Torres del Paine National Park

  • Torres del Paine National Park

    © Matías Navarro Croxatto

  • Torres del Paine National Park

    © Matías Navarro Croxatto

  • Torres del Paine National Park

    © Matías Navarro Croxatto

  • Torres del Paine National Park

    © Matías Navarro Croxatto

  • Torres del Paine National Park

    © Matías Navarro Croxatto

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular national parks in the country. A world biosphere reserve, it has a huge variety of plant and animal species which, with its incredibly beautiful setting has made it an almost unequalled destination for hikers and backpackers, ecology-lovers and adventure sportsmen alike. Snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, glaciers and mirrored lakes: in all respects Torres del Paine national park deserves its reputation.

Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978, the Torres del Paine national park (situated in the Magallanes 12th region in Chile) is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful, unique and uncontaminated places on the planet. It is a place of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests and incredible wildlife, all of which make it an exciting destination for wildlife observers and adventure sportsmen alike.

Torres del Paine National Park Basic Information

Location: Region of Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, 400 km to the NE of Punta Arenas. Puerto Natales lies 112km to the south east. (Park Map).

How to get there: Santiago to Punta Arenas: by air. Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales: overground. From Puerto Natales to the park (by private and public road), it is posible to go one of two ways. The first is : from the north exit of the city, after approximately 23 km, take the turn-off to the left, 122 km more to the Administrative office. 2) On the same exit north of Puerto Natales, but take the turn-off to the right at kilometer 23, and on this route, you will enter the park through the Porteria Sarmiento, the park main gate.

When to go: Year round.

Opening Hours: Everyday from 8:30 to 20:30

Climate: Es de clima trasandino y en las alturas clima de hielo. Las estaciones con mejores condiciones climáticas son primavera y verano. Temperatura media en verano: 10,8°C. Temperatura máxima promedio en verano: 23,5°C. Temperatura mínima promedio en verano: 0,8°C.

Services: Accommodation, meals, transportation, Conaf

Prices:

High Season (October - April):

  • Chileans: CLP 4,000.
  • Foreigners: CLP 15,000.
  • Chilean: CLP 500.

Low Season (May- September):

  • Chileans: CLP 3.000
  • Foreigners: CLP 5.000
  • Chilean Children: CLP 400
  • Foreign Children: 500

Recommendations

To help protect the natural resources and to maintain it as a pleasant destination for other visitors, please follow the below recommendations:

  • Protect the environment.
  • Protect the animal species and the nesting grounds and refuges of birds.
  • Only picnic in designated areas.
  • Camp only in authorized areas.
  • If you come across anything which appears unusual or which worries you, contact the rangers or the administrator.
  • When cooking, visitors must be considerate in their use of gas or coal.

Infrastructure and Services in Torres del Paine National Park

Ranger Stations and Control Posts: The administration area is located in the Toro Lake sector, 145 km from the city of Puerto Natales and 33 km inside the principal entrance to the park.
In the building there is also a visitors center where you can find environmental activities and information. The opening hours are from 8.30 to 8.00.
The ranger stations are situated in Sarmiento Lake entrance, Laguna Amarga entrance, Laguna Azul entrance, Pehoe Lake ranger station, Grey Lake ranger station and Laguna Verde ranger station.

Camping Areas: The different campgrounds are run by the administrators. They are the following:

  • Lake Pehoe camping: located in the Pehoe Lake sector, 138 km from Puerto Natales and 12 km from the Administration Office. Mr. Sergio Zalek administrates it. Address: Arturo Prat 270 telephone 411355, Puerto Natales.
  • Rio Serrano camping: it is found in the Toro Lake sector, 157 km from Puerto Natales and 7km from the Administration Office. There are 28 sites Mr. Sergio Zalek administrates them.
  • Laguna Azul camping: it is found in the Laguna Azul sector, with 15 sites, administrated by C.C.A.F La Araucana. Address: Bories No 466, telephone: 411157, Puerto Natales.

Picnic areas: There are picnic areas in Lake Pehoé, Laguna Azul and Rio Serrano campgrounds.

Shelters and Camps: On the long trails there are primitive places, shelters and camps for visitors to rest and stay the night. For more information consult the park administration or the park rangers.

Food: At the Laguna Amarga ranger station there is a kiosk, which sells non-perishable\dried foods.

Other services: There are also facilities for rafting and horse riding. Telephones can be found in the Administration Office, in the Pehoe Lodge and in the Explora Hotel. There is also a first aid health center in the park (Administration Office) and a police station.

Recommendations

To help protect the natural resources and to maintain it as a pleasant destination for other visitors, please follow the these recommendations:

  • Protect the environment.
  • Protect the animal species, protect the nesting grounds and refuges of birds.
  • Only picnic in designated areas.
  • Camp only in authorized areas.
  • If you come across anything which appears unusual or which worries you, contact the rangers or the administrator.
  • When cooking, visitors must be considerate in their use of gas or coal.

Natural Heritage in Torres del Paine National Park

Geomorphology: The landscape of the National Park is owed to earth movements which occurred 12 million years ago, and gave birth to its incredible peaks such as el Monte Paine Grande (3.050msnm) Los Cuernos del Paine (2.600, 2.400, 2.200 msnm) Torres del Paine (2250, 2460 and 2500 msnm,) Fortaleza, (2800), Escudo (2700 msnm.) Some of these have with permanent glaciers.

Hydrography: Due to the vicinity of the southern ice sheet, the park has innumerable lakes, lagoons and rivers that owe their formation to the melting of the glaciers of which they are a part. Of the lakes stand out the Sarmiento, Nordenskjold, Pehoe de Grey, Paine and Dickson and there are also many lagoons of various sizes. The biggest rivers are the Pingo, Paine, Serrano and Grey. The Paine is the most important (which originates in Lake Dickson, extreme north) and borders the massif of the east, crossing various lakes, and finishing by flowing into the Toro lake, in the extreme south of the reserve. On its route, the river plunges down three spectacular waterfalls: Paine, Salto Grande and Salto Chico.

Flora: Inside the park at the Porteria Sarmiento we can find species that have their origin in desert environments, like the mata varrosa, the mata negra, the senecio and the calafate amongst the flowering plants, the estepa and coiron amongst the herbaceous. Now, inside the park, you can find small copses of lengua associated with herbaceous species like pasto ovillo, trebol and some flowering plants of great beauty like the capachitos and orchids which can be found again at the Laguna Azul and the Laguna Amarga.

Fauna: Of the wildlife, it is the guanacos that receive most visitors and they are found in the vicinity of the Porteria Sarmiento. However, it is also possible to see aquatic birds from the viewpoint in the Sede administration, where we see species such as cisne de cuello negro, pimpollo, tagua and huala, amongst others. Lesser rhea (ñandues) with their young can be observed inside the park, around Laguna Azul and the Sede Adminstrativa, and condors, can be observed close to the Pehoe ranger station. Inside the forest (the Lago Grey trail) we can find catitas, woodpeckers, austral blackbirds, long tailed meadowlarks, great horned owl and cometocinos.

Cultural Heritage

Declared a World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1978, Torres del Paine National Park (located in Región de Magallanes, Chile) is internationally known as being one of the most beautiful, purest, and unpolluted places on earth. Its greatest attractions are its relief, lakes, flora and fauna, which make it an ideal destination for ecotourism and adventure sports.

Attractions in Torres del Paine National Park

What to see:

  • Lake Grey: you can get to it passing by the administration area either by car or walking to Grey Glacier. There is a vessel sailing the lake up to the glacier.
  • Salto Grande: you can get to it passing by the station in Lake Pehoé. You can also get to Salto Chico taking the main trail.
  • Base de las Torres: walking through the signalled path, starting in the ranger's office in Amarga Lagoon.

What to do:

  • Fishing
  • Climbing
  • Ice trekking
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Enviromental education information.
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife observation

Trails in Torres del Paine National Park

In general, the trails are suitable for all types of people properly equipped with mountain clothes and equipment. There is a large network of trails with refuges that allow visitors to rest or stay the night.

  • Pingo Zapata Circuit: The path starts at the Administration Office and follows the vehicles road until arriving at Lake Grey ranger station (18km.) The path then follows low hills until arriving at the Pingo refuge, until you come to the Zapata glacier.
  • Paine Circuit: The paths goes around the Macizo Paine, first midway up a mountain and then rises up to 1.350 msnm, passing rivers, lakes and glaciers like the Grey, Dickson and Perros. Time required for route: 7 to 10 days walking.
  • Dickson Glacier Circuit: The trail begins in the laguna Amarga ranger station following the plain until the Seron camp, and after continuing over little hills, passes the Coiron camp and again follows the plain until the Dickson refuge, from where one can see the glacier.
  • Grey Glacier - Frances Glacier Circuit: The trail starts on an open plain which is highly exposed to the wind and then continues midway up the mountain until you arrive at the glaciers.
  • Las Torres Circuit: The trail starts in the Amarga lagoon ranger station, taking the vehicles road for 7 km until the Cerro Paine ranch, and after, climbing up to the Chilean camp until arriving at the base of Torres del Paine (600msnm.)
  • Paine Lake Circuit: The path starts in the Azul lagoon ranger station, until arriving at the laguna Cebolla and following to an old vehicular track until the Paine Lake refuge.
  • Laguna Verde Circuit: The path begins in the Administration Office and follows a vehicular track for 2.5 km, then take the turning to the right to start climbing Sierra del Toro (800 msnm) and continuing over little hills until laguna Verde ranger station.

Tours in Torres del Paine National Park

These are some of the programs that we have selected that include Torres del Paine National Park in their destinations. You can see a complete list of Tours in Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Trekking W Circuit In Torres Del Paine

    5 Days

    Trekking W Circuit In Torres Del Paine

    This program is designed for those hikers know want to visitthe most important attractions of the famous Torres del Paine National…

    From:CLP $405.000

    From:US$ 765

  • Explora Journey: Torres del Paine - El Chaltén

    9 Days

    Explora Journey: Torres del Paine - El Chaltén

    To deeply explore both sides of Patagonia, we created a tailor-made journey called Travesía. We use a van to drive for 9 days between…

    From:CLP $4.331.600

    From:US$ 6.800

  • Explora Journey: El Chaltén - Torres del Paine

    9 Days

    Explora Journey: El Chaltén - Torres del Paine

    To deeply explore both sides of Patagonia, we created a tailor-made journey called Travesía. We use a van to drive for 9 days between…

    From:CLP $4.331.600

    From:US$ 6.800

  • Overland: Patagonia's Vastness

    13 Days

    Overland: Patagonia's Vastness

    If you want to travel through Patagonia in all its splendor, enjoying both Argentina and Chile, this is the program for you! Travel…

    From:CLP $5.215.438

    From:US$ 8.188

  • Explora Patagonia Hotel

    5 Days

    Explora Patagonia Hotel

    The sea, the mountains and the ice fields acted as great natural barriers to cut off this land from the rest of the globe.Explora Patagonia…

    From:CLP $2.102.100

    From:US$ 3.300

  • Awasi Torres Hotel

    5 Days

    Awasi Torres Hotel

    Awasi Patagonia is situated inside a private reserve neighboring the Torres del Paine National Park, from where you can enjoy imposing…

    From:CLP $2.229.500

    From:US$ 3.500

  • The Singular Patagonia Hotel

    5 Days

    The Singular Patagonia Hotel

    Massive blue-tinged icebergs. Broad, windswept pampas. Cerulean waters set against tawny grasses, white-capped peaks rising up into…

    From:CLP $1.684.683

    From:US$ 2.574

  • Tierra Patagonia Hotel

    5 Days

    Tierra Patagonia Hotel

    Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where the South American pampa meets Lake Sarmiento. The building is immersed in the landscape…

    From:CLP $1.815.450

    From:US$ 2.850

  • Patagonia International Marathon I

    4 Days

    Patagonia International Marathon I

    If you’re an outdoor lover and you're not afraid of challenges, this is the perfect race for you! Choose from 10K, 21K, 42K y 63K and…

    From:CLP $665.500

    From:US$ 1.210

  • Ultra Trail Torres del Paine

    4 Days

    Ultra Trail Torres del Paine

    Get to know the incredible Torres del Paine in this unique experience of trail running in Chile. For this edition, happening on October…

    From:CLP $665.500

    From:US$ 1.210

  • Special W Circuit Trekking

    6 Days

    Special W Circuit Trekking

    Get to know the W circuit in this amazing program that allows you to visit the 3 valleys, Base Torres, French Valley and Grey Glacier.…

    From:CLP $495.000

    From:US$ 938

  • Big Circuit Torres del Paine Trekking

    9 Days

    Big Circuit Torres del Paine Trekking

    Walk the 93 km full circuit of Torres del Paine National Park, known as the "O Circuit" in this program designed especially for you.…

    From:CLP $1.858.000

    From:US$ 3.716

  • Patagonia International Marathon II

    4 Days

    Patagonia International Marathon II

    From:CLP $320.000

    From:US$ 580

  • Searching for the Puma

    4 Days

    Searching for the Puma

    At the end of the American continent, in the remote and untamed Chilean Patagonia, we invite you follow the trail of the “Andean Lion”,…

    From:CLP $919.000

    From:US$ 1.850

  • Overland: Torres Del Paine

    8 Days

    Overland: Torres Del Paine

    A complete tour on an overland bus around the most important spots in South Patagonia. You will see Punta Arenas, the Torres del Paine…

    From:CLP $820.000

    From:US$ 1.287

  • Paine: Express Circuit

    3 Days

    Paine: Express Circuit

    Visit Torres del Paine with this basic and economic program. It is an ideal adventure for discovering Patagonia through places like…

  • Paine And Glaciers

    4 Days

    Paine And Glaciers

    Travel from Punta Arenas to the very base of the Torres del Paine National Park. This is an adventure to discover Patagonia visiting…

Hotels in Torres del Paine National Park

Here you can see a list of accomodations in Torres del Paine National Park. To see a full list, visit our Hotel guide in Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Hotel Tierra Patagonia

    Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile, Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Tierra Patagonia

    Located in the junction of the pampa and the Sarmiento Lake, Tierra Patagonia is a luxury hotel with a varied range of excursions in…

    From:US$ 560

  • Hotel Rio Serrano

    Sector Río Serrano Estancia Pudeto Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Rio Serrano

    Located on the west shore of the Serrano river, in the entrance of Torres del Paine National park, Río Serrano is a comfortable hotel…

    From:CLP $104.125

    From:US$ 213

  • Hotel Patagonia Camp

    Km 74 Camino Milodon Porteño Estancia Pudeto, Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Patagonia Camp

    Because at Patagonia Camp we believe that we need to protect and take care of our earth now, we are absolutely committed to taking…

  • Hotel Lago Grey

    Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Lago Grey

    Hostería Lago Grey is set in the most extraordinary spot in Torres del Paine National Park, with a privileged view of the Glacier and…

    From:CLP $101.150

    From:US$ 172

Hotels close to Torres del Paine National Park

This is a list with some of the hotels close to Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel The Singular

    Puerto Natales, at 31 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel The Singular

    The Singular Patagonia is a hotel that features the best attributes of the architecture and landscapes of the Chilean Patagonia. Built…

    From:CLP $245.438

    From:US$ 375

  • Hotel Remota

    Puerto Natales, at 32 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Remota

    The hotel’s architecture is an invitation to stop and meditate on the trip’s experience, in the splendour of the remote, at a site…

    From:CLP $210.000

    From:US$ 350

  • Weskar Patagonian Lodge

    Puerto Natales, at 33 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Weskar Patagonian Lodge

    Puerto Natales is a small city of 19.000 people, located in the Austral Chilean Patagonia. It is the capital city of Última Esperanza…

  • Noi Indigo Patagonia

    Puerto Natales, at 33 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Noi Indigo Patagonia

    The maritime pasaje of Puerto Natales offers what it should, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the World. The glaciar Balamaceda,…

    From:CLP $155.615

    From:US$ 218

  • Hotel Costaustralis

    Puerto Natales, at 33 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Costaustralis

    At the Hotel CostAustralis, service is our calling. We are committed to providing the very best, and a satisfied guest is our greatest…

    From:CLP $77.500

    From:US$ 148

  • Hotel Charles Darwin

    Puerto Natales, at 33 mi from Torres del Paine National Park

    Hotel Charles Darwin

    Hotel Charles Darwin is located in the entrance to Puerto Natales just a few steps away from Ultima Esperanza Sound and the coast and…

Activities in Torres del Paine National Park

This is a list of some activities you can do in Torres del Paine National Park

  • Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing

    If you’re into heights and extreme sports, we have the best plans for you ... With 4,000 kms of mountain range, Chile has many…

  • Rafting

    Rafting

    Get to know the Chilean rivers from the first row through this exciting adventure sport possible for all kinds of people... You don’…

  • Trekking

    Trekking

    If you like to achieve new goals, get active and enjoy unique and privileged views of the places you visit then look around these trekking…

  • Mountaineering

    Mountaineering

    The magic that mountains perform on man since immemorial times makes mountaineering followers increase over time. Within many mountain…

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

    With 475 different species of birds, Chile is the perfect destination for those fans of ornithology. Discover, learn and relax in the…

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife Watching

    Are you an animal lover? Then search through these tours and you’ll surely find one for you! With its long Cordillera de Los…

  • Fishing

    Fishing

    If you're a fishing lover, then check out these programs we've created just for you.. Chile is well known worldwide for the…

  • Kayaking

    Kayaking

    If you want to take matters into your own hands and sail at your own pace, don’t miss the chance to do kayaking. Marvel at the…

Flora & Fauna in Torres del Paine National Park

This is only a small presentation of flora & fauna you can find in Torres del Paine National Park

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