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El Calafate, Argentina
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icon14 to 15 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Discover Chilean Patagonia with a full-day tour from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park. Cross the border with the assistance of your expert guide, and take in the park’s magnificent scenery of alpine lakes, rugged peaks and jaw-dropping glaciers. See the spectacular Grey Glacier and Grey Lake, and hike to the Salto Grande waterfall. Round-trip transport from your El Calafate hotel and lunch are included.
  • Full day trip to the Torres del Praine National Park from El Calafate
  • Explore the powerful waterfall at Salto Grande
  • Scenic drive through picturesque Patagonian scenery
  • Pickup and drop off from most El Calafate hotels included
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Professional Bilingual guide
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Gratuities
Entrance Fee to Torres del Paine National Park
Snacks

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6:45 AM

Please arrive 45 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Pick-up from hotels in El Calafate is included. The exact pick-up time will be provided the day before the trip (between 6:45 and 7:30 a.m). Passengers must be at the lobby at least 5 minutes before their pick-up time. If your hotel is NOT listed, please provide your hotel name when booking in the 'Special Requirements' box. If you are staying at an Airbnb/ bungalow/ apartment, you MUST let us know so that we can provide a presentation place and time for you to join the tour. You MUST give a personal phone number so that we can reach you if needed. IMPORTANT: The maximum time the company will wait for the passenger is 10 minutes. Pick-up not included on hotels located in the outskirts of the city, such as ‘El Galpon del Glaciar’, ‘Eolo’, etc. In this case, the traveller must pay an extra cost for the transfer to the city centre. If you are travelling on the following dates: 24/12 and 31/12. The trip starts at 6.30 a.m.
Experience another side of Patagonia with a guided full-day tour of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. After pickup at your hotel, head to the border, cross into Chile and continue on your way to the National Park.

Proceed to Lago Sarmiento, where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the lake and the Paine Mountain Range. Stop next on the shore of Laguna Amarga. Here, take a short walk and absorb the natural beauty of this iconic region. Then, wind your way to “Paine Cascade” and indulge in an al-fresco lunch on the shore of the Paine River.

Next, travel to the entrance of the national park, pay your admission fee, and continue on to discover the Larga and Mariposa Lagoons. Then, as you reach Nordenskjöld Lake lookout point, admire the famed Horns of Torres del Paine, before traveling to Salto Grande for views of towering waterfalls and take a brief hike toward Nordenskjöld Lake (subject to weather conditions).

Finally, visit Lago Pehoe for views of Cerro Paine, Almirante Nieto Mount, the Paine “Horns”, French Valley, and Big Paine, before heading back to the border as you're whisked back to your hotel in El Calafate.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
El Calafate
In the early morning, we will pick you up to go on a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. We will travel on a 4WD Overland Truck, which has excellent performance both on the asphalt and on unpaved roads. After about a 2-hour drive, we will arrive at the international border crossing with Chile; do not worry if you do not speak Spanish, as your tour guide can assist you with customs documentation. After going through the customs process, you will continue on your way to the National Park. **Several vehicles may be used at the time of pick-up or drop-off to speed up the tour. **Time spent at borders can vary.
Stop At:  
Lago Sarmiento
Once in Chile, we will make some stops with descent (and some without descent thanks to the panoramic windows), and if we are lucky we will spot some guanacos and foxes, among other animals. Our first stop will be at Sarmiento Lake Viewpoint; from here, take your time to admire the beautiful lake framed by the Paine Mountain Range.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguna Amarga
Soon after that, you’ll make another stop at Amarga Lagoon coastline, from where you'll go on a short walk for some even better views of the beautiful surroundings. Then we will continue towards “Paine Cascade” and eat lunch outdoors on the shore of the Paine River (box lunch included).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Torres del Paine National Park
You will arrive at the National Park through the Amarga Lagoon entrance (entrance fee not included), and then continue your ride with stunning views of “Larga Lagoon” and “Mariposa Lagoon”.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Mirador Nordenskjöld Lake
As the tour continues, you’ll reach Nordenskjöld Lake Lookout Point where you’ll be able to stop and gaze at the famous Horns of Torres del Paine.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Salto Grande Waterfall View
After enjoying the views, you’ll move on to your next stop, the Salto Grande Lookout Point, which showcases a 10-meter (32-foot) waterfall.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mirador Cuernos Del Paine
Then, you will continue towards Nordenskjold Lake for some up-close views of the Horns of Torres del Paine (subject to weather conditions).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Pehoé
After the walk, you'll visit Pehoe Lake Lookout Point, which showcases one of the most spectacular views of Torres del Paine, including the turquoise waters of lakes Pehoe and Nordenskjold, Almirante Nieto Mount, the Paine "Horns", French Valley and Big Paine. At the end of this panoramic journey, you'll make a quick stop at Cerro Castillo village to use its facilities before setting out on the return trip to your hotel in El Calafate, arriving late in the evening. **Arrival to El Calafate will be between 9 and 11 PM (depending on time spent at customs) **The itinerary is subject to change due to weather and road conditions, etc. **It is the traveller's responsibility to have all their necessary travel documents to cross the international border.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • IMPORTANT: Passport name, number, date of birth and nationality information MUST be provided at the time of booking for ALL PARTICIPANTS. We are NOT able to confirm the booking until passport information is received. Please write the names EXACTLY as they figure on your passport. If not, you will not be able to cross the border. It is also important that you travel with the SAME passport that you declared in your reservation. If you inform us of an id number, and then you change it, you must inform us before travelling
  • You must carry your passport with you on the day of travel
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements/allergies at time of booking
  • Infant Seats: Request at the time of booking. It is forbidden to travel with babies or children on a parent's lap
  • Some information about border crossing will be provided on your booking confirmation
  • We suggest that passengers have travel insurance
  • No people with disabling diseases in relation to coordination and motor skills
  • No people with overweight
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • No people who suffer from risk diseases with cardiopathy
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Say Hueque Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Lunches are OK, but you have a chance to bring your own food and also buy more food on the way back, at a local Chilean joint." See review
  • "They lunch provided was not great - so I’d suggest bringing extra snacks for yourself." See review
  • "Overall, it is a lot of work for a couple of hours actually enjoying the hike and gorgeous views." See review

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Once in a lifetime
hackbarthmichelle
, Feb. 2020
Torres del Paine National Park was beautiful and truly a once in a lifetime experience. Matias (Tour Guide) and Mauro (Driver) made a great team with getting everyone through the border crossings and back very efficiently. They were very kind, thoughtful, welcoming, funny and informative. You could tell that they love what they do which added to our wonderful Patagonia experience! I didn't think the tour was too long either. Thanks soo much!! :)
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2020
Thank you Hackbarthmichelle for such a sparkling review! We're absolutely delighted that you chose our company! We will be sure to share your kind words with Matias and Mauro. A good guide can make the difference between an average trip and one that blows away your expectations! We sincerely appreciate you offering to continue recommending our service to your network of friends and family. There's nothing we love more than showing travelers some of our favorite South American gems! We always strive to deliver the best quality experiences, and we're thrilled to hear that we met your expectations. Thanks again, and hopefully we'll have a chance to travel together in the future! Luna from Say Hueque
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star-5
Absolutely great!
Sarah_O
, Jan. 2020
We had an incredible time on this tour - a highlight of our Patagonia trip. We only had a few days there so a day trip was perfect. The day was long (but ample time to nap if you please) - but a must do!!! It was approx 5-6 hours in the car total over the course of the day. We got back to the city center around 9:00pm which is dinner time in El Calafate anyways so it worked out well. The tour guides were fantastic, spoke English well and were very helpful in answering questions throughout the day. We went to multiple places in Torres Del Paine and each was better than the previous. They lunch provided was not great - so I’d suggest bringing extra snacks for yourself. I suggest sneakers / hiking boots, and layers. Some places were cool while others were incredibly windy and cold. Overall, a PHENOMENAL, trip. Would love to go there again and stay longer.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2020
Wow, thank you so much for the glowing recommendation sarahkenneth19! We know that when you are planning a significant adventure to Patagonia, and you have not enough time, it is super important to have a solid plan and a team of operators who you can trust. Our number one goal is to provide that reassurance to all of our travellers! And, as you say, time flies when you are on a road trip to Torres del Paine, appreciate the enormous steppe! Also, as you say, travellers are allowed to take their own snack if they want! About your comment regarding to weather, it makes the meaning of Patagonia! Climate always changes, and that’s why we recommend taking a coat, even in summer! I will pass on your compliments to our staff, and look forward to seeing you again! Best, Luna from Say Hueque
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great day trip adventure
Irina_V
, Jan. 2020
Loved the trip and our guides - everyone was polite and informative. We had sufficient number of stops (though perhaps include one short stop to take pictures of guanacas, which were everywhere along the road, just a few yards away from the road). We are discerning travelers and were wary of this upcoming day trip, but were happy to see how everything was smoothly organized. Lunches are OK, but you have a chance to bring your own food and also buy more food on the way back, at a local Chilean joint.
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2020
Hi Volchani, We are so happy that you had a great experience with our guides! Your recommendation is really helpful and I will comunicate the local operator about including more photo shooting stops, and we will be sure to share your kind words with the local operator. We sincerely appreciate you offering to continue recommending our service to your network of friends and family. As you say, we always try to keep a good organization on our trips! Hope to help you again planning more trips on South America! Big Hugs, Luna from SayHueque
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Torres del Paine
Charles_B
, Nov. 2019
Great tour of the mountains. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Overall it was a great tour.
icon Response from Host , Dec. 2019
Thanks! We really appreciate your feedback and we're glad to here that you've enjoyed our Full-Day tour to Torres del Paine. We dearly hope you decide to choose us again for future adventures. Kindest regards, Ana
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Great!
KathyS14
, Nov. 2019
Very long day! ... but worth it. We didn’t have nice weather, was cold and windy but... park is beautiful. Tour guide was okey
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Our driver and guide were fantastic...
Nancy M
, Mar. 2018
Our driver and guide were fantastic and went out of their way to make sure the trip was comfortable and enjoyable. Torres del Paine is an absolutely stunning park.
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Im giving this 4 stars because the...
Tracey H
, Mar. 2018
Im giving this 4 stars because the bus trip was too long for me. The tour operator was 5 star. It was very windy the day we were there. The trail we were supposed to hike was closed for safety reasons. The guide made some phone calls and found another trail for us to hike.
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Torres del Paine is breathtakingly...
Jillian_B
, Feb. 2018
Torres del Paine is breathtakingly beautiful, and more impressive than you can ever imagine until you're there! Overall, an amazing day. However, be forewarned that there are no bathrooms on the bus, and no bathrooms available to tourists for 5 hour increments. The buses also don't have chargers, trash cans, etc. - plus they're not actually buses, but trucks, making for a very bumpy and uncomfortable 4 hour drive each way.
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Yes it was a lot of driving. Yes the...
Robert_D
, Feb. 2018
Yes it was a lot of driving. Yes the border crossings took a long time. Yes it was a relatively short time in the park. But it was worth doing and I am glad we took the trip. Our guide was excellent..
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It is a nice way to see the Torres...
Mathilde S
, Jan. 2018
It is a nice way to see the Torres del Paine park if you don't have enough time to visit it for a longer period. But the tour itself is not very special. We just had a few stops at the park, and it was a really long day in the car.
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