"TORRES DEL PAINE : THE 'W' CIRCUIT" Chile Things to Do Tip by swesn
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Torres del Paine is the reason why SOME tourists fly all the way to Chile to visit. It has one of the most spectacular natural scenery in the whole wide world. There are impressive peaks, glaciers, lakes of turqoise, green, etc... colours and gorgeous valleys.
Entrance to the park is 8000 Ch Pesos, where volunteers will brief you on the treks, the camping sites and the precautions to take. There is another bus (1500 Ch Pesos) to catch from the entrance to the first camp-site. Either that, or you walk 6km there.
'The Circuit' is a route around the park in a circle. This takes between 5 to 10 days. Lone hikers are not allowed and camping gear must be carried. The circuit is not easy and some sections can be blocked or washed away.
The shorter route is the 'W' Circuit. Allow me to explain more on the 'W' Circuit, which takes about 4 to 5 days.
Starting from right to left of the alphabet 'W', the first vertical section up is to view the three famous towering, near-vertical mountains that gave the name 'Torres del Paine' the 'Torres' (towers) bit for they are called Las Torres (The Towers). This would be, to many, the HIGHLIGHT of their hike here.
Then, one has to head west, walking the horizontal bit of the 'W'. After that, the second vertical section is along Valle de Frances, where one could see beautiful ranges of mountains, including the unique-looking Los Cuernos (The Horns).
Finally, after heading west again and up to the third vertical section of 'W', one could see the impressive Glacier Grey. At the bottom of this third vertical section was Camp / Refugio Pehoe where one can take a boat ride (9500 Ch Pesos) back to Refugio Pudeto to catch a bus back to Puerto Natales.
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