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Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine
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The only constant about the weather in this region is that it changes. It is often windy, with sunny days changing to rainy days in minutes. It is far south at 52° South of the equator, and therefore cool in the short summer and cold in the longer winter months. All activities in this part of the world will be outdoor and travellers need to take appropriate clothing such as sturdy boots, waterproof and warm parka jacket, outdoor trousers, fleece, hat and gloves (even in the summer because it is very cold near to glaciers).

Punta Arenas

Flight: From Santiago the flight time is about 4 hrs, often via Puerto Montt. The city of Punta Arenas is not known for its beauty or anything of particular interest; however, it is a stop off place for those arriving off the cruise ships that dock here as well as a resting stop for people who wish to take their time when exploring the area. There are some excursions to penguin colonies from Punta Arenas.

Puerto Natales

Located about 254 km from Punta Arenas, which is about a 3 hr drive from Punta Arenas airport. A small town sitting on the shores of the Sound of \\\"Last Hope\\\". Puerto Natales serves as a base from which people can rest prior to continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park, which is about a 3 hr drive away. The scenery facing the town is stunningly beautiful and tranquil.

Torres del Paine National Park

Nearest City with Airport: Punta Arenas The drive time is about 5hr 30 min north from Punta Arenas. Most people sensibly stagger their trip by stopping over night at Puerto Natales, which is almost half way between Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine.

The Park covers 182,000 hectares and is the jewel in Chile is tourist crown. Just why it is worth travelling 4 hrs from Santiago on a plane and then driving a further 5 hrs by car is only apparent when you stand and stare at the almost unbelievable sight of a mountain range that appears to stand all on its own in the middle of an otherwise flat plateau. Within this \\\"mountain range\\\", or central massif, are three towers of almost vertical rock that rise up from the ground as though God has decided to \\\"ram\\\" them up through the Earth is crust. Equally impressive, if not more so, are the \\\"Cuernos del Paine\\\" (horns of Paine), covered in snow at different levels and supporting blue-white blobs of ice otherwise called hanging glaciers. Surrounding this jaw-dropping spectacle is a natural wilderness of turquoise-coloured lakes, waterfalls, glaciers (especially Grey glacier) and rivers. The sight of the central massif is truly stunning and draws people from all over the world. Visitors tend to trek the paths around the central massif and do one of two routes called the \\\"W\\\" or the \\\"Circuit\\\". Each route takes a number of days, involves serious trekking and requires pre-booked accommodation in a number of hiker is hostels called \\\"refugios\\\" (refuge). For the less hardy there are also a number of excellent-level hosterias, which are in reality hotels from where it is easy to drive out to stunning beauty spots as well as participate in some excursions such as visiting Grey glacier, horse rising, or some trekking. We can, of course make all arrangements, please just email us. One of our specialities is to get people in to Torres del Paine by zodiac dingy up river!