Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine Tips

PUERTO NATALES
The town serves as a hub for preparing to trek the Torres del Paine. You can get everything you need here, but the prices are not cheap. Try to bring most gear from a bigger city.



Accommodations:
Hostal de los Castillos- Pretty good but some rooms are nicer than others. Tel. (56-61) 413641

*There are lots of hotels/hostels but they book up really fast so try to make a reservation ahead of time.

Dining:
Masay- great sandwiches (skip the pizza), located at Manuel Bulnes 427.

Transportation:
Flights- limited direct service run by Sky Airlines.

Buses Gomez- to get to Torres del Paine, depart at 7:00 and 14:30, book in town and they will pick you up at your accommodation, www.busesgomez.com

Buses Zaahj- to get to El Calafate, Argentina, www.turismozaahj.co.cl
Definitely book buses to Argentina ahead of time, they fill up, and seats are numbered.


TORRES DEL PAINE



There are a number of ways to see the park:
*all-inclusive hotel vacations with day trips
*trekking the W (can camp or stay in lodges) appx. 5 days
*trekking the Circuit (must camp) appx. 10 days.

Plan your route by checking out the following map:
http://fsexpeditions.com/booking_hiker/torres_del_paine_map.html

Lodges (refugios)- are run by two companies and should be booked ahead of time during high season:
Fantastico Sur- http://www.fslodges.com/en.html
Vertices- http://www.verticepatagonia.cl/

Park entrance fee- 15000 CLP/foreigner, discount for Chileans.


MORE IN THE BLOG:
Torres del Paine 1
Torres del Paine 2
Torres del Paine 3
Torres del Paine 4
Torres del Paine 5
Puerto Natales

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