What excursions does Hotel Las Torres offer?

Illustrated Guide

Whilst not mandatory, it is recommended that you let us know in advance of your stay at Hotel Las Torres the excursions you may want to reserve. This will give you the best chance of being able to take the outings you prefer.

1. Enchanted Valley horseride

If you have prior horseriding experience, this excursion is for you! We’ll follow the original trail that was used by the baqueanos and spend a full day immersing ourselves in their culture.

On this equestrian adventure, we’ll meander through a native forest of lenga trees, home to many birds, including Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and Chilean flickers.

The route follows the O Circuit around the eastern edge of the Paine Massif and into the valley of the Paine River. It offers great views of Azul Lagoon and Mt Paine before reaching the Serón Campsite in the Enchanted Valley.

Full-day | Difficulty: High | 24km/14.9 miles | 6-8hrs

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Enchanted Valley horseride, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Enchanted Valley horseride

2. Azul Lagoon tour

On this excursion we’ll head to the quiet shores of Azul Lagoon in the comfort of a van. At the lagoon we'll take an easy 30min walk with spectacular views of the mountains. The views here offer a unique perspective of the granite peaks.

Azul Lagoon has special significance as it is where Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid British traveler and writer from the Victorian era, saw the Torres del Paine for the first time. She wrote about the experience in her 1880 book ‘Across Patagonia’ and referred to the Las Torres Mountains as ‘Cleopatra’s Needles’ due to their resemblance to the obelisks of ancient Egypt.

We’ll also visit the Paine Waterfall before finishing our excursion.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy | 1km/0.6 miles | 4hrs

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Azul Lagoon, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Azul Lagoon

3. Native lenga forest hike

Hike part of the O Circuit trail around the eastern edge of the massif, into a magical old-growth lenga forest. You’ll have a good chance of spotting Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets, Chilean flickers and other forest birds. While it is unlikely to see them during the day, do lookout for pumas roaming the forest.

We’ll walk in the foothills of Mt Paine, crossing small streams to arrive at a beautiful valley that’s filled with daisies during spring.

Our hike will finish with a walk along the turquoise Paine River where we’ll enjoy the colourful contrast of forest and pampas. This trail also features great views of Azul Lagoon, Mt Guido, and the Sierra Baguales Range on the eastern side of the Massif.

Full-day | Difficulty: Low-Medium | 8km/5 miles | 3-4hrs

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Lenga forest, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Lenga forest

4. Puma Cave rock climb

Learn how to rock climb in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Puma Cave is a large rock formation equipped with routes for beginner, experienced, and expert climbers.

For aspiring climbers, or those looking for more practice, we’ll start with basic instruction so you’ll feel confident and agile on the rock.

There are multiple beginner routes, so anyone can truly enjoy their day in the life of a Patagonian rock climber!

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium | 3hrs

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Rock climbing at Puma Cave, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Rock climbing at Puma Cave

5. Mt Paine horseride

We’ll leave from the stables and head along the west hillside of Mt Paine with our expert baqueanos helping you ride up this beautiful trail. Keep your eyes open for birds as we enter one of the oldest forests in the Park, filled with native lenga trees.

We’ll ride at a leisurely pace until we reach the tree line where a surprise awaits – the famous Las Torres Mountains, along with spectacular views of other mountains and various lakes.

Please not that previous horseriding experience is necessary for this excursion.

Half-day | Difficulty: Medium | 6.5km/4 miles | 3hrs

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Mt Paine horseride, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Mt Paine horseride

6. Mt Paine horseride/hike

This Mt Paine horseriding and hiking excursion will start with a ride up the western slope of Mt Paine, during which our expert baqueanos will help you navigate the trail.

Keep your eyes open and pay attention to the birds you see as you enter one of the oldest forests in the park, full of native Lenga trees. On leaving the forest we’ll have a spectacular view the famous Towers, the lakes and the valley.

The final section of this excursion is a hike to a special viewpoint to see the Torres del Paine from above.

Full-day | Difficulty: High| 8km/5 miles horseriding; 8km/5 miles hiking| 8hrs

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Hiking on Mt Paine, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Hiking on Mt Paine

7. Base of the Towers hike

Our hike begins in the foothills of Mt Almirante Nieto with granite peaks in the distance. We’ll follow the trail along the steep slopes of the Ascencio Valley where lush trees and vegetation line the river below. We can see to the end of the valley, giving us a full view of the hike ahead.

After entering a native lenga forest we eventually hit a rocky area which represents the final, hardest, section of the trail. This ascent will literally keep you on your toes and you’ll need to pay attention as you step from one rock to the next.

At the top you’ll get to relax and ponder the beauty of the world in front of the Las Torres Mountains.

Full-day | Difficulty: High | 18.8km/11.7 miles | 8hrs

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View from the base of the Towers, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

View from the base of the Towers

8. Base of the Towers horseride/hike

This excursion combines the Towers with a special twist. We’ll start the day in the stables, before riding across typical Patagonian wide open landscape. Here you can let the horse walk freely and lose yourself in the stunning views of the Ascencio Valley.

When we reach Refugio Chileno, we’ll leave the horses and climb to the Base of the Towers viewpoint. This entails crossing a dense forest, before hiking on rocky trail that eventually leads us through a moraine of huge rocks and reveals the stunning granite towers.

Here we’ll take time soak up the spectacular sight before us, eat lunch and take photos.

Full-day | Difficulty: High | 9.2km/5.7 miles horseriding; 9.6km/6 miles hiking | 6-8hrs

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Horseride to Las Torres, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Horseride to Las Torres

9. Lake Nordenskjöld & Ascencio Valley horseride

This fantastic horseback tour is excellent challenge for beginners and is offered as a half-day or full-day excursion. We’ll ride the Reserve’s private trails and along the shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, with our expert baqueanos helping you learn how to ride.

We’ll have Mt Almirante Nieto and its hanging glacier on the skyline as we stop at various viewpoints and cross pristine rivers and dense forests. We’ll venture into the Asencio Valley and cross the Asencio River, where the forest and the pampas transition into one another.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy | 8km/5 miles | 3hrs

Full-day | Difficulty: Easy | 13km/8.1miles | 6hrs

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Lake Nordenskjold, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Lake Nordenskjold

10. Los Cuernos Trail hike

This excursion involves a breathtaking hike between Mount Almirante Nieto and the ice-blue shore of Lake Nordenskjöld. As we walk along the lake, pristine streams fed by hanging glaciers flow across the rocky trail, leading us to the Cuernos area.

We’ll cross a hanging bridge over the Arriero River, make a stop to see the deep blue Inge Lagoon and see moon-like rock and land formations. This area, located just below a cluster of jagged peaks called Los Cuernos, offers incredible views of Lake Nordenskjöld, towering granite peaks and a deep green tree line.

We´ll likely see the renowned winds that look like little tornadoes whizzing from one part of the lake to another.

Full-day | Difficulty: Medium-High | 23.2km/14.4 miles | 6-8hrs

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Cuernos Trail, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cuernos Trail

11. French Valley hike

This excursions takes us into the famous French Valley in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. We’ll tart by sailing across the sparkling blue Lake Pehoé to Paine Grande, from where we’ll start hiking along the north side of Lake Skottsberg until reaching the entrance to the French Valley. We’ll ascend a steep trail through the native lenga tree forest and when we emerge from the treeline we’ll have a stunning view of Los Cuernos and the French Glacier that hangs from Mount Paine Grande.

At our destination, we’ll have fantastic views of the lakes below – Nordenskjöld, Pehoé and Toro – and Paine Grande, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Fortaleza and Aleta de Tiburón mountains.

Full-day | Difficulty: High | 20km/12.4 miles | 12hrs

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The French Valley, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

The French Valley

12. Los Cuernos Viewpoint hike

We’ll begin with a drive to Pudeto and see the Paine Massif hovering over Lake Nordenskjöld. We’ll then drive to the Salto Grande Waterfall, a raging cascade that channels water between the Nordenskjöld and Pehoé Lakes.

We’ll then hike along a path to one of the most stunning views in Torres del Paine National Park – a panorama that features Los Cuernos, Mount Paine Grande and the French Valley with its glacier rising straight up from the other side of Lake Nordenskjöld. It’s a simply breathtaking vista.

Half-day | Difficulty: Low | 6km/3.7 miles | 4hrs

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Cuernos Viewpoint, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Cuernos Viewpoint

13. Full Paine - Grey Glacier tour

This excursion gives you a taste of all Torres del Paine National Park has to offer. We’ll travel comfortably in a van that stops at all the main sights, letting us take short hikes to fantastic viewpoints. In just one day, we’ll get to see almost all the Park’s must-sees and have terrific views of the entire Paine Massif.

Stops along the route include Black Bridge, Nordenskjöld Viewpoint, Sarmiento Viewpoint, Lake Pehoé and the Salto Grande Waterfall. We’ll enjoy lunch with a view and then choose between hiking along the southern shore of Lake Grey, and gazing at the floating icebergs, or taking a luxurious trip in catamaran across the lake to the face of the Grey Glacier.

Please note that this excursion must be booked in advance and incurs an extra cost. Please enquire for more information.

Full-day | Difficulty: Easy | 4km/2.5 miles | 7-10hrs

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Grey Glacier, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Grey Glacier

14. Lakes Trail tour/hike

On this excursion we’ll see an abundance of wildlife as we drive alongside Lake Sarmiento. As we move away from the Paine Massif, we’ll get an incredible panoramic view.

We’ll stop at the nearby Estancia Lazo near Verde Lagoon and start hiking the Lakes Trail form here. We’ll walk through large, thick forests of native lenga trees, which open up for sections along the beautiful shores of the Verde and Honda Lagoons.

Be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers, guanaco and other wildlife, and don’t miss the tiny details like orchids and other wildflowers that decorate the forest floor.

We’ll climb to a summit with a 360° view of the Paine Massif to the north and Lake Toro and Patagonian pampas to the southwest.

Full-day | Difficulty: Medium | 15km/9.3 miles | 7-8hrs

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Lake Toro, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Lake Toro

15. Patagón hike

This excursion starts from the hotel at 7:45am, from where we’ll take a van to the Sarmiento gate of the National Park. From here we’ll walk 9.5km on a mostly flat terrain, crossing the pampas. We’ll understand more of the ancient geological processes that have shaped this world biosphere reserve, finding artefacts of the first inhabitants of these lands.

This is a protected territory that you can only enter with certified guides and where you can find Aonikenk rock paintings as well as abundant wildlife, mainly guanacos, as well as a high number of birds of prey, scavengers and pumas.

Half-day | Difficulty: Easy-Medium | 9.5km/5.9 miles | 4hrs

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Ancient pictographs, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Ancient pictographs