This full day tour from El Calafate allows you to visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile without having to go through Puerto Natales and in brand-new vehicles with specialized guides from Argentina and Chile. You will visit strategic points within the national park, from where you will hike accessing panoramic viewpoints of the most important natural attractions of Paine. As it is a circular route, you will visit the main viewpoints and points of interest without repeating them.
The tour starts when we pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate after 6:30 a.m. to go to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Crossing the Patagonian steppe from north to south, you will arrive at the border called Cancha Carrera (3 hours from El Calafate) and, once the customs procedure is finished, a break will be made in the Chilean town of Cerro Castillo.
At 11:00 a.m. the vehicle continues to Torres del Paine National Park where you will arrive at 12:00 p.m. at the first attraction which is Rio Serrano and from where you can access the national park. After passing Rio Serrano, you continue towards Administration, where the first trek of the tour will be made and from where you will have a wonderful view of Torres del Paine from the front. After finishing this hike, you will continue towards the Pudeto area passing through Pehoe, where you will arrive at approximately 1:30 p.m. There, another guided trek will be made towards the waterfall of Salto Grande with a hike towards the Mirador de los Cuernos del Paine in the shores of Lake Nordenskjold. This trek lasts 1 hour and a half, is of low difficulty and will offer you one of the most famous views of Torres del Paine. Those passengers who do not want to hike can wait for the group in the vehicle.
Once the trekking is finished, the tour continues heading to Laguna Amarga where you can visit this famous viewpoint. The tour ends towards Cerro Castillo where you arrive at 6:00 p.m. and return to El Calafate at 10:00 p.m.
The return schedule may vary in case of delays related to round-trip immigration procedures, mechanical breakdowns or other factors.
You must take into account that the journey within Torres del Paine National Park can be modified or shortened depending on the road conditions the day of the excursion and that border crossing times may vary depending on traffic. The viewpoints, trails and views of the Towers are conditioned by the weather. It is also important to know that each passenger is responsible for carrying the documentation required for the border crossing.