Big W sleeping options
Torres Del Paine, Chile
Big W sleeping options Torres Del Paine Reviews
Torres del Paine: How to do the W cheaply but still have fun! Nov 30, 2008
Torres del Paine is a great experience and should be done by anyone who can get down to the bottom of Chile.
There are refugios all along the route of the W, but they are extremely expensive and the food they offer is also very expensive. It was 40usd to stay in the refugios plus 20usd for food, per night. The camping is either free or a small fee.
You can live the whole outdoors experience in a tent and bring your own food in a backpack. I hired a tent and a gas stove from a shop in the centre of P.Natales, plus cooking equipment from Erratic Hostel and bought enough food for the trek and it all came in under 30000 pesos, roughly the cost of one night in the refugios.
The Erratic Rock hostel gives daily talks on the practicalities of the Torres del Paine treks, how to pack and what to pack. They also rent camping and cooking equipment very reasonably.
I started from the Park Visitor Centre and did the 18km walk into the first camp that most people arrive into by boat. Well worth it, especially the views as you first reach the lake Pehoé. http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/41009/Torres-del-Paine-43
I also recommend to walk up to the last camp, Campamiento Torres, rather than staying at Chileno (where the refugio is), because you are close enough to get up at daybreak and clamber up the hill to the Torres del Paine and see the sunrise. Fingers crossed you get to see the towers glowing red in the morning sun!
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Nov 05, 2006
Along the Big W you have3 options....
Camping is available at loads of sites along the trek - at areas called 'campamento...' it is free and the site will be minimal in provisions, at areas called 'camping...' the sites are Chilean $3500 per person including use of the attatched refugio, log fire and showers. You can rent sleeping bags and tents along the trail or from Puerto Natales.At Camping Refugio Pehoe, campers also get their own hut to use with free use of stoves and there is a fairly-well stocked shop but it is expensive.Refugios are good if you don't fancy camping but are Chilean $19,000 per bunk.Hot meals and snacks and supplies are available at the refugios. The eveningmeals are set 3-course affairs, breakfasts are buffets and packed lunches are also available.
You can get a catamaran boat from the middle bus stop in the park to Lago Pehoe refugio/campsite. It costs Chilean $11,000 each one way(about 30mins).The other option is to walk the 17.5km to the bus stop 'Administación'.
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