Both colossal and unique, the Torres del Paine rise in Southern Chilean Patagonia in a superb mood over the surrounding landscape.
Puerto Natales, located 150 kilómetros from the Torres del Paine National Park, was our base. From Argentina, we entered the neighboring country through the Dorotea Pass, located in the carboniferous city of Río Turbio. After 10 short kilometers, we came across the trans-Andean city.
Puerto Natales is the capital of the province of Última Esperanza. Located level with the sea, on the shores of the Señoret channel and opposite the Patagonian Andes Mountain Range, this is a city with a remarked English influence evidenced by its architecture, its stores and some of its customs.
It has a very good tourist infrastructure, with a capacity to lodge a large number of visitors that enjoy its coffee-shops, restaurants, casino, commercial venues and important travel agents that offer programs not to be missed.
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Level of Difficulty: Medium.
Duration: The excursion takes 10 hours in all, including a 7-hour walk.
Timetables: To be arranged with the tourist agency.
How to get here: The Torres del Paine may be accessed by a private vehicle or a shuttle provided by the tourist agency organizing the excursion. In both cases, excursionists must leave from the city of Puerto Natales heading Northwest along Route 9.
Recommendations: As some of the most important recommendations, we suggest that visitors should retire all the garbage they generate in the park. Protect the vegetation by not pulling up plants or flowers. Avoid using chemical products for washing up or personal hygiene. Follow only the signposted paths. Wear comfortable shoes and mountain clothes, sunglasses and sun protection. Camp only in authorized sites. Finally, carry a camping stove, as it is totally forbidden to light a fire in mountain camps.
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