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Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine
Travel Planning
Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine

Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine at a Glance

Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine is one of Patagonia's most rugged and beautiful landscapes. Despite the difficulty in traveling to the park, thousands of visitors descend on it yearly to hike, horseback ride, camp or stay in lodgings. It is a serious endeavor to get from civilization to the wild, untamed mountains above the Patagonian Steppe. Once you are there, it's important to plan for the remoteness of the landscape and the fairly unpredictable weather.

Visitors love the famous W Hike that takes them past the three salmon colored granite towers that give the park its name. Elsewhere, giant glaciers slide into lakes and it is necessary to hire a boat to take you past them. No matter where you turn, you'll be astounded by the park's scenic beauty. Even if the torres hide behind clouds for days, you're sure to see dramatic valleys, snow capped mountains and rare plants and animals.

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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Visitors to Chile do not need a tourist visa if they intend to stay for fewer than 90 days. Upon arrival at the Santiago Airport, tourists must pay a $160 U.S fee for a tourist card, which must remain with them until their departure. For more information, contact a Chilean Consulate. American citizens can use the U.S State Department's website as a resource as well.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Bus Sur
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events The park has a rapidly changing and sometimes nasty climate. Howling winds are the norm from December to February. Travelers must come prepared with warm clothes at all times of year. Earth quakes can occur.

      Safety Concerns: The park is very remote so it is important to plan ahead. Bring extra supplies, batteries and keep a set of dry clothes available to you.

      Health Concerns: Visitors should be aware of the very thin ozone layer. Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Bring hats and protective clothing. Purify water to protect yourself from parasites and diseases.