Astoundingly beautiful and perfectly positioned in central Patagonia, the iconic Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine is undoubtedly, one of the best places in the southern hemisphere to take a trekking holiday.
A lush landscape dominated by spectacular granite pillars and peaks, Torres Del Paine National Park is simply breathtaking in its natural beauty, and if your idea of the perfect trip includes trekking over high mountains, hiking through emerald forests, sailing on azure lakes, and scaling magical blue glaciers, this could be the perfect choice for your Patagonian adventure holiday.
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Specially 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, so you can expect a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
It is also possible to go camping in Torres del Paine National Park, although it is only recommended for the hardiest of adventurers. The weather conditions can change quickly in this part of the world, and the temperatures drop significantly at night, so it’s much more comfortable to stay in a Refugio where you’ll have a warm bed, bathroom facilities, and best of all, you’ll be supporting the local community.
As part of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve system, Torres Del Paine is literally bursting with unique flora and fauna that you simply will not find anywhere else in the world. There are numerous bird species here too, and when it comes to wildlife, Patagonia’s most beautiful national park does not disappoint! Guanaco (a relative of the Llama family), Andean Condor, deer, Puma and Andean grey fox can all be found here, so whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!
While the park is open to visitors all year round, most Torres del Paine 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 the national park, and so it is always advisable to book well in advance of your travel dates.
The ideal destination for those who enjoy action packed holidays in the great outdoors, Trekking Torres Del Paine National Park will be the highlight of your Patagonian adventure. It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s perfectly Patagonian – and it’s just waiting for you to visit!