Torres del Paine National Park, was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and recognized as one of the most beautiful, unique and uncontaminated places on the planet.
This park is a combination of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, forests and incredible wildlife… the perfect destination for your next adventure in Patagonia!
Every day at around 6.00 a.m., with pick up at Hospedaje Magallanes in Punta Arenas. Be prepared for a loooong road trip – remember, distances and therefore traveling time in Patagonia are huge. Half an hour drive out of Puerto Natales, we visit the Milodon Cave, where in 1896 the remains of a prehistoric giant ground slough were found. We continue overland and enter Torres del Paine National Park near Laguna Amarga, where we observe hundreds of guanacos and enjoy the first vistas of the Paine towers that rise above the immense pampas. Numerous stops and short walks allow us to get to know the national park from up close. With views of the incredible Cuernos we follow the gravel road until we reach the turquoise colored Salto Grande waterfall. On the Western side of this UNESCO world biosphere reserve rests Lago Grey. Walking along its Southern pebble stone beach, we take a closer look at the mansion-sized icebergs that flow in the lake and get a distant view of Grey Glacier, one of the 48 main glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Return to Puerto Natales and back to Punta Arenas around 23.30 p.m.
Experience tells us that some travelers underestimate the huge distances in Patagonia. For this reason it is very important that you understand what it takes to visit the Torres del Paine NP from Punta Arenas.
Transfer from/ to Hospedaje Magallanes
English speaking tour guide
Lunch, dinner (please bring your own)
Our full-day tour to the Torres del Paine NP departs every day year-round.
Experience tells us that some travelers underestimate the huge distances in Patagonia. For this reason it is very important that you understand this tour will be a long road trip.
CLP 50,000 per person (about USD 73 – p/p*)
Entrance fee to the Milodon Cave: CLP 5,000 (about USD 7 – pp*)
Entrance fee to Torres del Paine NP: CLP 21,000 (about USD 30 – pp*)
Optional tips to your tour guide and/ or your driver
* 2019 exchange rate
Of course, one of the main goal of this full-day tour will be to observe Condors (Vultur gryphus), but there’s much more to see…
Other species you may observe during this trip include
Guanaco (Lama guanicoe); the wild ancestor of the domesticated llama; fairly common in the Patagonian steppe and on Tierra del Fuego
Ñandu (Pterocnemia pennata); a large flightless bird similar to the ostrich, also called Darwin’s Rhea or Lesser Rhea; fairly common in the Patagonian steppe, but does not inhabit Tierra del Fuego
South American Gray Fox (Lycalopex griseus); a species of the “false” foxes, which is actually closer related to wild dogs than to foxes, also called Patagonian Fox
Andes Skunk or Chingue (Conepatus chinga); this animal is easy to identify by its small size, black fur, and the white stripe that runs from its head to its tail. Due to the smell of the liquid that it sprays as a method of defense.
… and if you’re somewhat lucky:
Mountain Lion or Puma (Puma concolor): This carniverous feline is one of the largest mammals found in the Americas. This animal is extremely dangerous and territorial, but avoids areas with humans, so attacks are rare.