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Torres del Paine National Park
Vacation Travel Guide

Marvel at the dramatic granite columns of the Paine Towers, hike through diverse landscapes and go wildlife watching in this spectacular national park.  

Among the most unspoiled parts of the Earth, the Torres del Paine National Park stuns visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. Glaciers, snowy mountains, brilliant blue lakes and a plethora of exceptional wildlife can all be found within its boundaries. Trek along hiking trails and revel in the natural grandeur of its iconic granite pillars.

Before it became a national park in 1959, this region was used to graze sheep. These days, the park is popular among tourists who come to admire the striking stone spires of the Paine Towers. Take photos of these magnificent peaks, which can be seen looming over lakes and valleys from across the park. The majestic stone towers rise 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above the Patagonian plains.

The park has a variety of hiking trails. Walk the famous “W” route, which usually takes about 5 days. Find shelter and basic services at rest points along the trail. These spots are among the few places where cooking with a camp stove is permitted.

More ambitious hikers can tackle the longer circuit route, which will take about 9 days to complete. Arrange to see less-traveled parts of the park on a ranger-guided walk.

As you explore, be on alert for the fascinating animals that live here, such as the South American gray fox and the south Andean deer. The park is also home to guanacos, a smaller relative of the camel, as well as more than 270 plant species.

Stay the night at one of the designated camping sites or splurge for a luxury hotel near the park’s entrance. The best time of the year to visit is between December and February, when daylight hours are longest. For much of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, the park is in darkness.

Torres del Paine National Park is in the northern part of the Magallanes and Antártica Chilena region. Buses to here depart from the town of Puerto Natales. An admission fee is charged for the park, though Chilean nationals and children can get discounts.

Top Hotels Close to Torres del Paine National Park

Refugio Vértice Paine Grande Hostel
Refugio Vértice Paine Grande Hostel
2 out of 5
Sector Paine Grande Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Torres Del Paine
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Situated in a national park, this hostel is steps from Lago Pehoe and Torres del Paine National Park. Mirador Glacier Grey and Grey Lake are also within 6 mi ...

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explora Patagonia - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Torres del Paine National Park, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
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Situated on a lake, this all-inclusive property is in the same region as Salto Chico Falls, Salto Grande, and Torres del Paine National Park. Regional attractions ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
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"The hotel is in the middle of the park, and all the activities are within short distance. If you are into trekking and exploring Patagonia, this is for you. The hotel has activities and excursions fitting all ages and abilities; and there are lots of activities to choose from. You always go in small ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2019

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Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
2 out of 5
Sector Refugio Grey, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres Del Paine
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Situated in a national park, this hostel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Torres del Paine National Park, Mirador Glacier Grey, and Grey Lake. Lago Pehoe and Serrano ...

Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
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5/5 - Excellent

Beth

Jan 29, 2019

Fabulous!

5/5 - Excellent

Jackson

Oct 20, 2018

Fill up your vehicle I’m Puerto Natales or Rio Turnio (AR) to handle more than one trip into the park. The roadside sign for Hostería Mirador del Paine is “Estancia Lazo.” The 25 km drive to the ranch has wildlife in great abundance; drive slowly and enjoy.

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Best Lodging Options Near Torres del Paine National Park

Refugio Vértice Paine Grande Hostel
Refugio Vértice Paine Grande Hostel
2 out of 5
Sector Paine Grande Torres del Paine, Torres del Paine National Park, Torres Del Paine
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explora Patagonia - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Torres del Paine National Park, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
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Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
2 out of 5
Sector Refugio Grey, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres Del Paine
Refugio Vertice Grey Hostel
Hotel Lago Grey
Hotel Lago Grey
3.5 out of 5
Sector Lago Grey S/N, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
The price is $300 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Hotel Lago Grey
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
Hotel Las Torres Patagonia
3.5 out of 5
Estancia Cerro Paine s/n, Sector Laguna Amarga, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
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Ecocamp Patagonia
Ecocamp Patagonia
3 out of 5
Torres Del Paine National Park, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
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Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa
Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa
4 out of 5
Torres Del Paine, Sector Pueblito Serrano, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa
Hostería Mirador del Payne
Hostería Mirador del Payne
3 out of 5
Y-180, Estancia Lazo, Torres Del Paine, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica
Hostería Mirador del Payne
Tiny House Torres del Paine
Tiny House Torres del Paine
2.5 out of 5
Refugio Laguna Amarga, Cruce Y-166, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Torres Del Paine, Magallanes
Tiny House Torres del Paine
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