Wanderlust Wednesday: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

About: Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. Some of its most iconic sites are the 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine.

When to go: The best time to visit Chilean Patagonia is November to early March (summertime in the southern hemisphere). Although you'll compete with heavy crowds during this peak season, the weather is ideal for exploring Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego

Eat: Cafeteria El Ovejero Patagonico is a specialty food market and they also serve dinner. If you are looking for an authentic steakhouse Restaurante El Asador Pataganico is the place to go, and if you are looking for authentic Chilean food in the middle of Torres del Paine then Rio Pingo Restaurant & Minimarket is the spot.

Sleep: Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa has unbeatable views of the mountains and landscape. Another great option which is surrounded by lakes, rivers, forest, mountains and a stunning glacier is Hotel Lago Grey. Now if you are looking for to splurge and stay in absolute luxury then Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is where you want to be. This hotel sits on a bluff where the vast pampas meet Lake Sarmiento, and has a magnificent view of Torres del Paine peaks on the other side of the lake.

Play: From Calafate you can book a full day tour on a truck 4x4 and travel to Torres del Paine, using an unpaved short cut to shave hours from your time in transit. You’ll spend the morning hiking to viewpoints with spectacular perspectives on the mountain landscape. After a provided, picnic lunch, set out on a 2-hour hike to Lake Pehoé and Lake Nordenskjöld.

Explore the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park on a full-day guided tour from Puerto Natales. Skip the hassle of arranging transport and get picked up directly from your hotel. Enjoy panoramic views across the park, beautiful lakes, and the distinctive granite peaks that give the park its name.

Marina Beach is a beautiful natural urban beach offering a recreational shoreline with food vendors and spectacular views.

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