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Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

1. Puerto Natales: Full-Day Torres del Paine Tour

Your day begins as you are collected from your accommodation between 7:30AM and 8:00AM in the morning. From there, begin your beautiful trip to Patagonia to visit one of the 8 Wonders of the World: the Torres del Paine National Park. Travel along the coast before jumping onto Route No. 9 in the direction of the village of Cerro Castillo, which was the home of the famous Tierra del Fuego Exploiting Society. Along the route and traveling between Patagonian landscapes, enter the Torres del Paine National Park, a real spectacle where guanacos, condors, and ñandú usually accompany the beautiful views of the park. Visit all the main lookouts of the park, among them Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe, and the beautiful Salto Grande, the latter of which where you take a small walk of about 30 minutes to get closer for some views. Along the way, encounter lakes, rivers, and a great variety of flora and wildlife. There is then a stop for lunch in the park before you resume your trip to your final stop, the lake alongside Gray Glacier which is a part of the Southern Ice Field. Whilst there, take a beautiful walk through an old lenga forest to the beach of this amazing lake to appreciate its icebergs. On the way back to Puerto Natales, pass by the Milodon Cave, a huge natural formation where it is believed that primitive man and the Milodon Darwini, an extinct animal that lived in Patagonia 10,000 years ago, had inhabited. Whilst at this fascinating cave, take a short walk to learn about its beauty and history.

Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

2. Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 7:30 AM to 8 AM, then set off for the Torres del Paine National Park. Arrive by about 10 AM and access the park through Portería Laguna Amarga, where you will be able to get an excellent view of the Paine Towers. As you venture through the park, observe a wide variety of native fauna and flora. Make several stops at the main viewpoints to appreciate the uniqueness of the landscape and the magnitude of the Paine Massif from different perspectives. At Midday, stop for lunch before continuing the itinerary towards the Grey Lake. Here, enjoy a 1-hour hike through an ancient Lenga forest and along Grey Lake Beach. From this side of the park, it is possible to enjoy the view of the West face of the Paine Massif and the intense blue hues of Grey’s glacial ice. Once your adventure in the park is over, drive back to Puerto Natales (through Portería Serrano). On the way, stop by the Mylodon Cave Natural Monument, of the Pleistocene era. Return to the city by about 7 PM.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

3. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Day Hike

Go a full-day 18 km trek and discover the breathtaking scenery leading to the granite pillars of Torres del Paine National Park, including the Lake Nordenskjöld and the Almirante Nieto Mountain. After transportation to the national park, your trek starts at the gateway just before Hotel Las Torres beginning with a downhill walk towards the Valle del Ascencio, until reaching El Chileno Mountain Lodge. The trial continues through a Millenial Lenga forest until the base of the rock formation where you will begin the challenging ascent to the base of Torres del Paine for panoramic views of Torre Sur, Torre Central, Torre Norte and Cerro Nido de Cóndor. Once you are done sightseeing and enjoying the beauty that Torres Del Paine has to offer, walk down to Hotel Las Torres. From there which you can relax and rest your legs as you are driven back to the hotel in Puerto Natales.

Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

4. Torres del Paine: Full-Day Trekking Excursion

Spend a day exploring Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy the splendid natural beauty of Chilean Patagonia. This medium-to-difficult hike offers incredible views of the park's 3 famous peaks – Torres d'Agostini, Torres Central and Torres Monzin, all on a day trip from Puerto Natales.  The adventure begins with pickup from your accommodation in Puerto Natales at 6:30 AM. Travel north for 2 hours to reach the starting point of the trek. After a quick briefing with the local guide, start the walk crossing a bridge over the Asencio River. Trek for 1.5 hours to reach Refugio El Chileno, shrouded in forest and in the shadow of the spectacular Monte Nieto Almirante. After a short stop at El Chileno, continue for 2-2.5 hours along a steeper section of trail to the main lookout.  Reach the main lookout of Las Torres at the eastern end of the lagoon, from where you will have a spectacular view of the three granite peak as well as the Peineta and Nido de Condores hills.  Stop and enjoy your packed lunch while admiring the views. After the break, return to the base along the same path. Following the trek, hotel drop-off will be provided in Puerto Natales.

Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

5. Puerto Natales: Base of the Towers Trekking Experience

Following a 2-hour drive you will arrive to Hotel las Torres. Following a safety briefing from your guide, the excursion will begin. The track takes you up into the Asencio River Valley, and 2 hours later you will arrive in El Chileno, a camping site where your hike will continue through a dense forested area. There you can also admire a small stream which flows from the Almirante Nieto peak. The path brings you to a moraine, where the slope steepens until the Paine Towers viewpoint, which sits at 890 meters above sea level. At the viewpoint you will enjoy incredible views of the three towers, and will also have some time to have lunch and rest for your return journey. If weather conditions permit it, you will be able to observe one of the most spectacular views worldwide. You will return along the same path to “Hosteria Las Torres”, where your bus will be waiting. Your approximate time of arrival back to Puerto Natales is 9:00PM.

From Puerto Natales: Hike to Ferrier Hill

6. From Puerto Natales: Hike to Ferrier Hill

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Natales at 7:30 AM and travel towards Torres del Paine National Park. Meet with your guide and receive a brief overview of the itinerary for the day. This is a medium-high difficulty hike that takes 5 hours in total along a steep route. The path is well built and leads through a native Lenga forest, the home of many animals like the huemul, or South Andean deer, and also many birds species. Embark on your hike to Ferrier Hill, which is a pyramidal type peak that belongs to the Patagonian Andes. From its viewpoint, at 700 meters above sea level (2296 feet), you will have a complete view of Torres del Paine National Park, including Zapata and Grey glaciers. Upon reaching the viewpoint, stop for some lunch and time to rest. Return to the starting point of the hike and drive towards Camp Pehoe. Depart on a short 1-hour hike to the Mirador Condor, which boasts breathtaking views of Paine Horns and Pehoe Lake.  Next, make your way to the Salto Grande viewpoint where you will observe a beautiful waterfall and later on to the Nordensköl viewpoint where we will enjoy the view over the lake and the East face of the Paine Massif. Go towards the eastern exit of the park named Laguna Amarga, where you will stop to see the Paine Towers. Return to Puerto Natales at approximately 8:00 PM.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

7. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine National Park Trip

The firt stop will be made in the thousand-year-old Milodón cave. A enormous natural accident with an incalculable anthropological value where is believed that the Patagonia primitive man lived close to the Milodón , a extinct herbivorous animal. After a 30 minutes trek another stop in El Castillo hill, cafeteria service available. A whole preamble before arriving at Torres del Paine National Park along the area of Laguna Amarga ( bitter lagoon). An real spectacle in which species of Red foxes and Condors use to join the beautiful panoramic sight of the Paine´s massif. A short distance ahead the Norsdenskjold and Pehoé lakes can be observed in company with guanacos and rheas. The tour continues with a 10 minutes trek which will make possible for you to discover the marvelous Salto Grande ( grand jump) and you will face the imposing cuernos ( horns) and get the Gray Lake. In the afternoon the outing goes to the area of the glacier, there will a break for 1 ½ hr after the trek through the lengas ( native three) forest and on the Grey Glacier´s floes. The return trip ends when we arrive at Puerto Natales and leave the passenger at bus terminal or hotels.

From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

8. From Puerto Natales: Torres del Paine Tour with Transfer

Experience the most beautiful sights of Torres del Paine National Park on a guided trip with transportation in an air-conditioned van. Enjoy the highlights of this amazing natural park on a tour departing from Puerto Natales. View highlights like the Milodon Cave and the snowy peak of Cerro Castillo.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Puerto Natales. Sit back and relaxed in a comfortable and climate-controlled van. Take in panoramic views across the park from view points like Mirador Sarmiento, Mirador Lago, and Mirador Peho.  Pass by beautiful lakes like Lago Grey and Lago Nordenskjold and take in views of the Cascada Paine falls. Capture pictures of the distinctive granite peaks that give the park its name. Soak up the park's unique features like the Amarga lagoon and Salto Grande.  Get to know the park's distinctive geology, including glaciers, lakes, and mountains. Learn about the park's history, flora, and fauna from your guide along the way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

9. From Puerto Natales: Sierra Baguales Fossil Route Trek

Trek through the wilderness of Patagonia on a full day guided excursion out into this magnificent landscape. After pickup from your hotel between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM, you’ll head to the mysterious Sierra Baguales mountain range. On arrival at the horse ranch, you’ll enjoy a welcome coffee and cookies as you learn about the origins of the ranch.   Start off on a short trek of a half hour to visit Laguna Irene, where you can observe and photograph the birds and surroundings. As you do this, you’ll talk with your guide about the process of colonization of Patagonia, the history of the first human occupation of this place, and the habits and social importance of Patagonia for its first population.   Then, head to your next trekking starting point. On this second hike, you’ll cover 12.5 kilometers of medium inclination. Take in views of the Baguales mountain range, where pumas, guanacos, and wild horses live. After 3.5 hours of hiking, you’ll find marine fossils, dating back more than 50 million years. With a bit of luck, you may even run into a herd of horses.   Continue to a viewpoint located 1,200 meters above sea level and take in panoramic views of the entire sector, including excellent views of the various rock formations. Enjoy your packed lunch before taking the road back to the ranch, and from there, back to Puerto Natales.

From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

10. From Puerto Natales: Full-Day French Valley Hike

Begin your morning with an early morning pickup from your accommodation and head towards Torres del Paine National Park. After an approximately 2-hour drive, arrive at Pudeto sector to embark on a 30-minute catamaran ride towards the Paine Grande camping site. Upon arrival, your hike towards the French Valley begins. Walk along Pehoe Lake while enjoying the view of Paine Horns. Once reaching the “Italiano Campsite”, continue on until the spectacular French Valley lookout. At this point you will also be able to observe the magnificent granite formations of the Paine Massif. Take a path part of the W-trail, and in 1.5-hours arrive at the French Valley lookout where it's possible to see the three peaks of Hoja, Espada, and Fortaleza. Take a break at the lookout to rest and have lunch. Return by the same route you came to embark again on the catamaran by Paine Grande Refugio towards Pudeto. After your 20-kilometer hike relax during your drive back to Puerto Natales with an arrival time of about 8:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Puerto Natales

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Superb trip! Our guide Camilla and driver Pablo were top notch! We are a small group and the explanations are very interesting. This allows you to see very beautiful viewpoints in one day. We recommend!

Excellent activity, the guides are very attentive and good at guiding. I would definitely recommend this tour. Grateful to the team of guides for the experience, the teachings and the dedication.

Javier, the driver and Matias, our guide, were both great. The day went at a smooth and lively pace. Well done.

Excellent tour, kindness and disposition of the team so that you have the best experience.

A very good guide unique experience and incredible landscapes.