Torres del Paine is one of Chile’s most breathtaking National Parks. Whether you’re an avid hiker, keen wildlife spotter or simply a lover of natural beauty, it is bound to be a highlight on your South American holiday. And our team of Travel Specialists all agree that a stay inside the park allows for the most in-depth exploration of its wonders! But, maybe you’re short on time or looking for a more budget-friendly option? Then staying in Puerto Natales and doing day trips into Torres del Paine is a great alternative.
Puerto Natales is around two hours’ drive from Torres del Paine National Park. However the area outside the park boundaries can be just as impressive. On this recommended four night stay you’ll get to see all the highlights of Torres, including Salta Grande waterfall, Lake Sarmiento and the magnificent towers themselves. Plus, you’ll navigate the Ultima Esperanza fjord to visit Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. And kayak the serene waters of Eberhard Fjord.
You’re sure to want even more of this spectacular part of the world. So, why not extend your stay in Patagonia and travel to El Calafate and El Chalten in Argentina?
Not sure when to visit Las Torres? Then have a look at our recommendations of when to travel and how to explore Torres del Paine national park.
Fly to Patagonia and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales.
Depart Puerto Natales this morning on a full day tour of Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way you will stop at Mylodon Cave, where a German explorer discovered the prehistoric remains of an extinct species of ground sloth, in 1895.
After visiting the cave, continue to the park. If you are blessed with clear skies, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Paine Massif as you draw closer to the entrance. As you enter Torres del Paine, you should see large numbers of guanacos. Visit the central region of the park including Lakes Sarmiento and Pehoe, as well as the magnificent Salto Grande waterfall. You’ll have a stop for lunch and then hike for around one hour to reach Grey Lake. From here, you should be able to see many of the ice floes and icebergs of Grey Glacier. At the end of this wonderful day, you will return to Puerto Natales and your hotel.
Transfer to the Puerto Bories dock this morning in time for the 8am departure towards the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. You will travel upriver for around four hours until you reach Bernardo O’Higgins National Park; during the trip, you’ll have the chance to see colonies of sea lions, cormorants and small waterfalls hidden in the clefts of the cliffs. Arriving in Puerto Toro, you will disembark and take a short walk to the foot of the Serrano Glacier for fantastic views. This afternoon you will return to Puerto Bories and then transfer to your hotel.
You will picked up at your hotel this morning and driven to Puerto Prat, located 30 minutes from Puerto Natales. Here you will don your wetsuit and receive a safety demonstration.
The kayaking experience consists in navigating along the historic Eberhard Fjord, from Puerto Prat to Puerto Consuelo, passing by the Kruger Island, weather permitting. It is possible to observe a lot of different birds living in the fjords and its surroundings. During the excursion, you will go on a 40-minute hike to reach various lookouts. This will also be the perfect moment to take a break and enjoy a snack with some hot tea. The itinerary can be modified, as the guides decide on the path to take, always giving priority to the safest routes depending on the weather and water conditions. Back to the house in Puerto Prat, the owners will be waiting for the group for “las once”, the typical Chilean tea time. At the end of the excursion, a transfer will drive you back to your hotel in Puerto Natales.
Transfer to the airport in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas or ask us about continuing overland to El Calafate.