Tucked away in the southernmost corner of South America, Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of place. Avid hikers and nature lovers of all ages dream up a trip to this vast and remote park for years, or even decades.
Torres del Paine merits its reputation as a world-renowned hiking destination. It brims with classic routes with postcard vistas and lesser-known trails for solitude seekers. The hiking here ranges from easy to challenging, from short day hikes to long circuits of up to ten days.
This guidebook aims to profile the best-loved hikes of Torres del Paine. We’ll brief you on each one, describing its highlights and intensity. When travel time is short, choosing the right hikes and activities is essential.
There are many ways to experience Torres del Paine. Shoestring-budget backpackers rough it at campsites or in simple dorm-style “refugios”, packing in all their own food and gear. Mid-range travelers seek the convenience of a guided and fully supported adventure, as well as the company of a small group. Luxury travelers indulge in upscale resorts that offer private, tailored excursions into nature. There’s really something for everyone in the park.
In these pages, you’ll find details about booking a guided, organized tour. After reading, you’ll be ready to approach a trusted tour provider with all the right info at your fingertips and all the right questions to ask. You’ll have a good idea of what hikes and activities to request and what kind of lodging option is the best match for you.
Note: The maps and tables in this guidebook are meant for general planning purposes only. They’re not technical maps meant for wayfinding on the trail. Self-guided backpackers should come prepared with official topographical maps of the park.