Torres Del Paine
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Torres Del Paine national park is stunning, it was great to get to see it at a different time of year. Now there is much less snow and flowers are starting to appear on the ground.
If you are heading to Torres national park and your on a budget its good to know how much you can expect to spend.
The entrance fee into the park is a hefty $50,000 CLP!!! Im not sure what all this money goes to but its not negotable so be prepared to pay this. In the park you'll probably also go onto the Catamaran at somepoint to take you over or back from Paine Grande. This costs $11,000 CLP one way or $18,000 CLP return.
In the park you have the choice at staying at refugios and paying about $20,000 CLP a night to have a bed, but no food included. This is about another $9,000 CLP a day for dinner and obviously extra if you want to buy breakfast or lunch as well. We decided to take the cheaper option and camp!
I have a tent already so it saved me renting one, however my tent is not designed well for the wind. I think we would of been much more comfortable if we had rented one of the more profession ones that are up for rent everywhere in Natales. Camping also has its only costs as well. Food wasnt a problem as we took enough for all our meals in the park and rented a small stove to cook them on. To stay in the camp sites you have to pay a fee per person. We ended up only camping in two places, Paine Grande which is $4,500 a night per person and Torres Camping $4,000 a night per person. Our last night we stayed with the guards in Laguna Armarga as my friend works there.
The last few we ended up paying was a transfer cost from Laguna Armaga to Torres Camping/Hosteria. This costs a further $2,500 per person each way.
Dont let all the costs put you off as it really is worth it but its good to be aware. Our hiking journey wasnt the full W but we got to see everything we wanted. Thats the great thing about this place you can decide exactly what it is you want to see.
Day 1. Arrived at the park from Puerto Natales, trasferred over to the catamaran. Caught the 12 midday catamaran over to Paine Grande (there are two a day 12pm and 6pm). Hiked to Glacier Grey...took us 8 hours so arrived back late to campsite. Slept outside Paine Grande.
Day 2. Woke up early and hiked from Paine Grande up through Valley de Frances. This was beautiful, my first time travelling through this part of the park. Arrived back at Paine Grande at 4.30pm. Whole walk took 6 hours round trip. Dinner and then took 6.30pm cataraman back over (there are two a day from this side 12.30pm and 6.30pm). Took a bus back to Laguna Armarga and from there caught a transfer to Torres Camping. Slept outside at Torres Camping
Day 3. Weather wasnt great today so decided not to walk all the way to Torres mirador. Instead went for a couple of hours to stretch legs. Got 7pm transfer back to Laguna Armaga. Stayed the night in lovely warm guard accomodation!
Day 4. Caught our exit bus from Laguna Armaga at 2pm back to Puerto Natales, and managed to drop everything off and collect everything in time to catch a 5pm bus back to Punta Arenas! Exhausted checked into Hostel Calafate. It was expensive but we couldnt be bothered to check out anywhere else at this point. It was $23,000 CLP a night for a twin room. Slept as much as possible.
Day 5. Very early morning flight back to Santiago. Very sad to leave once again this amazing place.