Chile

Trekking in Torres del Paine

2019-03-03

A milestone in Chilean Patagonia and one of the places that all trekkers in the world should go. The protagonist of the park is without any doubt the Paine hill.  This is located in Torres del Paine National Park, and has three towers that identify it: the south tower (2850 meters) is the highest, although the perspective sometimes plays against us and it seems that the highest is the central tower (2800 meters), is the most striking, and finally, the north tower (2248 meters) is the widest of the three. Although these towers are the most famous, rarely can be seen at its best, because most of the time, is covered by clouds.



An unique scenery, where mountains, valleys, rivers, hidden waterfalls, forests, snowy peaks, lakes and glaciers are mixed. A Chilean paradise for lovers of ecology and adventure sports. For those who appreciate flora and fauna, and its rugged geography. Also, sometimes the weather gives us an unusual event, where tourists can live the 4 seasons in a single day.



It was selected as the eighth Wonder of the World. For those who do not know, those who enter the list of the eighth wonder of the world, are those natural or artistic potential monuments that, by their exclusivity and beauty could be considered as one of the seven wonders of the world.



Returning to the Torres del Paine, the park has several lookouts and trails that will lead the tourist to appreciate all kinds of landscapes and experiences. The Torres del Paine massif is a mountainous formation in which two basic paths have been demarcated, called W and O, by the shape they follow on the map. The O surrounds the whole massif completely and the W borders it on its south face. If you doubt your physical condition, we recommend you make the circuit of the W, which consists of 60 km and requires 4 days to finish it, it is also considered one of the most beautiful trekking in the Americas.



On the other hand, the O trail consists of 130 km and requires 8 days to complete it. This route requires a good physical condition and surrounds the whole mountain range. The most famous excursion is the one that takes you to the base of the Torres del Paine. A route of approximately 18 km round trip, so it refers to about 8 hours to complete.

In the park you can take long walks through the National Park, trekking to the base of the Torres del Paine (first part on horseback and then on foot) and trekking on the glaciers. You can also do ecotourism activities, such as camping, hiking, mountaineering, sailing, river descent, glacier tours and horseback riding.




TIPS

*Location: 1.950 Km south Santiago.
*Schedule:
Entry by Río Serrano: 7:00-22:00 (high season) and 8:30-18:15 (low season).
Entry by Lago Sarmiento: 8:30-20:00 (high season) and 8:30-17:30 (low season).
Entry by Laguna Amarga: 8:30-20:00 (high season) and 8:30-17:30 (low season).
*Rates: (all prices are in chilean pesos). The value of the entrance to the park must be paid in cash and can be in chilean pesos, dollars or euros in high season.
In low season, you must pay in chilean pesos.
Chilean adults...$6000 (high season) $4000 (low season).
Foreign adults...$21000 (high season) $11000 (low season).
Adult with different abilities...$3000 (high season) $2000 (low season).
Chilean child under 6 years old...free.
Chilean child between 6 and 18 years old...$2000 (high season) $1000 (low season).
Foreign child...$6000 (high season) $1000 (low season).
Child with different abilities...free.
Chilean senior citizen...free.
*Duration: You will need between 1 and 2 weeks.
*Requirements: If you are foreign, you must show your passport at the entrance.
*Warning: It is forbidden to start fires, throw garbage in nature, smoke, take pets, use drones, cycling, swimming, paragliding or parachuting. During the low season, not all services work, so we recommend that you check this information before traveling.
*Advice: Book accommodation inside the park a long time in advance during the high season (October-April). Do not carry electronic devices, because in the camps there is no power supply. You can bring your own food so you do not have to buy at excessive prices inside the park and do not carry weight in your backpack carrying water, but carry a canteen and carry it in the rivers since your water is drinkable. Wear a coat, even if it is summer, at night temperatures drop abysmally.
*Best Time: November-March.
*Website: Torres del Paine National Park

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