The classic Horns of Paine, Paine Towers, are the iconic attractions in Torres del Paine, a world-class destination that rewards visitors who reach the viewpoints. Choose from 2 options: the Torres del Paine W trek, 7 days/6 nights, and a shorter 5 days/4 night program. On the longer trip, you do the classic W Torres del Paine route through the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. The shorter version retains all the highlights, with less strenuous hiking overall. Both offer a wealth of wildlife, intriguing vegetation in the southern beech forests and, looming over everything, the tremendous mountains.
The soaring granite peaks of Los Cuernos, as viewed looking north across Lake Pehoe in Torres del Paine National Park, are among the best-known mountain images in all of Patagonia. Linking the valleys and lakes beneath these peaks, the trail network in the crown jewel of Chile’s National Parks offers visitors some of the world’s classic short treks.
Your days spent hiking beneath the glaciers, by clear-running rivers, alongside turquoise lakes, and through native forests are exhilarating and inspirational. Patagonia’s unique wildlife, abundant in the park, includes troops of guanacos (the wild relative of the llama), plus flamingos, many migratory birds, and Austral parakeets. Pumas and condors are more elusive, and are rarely seen.
It is a long journey to reach Torres del Paine National Park, but the rewards are great. Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas airport, a 4-hour flight. Then it’s a 3-hour drive to Puerto Natales and then another 2 hours to reach the park. Given the park’s remoteness, the pace on our 7-day program allows you sufficient time to appreciate the magnificent setting and explore the spectacular backcountry.