A day in Torres del Paine
From turquoise blue lakes with islands, to green forests, snow-covered mountains, jagged rock peaks and glaciers, Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia has it all.
Torres del Paine is the most magical place and it would be a sin not to visit if you are traveling to Patagonia.There are several ways to explore the national park; multi-day treks are a great way to immerse yourself in this natural wonderland but if you are time-poor or hate the idea of venturing into the wild for days on end, day hikes are available, as well as more leisurely day tours of the park.
While Nick and I completed the five day W trek which covers around 80km of Torres del Paine, we also went on a private day tour which allowed us to explore at a slower pace and see a different side of the park. Our day trip to Torres del Paine was booked through Chile Tour Patagonia and included a private vehicle, driver, guide and packed lunch. We have had too many bad experiences with large bus tours taking us to tourist-trap shops and stopping at the destinations too briefly that we decided a private tour would be a more enjoyable way to see Torres del Paine. We left from Puerto Natales in the morning and enjoyed the breath-taking views during the two hour journey to the park.
The highlight of the day was walking to Lake Grey where we saw gigantic ice-bergs that had fallen from glacier grey and drifted toward the shore. Getting up close to these was unreal and something that we didn’t come across on the hike. We also saw waterfalls, rainbows and many guanacos. The best part about being on a private tour was being able to ask the driver to stop at certain places so we could take photos and having our guide take us to spots that weren’t crowded with hundreds of tourists.
Our guide Tomas was like a walking encyclopaedia; he knew everything about the park and we learned so much from him about the flora, fauna, rock formations and history of the park. After completing the W trek by ourselves, it was really eye-opening to have someone educate us more about this part of the world we had just immersed ourselves in for the past five days.
Here are some moments from our day in the park with Chile Tour Patagonia: