Torres del Paine full day tour
El Calafate excursiones y tours a Torres del Paine
.Season: September 01st to April 30th.
.Departures September and April: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
.Departures from October to March: Daily.
.Lasts: Full Day.
.Pick up time: + - 06.50 AM
.Return: + - 21.30 hours
.Physical Requirement: Moderate. Hikes are pending for short duration.
.Difficulty: Suitable for people between 8 and 75 years old. People suffering from disease risk, heart disease (bypass, stent), and disabling diseases in relation to mobility. We discourage that made people with back problems. .
.Ending options in the P.N.T.P or Pto Natales or with delayed return are possible with an additional.
.Distances within the park: 89 kms. Arrival time at the Park: 11.30 AM departure: 5PM. Photographic Stops: 8. Total walking time: 2 hours (Optional).
.Time of travel and distances: From Calafate to Frontera Argentinian Side (Cancha Carrera) 210kms - 2 hours 20 minutes.
.Customs times according to traffic. From Frontera Chilena (Cerro Castillo) to PN Torres del Paine (Lake Sarmiento de Gamboa) 35kms - 30 minutes.
Crossing the Patagonian steppe from north to south we will arrive at the border crossing of Cancha Carrera (2hs 20 min), from where we will begin to cross the Beautiful southern Chile until entering Torres del Paine National Park (Azules in Tehuelche language, in reference to the preponderant color), around 11.30hs
We will make the first panoramic stop on Lake Sarmiento with the entire Paine Range in front of us.
Reduced travel times are the result of the enormous benefits of using our latest generation Overland Truck 4x4, which allow excellent performance in the asphalt (even above conventional buses) and circulate on gravel almost as in the asphalt.
Thanks to the structural strength of these vehicles, we can use two old sections of the already disused Route 40 (El Cerrito - Tapi Aike / F Coyle - Cancha Carrera), which allows us to reduce some 200kms between rounds and avoid stopping to the bathroom during the tour, this generates a reduction of 2 total hours of travel to the conventional excursion. Important: See Notes at the end of this document
Once in the Paine, we will make several stops with descent (and some without descending thanks to the panoramic windows). We will stop in Lagos, Cascades, viewpoints, watching guanacos and foxes, among others.
On board our OVERLAND 4X4 TRUCKS we will visit the strategic points, from where we will undertake walks that allow us to access the viewpoints Panoramic views of the park's most important natural attractions.
By default we make a walk of technical difficulty low (Ver *) and minimum physical requirement, being able, if the group is shown, to make a tour of Greater demand. The trekking is done in the company of our trekking guides authorized by CONAF - Chile.
In the Laguna Amarga taking advantage of the potential of our 4x4 we will border the Laguna by its sandy coasts, to access the best panoramic of the Towers of the Paine. There we make a stop for a short hike.
Then we will continue towards the Paine Waterfall where we will descend to do the picnic on the bank of Paine River overlooking Las Torres. Lunch is out in the open protected by the vegetation, we will offer a picnic in the mountains, protected by the infrastructure of our Overland trucks. Meals are included and
Are abundant, so they keep the adventurers fed throughout the day. Important: See Notes at the end of this document.
Once again, and after stops in various viewpoints (Lagoon of the Swans, Upper Viewpoint of the Nordenskjold), we will arrive at Salto Grande, from where a hike to the Mirador de los Hornos del Paine on the shores of Lake Nordenskjold takes place, this hike is guided and takes about 2 hours in total (From 14 to 16 hours aprox).
After this walk, continue in the vehicle until a new viewpoint, this time in the vicinity of Lake Pehoe, from where you will have one of the most famous sights of the National Park, with the Horns and the French Valley in the background, framed by Pehoe and Nordenskjold lakes, from there you will also see, Monte Paine Grande and Admiral Grandson.
.This activity has daily quotas, it is recommended to book in advance to guarantee the tour.
.Ending options in the P.N.T.P or Pto Natales or with delayed return to El calafate its possible with an additional.
It is strictly forbidden to bring food and / or organic products to Chile (all types of meats, dairy products, sausages, fruits, vegetables, etc.).
The chilean customs use scanners. Fines up to US $ 500.-
.The tour operator can modify the itinerary or shorten the tour depending on the weather conditions in order to avoid accidents,
thus making the best of each tour
.For hotels outside the El Calafate city area please enquire.
.Services begin and end at the passenger's accomodation within the City of El Calafate , except for the navegation tours.
.Transportation to and from EL Calafate.
.Chilean spanish/English tour guide.
.Standard: Meat, cheese and golden onion sandwich, meat pie, dulce de leche alfajor, sweet pudding, nougat, 150cc fruit juice, 500c water, candies.
.Vegetarian: Large sandwich of sauteed vegetables, vegetable pie, dulce de leche alfajor, sweet pudding, nougat, 150cc fruit juice, 500c water, candies.
.Celíaca: Tray of meat with sautéed vegetables and chips, alfajor of rice, nougat, fruit juice 150cc, water 500c, candies.
.Entrance fee to the National Park Torres del Paine
.Chilenos Or resident in Chile: 3000.- Chilean pesos
.Extranjeros: 15,000 Chilean pesos = + - u $ d 35.- US Dollars
.Children under 14 are free.
.The entrance fee you will pay to the national park authorities the day of the tour.
.Childrens under 11 years old has discount.
Important - Booking conditions:
All reservations will be considered confirmed once downpayment is made. The confirmation is subject to availability at the time of requesting the reservation.
For making reservation we will need full details of passengers (Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Gender), Lodging.
Important: Foreign citizens with residence in Argentina must bring the passport of their country of origin.
Minors: Some tours have discount for minors, the tour operator will only confirm reservations with minor discount having a copy of the minor passport.
.Up to 15 days prior to the service: no penalty. All refunds will have a 10% charge to cover bank/administration fees.
.Between 14 and 8 days prior service, 50% penalty
.Between 7 and 0 days prior service, 100% penalty
Any trip changes or reschedule can be considered a cancellation, please ask.
If there are services of a third party with more restrictive conditions, these ones will govern. Please ask cancellation policy of your trip.
Citizens of Canada and Australia must have the reciprocity fee printed for showing it at the border. More information of argentinian migrations at
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/indexN.php - Chilean migrations at http://chileabroad.gov.cl/tramites/para-extranjeros/obtencion-visas/
The tour operator will not make any refunds in case of strikes, rescheduling of flights, illness, etc, for those eventualities we suggest to hire a travel assistance in your country of origin.
The fact of receiving a booking request will be considered that the traveler or buyer is aware and accepts the above conditions.
.Important to note that there is to enter Argentina Reciprocity visa Fees that applies to citizens of USA,
Canada and Australia.
It is obtained by Internet or at Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini international airport in Buenos Aires, but if your passenger ride starts in Chile via Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas or any other border of Patagonia,
should remind you to process the rate as in these borders can not be obtained.
The adress to pay the fee online is
.Like all activity in the nature "all times" informed about duration of activities are approximate and depend largely on climatic factors always prioritizing comfort, safety and enjoyment of our customers.
Border crossing times may vary depending on current traffic. Although the Migrations attention has improved a lot last year thanks to
The computerization in both countries, the procedures can be extended by problems inherent to the authorities and foreign to Patagonia Extrema SA. Our guide on board
Will assist the passengers in the transfer from Calafate to Frontera in order to ensure that each passenger has their complete forms and their documentation ready, this reduces the procedures of the whole group.
.Each passenger is responsible for carrying the required documentation for the border crossing: Passport for foreigners, Mercosur ID or Argentine ID card. (MERCOSUR citizens can cross with MERCOSUR ID card). Only the precise data of the document to be sent to the Used at the time of travel. In the case of Minors of 18 years, they must travel with travel authorization Certified by scribe and Legalized, Except when traveling with both parents. Patagonia Extrema SA will not reimburse any amount in the event that a passenger can not enter Chile for a Inconvenience related to its documentation and will charge the passenger the expenses of return to El Calafate.
. The pick up times of the deferred return service to Calafate or to Puerto Natales (for passengers staying overnight in Chile) are estimated and may vary In up to 60 minutes as they depend on the logistics operation of each day, will be informed by message to hotels the precise search schedule the previous day service.