The refugios in Torres del Paine allow you access to the mountains so that you can complete the entire W trek without the need to camp. There are 8 refugios in Torres del Paine. Torre Central and Norte, Chileno, Cuernos, Domos Frances, Paine Grande, Grey and Dickson
What is a Refugio?
refugio masculine noun
- english translation of REFUGIO: refuge, shelter
- swoop definition of REFUGIO: warm, friendly, convivial places with shared dorm-style rooms for 6 people, and hot meals and showers. The accommodation is basic but comfortable
Your bedding and meals are provided so you only need to carry your trekking clothes, a change of clothing and personal belongings. More on what to pack here.
What will you eat in a refugio?
Refugios provide you with dinner, breakfast and give you a packed lunch.
Each refugio has a small shop selling snacks and a bar with beer, wine and of course pisco sours.
Top Tips for Staying in Refugios
- We highly recommend you upgrade to a cabin at Refugio Cuernos to get some privacy, bathe in the hot tubs and because Refugio Cuernos does get very crowded.
- Don’t forget to take a lightweight travel towel so you can use the hot showers and a headtorch for night time toilet trips.
- The food is not very inspirational so take some trail mix from the Unimarc supermarket in Puerto Natales and grab some avocados to make your sandwiches a little more tantalising.
- Wifi is only available occasionally at Paine Grande Refugio and in Hotel Las Torres (a short walk from Refugio Las Torres). There is almost no phone signal in the park.
- The showers sometimes run out of hot water so you may want to wait until after dinner.
- If you would like some privacy then why not camp at a refugio? They will provide you with tent, sleeping bag and mat and you can shower and eat your meals inside the refugio.