- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Blue glaciers, mirrored lakes and 'horned' peaks — journey into the surreal beauty of Torres del Paine National Park on this full-day coach tour from Puerto Natales. On the way, stop at Milodon Cave and imagine the giant sloths that lived here, and visit Devil’s Chair. Inside the park, admire Sarmiento Lake, visit a waterfall near Nordenskjöld Lake and enjoy lunch on an islet before trekking to the floes of Grey Glacier. Passing Amarga Lagoon, end this enchanting tour of Chilean Patagonia with views of the three Paine towers.
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Lunch included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan, depending on the group size
- Professional guide
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park (CLP 21000)
- Entrance fee to Milodon Cave Natural Monument (CLP 5000)
Tour departs from Puerto Natales hotels
Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup in Puerto Natales, travel with your guide north to the mountain of Cerro Benitez and arrive at Milodon Cave Natural Monument.
Walk inside a cave and encounter a life-size replica of a prehistoric giant sloth called the mylodon, which looks like a large bear standing on its hind legs. During a guided tour, learn about the 1896 discovery of this extinct creature, believed to be twice the height of an average human and to have inhabited the area more than 10,000 years ago. Then visit several stalactite-studded caves and a massive rock formation called Devil’s Chair (Silla del Diablo).
Back in the vehicle, continue north and enjoy a break of coffee and snacks (own expense) at a villa in Castle Hill (Cerro Castillo), before entering Torres del Paine National Park, whose name means 'Towers of the Blue Sky.' Spanning more than 447,000 acres (181,000 hectares), this nature wonderland located in southern Chilean Patagonia was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978.
Drive along the banks of Sarmiento Lake, created by a glacier and situated on the Patagonian steppe, and stretch your legs at a vista point to fully appreciate the lake’s deep blue center fringed in white formed by calcium deposits. From here, your guide points out snow-drizzled mountains of the Cordillera del Paine that cut through the middle of the park.
Continue westward to Nordenskjöld Lake, where you’ll walk for 20 minutes and come upon the roaring Salto Grande Waterfall, the outfall of the river-fed lake. From this viewpoint, scan the panoramas for herds of guanaco, which may strike you as a mix of llama and camel.
Then travel to the center of the park toward rustic Hosteria Pehoé, located on an islet in Lake Pehoé. Cross a footbridge to reach the hotel and dig into lunch in its inviting restaurant (see sample menu in Itinerary below). Afterward, stroll about in wonder at spectacular views of turquoise waters and what are referred to as the 'horned' peaks of the Cordillera del Paine.
Following this leisurely break, head to the north end of Grey Lake. After an easy 30-minute hike, behold the glacier mass that feeds into the lake, nearly 4 miles (6 km) wide and towering 90 feet (30 meters) high. From a distance, the ice floes resemble an immense spread of frothy ocean waves frozen in time, their various hues of blue combining at certain points into a grey sheen, lending the lake its name.
During your return to Puerto Natales, travel along Amarga Lagoon and capture views of the famous Paine Towers. Admire the three towers of granite with jagged peaks that spike skyward, the perfect image to finish a day of memorable sights.
Note: Entrance fees to Milodon Cave Natural Monument and Torres del Paine National Park are your own expense.
Sample Lunch Menu (subject to change):
• Assortment of salads, pastas, rice and soup
• Main course of chicken or other roasted meat
• Dessert, like flan or fresh fruit
• Soft drinks, water
• Beer (own expense)
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and trekking shoes
- Please bring a jacket or sweater, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Note: During the low season (April to October), a boxed lunch including appetizer, main dish, cereal bar and water will be served
- Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensuring a more personalized experience
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.