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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Complimentary pickup and drop off from most El Calafate hotels

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What You Can Expect

Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

Experience another side of Patagonia with a guided full-day tour of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. If you’re short on time, this tour allows you to witness the breathtaking scenery of the park in a single day.

Your multinational adventure begins with morning pickup at your El Calafate hotel. Learn about the area’s geography along the scenic drive to the park in a four-wheel coach equipped to handle area’s rugged terrain. Pass by the beautiful Amarga Lagoon and Lake Sarmiento, and stop at several vista points for a dramatic view of the ‘horns’ of the Cordillera Paine mountain range and other breathtaking sights.

After an approximately 3.5-hour drive, cross through customs with the assistance of your guide to enter Chile, and continue on to the spectacular national park. Enjoy a boxed lunch including a sandwich, fruit, salad and a beverage along the way. Inside the park, see highlights like Lake Pehoe, Paine River and the magnificent Grey Glacier towering over Grey Lake. Embark on a short hike to witness the churning cascade of the Salto Grande waterfall and take in views of the park’s other natural attractions.

Spend approximately 3 to 4 hours exploring the park’s ancient geologic wonders, and then reboard the coach for the 4-hour return drive to El Calafate, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the late evening.

Customer Reviews

judith s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour is an absolute MUST-DO for anyone who cannot spend more than a day in Torres del Paine. Our guide and driver were great and the Park is beyond words - it truly is a WONDER of the world. Plenty of photo stops were included as well as a nice lunch stop at the water falls. The provided lunch was good as well. Our guide did the entire day in both English and Spanish and provided plenty of commentary - a highlight was the geological demonstration on the beach to explain how the mountains were formed. It was very, very windy and I was very glad for the good shoes and hat and gloves I wore.
Be warned, however, that it is a long day: our pick up was before 7 and we got back to the hotel at 10 pm. Access to restrooms are few and far between all day. Even though we had an early pick up from our hotel, I regretted drinking coffee at breakfast. The bus was comfortable but did not have a toilet and toilets are available until you clear into Chile..... HOURS later.
Our daughter took the tour with us but did not ride back to El Calafate, this gave us the day with her before she started her trekking in the Park. Two others also didn't make the ride back to be able trek and our guide was especially accommodating to those three, even suggesting and arranging for their luggage to be left at the ranger station and letting them off at a trail that led back to the ranger station and their back-packs.
All and all it was a great day. The tour was run by very hard working professionals. I am very glad we didn't rent a car and attempt make to the drive ourselves, the roads are too rugged we would have missed a lot.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The Park itself is inspiring - snow and ice glacier capped peaks soaring 10,000 feet high. Two large lakes with a deep blue color from the minerals in the peaks that seep in water in picture shown above is a much lighter color than what we saw. A few waterfalls with an impressive flow of water and mist, though they are not huge. Delightful Guide informed us of no fish in the lakes because of the minerals, Strangely I thought, there are pink flamingos in one of the lakes - apparently a different breed than what you encounter in the Caribbean. Lots of local wildlife around, especially the guanicos, the living ancestor but wool less of the llamas. The Guide took us through a hike in the park which lasted a little more than an hour. Not too difficult, but bring shoes that are suitable for walking on a trial with lots of little rocks.

The catch? A long, mostly boring ride from El Calafate, with at 1 1/2 hour or more stop each way because you must go through two sets of customs Argentina and Chile. Some people got off in the park and were either camping for the night or had reservations at one of the bungalows or hotel I would likely do this if I returned. Next day bus seems to drive people back, but check with the tour company.

Pulahinge R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was the best tour ever. Amazing scenery and highly recommended

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A great day out from El Calafate. Be prepared - it is a long day as you have to cross borders, go through passport control and customs. But it's worth it to catch a glimpse at the famous Torres del Paine National Park. We had quite a bit of rain and fog on the day itself, but that didn't deter us from having a good time. The drive there and back, although long, was beautiful - you soak in all the scenery Patagonia has to offer and drive by a variety of animals such as guanacos, skunks, rheas, sheep, horses and rabbits. A fun day!

Amanda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

you spend a lot of time in the car and at the borders, but it's worth it if you only have a day to get to torres del paine. i'll definitely be going back!

Rebecca S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Torres del Paine is a must-see if you possibly can. The journey there and back from El Calafate is long but worth it if you can only spend a day on Torrest del Paine. We would gladly return and spend a week there! Fantastic scenery, and we only saw a small amount of it.

WAI WAI L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

amazing tour, breath taking views.special 4x4 bus like vehicle. short trekking is the best way to appreciate the wonderful nature.

Mary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Brilliant

trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

outstanding - what a ride

RIVKA K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

good

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