The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the largest and most important national parks in Chile, and a protected wilderness area. In 2006, it occupied an area of 242 242 ha, approximately. It is the third with the most visits, of which about 75% corresponds to foreign tourists, especially Europeans. It is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km from the city of Punta Arenas.
It is one of eleven protected areas in the region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica (along with four other national parks, three national reserves and three national monuments). Altogether, the protected wild areas cover 51% of the surface of the region (6,728,744 ha).
It presents a great variety of natural environments: mountains (among which stand out the Paine hill complex -whose main summit reaches 3050 meters above sea level- the Torres del Paine and the Horns del Paine), valleys, rivers (such as the Paine River) , lakes (highlighting those known as Gray, Pehoé, Nordenskjöld and Sarmiento), glaciers (Gray, Pingo, Tyndall and Geikie, belonging to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field).
What does Torres del Paine mean?
Its name comes from the word aonikenk painé, which means blue.
What to do and what to see in Torres del Paine?
There are different ways to get to know Torres del Paine National Park. The tour can be done by car, tour buses, horse or sailing. We recommend trekking activities, crossings by glaciers or descent of rivers.
We offer tour packages with accommodation in luxury hotels such as Explora Patagonia or Awassi Lodge that feature all inclusive (Meals, Transfers, Excursions, etc)
We offer a Full Day excursion from El Calafate by Bus, which starts early in the morning and returns at the last minute.
The weather in the Torres del Paine National Park is influenced from the south by the Antarctic continent, from the west by the Pacific Ocean and from the North by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (third source of fresh water on the planet). It is characterized by an unstable trans-Andean climate, with strong winds especially during the summer.
The average temperature in summer is 12 ° C, being the minimum of 0.8 ° C and the maximum of 23.5 ° C, the annual rainfall reaches 700 mm.
In the valley of the Torres del Paine National Park we find a trans-Andean weather, while in the altitudes the temperature is lower due to the effect of ice and snow. Undoubtedly, the seasons with the best climatic conditions are spring and summer, when the temperature can reach a pleasant average maximum of 23.5 ° C during the day. While in winter the temperature drops considerably, even falling to subzero temperatures.
You always have to come prepared for the 4 seasons of the year, due to the instability it is possible to go through all the stations on the same day, something usual in the Patagonian climate.
How to get?
You can choose to fly to El Calafate and then transfer by a regular bus service or a private transfer to Torres del Paine.
From Puerto Natales, take route 9 that connects this city with the Sarmiento portals (112 kilometers) and Laguna Amarga (129 kilometers) of Torres del Paine Park.
From El Calafate, you can transfer by regular bus or take a private transfer to the city of Puerto Natales, a journey of 350 kilometers that can take 4 and a half hours approximately. It is necessary to take into account a stop in Cerro Castillo for the immigration procedures of entry into Chile.
When you arrive in Puerto Natales, you will still have to travel at least 80 kilometers to reach the Serrano port, the closest to Torres del Paine (2 hours away).