26 different mammal species (look for the elusive puma and the more oft-glimpsed guanaco).

One of the many upsides of working with an expert Torres del Paine tour company is the hoops through which they’ll jump for you with regard to trek routing and park permits. With the high demand for time on the park’s trails, reservations must be made well in advance for the camps and mountain shelters in order to protect natural resources.

It’s a lot to navigate on one’s own, especially from far away, so a tour company well versed in Torres del Paine and its hiking and camping requirements, as well as its geography, will mean a safer, more pleasant trip overall. Plus, depending on the tour company, everything from accommodations and food to professional guide services, transfers and entrance fees will all be included in your cost.

Top Landmarks in Torres del Paine

1. The TorresThe most iconic symbol of Torres del Paine National Park, this triad of towers is really what you came for, right? Consider working with your chosen tour company to get a view of the granite massifs at sunrise (many stay at Campamento Torres for this purpose). However, any time of day or evening is going to be unforgettable.

2. Southern Patagonia IcefieldAbsolutely massive at 4,773 square miles, the Southern Patagonia Icefield crosses the regions of Aysen and Magallanes and feeds dozens of glaciers, including Perito Moreno in Argentina, and the XI Glacier, O’Higgins, Grey and Tyndall in Chile. Intrepid explorers have successfully navigated the icefield (combined with the Northern Icefield) longitudinally, but for the rest of us, it’s best to set our sights on the impressive Grey Glacier, accessible by catamaran, bringing you right up to its daunting walls of ice, or from a more remote vantage point on Lake Grey.

3. Milodon Cave National Monument - Close to Puerto Natales, this majestic cave mustn’t be overlooked for its prehistoric findings. It wasn’t until 1895 when the German pioneer Hermann Eberhard shared his discovery of the site and remains that would later be identified as prehistoric Milodon people - believed to have been seeking shelter from the region’s wild and unpredictable weather and hungry wildlife.

4. Grey GlacierSit back and take in the awe-inspiring views of Grey Glacier from the shores of its namesake lake, or venture out from the lake’s black-sand beach by boat to get ever closer to this, the biggest glacier in Torres del Paine National Park. The striking white, the mystical blues, the icebergs, the rugged rock - you’ll be magnetically pulled to reach out and touch it.

5. Sarmiento Lake & Armaga Lagoon - The deep blue of Sarmiento Lake is mesmerizing, the wind never seems to die down and the shoreline is home to living calcium carbonate fossils that started to form with the last ice age - about 10,000 years ago. Walk two more hours from here to Amarga Lagoon and continue your living history lesson - along the way, spot red fur guanacos, eagles, a flock of flamingos and, perhaps, a puma.

6. Salto Grande (Big Jump)Don your warmest coat, hat and waterproof pants before your trip to Salto Grande waterfall, bordering Pehoe Lake. The water flows from Lake Nordenskjold and makes for a mesmerizing 33-foot-high waterfall - you’ll soon forget the strong, cool wind and mist as you’re drawn in by the hypnotic rushing waters.

7. French ValleyWalk, walk and walk some more through the gorgeous French Valley - it’s doable by practically anyone in relatively good shape and with the right wind and rain attire and sturdy shoes. There are steep areas, yes, and those covered in snow, but with a knowledgeable Torres del Paine tour guide, you’ll be prepped and ready for everything the valley throws your way.

Cross through lenga forests and open areas, ultimately reaching the French Lookout, where the vista includes Paine Grande, the park’s largest mountain range and the mighty French glaciers (which, if you’re lucky, is calving mighty icebergs as you watch).

Weather in Torres Del Paine

The one constant about the weather in Torres del Paine is that it’s constantly changing. To capitalize on sunshine, plan your trip for January or February - but be aware that the rest of the world reads this same suggestion. December is typically still heavy on the sunshine and lighter on the tourists, so consider a visit then if you’re looking for less congestion on the most popular hiking trails.

Overall, October through April - spring and summer in the southern hemisphere - is what you want to aim for. After April, the cold temps start to settle in … and we mean, cold! Wind is a big factor in most areas of the park - in the French Valley, it can gust up to 60 miles per hour. As long as you’re dressed appropriately, that shouldn’t ever be an issue. Which brings us to our next point … what to pack.

What to Pack for a Torres del Paine Tour

A good Torres del Paine tour company will be able to provide you with a complete packing list, often with very specific instructions for clothing and gear. Depending on how independent your travel will be, here is a starting point. Do keep in mind that it’s wise to just pack exactly what you need and leave the extraneous at home, particularly since you’ll be moving around quite a bit to take full advantage of the sprawling park.

A quick aside: Should you worry about drinking the water in Torres del Paine? Thankfully, no. Take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fill your water bottle from the free-flowing streams coming directly from the glacier - surely cleaner than any bottled water!

Here are the top things to pack for your next Torres del Paine tour:

-Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots

-Hiking pants, perhaps the kind that zip off to shorts at the knee, and/or hiking shorts

-Long-sleeved synthetic tops

-Short-sleeved synthetic t-shirts

-Rain gear (jacket and pants)

-Water- and windproof parka

-Medium-weight fleece jacket

-Synthetic underwear

-Long thermal underwear top and bottoms

-Athletic shoes for camp

-Casual city clothes and shoes

-Camera equipment

-Walking/hiking poles

-A waterproof backpack

-Sunscreen

-Insect repellent

-Sunglasses

-Sun hat

-Warm hat

-Warm, waterproof gloves

-Wool hiking socks

-A basic first-aid kit

-Wet wipes

-Toiletries

-Water bottles

-Small flashlight

-Multi-tool knife

How to Get to Torres del Paine

For a region seemingly so rugged and remote, it’s actually fairly straightforward to get to Torres del Paine National Park once you’re in South America. From Santiago, nonstop flights of about three-and-a-half hours bring you to Punta Arenas. Continue the journey by public bus running from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales. Then, during the high season, visitors may hop on one of two daily busses that travel for two hours to Torres del Paine.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Getting in Shape for Torres del Paine

One of the many compelling features of a Torres del Paine tour is the fact that almost anyone with a mild level of physical fitness can tackle the shorter of the park’s famous multi-day circuits, the “W.” Avid hikers at home probably won’t have to train too much more than usual to be able to accomplish the trek while remaining in high spirits.

However, if your fitness regime is more of the “weekend warrior” variety, you might have to step up your training a bit in the weeks prior to your Torres del Paine tour.

There are training plans to be found online (always check in with your doctor before starting any new fitness regime), most of which span 10-12 weeks and include combinations of biking, running, walking and hiking and some strengthening exercises.

Top 5 Training Tips for Torres del Paine Trekking

  • Hike, walk or run with weights in a backpack, or use the adjustable incline on a treadmill.
  • Crosstrain with less joint-jarring activities, like swimming or cycling.
  • Rest at least once a week to give your body time to recover and repair itself.
  • Break in your hiking boots and backpack so you can address any fit problems before you’re at the head of the trail.
  • Study a map of the “W” circuit - although well marked, it will help to have a mental picture of what you’re tackling before and as you’re on it.

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