Chile

Trekking in Torres Del Paine

"You really do feel on the edge of the world".Sophia constant

The park is at sea level but the peaks soar to nearly 3,000 metres so you can trek and ride in spectacular scenery with the drama of coast and sea in close proximity.

A 2,400 square kilometre Biosphere Reserve dominated by the peaks of the Cordillera Del Paine, this is Patagonia at its best. Fitzroy National Park on the Argentine side of the border probably matches it for scenery and for the variety of climbing and trekking but, for those who want to appreciate the wild beauty of the scenery, lashed as it is by extreme weather often direct from Antarctica, and have the reassurance of a stylish and comfortable lodge at the end of the day then Torres Del Paine has no match.

Even in the peak season of November through March, with a bit of time in the region (we recommend between four and seven nights), we can ensure that you can trek on foot and ride on horseback to some of the most unspoilt and beautifully remote places on Earth. With the right planning and a bit of luck, you will have much of the place to yourselves.

Most people focus on a series of one day excursions out of one of the lodges in or on the edge of the Park but, for those with longer and a yearning for the truly wild, we are able to mount longer treks or journeys on horseback spending nights under canvas in the park or lodging in estancias on the edge of the Park.

Most people fly down to Punta Arenas via Puerto Montt from Santiago and take a long but beautiful drive into the Park but there are two truly special border crossing with Torres Del Paine as the starting-point or end destination which link it with the South of Argentina:

– For those who like a road trip, the journey across the wide open steppe of Patagonia dotted every hour or so with a remote estancia whipped by the wind is something of really special. You can take in the Perito Moreno glacier and Lago Argentina en route and, if the wild terrain of Torres Del Paine is not enough of the wild, Fitzroy National Park holds up well as a comparison.

– For those who want to experience the sea, rather than the long and usually fairly choppy journey along the coast from Puerto Montt which some do by cargo ship or the longer two week voyage to Antarctica, there is a very good ship which plies the more sheltered Beagle Channel in between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia in Argentina. You might get a rough day if you are unlucky and you don’t get the White Desert of Antarctica but it is a great three or four days to see this stunning area and its wildlife from the sea.