Torres del Paine is one the world's most spectacular settings. We spent three days four nights at the park. We attempted to take public transportation, but we couldn't afford the time required nor the price tag. In the end we rented a Nissan at the airport of Punta Arenas (450km south of the park) and it turned out to be a smart move. Our photos leaving the park show that coming and going can be an interesting experience
We spent the first day (10 hours) hiking to Las Torres (The Towers), 22km (14 miles) round trip. We brought only 4 bottles of water which was far from sufficient, thank god there was glacier water coming down the slope. The last stretch of the hike was reportly at 45 degree angle and was filled with huge boulders and uneven size rocks. It was equally challenging coming down the path. At the end of the day, our feet were dying to be freed from the heavy duty boots.
Our 2nd day was spent driving up to Lago Grey to meet up with the catamaran (cruise ship). We spent hours slowly driving on the rocky and pothole-filled dusty road. We made multiple stops to enjoy the view of the massif, including the Towers and the Horns, as well as to observe the wild life.
The 3rd day was rainy, changing the park into the color of fall. We ventured out to the east side of the park, hoping to see Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon). However, all the bodies of water turned grey. We made the best out of our day by observing wild life.
Torres del Paine is open year round and attracts the most tourists in the summer, although the weather can be very windy and unpredictable. Change of four seasons can be experienced in one day. Aside from the natural wonders, the park also features numerous interesting bridges. Torres del Paine is a magical place, with a wide variety of amazing sites.