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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2012
Torres del Paine itinerary help!  (2 Answers)

Hi there!

I'm planning a trip to Salar de Uyuni and Torres Del Paine with a group of 6 young, fit friends. I'm working on our itinerary (included below) and am soooo excited, but had a couple of specific quick questions:

1) Does sky airlines fly from Calama to Puerto Natales in high season? We exit Salar de Uyuni in Calama and the current Sky airline website doesn't allow me to reserve past mid November. In November there are no flights from Calama to Puerto Natales (or Punta Arenas as a second-choice). So I'm currently having us fly from Calama to Santiago then from there to Puerto Natales.

2) Is it cheaper to buy SKY airlines flights from Chile or South america (or any non-US location)? I can find a way to get a friend to book for me if so.

3) We will be beginning the hike Dec 30th and ending it on Jan 5th. Will the holidays interfere with being able to have lodging in Refugios or getting buses?

4) We only have 7 days in Patagonia - would you rather (1) spend the whole time doing the circuit or (2) do the shorter W and spend some time in the other attractions in Patagonia? I've heard isla del magdalena is great, as well as the Fitzroy region in Argentina?

5) What are the best legs in the TdP circuit to dwell in? Is the itinerary below realistic for a group of 6 young, fit, outdoorsy travelers? Our current itinerary assumes we dwell one extra day in Valle del Silencio, but we could just as easily switch this "dwell day" to any other leg:

Dec 30 - Sun (day 1)
Take first bus to Torres Del Paine NP
Arrive at Laguna Amarga
Hike 4.5 hrs to Seron
Hike 6 hrs to Dickson refugio

Dec 31 - Mon (day 2)
Hike past los perros camp site
Hike over Paso John Gardner
Attempt to hike to Grey refugio

Jan 1 - Tues (day 3)
Spend the day around Grey refugio, doing a glacier hike in grey glacier
Finish off at Paine Grande refugio

Jan 2 - Wed (day 4)
Hike into frances valley
Camp at Refugio de los cuernos

Jan 3 - Thurs (day 5)
Hike to Silence valley
Rent tents in Chileno refugio
Camp in Silence valley

Jan 4 - Fri (day 6) - return to Chileno Refugio and sleep there

Jan 5 - Sat (day 7)
Early morning hike out to bus departing a 7am, bus to Punta Arenas airport
3:40PM depart punta arenas

Hope that's not too many questions - thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2012
Sights and Beauty in OCT - DEC  (1 Answer)

HI all,

Patagonia has long been a dream of mine and I have an opportunnity to visit this beautiful part of the world between Mid october and Mid december. It seems to be the norm that all photos you see of patagonia are beautiful blue skyes and groud coverded in snow. I am hoping my experience to be the same but am unsure if this time oy year will still be covered in Snow. I understand the Andes section will have snow capped peaks but can any body give me ideas or mabye even some photos from the region from this time of year.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2011
walking in Glacier National Park & Torres del Paine NP  (1 Answer)

i am considering joining a 'Gap' tour which has day walks in these 2 areas but wondering how tough they will be & how young & energetic the other members are likely to be!. I am a 63yr old female reasonably fit & do some walking in the French Alps, but am not a fast walker & have not done a hard full day uphill slog. i will be in the alps again in a few weeks time & hope to push myself further, but need to confirm the hoilday before then.

can anyone give me an idea of the gradients expected & if the walking times quoted are actual walk times or include breaks for lunch,snacks/photos etc? or any other guidlines?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 02, 2010
Weather in late April  (3 Answers)

I plan to go to El Calfacate in Argentina and Torres de Paine in late April. How is the weather during this time of the year? Is there cruise/boat service?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 27, 2009
Finding a local guide in Patagonia - Torres del Paine  (4 Answers)

Does anyone know how to hook up with a local guide for Torres del Paine before the trip (mid-November) or once in Puerto Natales?

If I don't find a local guide, I will trek it alone. Any advise is appreciated for a single traveler.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2007
This island is part of Fantasy Island  (4 Answers)

This island does not exist in any map. Maybe is part of the Atlantida.
I suppose it is the Isla de Tierra del Fuego.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2007
Hot Air Ballooning.....Patagonia  (3 Answers)


Does anyone know of any hot air ballooning opportunities around Punta Arenas or Ushuaia?

I will be there in Feb/March


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 19, 2007
Birthday Ideas....Patagonia  (1 Answer)

I'm seeking inspiration for my boyfriend's birthday in Patagonia...

We fly into Ushuia on 26th Feb and plan to be in Cape Horn for his birthday on 29th. Then we have a week to get to Punta Arenas for our flight home. By this time we will have been backpacking for 3 months so I'd like to do something really special.

Does anyone know of any special restuarants or hotels in this region? Anything alternative, romantic or breathtaking would be welcomed!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 10, 2007
Trekking Companies for Patagonia  (7 Answers)


We're trying to gather information to plan out a trek through Patagonia and would love any recommendations on trekking guides or companies in that area. I found a few interesting ones just searching the internet but would love any personal recommendations from folks who had good experiences with one. Also would love to chat about your first-hand experience on this trek.

What's the best time of year to be there? Is Oct/Nov a good time or would it be better in Jan/Feb?

Any insight, advice, pics or stories to share would be great!

Thanks for your help,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2006
4-night cruise M/V Via Australis Ushuaia-Punta Arenas  (1 Answer)

I am planning a 4-night cruise December 23rd from Ushuaia-Punta Arenas on the cruiseline Cruceros Australis (M/V Via Australis). I am traveling with 2 children 10 & 13 yr boys. Has anyone traveled on this vessel? Looking for feedback regarding quality of accommodations, food, staff, etc. What is the attire required and can you rent outdoor clothing/boots?
Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2006
travel to Patagonia in June/July  (6 Answers)

hello everyone... one last question...

is it possible to travel in winter (June/July) to travel to Patagonia?
Are there any ferries or busses operating?

again your help is appreciated.

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