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Torres Del Paine Trip Report

Torres Del Paine Trip Report

Old Feb 20, 18, 10:31 am
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Torres Del Paine Trip Report

Trip Itinerary:

1. Flight from Orlando to Santiago - LATAM nonstop ( 8hrs) booked with AAdvantage points 30,000/57,500 points each way basic/business (must call AA to book); 60K AA point are easy to get by signing up for Barclay AA cards without the need for minimum spending. One can also use 60K Singapore miles to book United after a easy transfer from all major travel credit card points.

2. Santiago SCL to Punta Arenas PUQ - look for cheapest flights on google flights (Sky airline has nonstop flights 3hrs that cost $150).

3. Rent a car and drive to Puerto Natales (2hrs).

4. Stay in Puerto Natales with daily road trips to Torres Del Paine National Park (2hrs drive). Several well rated places to stay here from booking.com or other sites.

5. I recommend exploring the national park on your own without a guided tour.
No need for google maps when driving a rental car, as it is a single road with well marked signs. Most of the way now is paved with few areas of dirt road that will shake your car. Still, no SUV is needed and any basic rental car is adequate.
Once you reach the entrance they charge you ~$60 for a 3 day entry ticket, which you can leave visible inside the car for the duration.

First two days you can do various hikes and third day consider a Grey glacier cruise with ice walking and other activities. Navigation takes 2-3 hrs and costs around $200 USD per person. It is better to book in advance by emailing them on the official website.
Torres del Paine Glacier Grey Navigation Reservations Lago Grey Navigation Glacier Grey Torres del Paine Reservations
Tickets can also be purchased with transportation included from other sites like;
https://www.denomades.com/en/torres-...vigation-id391

6. Weather can be unpredictable so 3-5 day stay is recommended to find the best sunny day for great views. Cloudy and rainy weather will disappoint you as you won’t be able to see the beautiful watercolors and majestic snow capped mountains.




Famous "W" shaped mountain peaks



Try to be in the park before 10 am to catch the optional catamaran ride (last ride leaves around 11am and returns in the evening)







Condor trail-Most beautiful hike in the world!
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Old Feb 20, 18, 11:58 am
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Thanks @peterrudy. Torres Del Paine is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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Old Feb 21, 18, 8:54 am
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Thanks for the report. Heading there next month...
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Old Mar 8, 18, 8:05 am
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Gorgeous! I hope to go there next year.
How did you cope with those hordes of people?
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Old Mar 8, 18, 7:12 pm
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Thanks for the report. Heading there next month...
Driving in Torres del Paine can be dicey--gravel roads with "steep" sides, and microclimates that produce incredibly strong wind gusts. We saw several overturned rental cars as we drove in our (guide-driven) pickup truck. And a tow will take up much time!
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Gorgeous! I hope to go there next year.
How did you cope with those hordes of people?
They are not people, they are guanacos.
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