Chile - Patagonia, Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is centerpiece of Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, located in Chilean Patagonia. Buses departure Puerto Natales (starting point to visit the park) at 7 a.m. and arrive to Laguna Amarga (entrance to the park) at 9 a.m. The entrance fee is very expensive and two tickets are available:
  • 25000 CLP (35 USD) - valid from 1 to 3 days.
  • 35000 CLP (50 USD) valid  3 + days.
I paid for 1-3 days entrance fee and took shuttle bus to Refugio Torre Central, where I booked a night a few months before. Theoretically you can not enter the park without confirmed accommodation booking. There are a few option of accommodation:

  • campsite (20 USD) 
  • simple bed in hostel (90 USD) !!!!
  • free camping, it is almost impossible to book the accommodation.
In fact you don't need to book accommodation. Rangers usually ask about your plans and accommodation for the first night.  One day trekking and accommodation in Puerto Natales is also acceptable option. Anyway booking in advance and spot price in hostel is the same. 

I checked in the refugio and started trek to Torres del Paine view point at 11 a.m. 

The trekking was not ease. The most difficult part of the trail is at the end. The trail climbs up very steeply. The views are great on the way and at the view point. It was all day trekking (9 hours).

I came back to the hostel in the evening, where I had pizza for CLP 14,000 (USD 20) with tea bags for 2500 CLP (USD 3).

I planned to go from Laguna Amarga to Dock Guardería Pudeto by bus and to Paine Grande by ferry following day. Paine Grande was supposed to be starting point for treks to Glaciar Grey and Valle del Frances. Unfortunately the park was closed due to coronavirus lock-down the following day. All hikers were forced to leave the park and went back to Puerto Natales. The Argentinian border was closed too and I couldn't visit Perito Moreno and trek to Fitz Roy view point. In fact it was the end of my travel. It took me one week to go home. It was very stressful because many flights were canceled or postponed. To sum up travel to Patagonia / Chile was the worst travel in my life.