A journey through the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park is no small feat. To fully experience this rugged and beautiful landscape, it requires driving, hiking, horseback riding, and boating in unpredictable conditions. But the rewards are unparalleled: sunsets on the lagoon, hikes to the edges of glaciers, and sweeping views that will get your heart racing.
When to Go: Torres del Paine National Park enjoys its warmest weather from October into April, though temperatures rarely rise above 68°F. Be prepared for changeable and very windy conditions.
What to Know: Puerto Natales is the closest big town; buses travel the four-hour route to and from the park (quicker if by car). Accommodations range from design-forward upscale lodges to campsites and dormlike refugio rooms. Torres del Paine National Park charges an entrance fee: for adults in high season, 18,000 Chilean pesos ($28); low season, 10,000 CLP ($16).
Go With Nat Geo: National Geographic Expeditions offers several trips to this Chilean national park, from the 13-day “Patagonia Hiking Adventure” to a 20-day small-ship cruise, “Rounding the Cape: Chilean Patagonia & Argentina’s Staten Island.” Or stay put at the architecturally striking Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.
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