TORRES DEL PAINE BY TRUCK OVERLAND 4×4 – FULL DAYfrom
From El Calafate
Optional Drop Off in Torres del Paine
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Budget, Charming, Classic, Family-friendly, Farm, Forest, Hiking, Ice Trekking, Lake, Mountain, Navigation, Quiet, Romantic, Rural, Seaside, Sports, Trekking, Trendy
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
We leave the hotels in El Calafate as from 7:00 AM. After crossing the Patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post “Cancha Carrera” after a 2,5 hs trip. There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the Torres del Paine National Park(“Blue Towers” in the Tehuelche language due to the predominant color).
The trip from El Calafate to the National Park Torres del Paine takes 3,5 hs. Once in the park, we will combine rides in our exclusive Overland 4×4 truck and hikes, as there are many roads that go along the park and hundreds of hiking paths from one side to another.
As we organize this excursion in small groups we can adapt the itinerary and hikes
depending on the profile of the passengers, choosing the paths that fit better. By default, the level of difficulty of the activities in our programs is low, having the chance to change it for a higher level is the group asks for it. All the walks are done with our authorized trekking guides.
Onboard of our Overland trucks, we will go to strategic places from where we will start the hikes that will allow us to get to the viewpoints where we will have the most beautiful sights of the park.
Around noon, we will offer you a picnic at the mountain, in front of Paine waterfall, protected by our Overland Trucks. The lunch boxes are included and are abundant, which allows us to keep the adventurers fed during the entire day.
The places and viewpoints enjoyed during this experience depend on the weather
conditions, and it is left to the discretion of the tour guide.
Generally, if the Towers are being sighted since the morning, we enter the Park through Laguna Amarga (panoramic views of the Towers), once we arrive there, we descend and make the picnic in the River Paine bank. Those passengers that choose to have lunch in this place, will find tables and benches in a wonderful environment and also protected from the wind. Those who want to enjoy an extreme experience will be able to put their lunch boxes in their backpacks and take a walk with the tour guide through the Fauna Path to have lunch in a panoramic viewpoint. This is a 50 minute walk, with some difficulty, as it is
Once back on track, and after stopping in different viewpoints (Laguna de los Cisnes, Mirador Superior del Nordenskjold), we arrive to Salto Grande, from where we take a walk towards the Cuernos del Paine Viewpoint on the side of Lake Nordenskjold. This is a 2 hour guided walk.
After this walk, we continue in the vehicle up to a new viewpoint, this time near Lake Pehoe, from where you will enjoy one of the most famous views of the National Park, with the “Cuernos” and the French Valley on the background, framed by Lakes Pehoe and Nordenskjold. From there you will be able to catch sight of Mount Paine Grande and the Almirante Nieto. Then, we head back to El Calafate.
Optional Dropp Off in Torres del Paine: this option is avaible everyday during October to April. The passengers that to stay in the National Park Torres del Paine can do it by getting out of the car in Amarga Lagoon, Estancia Pudeto, Hosteria Pehoe or Explora hotel (combined with Puerto Natales).
Extra Charge in optional Dropp Off: when the passanger stays in Hosteria Serrano, Lago Gray hotel or at the CONAF Administration. In this case, the passenger will travel in buses to their respective hotels. The transfer will be at 2:30 p.m. and the arrival at hotels will vary between 3 and 3:30 p.m. according to the route of the day. It is very important to inform hotel name in destination at the time of booking.
Recommendation: wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Take a wind stopper jacket.
Duration: 14 hours.
-Regular tour departs daily, from Octorber to March, or Monday, Wednesday and Saturday during September and April. Pick up time 07.00 am.
-Private tour departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.
- Pick up and Drop Off at your hotel;
- English Speaking guide.
- Entrece fee to National Park Torres del Paine;
- 6.45 to 7 EL CALAFATE
Pick up from your hotel. Wait tolarence: 5 minutes.
- 7.20 EL CALAFATE
Leaving El Calafate to start the tour.
- 9.50 BORDER BETWEEN CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Arrive to the border where the passengers will be assisted by the guides with the migration procedures.
- 11.30 SARMIENTO LAKE IN
First stop in panoramic point: panoramic view of the Macizo.
- 11.45 NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL PAINE
Stop to see some guanacos.
- 12 AMARGA LAGOON
Tour along the coast of Amarga Lagoon to access the best panoramic view of the Torres, stop and short walk.
- 12.20 PAINE FALL
- 13 AMARGA LAGOON
In it’s porter lodge the passengers will have to pay the entrence fee and can go the bathroom.
- 13.10 LARGA LAGOON - MARIPOSA LAGOON
Panoramic point without leaving the vehicules.
- 13.30 MIRADOR SUPERIOR OF NORDENSJORLD LAKE
15 minutes stop in panoramic view of the Horns.
- 14 SALTO GRANDE - NORDENSKJOLD LAKE
Arrive to Salto Grande. 50 minutes walk tour (if the weather is good, the walk will last more than an hour and the passengers will go to the Nordenskjold Lake so they can appreciate the Paine’s Horns more closely).
Before the walk, the passengers staying in Hosteria Serrano, Tyndall, Grey o CONAF Administration will take the buses to their accommodation.
- 16 PUERTO PUDETO
Stop in Puerto Pudeto and drop off of the passangers that stays in the Night Refugee in Paine Grande.
- 16.10 PEHOE LAKE - FRENCH VALLEY - PAINE'S HORN
Stop in paronamic point of the Pehoe Lake with the French Valley and the Paine’s Horns in the back.
- 16.30 PEHOE LAKE
Drop off of the passengers in Hosteria Pehoe.
- 17.20 AMARGA LAGOON
Drop off of the passengers in Amarga Lagoon staying in Las Torres or Eco Camp to take the buses to their accommodation.
- 17.20 CASTILLO HILL
Stop to drink some coffee, go to the bathroome and buy souvenirs.
Drop off of the passengers staying in Puerto Natales so they take the buses to their accommodation. Arriving to Puerto Natales approximately at 19.30.
- 18 ORDER BETWEEN CHILE AND ARGENTINA
Cross the border.
- 21 EL CALAFATE
Arrive in El Calafate. Normal arrival time between 20.30 and 23.00.