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Torres del Paine is a wonderful national park. Our trip did have a major problem. Several weeks before we were to leave, an irresponsible camper started a fire that burned nearly 70 square miles of forest and land. Authorities eventually charged a 23-year-old Israeli tourist for negligently starting the blaze by burning his group's toilet paper. Charges were eventually dropped when the "camper" paid a $10,000 fine and two years community service in Israel. Hardly a punishment that fit the crime, although an accident.

Please practice Leave No Trace Principles!

Luckily the park re-opened the day before we started into the park. We could not see any part of the fire because the last leg of the "W" route was closed because of the fire. We never got a chance to finish the "W" because of this and didn't get to see the Grey Glacier.

Access to the park is typically by bus from the town of Puerto Natales. Once you arrive at the ranger station and obtain your permit you have two choices to enter the park. You can wait for a bus to shuttle you to Las Torres or you can walk the dirt road which would take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. We opted to walk in.

Most people visit the park to hike the "W." This is a route forms the shape of a "W" with each leg of the W as an in and out hike. Refugio's are near the entrance of each valley so you can leave your large pack for a day pack and faster moving.Our second day was not much better. But we did go all the way to Mirador Las Torres.

However, the next day was the best.

Woke up about 5am which was too late to see the sunrise from Refugio Chileno. From Chileno to the Mirador is about 3 miles all up hill. I did it in about 1 hour 15 minutes. I was exhausted. Should have left 4am.

  • Last visit to Torres del Paine: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    John, fantastic page with brilliant photos of your hikes in Torres Del Paine park. A pity about the fire: 70 square miles of burned ground is quite a lot.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    I remember reading about the irresposible tourist staring the fire. so bad! Good that the park re-opened just before you were to visit, at least parts of it. It looks stunning!

    • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
      Dec 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Hi Malena, thanks for visiting! Hope to return someday soon to complete that last leg of the "W"

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Great photos and engrossing narratives of your hikes and wildlife sightings!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    This is an awesome page! Excellent tips and photos!

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    John, this sounds like a very International place. Lake Nordenskjold, British Camp, French viewpoint and Italian Camp. Why do you think or know? Sorry about the fire. We have had a few in the past six years that have been really serious. Thank God it all grows back so easily.

  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Simply stunning. Fantastic photos and well written up. Thanks for sharing.

    • blueskyjohn's Profile Photo
      Jul 27, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Thanks Albert. Working on this page now. I hope to return here in January

  • TrendsetterME's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    "Chile" is on my bucket list, am in the hope of to explore that country whenever I can manage my time ... Nice tips and photos ... :)

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I was in Torres del Paine,,,,what an amazing place, didn't really have much time as i would have wanted as we had to get back to argentina but definitely a great place to go hiking


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