Torres del Paine Catamaran
Pudeto to Paine Grande to Pudeto
Torres del Paine Catamaran
Where Does the Catamaran Operate from?
There is a catamaran ferry service in the heart of Torres del Paine that operates between the Pudeto Jetty, which is more or less in the heart of the Park, beside Pehoe Lake; and Refugio Paine Grande. However, this is NOT the catamaran that operates to see Glacier Grey – so do not be confused by this. THAT catamaran departs from Hotel Grey, way over in the western arm of the Park.
This catamaran service is used by people who wish to get to, or come back from, the French Valley; and those who may be coming from, or going to Refugio Grey.
It is NOT POSSIBLE to make reservations. Passengers must turn up, line up and wait to board.
Length of the Crossing
From departing one end to arriving at the other side, crossing Pehoe Lake, the journey takes 25 minutes. From those waiting at the Pudeto end, there is a small cafeteria where you can buy hot drinks and snacks, as well as some public WC’s.
At the Refugio Paine Grande end, there is the restaurant in the refugio that serves snacks and drinks and, of course, public rest rooms are there too.
Information on Catamaran Payment
and Departure Times
How to Pay
Payment is required on board, in cash in local Chilean pesos, but during high season they often accept other HARD currencies, for example USD and the Euro. However, if ExperienceChile.Org is handling your travel itinerary WE CAN arrange tickets in advance – but these will not guarantee you space on a specific departure, you will STILL NEED to show up early and wait in line.
Scheduling is set at specific times, however, as this is a monopoly service, the owners can, at will, change the frequency of these departures to suit the economic reality associated with income derived from each sailing. In other words, if it looks to them like there will not be much demand in a particular day they may well cancel a sailing. Naturally, this does not help when it comes to planning travel itineraries, but it can happen, although no often.
Climate and Weather
Another influence on departure times is the state of the weather. If there is considerable wind the service can be suspended.
One way is approx USD40 per person / Return fare is less than two singles
One backpack is included, but USD10 per extra backpack up to 50Kg)
Departure Times PENDING UPDATE for 2021 - 2022
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