Things to consider

  • Torres del Paine is famous for it's hiking, but the main routes do get busy. Shun the crowds and explore off-the-beaten-track hiking routes, or discover the park by bike or kayak.
  • This is the perfect place to try something new. No experience is required for many activities, and a multi-sport trip will allow you to try a bit of everything.
  • Many hotels offer all-inclusive programs, where you can pick each day's activity the night before, and come home to a comfy bed and hot shower each night.
  • If you want a bit of a challenge or have some experience, consider a multi-day kayak or horse ride. You'll go deep into the wilderness, often wild camping. 
  • You'll be treated to an abundance of wildlife no matter what you do in Torres del Paine, but if you're set on seeing elusive pumas, a dedicated puma tracking trip is well worth it.

What to do?

Hiking

Torres del Paine National Park has a famously rugged and wild landscape to be explored. The hiking trails here are world-renowned, from the well-trodden W Trek to the hidden valleys of Bader and Silencio, to the unexplored passes only ventured by a handful of people a year.

For hikers with some experience, the Full, or O Circuit Trek is the perfect way to see the main highlights of the park before looping around the quieter northern region, where the campsites are basic but the views are unmatched.

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Kayaking

Drift downstream alongside mishapen icebergs, so close you can reach out and touch them. All around are panoramic views of the Paine massif, and you can really take your time enjoying the landscape in silence, broken only by the splash of your paddles. On a day trip you can kayak right up to the face of the famous Grey Glacier, or take a few days to paddle down the Serrano river, wild camping along the way. For those with experience, there's more than enough technical challenges to be found.

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Horse riding

Horses have been an integral part of Patagonian culture for generations, and working estancias still exist around Torres del Paine. Head out onto the rolling pampa with the gauchos to explore the national park with those who know it best, or spend a few nights at an estancia to get a taste of a true Patagonian welcome.

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Mountain biking

If your legs are aching for more after your treks, or you want to be moving just a little bit faster through the landscape, mountain biking is undoubtedly one of the best ways to navigate through the park.  Pedal down dirt roads around the lakes, or whizz along single track on old trails, you'll be moving with enough pace to explore hidden corners of the park, but slow enough to take your time drinking in the views. 

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Fishing

From the Paine massif's surrounding glaciers flows the Serrano River, which offers a spectacular setting for fly fishing. The dramatic landscape continues south, and between Torres del Paine and the nearby town of Puerto Natales there are also numerous lakes, famous for their beautiful blues and greens but also for their salmon fishing. Itineraries can last anything from a couple of days to over a week.

Remota Fishing

Puma tracking

Pumas are thriving in Torres del Paine, and their exceptionally high numbers make this one of the top places in the world to see them. A good supply of juicy guanacos and ban on hunting in 1972 have made the park a perfect habitat, and on a dedicated puma tracking trip your chances of sightings are high. 

Their numbers are greatest in the quieter eastern areas of the park, so we work with expert guides who know exactly where to look, so you've got the best opportunity to see one up close.

Puma in Torres del Paine

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Multi-sport adventures

See all the different sides of the park, and get into the hidden corners with some adventurous activities. With multi-sport trips you can kayak one day, ice hike on a glacier the next, or add on a few days of something different before or after your multi-day trek. 

There's often no experience required for these activities, just turn up and all your gear and instruction will be provided. However if you do have some experience and you're looking for a challenge, look for one of the longer multi-sport trips that delve deep into the more difficult terrain.

Multi-sport trips