Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive

Enjoy the iconic sights of Torres del Paine National Park: the electric blue Grey Glacier, the glistening lakes, the mile-high granite towers, as well as a whole host of curious wildlife, all with the flexibility and independence of driving yourself. This is the classic way to experience Torres del Paine and is one of our most popular trips. You can combine this with ‘Classics’ in other parts of Chile and Argentina to tailor your 2-3 week holiday. Please enquire for further details. Enjoy the iconic sights of Torres del Paine National Park: the electric blue Grey Glacier, the glistening lakes, the mile-high granite towers, as well as a whole host of curious wildlife, all with the flexibility and independence of driving yourself. Read more...
4 Days
$682

Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive - 4 - $682

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Explore Punta Arenas, the southernmost city of the American continent, sitting on the edge of the Strait of Magellan 
  • Drive to Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of stunning Patagonian landscapes
  • Stop at the Milodon Cave national monument where scientist discovered remains of a gigantic prehistoric sloth 
  • Challenge yourself by doing one of the epic hikes from the W Trek, such as the renowned hike up to the Base of the Towers
  • Take a cruise on Lago Grey to the face of the Grey Glacier 

Start from Punta Arenas and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Classic Torres del Paine Highlights Self-Drive

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Collect your hire car in Punta Arenas. Take some time to explore the southernmost city of the American continent, sitting on the edge of the Strait of Magellan. The city has witnessed European exploration, colonisation and cultural conflict with indigenous peoples, as well as becoming a gateway to Antarctica. Sites of interest include the main square with its grand monument to Magellan, the Naval and Maritime Museum, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute and, of course, the city's south-facing coastline which looks onto Tierra del Fuego.

Once you are ready, set off and drive north to Puerto Natales where you can plan your next two days exploring Torres del Paine.

Length of self-drive: 3 hours, 250 km

Accommodation: Hotel, Puerto Natales


Day 2: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine

The drive to Torres del Paine National Park will take you deep into the Patagonian wilderness travelling through pampa grass steppe, typical of the region. Many people choose to stop at the Milodon Cave national monument just 15 kilometres out of Puerto Natales where scientists discovered the remains of a gigantic prehistoric sloth. Continue north into Torres del Paine, one of the world's most remarkable national parks where you are met by majestic mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Either check in at your hotel or spend the full day exploring.

Due to the size of the park, we recommend that you focus on a different area each day. You may want to challenge yourself by doing one of the epic hikes from the W Trek, such as the world-class hike into the Ascencio Valley and up to the Base of the Towers viewpoint. Alternatively, enjoy more frequent stops with shorter hikes to various lookouts.

Length of self-drive: 2 hours, 150 km

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Torres del Paine


Day 3: Torres del Paine

Another full day to explore Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy some more hiking, or why not take a cruise on Lago Grey to the face of the mesmerising Grey Glacier. You may wish to experience the incredible landscapes through different activities such as horse riding, kayaking or fishing.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Torres del Paine


Day 4: Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas

Today, make the return journey back to Punta Arenas to drop off your hire car.

Length of self-drive: 5 hours, 400 km

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think

This was an amazing experience - we pushed our bodies to the limit, and together as newlyweds. We also learned so much more about tires than we ever thought we would know about. If anything, I personally learned more patience and problem-solving. The amount of nature and scenery was absolutely what we were looking for in a holiday. And improving on our Spanish knowledge was a plus.

Victoria Vuong United States Of America February 2019

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Please contact us for pricing.

Includes

  • 1 night's accommodation, Puerto Natales
  • 2 nights' accommodation, Torres del Paine
  • Meals stated
  • 4 days car rental (medium category) with unlimited mileage
  • Roadmap and directions

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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