Torres del Paine:

Activities in and Around the Park

Ice Hike Grey Glacier | Kayak Grey |

Penguins and Whales Punta Arenas

 

 

 

 

Torres del Paine Activities

such as Kayak and Ice Hike

and from Punta Arenas Penguins and Whale Watching

Ice Hiking and Kayak in Torres del Paine

Particularly on this page we highlight the Torres del Paine activities such as Kayak and Ice Hiking near to, and on top of Glacier Grey. It should be noted that for those hiking the W Trek, starting or ending at Refugio Grey will allow for these activities to be added to your itinerary.

Penguins and Whale Watching from Punta Arenas

In addition, apart from the stunning, wild and dramatic scenery to be found in Patagonia there are a number of other special outdoor “active” excursions to experience, such as whale watching, seeing penguins in their natural habitat. Consequently, we can add in these activities for clients spending time in Punta Arenas.

Fast Speed Zodiac Between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine

Unquestionably, one of the most exciting ways to travel in or out of Torres del Paine is in a fast-speed zodiac that goes up or down the Serrano River.

For all the above options here below, you will find more information.

Torres del Paine Activities:

from Punta Arenas

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King Penguins

This is a very long day excursion starting early am from Punta Arenas. The trip will take you across the Magallanes Straight to Tierra del Fuego to reach a coastal park where small groups of these colorful penguin’s nest.

Operated between Oct. to Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions.

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Magallan Penguins

With an early check-in at a centrally located office in Punta Arenas, this half day excursion involves a navigation to an Island in the Magallanes Straight called Santa Magdalena. Here, there are thousands of Magallanic penguins. The trip offers a disembarkation onto the island for a walk around as well as seeing on another island some sea lions. 

Operated between Oct. to Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions.

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Whale Watching

With a dawn start (04:00hrs AM) from Punta Arenas, this is a very long, full day navigation to the marine park within a channel of the western archipelago of southern Patagonia. Return to your hotel in Punta Arenas is around 20:00hrs.

Operated between Dec. – April
Subject to local weather conditions.

Torres del Paine Activities:

from El Calafate

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Regular Perito Moreno

This is a full day excursion to one of the most impressive glaciers in the world. The trip we offer includes a navigational element on board a catamaran to see one side of the glacier face as well as several hours walking on the boardwalks in front of the glacier.

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Los Balcones Tour

The “Los Balcones” tour is a half day excursion into the mountains behind El Calafate. Transport is in a large, 4 x 4 truck that can traverse up the steep mountain side to a plateau. Here, there is a magnificent view, on a clear day, over all of El Calafate, the lake and the surrounding landscape. Even El Chalten Mount Fitzoy can be see if it is very clear. Along with the scenery is an interesting geological class explaining about how the various rock formations came to be.

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Perito Moreno Ice Hike

Mini Trek

Age Limits: Over 8yrs – Up to 65yrs

Operating out from El Calafate, this excursion is a full day trip and involves trekking on top of the Perito Moren Glacier. Accompanied by guides and ice crampons supplied.

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Perito Moreno Ice Climb

Big Ice

Age Limits: Over 18yrs – Up to 50yrs

An alternative to the Perito Moreno ice hike is the Perito Moren ice climb, known as “Big Ice”. This follows the same itinerary as the ice hike, except that it involves actual scaling of glacial ice walls on the glacier. Guides and equipment supplied.

Torres del Paine Activities:

in the Park

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Navigation Grey

It has to be said that the boat trip across Grey Lake to the Glacier Grey is a great add-on to your W Trek or as a half day tour on its own. Operating from a mooring by Grey beach, which is in front of Hotel Grey, the catamaran takes (and collects) passengers to (from) Refugio Grey (so it acts like a ferry in this case) and then passes by the face of Glacier Grey before returning back to Hotel Grey. There are several departures during the day, all subject to local weather.

However, the third Navigation collects and drops passengers from /to Refugio Grey first and then goes past the glacier.

Operated between Oct. – Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions

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Glacier Grey Ice Hike

For those of our clients doing the W Trek, we can add on this great activity pre or post the W. However, for logistics, you will need a night at Refugio or Camping Grey.

Check-in and the start is from a base located very close to the Refugio Grey.

Participants will be provided with all the safety gear and accompanied by a guide.

Operated between Oct. – Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions

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Kayak Grey

Operating out from a base very close to Refugio and Camping Grey is the Kayak Grey. Here, participants will be able to paddle in the ice-cold, iceberg filled waters of Grey Lake and close to the Glacier. All equipment provided.

We can add this onto a W trek itinerary either as a pre or post trek activity. However, you will need to get to the Grey sector, by the Navigation Grey, or trekking from Paine Grande or arriving from Los Perros on the full Circuit trek.

Operated between Oct. – Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions.

Torres del Paine Activities:

from and to Puerto Natales

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Rio Serrano Zodiac

Natales to Torres del Paine

In the event that you want something different, perhaps a little adventure and, at the same time, get yourself from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine, then this is the way to go. Operating out from Puerto Natales is a trip that combines a navigation along the fiord in front of Puerto Natales, to the Serrano Glacier at the end. Here, passengers disembark, can walk through a native wood and see icebergs in a lagoon.

Following this activity, participants will then get into a fast-speed zodiac that travels up stream towards Torres del Paine.

The exhilaration of going fast, upriver and then seeing the incredible scenery on the way is a great way to begin your Torres del Paine adventure.

Operated between Nov. – End of Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions

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Rio Serrano Zodiac

Torres del Paine to Natales

Even though you have had a great time in Torres del Paine, you will now need to get back to Puerto Natales. Here, you have two options, one is by road and the other is by fast-speed zodiac! We offer the zodiac from the Serrano village that speeds down river to where the Serrano glacier is coming down from the Souther Ice shelf and into a lagoon.

From here passengers board a catamaran for the slower navigation down the fiord to an estancia for a Patagonian barbecue, before heading back to Natales.

If you wish to extend your Torres del Paine adventure as well as get back to Puerto Natales, then this is the way to do it.

Operated between Nov. – End of Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions

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Glacier Serrano

In the event that you have a free day, this full-day excursion to see Glacier Serrano is a very good option. The day begins with an early departure from the small, Bories port in Puerto Natales whereupon passengers board a catamaran. The boat then navigates along the channel for about two hours until it arrives to a small dock, close to the Serrano Glacier.

Here, passengers disembark and walk through a native wood to a lagoon where icebergs are usually floating, and the Serrano Glacier can be seen coming down from the Southern Ice shelf directly down to the water.

On the return journey passengers are treated to a Patagonian barbecue at an Estancia before eventually returning ti Natales at around 17:00hrs.

Operated between Nov. – End of Feb.
Subject to local weather conditions.

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