The Torres del Paine National Park is a popular must-see on the Chilean Patagonia. The actual Torres del Paine (Paine's Towers) having themselves a unique very recognizable geology form, with its three granite towers, are a great sight but it is just one of the reasons to visit the park. Its extension, particular wildlife and landscape, and specially its still preserved pure nature state makes it a magical park.
We booked a one-day excursion to Torres through our hostel, as we didn't have enough time to camp or do the multi-day hiking trail – we wanted to be back in Santiago for Christmas! We have considered a single day hike to the base of the Torres del Paine, but we've decided not to make it due to the weather conditions, what later would prove to be a wise decision.
The show must go on and Patagonia was in our minds!
The buses timetable information in Chiloe was very hard to find online or in the Lonely Planet, here it only works the old-fashioned way – go to the terminal and ask! We found out we had a bus south in half an hour – luckily! – and continued our way to Puerto Montt.
The information here was also not easy to obtain, we found this was true everywhere in Chile – the bus schedules are not in display at the terminal or available online! You have to go to each bus company and ask them when they are going to the destination you want! This was cumbersome and we wrote them down so that it hopefully helps anyone wanting to go from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas (Punta Arenas is the center of Patagonian action).
As of December 2014, Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas:
As we are a lucky bunch, it was a Saturday afternoon when we got to Puerto Montt – which meant we could only move forward on Monday!
We were quite tired of the nomad life of sleeping each day in a different city or in a bus. It was what we did for the past 9 days riding long bus hours while crossing Chile, so it was actually nice to stop for a weekend!
In Puerto Montt, we stayed in 'Hospedaje Vista al Mar' which was like a ski chalet and very comfy. Exactly what we were needing! Our room with sea and volcano view was the cherry on top! We even treated ourselves to a fancy dinner.
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