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 tour took us to the spotlights of the National park. We got to see the waterfalls (Salto Chico and Salto Grande), the Lakes Pehoé and Lake Grey and the small lagoon Laguna verde. In the tour we were supposed to get great views of the Torres del Pain towers, but the weather was just awful! The clouds blocked most of the mountain views and we never got to see them!...
Sure the landscape was still impressive and the mist gave it a special touch, but the wind was blowing strong and the freezing air got through us no matter how many pieces of clothes we wore. Every time we got out of the mini bus was a struggle against rain, gusts of wind and the cold!
Actually it was surprising how many different species of animals we could spot on a day trip on a mini-bus. We got to see huge condors hovering on the top of our heads, an rhea with its chicks (rhea are South American ostrich-like bird), and, perhaps the rarest and best sighting, the Chilean guemal or huemul, an endangered species of deer! See them below.