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Basics to arrive to Torres del Paine National Park!

So you want to go to Torres del Paine, uh? Well… you need to keep several things in mind in order to live this amazing adventure located at the end of the world!

Follow this simple guide and plan your trip!

Tickets

  1. From whatever place you are from the world, you first need to get your ticket to the capital city of Chile: Santiago.
  2. Once you got your tickets to Santiago, you need to buy tickets to either: Puerto Natales (best option) or Punta Arenas.The only airlines that sell these tickets are Latam.com or Skyairlines.com
  3. Once you arrive at Puerto Natales, you need to take a 2-hour bus that will take you to Torres del Paine National Park! In case you arrive at Punta Arenas, you need to take a bus from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, this is a 3-hour bus trip.
  4. If you want to do the “W” or “O” circuit of Torres del Paine, you will need at least 7-10 days. If you are a pro hiker maybe you’ll need fewer days, but there is so much to see that 7 days (and more) is totally recommended.

Backpack

Of course, you’ll need a really good backpack with loads of space. Make sure to buy all the food and stuff you need at Puerto Natales because everything in Torres del Paine is f*cking expensive. I’m serious!

Sleeping time

You have 2 options for hiking at Torres del Paine, you can either go for the camping option (tent, camping stove, cooking stuff, food, hiking items, etc) or you can stay at either refugees/hotels at the park. Of course staying at a refuge or the hotel is way more expensive than camping!

Reservations

If you are staying at either camping/refugees or hotel in Torres del Paine, you will need a previous reservation. Especially during the summer season, the National Park is really crowded so you must plan your sleeping schedule very good and with tons of time ahead.

Keep in mind:

Entrance to the park: During high season (1st of October to the 30th of April) the entrance ticket is around 38 USD for foreign people.

The most common trekking tours are the “W” and the “O” circuit. Keep in mind that there are several spots where you can camp, but they are owned by different companies, this means that you have to book your camping spot with different companies: Vértice, CONAF and Fantástico Sur. You CAN’T camp without reservation!

Here is the map and you can check who owns the camping spot and do your reservation on the respective website.

 

Any other doubt? Leave your comment and I will answer your question ASAP!

 

 

 

Publicist, currently living in Santiago, Chile. Hopefully not for too long! Currently working in the music industry. Love travelling, music and tattoos! Looking forward to new experiences for a new blog post!

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