Astoundingly beautiful and perfectly positioned in central Patagonia, the Torres Del Paine National Park is perhaps, one of the best places in the southern hemisphere to take a hiking or trekking holiday.
A lush landscape dominated by spectacular granite pillars and peaks, Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine is simply breathtaking in its natural beauty, and if your idea of the perfect adventure holiday is trekking over high mountains, hiking through emerald forests, sailing on azure lakes, and scaling magical blue glaciers, we would have to recommend this piece of paradise in Patagonia.
Perfectly prepared for hikers, Torres del Paine has a well-developed infrastructure that allows you to hike from camp to camp and sleep overnight in a basic but charming ‘Refugio’s’ along the way. Here you will get a bed (sleeping bags are essential), warm meals, a hot shower, and many even offer Chilean beers and wines for sale, to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
If you decide to brave the elements and go camping in Torres Del Paine, always check the weather forecast before setting off and take a waterproof, wind-resistant tent, thermal underwear and a light but warm sleeping bag – the temperatures can drop significantly at night.
As part of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve system, Torres Del Paine is literally bursting with flora and fauna, and numerous bird species that will make your journey even more memorable. When it comes to wildlife, this national park does not disappoint, so get your cameras ready for the many sightings of Guanaco (a relative of the Llama), Andean Condor, deer, and if you are really lucky, a Puma or an Andean grey fox.
While the park is open to visitors all year round, most trekking tours (usually between 5 and 7 days) take place between the months of November and March when the weather is slightly more predictable and clear. As you would imagine, accommodation is limited within Torres Del Paine, so it is always advisable to book in advance and secure your spot within this 181,000-hectare park.
The ideal destination for those who enjoy action packed holidays in the great outdoors, Torres Del Paine National Park is perfectly Patagonian.