April 22 2017

All you need to know to travel to Torres del Paine


The Torres del Paine National Park has a wide variety of spectacular natural scenery: mountains, valleys, rivers (such as the Paine River), lakes (especially the turquoise lakes Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento), and glaciers (Grey, Pingo, Tyndall, and Geikie, all part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field).

What's the climate in Torres del Paine like?

It rains throughout the year with an average annual rainfall of 400mm. The region has a short summer with a maximum temperature of 16°C (in January). The minimum temperature in winter is -2.5°C with July being the coldest month of the year. So make sure to pack the essentials and prepare for all-weather, especially if this is your first trip to Patagonia.

Where to stay in Torres del Paine?

There are comfortable hostels and camping sites located inside the park that provide various excursions and activities to help you make the most of your stay inside the park.

Also, there are also fully equipped refuges or mountain lodges and camping grounds at several locations throughout the park.

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What wildlife can you see in Torres del Paine?

In the Torres del Paine National Park there is Pre-Andean shrubland on the river and lake banks; Magellanic forest; Magellanic tundra; and high elevation vegetation above the tree line.

The fauna includes 100 species of bird, including Condor, Eagle, Black-necked swan, Flamingo, Spectacled duck, Black woodpecker, Kingfisher, Patagonian sierra finch, Diuca finch, and Rufous-collared sparrow.
Among the mammals are the Puma, Huemul (an endangered native deer species), Guanaco, Grey fox, Andean fox, and Skunk. 

What activities are allowed in Torres del Paine?

The park covers an area of 181,000 hectares; it has trails for hiking and roads for vehicles.
It is possible to go trekking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and mountain climbing.

How to get to Torres del Paine?

The Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chile’s Magallanes Region, approximately 115 km Northwest of Puerto Natales.

You can get there by:

  1. Air. You take a plane to Punta Arenas, and then a car or bus to Puerto Natales.
  2. Sea. You take the ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales, which takes you through the Patagonian FJords scenic route. Once in Puerto Natales, you take a car or bus to the park overland. Navimag only provides transport on the aforementioned routes and does not provide a transport service directly between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine.

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