Guide to

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

The National Park at the end of the world

Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Cool blue glaciers, invigorating treks and jagged peaks

Chile’s Southern Patagonia is considered by many to be the final frontier of the New World. Vast pampas dotted with the occasional estancia (farm) and trees deformed by the fierce Patagonian wind form an isolated landscape. In the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park, travelers along the winding trails get up-close-and-personal with dramatic mountain formations, vibrant forests, turquoise lakes, jagged glaciers, and roaring rivers – some of the last truly unspoiled nature on the planet.

When to go

November to early March enjoys the most stable weather conditions with December and January having the highest crowds. We recommend early November or late March.

How to arrive

Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas: 3.5 hrs. Transport from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales.

Flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate: 3.5 hrs. The transport from El Calafate to Puerto Natales.

Good to know

Language: Spanish Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Visas/fees: Travel to Chile does not require a visa for US/US/EU/CAN/AUS travelers. AUS citizens must pay a reciprocity fee.

What to do in Torres del Paine

Trip Inspiration

Lodge to Lodge Patagonia >>

Highlight Moment

Ice Hike along Glacier Grey

Highlight Moment

Hike to the base of the towers

Highlight Moment

Horseback rides with local gauchos

Highlight Moment

Spot wildlife like pumas, guanacos and rheas

Ready to go? Here’s what to pack

Patagonia’s weather is as extreme as its landscapes and often unpredictable. Packing right makes all the difference for an enjoyable trip.

  • Wind and waterproof outer layers (jacket and pants)
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun protection (hat, glasses and sunscreen)
  • Gloves
  • Thermal under layers

Tips from our Team

  • The traditional idea is to go to Patagonia in the summer for the warmest climate, but going in the off season means less crowds and unique moments.
  • If you go in the spring (around November) you may witness guanacos giving birth to their babies, chulengos, and you’ll be sure to see gorgeous lady slipper blooms.
  • Fall is also a great time of year as the highs are still around 55 F and you will witness the changing of the seasons in a most dramatic way – stunning reds, yellows and oranges to contrast the deep blues and greens of the lakes and mountains.

Where to stay: Overnight Recommendations


Explora Patagonia


Tierra Patagonia

Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia Camp