Tips for Planning Your Hiking Trip to Patagonia

Tips for Planning Your Hiking Trip to Patagonia, Puerto Natales, Chile (B)

Upon researching how to hike Parques Nacionales Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine without a guide, I had to search several websites including the parks’ own sites, El Chaltén’s website, Trip Advisor, blogs and more to get a general idea of the process. At times, I felt confused and the research was very time consuming. I likely could have just purchased a travel book, but even the Fodor’s (copyright 2015) at times was outdated. This post is dedicated to information about hiking Patagonia. The details of our trip can be found in other posts under Argentina and Chile on this site.

First and foremost, while I feel extremely fortunate to have gone to El Chaltén and Los Glaciares first and Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine second simply due to benefiting from weather issues, I recommend reversing the itinerary. Puerto Natales is a larger city with more amenities. It is easier to book bus transportation and actually pay for it with a credit card instead of cash.

With the luxury of time, it wouldn’t hurt to hang out in Puerto Natales a few days before heading to the park. The city is nice with many restaurant selections and grocery stores for provisioning. There is also a hostel that provides information about hiking the W route. During the high season, it is recommended to make reservations on the buses and in the parks. While the buses we took from El Chaltén to El Calafate and from El Calafate to Puerto Natales weren’t full, the bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine was. In fact, there was an overflow bus. I asked the lodge where we were staying if they would buy our tickets. They did so about a week in advance. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Tips for Planning Your Hiking Trip to Patagonia
Guide Location: Chile » Puerto Natales
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Parques Nacionales Los Glaciares
  • Torres del Paine