Getting to and from your trip

Private transportation will be provided to/from your hotel in Puerto Natales to the shores of Lake Grey, located in Torres del Paine National Park (2hrs approximately). Please try to arrange arrival the day or evening before your trip in order to attend a briefing. 

How you get to Puerto Natales largely depends on where you are travelling from. Crossing the border from Argentina is either time-consuming or very expensive, so travelling from Chile is by far the better option.

From Santiago - Flights from Santiago operate twice a week during the peak season (December - February), offering easier access to Torres del Paine during the summer months. You'll save about three hours on the road, but it's important to be aware that the flights are somewhat unreliable.

From Punta Arenas - There are more regular flights than Puerto Natales, so is often a better bet to fly into. From the airport, you can then take the bus to Puerto Natales, a journey of approximately 3 hours which departs regularly and costs around USD $7.

From the airport we recommend Buses Pacheco and from the town centre Bus-Sur or Buses Fernandez. We suggest you ask your tour operator to book the bus in advance for you, we'd be happy to help.

From El Calafate - You can catch a bus that will take you over the Chilean border, the bus takes around 6/7 hours (depending on how long it takes to cross the border) and costs approximately USD $55. You could also take a private transfer. Some of our luxury lodges in El Calafate include a transfer to Puerto Natales.

Preparing for your Torres del Paine Kayaking trip

Packing List

Please read all our tips about what to pack and the kayaking-specific kit list from our partner:

While Paddling

  • Sunglasses (with real UVA protection)
  • Water bottle (we bring water to refill)
  • Hat
  • Sunblock 45 SPF minimum
  • Photo camera

While at Camp

  • Headlamp
  • Synthetic quick-drying long sleeve shirt & pants
  • Smartwool or synthetic socks
  • Fleece or synthetic warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Trail shoes (please avoid bringing big Trekking boots)
  • Gloves
  • Insect repellent

Your Accommodation

You will be staying at different campsites or wild camping depending on your specific kayaking route.

Your guide will direct you but be prepared for basic facilities - toilets/showers/eating on picnic benches etc.

  • Rio Serrano Campsite: Electricity, running toilets, hot showers, cellphone coverage with 3G
  • Balmaceda Campsite: Running toilet
  • Tyndall Wild Camp: No facilities

WIFI or phone coverage cannot be expected on this adventure!

Preparing for your Torres del Paine Kayaking trip

A campsite on your kayaking trip

Kayaking in Patagonia FAQs