This excursion begins early in the morning from Puerto Natales, 60 kms away. We make a technical stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, where there are possibilities for shopping, enjoying a coffee or just taking a break.
Continuing the trip toward Torres del Paine National Park, visitors will be able to enjoy the most diverse landscapes, such as the Magellanic deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe (virtually desert) dominated by wind and aridity.
On the way it is possible to find two species of local fauna, the Patagonian guanaco (South American camel) and relative of the llama, and the endemic lesser Rhea (Ñandú), relative of the African Ostrich.
Once we get to the park, which is a biosphere reserve with a surface over 242.000 hectares, the landscape changes drastically. The surroundings transform into dozens of lakes populated by marine birds, and a backdrop of steep granite peaks. Turquoise lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered by ice are predominant inside the park.
We will stop for lunch at one of the hosterias (an inn or hostel) in the park (depending on availability).
After lunch, our trip through the park continues. An approximately 90-minute walk will take you towards the Salto Grande (big waterfall) and the Mirador Cuernos Lookout, which provides a spectacular view out over the water and mountains.