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What to do in Torres del Paine?

Mariana Campos

Giselle Galvão, Getty Images, Publicity

Are you going to Torres del Paine? To get there, you will probably have to pass through Punta Arenas; check out the LATAM Travel tour.

 

Day 1 • Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

The first thing you’ll notice upon arrival in Magallanes is the fresh air. Really fresh! From the airport, take a 3-hour ride to Puerto Natales on a road that foreshadows what's coming next: pampas, guanacos, and huge rock walls on the horizon.

 

You can stay in the city or in Torres del Paine National Park, whose entrance is 90 minutes away. The cold windy road is one of Patagonia's trademarks. The first stop is at the huge and impressive Cueva del Milodón. Bring a snack: since there's no time to waste, have lunch on the go.

 

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Lake Pehoé

Once inside the park, Lake Pehoé offers a great view of the Cordillera Paine. The fearless types can even dive in the freezing turquoise-blue waters. Nearby, Lake Nordenskjöld makes tourists breathless with its view to Cerro Paine Grande and its majestic glaciers. A beautiful scenery that lights up as the sun goes down.

 

Day 2 • Lake Grey

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After a Patagonian-style breakfast with pan amasado, eggs, and jam, the day starts with a walk along the Lake Grey shore, from where the homonymous glacier can be seen. The 100-foot [30 m] tall giant has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You can get pretty close to it by boat, to the point of listening to the intriguing noise through the frozen block cracks. It's worth bringing a good camera and maybe even a bottle of whiskey. Don't bother bringing ice: there's plenty there.

 

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Hotel Costraustralis in Puerto Natales

Special thanks: SERNATUR, IMAGINADORA, Kipaventour Patagonie, Hoteles Australis (Hotel Cabo de Hornos in Punta Arenas and Hotel Costraustralis in Puerto Natales).

 

Buy a complete package with accommodations and tours in the destination with LATAM Travel or at latam.com

LATAM has direct flights to Punta Arenas from Santiago, Puerto Montt, Concepción and two other cities.