Torres del Paine is a huge park with many trails, lakes, and breathtaking viewpoints. And they all are worth it! When planning your trip there, it may be quite difficult to choose where to go first and what to do, especially if you only have a couple of days. Here are three different ways to discover Torres del Paine National Park:
1. FULL DAY EXCURSIONS DEPARTING FROM PUERTO NATALES, EL CALAFATE or punta arenas
Having quite a tight schedule? This is definitely the best option to visit the Park in a single day!
Whether you are staying in Puerto Natales, El Calafate or Punta Arenas, there are full day trips departing from these cities. They usually all go to the same viewpoints: Lago Sarmiento, Laguna Amarga, Cascada Paine (Salto Grande), Lago Nordenskjöld, Mirador Pehoé. You will spend most of the day touring in a car enjoying the amazing landscapes, but you will also have time for a 1:30hs walk on your own.
If you are spending more time in Puerto Natales, you may want to discover other parts of the Park such as the Glacier Grey or even do the most famous full day hikes.
Want to overview this absolute gem of nature? Take the helicopter tour and enjoy the Park from the sky.
2. OVERNIGHT STAY IN THE NATIONAL PARK
This is a great option if you have a larger budget and more time to spend in the park! Sleeping in this peaceful and magic atmosphere will make you feel in harmony with nature and experience even more of its greatness. You can stay overnight at the EcoCamp or choose the comfort and luxury of Explora Lodge. Besides the traditional excursions, you can also enjoy many more outdoor activities such as trekking, hiking, horseback riding, sailing, bird watching, wild life tours, etc.
If you are a devotee of nature and wildlife photography, this is the place for you!
3. HIKING, TREKKING AND ADVENTURE TRIPS
Get to the heart of wild Torres del Paine sleeping in the dedicated camp areas of the National Park. It will allow you to take your time and hike Torres, French and Grey, the three most famous valleys. Don’t miss these unforgettable experiences and reach the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier, and enjoy the glacier origin lagoon viewpoint. If you are an adventurer, you may consider other expeditions such as “La Vuelta Al Paine”.