For this experience, we take you deep into the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, famed for its awe-inspiring mountains and iconic granite peaks. This is an a la carte experience, which we can tailor to suit your interests, whether that be some leisurely nature walking, a challenging trek, horse riding or boat navigation. In small groups, you will be guided by knowledgeable expert guides, who will point out the natural history highlights and enlighten you with flavours and facts about Patagonia.
For options, please click on the Itinerary tab where you will find a sample 7 day itinerary starting and ending in Argentina's El Calafate. Our tailor-made journeys TDP can start or end there, or in Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales.
Within approximately 227,298 hectares, the Torres del Paine National Park comprises ancient forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and fjords and is home to some 25 species of mammal and over 100 species of bird. The most common wildlife to encounter include guanacos, foxes, rheas and South Andean Deer. Birdlife is in abundance here, including the Andean Condor with a wingspan of up to 3.2 metres.
Paine Grande boasts the park's highest peak (3,050m), meanwhile The French Valley is home to some of the most beautiful rock formations, including Los Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns). Whilst these are far from being the highest peaks in the Andes, these mountains start from a low altitude so you can enjoy steep and dramatic mountain splendour without the low oxygen experienced at higher altitudes.
Three different types of vegetation grow within Torres del Paine:
Patagonian Steppe consists of desert shrubs and tuft grasses resistant to harsh winds & weather.
Pre-Andean Shrubland: evergreen shrubs like the edible but thorny calafate or box-leaved barberry bush.
Magellanic Deciduous Forest: deciduous Antarctic Beech trees lining the park's gorges.
Andean Desert: a landscape with sparse vegetation tolerant to low temperatures and low precipitation.
Among the National park's most scenically dramatic features are its glaciers, including the hanging French Glacier and the 14km Grey Glacier. These glaciers are fed by an ice cap that drapes over the Torres del Paine mountains and which fill the beautiful Lago Grey. One cannot help but be amazed by the lakes that reside within Torres del Paine, most of which are an intense yet milky turquoise colour, caused by the rock flour particles left from glacial erosion.
Due to the vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent, the Patagonian Andes is exposed to the wind. Furthermore, the influence from the strong marine currents and Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather here hard to predict. During the summer you can expect an average temperature of ~15°C, reaching 24°C max. However, be prepared to experience all 4 seasons in one day and feel the elements that contributes to the unique life and colour of Torres del Paine.
We operate your experiences of this area based from two quite different types of accommodation. Firstly, we can base you at a former ranch which has been converted into a modern hotel, that still retains its historic Patagonian charm.
Alternatively, we can base you at a unique tented camp hotel, inspired by the early nomadic Patagonian inhabitants the Kaweskar. Both options are set at the foot of the majestic Torres del Paine mountain range, enabling you to immerse yourself completely in this wonderful environment.
08 Sep 2019 - 17 Apr 2020
from US$ 1,760
(6 days) based on 2 people sharing
Accommodation upgrade in Torres del Paine from US$ 320 per person
Single supplement from US$ 375 (El Calafate Hotel & airport transfers)
Single supplement in Torres del Paine can be avoided if you choose to share (basic accommodation only)
15 Sep 2019 - 30 Apr 2020
from US$ 2,280
(6 days) based on 2 people sharing
Room upgrade in Torres del Paine from US$135 per person
Single supplement from US$595
Room or hotel upgrades are available.
All ground transport as indicated in itinerary
Transport to / from Torres del Paine
English speaking guides
Park fees for Torres del Paine National Park.
Meals: Day 2:Breakfast & Dinner, Day 2-4: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Day 5: Breakfast & Lunch, Day 6 & 7: Breakfast
Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
Items not mentioned in the itinerary
Items of personal nature
Activity Level: Medium - Demanding
Standard of Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in El Calafate or Punta Arenas, choice of hotel or unique tented camp in Torres del Paine.
Hotel: Choose between Mountain or Garden View Twin, Double or Triple Rooms
Luxury Tented Camp: Choose between Standard, Superior or Suite
Standard (10m²/108ft²): Compact, yet charming. Twin or double beds. No electricity or heating. Shared gender divided bathrooms.
Superior (23 mt² / 250 ft²): Queen size or twin beds. Propane heater in bedroom. En-suite bathroom. State of the art composting toilet.
Suite (28m² / 300ft²): Spacious with open terrace & enclosed porch. King size or twin beds. Low-emission wood stove. Propane heater in bathroom. State of the art composting toilet. Safe.