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Refugio El Chileno

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't bring the PDI print out that was issued by the Chilean immigration and was asked to pay 9000 CLP as GST, even though I showed them my passport. No other refugios did this, except Chileno. This is also the only refugio that prohibit wearing boots into the refugio, no other refugios have rule like this. If you book...

Thank Jollyshandy
San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had to book at this refugio with full board (expensive for what you get) because we had not made reservations earlier to stay at the other campsites. Its perfectly located (about 1.5 hours to the towers, giving you enough time to arrive from the Central campsite below, drop your packs and hike up and down before dinner). However, the...

Thank DonnaMinne
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Good living/dining area but that's it. It is not allowed to cook in the refugio and was not mentioned anywhere when making the booking. They do not allow you to use your stove so your only solutions are 1/not eat, 2/make sure you have food that do not need cooking, 3/ pay the expensive diner option. Extremely busy place around...

Thank Etienne M
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Smallest and most remote refugio on the W trek. Have hot water and the bathrooms are ok. Really annoying is that you have to take full board as a camper (which is completely overpriced). We decided to stay in the refugio, but brought our own food. As there is no camping kitchen, we couldn't boil water anywhere. It wasn't possible...

1Thank Melanie W
Wenatchee, Washington
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We stayed at the end of the o circuit and it was not our favorite refugio but the dinner was really good. Three are 3 level of bunk beds with the highest quiet a way off the floor. As an older person I was able to get a lower bunk. Very crowded locaiton but what a location it is.

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

The chef and the ranger did their outermost to make our stay good! Excellent service with good and filling food. We were having a great laugh with the personnel. Felt like home! Cosy camping with all facilities needed (toilet, shower). The camping had a few trees which protect your tent from sun, wind and rain.

Thank Daniel T
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Great place to stay when trekking W-Circuit. Clean sorrounding, partial view of Base Torres. Close to Paine Grande river. The New Year's Eve 2017 Party was a surprise good food, music and lots of fun.

Thank Rivero R
Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The night in El Chileno was the 7th and the last of my O trek. I didn't get the camp spot at Torres as it was full and had to book at El Chileno with a mandatory food board. I was trekking solo and had a 20+kg backpack and was planning to order a few meals on the trek but...

2Thank never_too_serious
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 16 January 2017

After lots of planning had this refugio as our 1st overnight for our E to W trek. Unfortunately, stroked heavy rain during our climb and by the time we got there were soaked as did every other visitors which got to be very unpleasant on arrival – everyone having to take their shoes off just by the entrance, plus trying...

Thank BRI1811027
New York City, New York
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is a small refugio compared to the others and it doesn't have much common space. That said, all of the staff here were extremely friendly and helpful and we had a DELICIOUS gourmet-style meal for dinner. The packed lunch was pretty standard but it included an orange, which was a nice touch. Also, this refugio provided warm sleeping bags...

Thank Jane P

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Refugio El Chileno is located on the way to "Mirador Base Torres" a "must" in Torres del Paine, it is 2 hour from Las Torres sector. Many visitors pass through here on their trek to the base to recover energies and drink a nice hot chocolate.We highly recommend to stay here and wake up before sunrise to the base to see the red and orange colors of it reflected on the granite towers (sunrise hour depends on the month).Here you´ll find the Refugio, camping a little store and our Restaurant where you can have all your meals.At El Chileno we produce almost all of our energy, using a wind turbine combined with a diesel engine and batteries, we also do not use here high demand energy devices, please help us to take care of our energy.The only way to get to El Chileno is by trekking or horse, even for our staff, meals and all supplies - when you get here think about how we did it with the stoves, eggs, fridge, etc....Useful info: bring sandals for showers, towel (rental available).For tax exemption, do not forget to bring your passport, immigration card given when enter to Chile and foreign currency (tax exemption not available for camping guests) ... more   less 

Additional Information about Refugio El Chileno

Address: Torres del Paine | Estancia Cerro Paine, Torres del Paine National Park 610000, Chile
Region: Chile > Magallanes Region > Torres del Paine National Park
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Refugio El Chileno Torres Del Paine National Park, Aisen Region, Chile
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“You probably don't get to choose the location of your tent, but low numbers are closest to the bathrooms.”
  • Tents in the trees courtesy of Afri-Unique Tours
 of 5 bubbles DonnaMinne, 8 Mar 2017 | Read review
“bring your own camping equipment, dont rent”
 of 5 bubbles MR_Romano, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Avoid the third level bunk!”
 of 5 bubbles CharlieOrlando, 28 Nov 2016 | Read review
“camp down by the river, it gets busy but there's alwasy space up away from the main restaurant, shop etc”
 of 5 bubbles Intuitivetraveller, 15 Aug 2016 | Read review
“I stayed in a tent which was awesome but if you stay in room good for you. Take shower slippers. lol”
 of 5 bubbles krlzk, 5 May 2016 | Read review
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