Hiking The Paine Circuit Loop

The MOST popular hiking trail in Chile.

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Northwest of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, the Torres del Paine National Park is located on a section of the Patagonian steepe and is the most popular park in Chile.

The Paine Circuit is a rugged loop around the Paine Massif which consists of four granite spires. Get ready for massive glaciers and dramatic waterfalls. Hike the Paine Circuit counter-clockwise starting from Laguna Armaga on the eastside. Its a 52 mile route that typically requires 10 days to circumnavigate. This orange-blazed route is best travelled counterclockwise. Keep in mind that solo hiking is prohibited. The route can be quite windy -- March is by far the best time of year to attempt it.

There are independently operated refugios and campsites along the routes.

To reach Torres del Paine National Park, plan to use inter-country airline, LAN Airlines, to fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Rent a car from Turismo Southland (011-56-61-241-143). Then drive 155 miles north to Puerto Natales. Then another 90 miles northwest to the park. Note, there may be bus service available from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales.

Overall, Paine Circuit Loop is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 4 hikes in Chile.

Refugio Pehoe, Torres del Paine NP (CHILE)

Refugio Pehoe, Torres del Paine NP (CHILE)

Paine Circuit Loop Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tourism (202) 785-1746

Recommended Book:  "Trekking The Patagonian Andes" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Erratic Rock Hostel, Puerto Natales; Casa Newen B&B, Santiago; Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales; Hosteria las Torres (56) 61-246054;

Luxury Loding:  Lago Grey Lodge, Torres del Paine; Explora Hotel

Reference Source:  click here http://www.torresdelpaine.com/

GPS:  -51.097, -72.989

Date Published:  1/5/2016

Date Updated:  7/9/2016

ID:  11164

Paine Circuit Loop Hiking Map


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