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Advice on a three night trip to Torres del Paine

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Advice on a three night trip to Torres del Paine

I will be coming in from El Calafate.

Looking at the second week of November this year. We like the outdoors, but only want to do day hikes in the park.

Question is - looks like most of the accommodations in the park are fully booked (or very expensive). Since we do not have a car and will be coming from Argentina, where would be the best place (or town) to stay that would give easy access to the park, that minimizes travel time.

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1. Re: Advice on a three night trip to Torres del Paine

Hello. Many hotels right in TdP are quite expensive, and most TdP hotels require car rentals since they’re not on the park bus route. The only hotel with direct bus and transfer access is Hotel Las Torres, which usually costs about $350-400 U.S. per night, including breakfast. Right nearby is Refugio Torre Central, with dormitory-style accommodations that usually cost about $120 U.S. per person per night, not including breakfast. If you rent a car in Puerto Natales (Newen car rental offers both automatic and manual transmission cars), you can stay in less expensive hotels like Hotel Lago Tyndall (if available for your dates) in the Serrano village sector just south of the southern TdP Serrano entrance station.

You have a few options. You could use Always Glaciers (contact them at info@alwaysglaciers.com or transito@alwaysglaciers.com for prices and schedules) and Southroad (see the link below) for a direct transfer from El Calafate to TdP. This usually costs about $180 U.S. per person since it includes their Full Day TdP tour, which usually includes a short walk to the Salto Grande waterfall in the middle of TdP and maybe the short walk to the Lago Grey shoreline. You could get off at the Amarga TdP entrance station at the end of the tour and take the Hotel Las Torres shuttle to either the hotel or Refugio Torre Central for a few nights. The hotel shuttle is free for hotel guests; last season, it cost about 3000 Chilean pesos per person or about $5 U.S. for non-hotel guests for the one-way trip. If you stay at Hotel Las Torres or Refugio Torre Central, you can hike the popular Towers trail right from the Hotel Las Torres parking lot (it takes about 7-8 hours roundtrip and climbs about 75-800 meters; hotel guests sometimes have the day trip option to use horses to climb the first 300 meters up the trail to Refugio El Chileno). Refugio Torre Central is about 15 minutes by foot from the hotel. From the hotel, you can also walk the W trail for about 2 hours one-way to Lago Nordernskjold and just turn back; this is a mostly flat trail. Here is more information about the Southroad transfer from El Calafate, Hotel Las Torres, the refugio, and a park map:





Another option is to take a bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales (about 5 ½ hours or so, it depends upon how many people are crossing the borders when you are there). You can stay at a hotel or hostel in Puerto Natales and take day trips to TdP from there. Since the TdP Amarga entrance station is about 2 ½ hours from Puerto Natales, this means several hours in tour vans to and from the park. I don’t know your dates, but when I looked at November 6-9, I saw availability at the Weskar Patagonia Lodge, the Noi Indigo, and private double rooms available at the less expensive The Singing Lamb Hostel at about $84 U.S. per night. You can use these hotels for day trips like the Full Day TdP tour or use a company like Patagonia Adventure (or other companies) for this day trip. You can also use Patagonia Adventure for their Towers hike day trip from Puerto Natales. Of course, you can look at Tripadvisor reviews for other hotels or hostels that you might like better.









Good luck with your planning.

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