What to do in Torres del Paine National Park?

Trekking O in Torres del Paine

When we think in Torres del Paine and the activities it offers, trekking naturally springs to mind as a prime option. Undoubtedly, Torres del Paine is renowned for its treks, notably the famous Trek to the Base of the Towers. However, there are also a wide variety of other activities to be enjoyed in this magnificent national park nestled in the southern portion of the Chilean Patagonia.

Torres del Paine, this national park situated in the Patagonia region of Chile, is celebrated for its soaring peaks, vivid blue icebergs adorning glaciers, and expansive golden prairies that harbor rare fauna such as guanacos. So, it´s good also for people not interested in the adventure and the adrenaline. Among its most iconic features are the trio of imposing granite towers from which the park derives its name, and the distinctive horn-shaped peaks known as the Cuernos del Paine.

So, what activities can we enjoy? What to do in Torres del Paine?

What do do in Torres del Paine?

While it’s obvious, we have to start with the treks. They are, of course, wonderful and varied. There are treks to suit all tastes, from short ones to several days long.Horseback riding + trekking to Base de las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park

Trekkings in Torres del Paine

Let’s start with some of the most comprehensive ones, such as the W Circuit, the W Circuit with Glacier Grey, and the O Circuit. These are multi-day tours (5-7 days) and require a good level of fitness to complete.

Then there are the more classic treks, such as the Base Torres tour, the Cerro Benitez Trek, the Trek to the Gates of Sarmiento and Laguna Amarga, and the trek to Sierra Baguales. Also noteworthy are the Trek to Valle del Frances and the Trek to Mirador del Glaciar Grey.

These trekking activities are undoubtedly among the most prominent and the reason why many nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts are drawn to this region. Along with El Chaltén and the area around Mount Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine National Park is considered an excellent destination for trekking.



Hoseback Ridings in Torres del Paine  National Park

Horseback riding is another popular activity in Torres del Paine National Park, offering visitors a unique perspective of the stunning landscapes and diverse ecosystems within the park. There are various guided horseback riding tours available, catering to riders of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced equestrians.

These horseback riding tours typically take visitors through scenic trails, allowing them to explore the vast pampas, lush forests, and breathtaking mountain scenery of Torres del Paine. Along the way, riders may encounter native wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, and a variety of bird species, adding to the adventure and immersion in nature.

One of the advantages of horseback riding in Torres del Paine is the opportunity to cover more ground and access remote areas that may be challenging to reach on foot. It’s a fantastic way to appreciate the vastness and diversity of the park while enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of riding through Patagonian landscapes.

Whether it’s a short excursion or a full-day adventure, horseback riding in Torres del Paine offers an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. Visitors can choose from a range of guided tours offered by local operators, ensuring a safe and enjoyable ride through one of Chile’s most iconic national parks.

Some good options are the Horseback Riding with trekking to Base de las Torres, the Horseback Riding in the Enchanted Valley, the Half day tour to Nordenskjold Lake with Horseback Riding and the Horseback Riding in the Asencio Canyon.

ticket horseback Riding in Torres del Paine


Sightseeing tours

Also, for those who are not interested in adventure, activities, and adrenaline, there are tours that cover the most important scenic spots of the national park. El Tour to the Blue Lagoon, and the tour in Torres del Paine National Park are some of the activities available.

An overview tour in Torres del Paine National Park  is a visit to enjoy the stunning natural beauty and iconic landmarks. These tours are ideal for travelers who prefer a more relaxed and leisurely way to explore the area, as they typically involve guided visits to the park’s most scenic viewpoints and highlights.

During an overview tour, visitors can expect to visit iconic landmarks such as the three granite towers (Torres del Paine) that give the park its name, as well as the horn-shaped peaks known as the Cuernos del Paine. Additionally, the tour may include stops at panoramic viewpoints overlooking pristine lakes, sprawling pampas, and rugged mountain ranges, providing ample opportunities for photography and taking in the breathtaking scenery.


Trekking to Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine

Guides accompanying the tour often provide insights into the park’s geology, ecology, and cultural significance, enriching the experience with their knowledge and expertise. Visitors can learn about the unique flora and fauna that inhabit the region, as well as the geological processes that have shaped the landscape over millions of years.

These overview tours are typically conducted in comfortable vehicles, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery while traveling between different viewpoints and attractions. They are perfect for travelers of all ages and fitness levels who want to experience the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park without the physical exertion required for activities like hiking or horseback riding.




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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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