If you find yourself in El Calafate, there is good chance you’re there in order to explore the surrounding glaciers and the spectacular scenery. In many respects, the area is considered one of the most remote places in the world, thanks to its southern location on the globe, but it is certainly worth traveling here to experience the Torres del Paine National Park, located right across the border in Chilean Patagonia. This tour is a full, 14-hour day tour that offers the best views and the top attractions within the park.
From your El Calafate hotel, you’ll begin the tour in a four-wheel-drive bus equipped to handle the terrain. As you drive, look out the window to spot truly breathtaking sights like views of Lake Sarmiento, Amarga Lagoon and the Cordillera Paine Mountains. At several points, the bus will stop, allowing you a quick chance to soak in the views fully and take photos of particularly dramatic landscapes. Eventually, you will cross over the border to Chile, and there will be a brief stop at customs. Then, it is on to the Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way enjoy a boxed lunch including a sandwich, fruit, salad and a beverage.
For approximately four hours, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the magnificent national park. Within Torres del Paine, there are more landmarks than you could possibly see in a single day. However, this guided tour seeks to hit the highlights, which will include Lake Pehoe, the incredible Grey Glacier that towers over Grey Lake and the Paine River.
You can even set off on a brief hike to see the Salto Grande Waterfall in its full glory. After a comprehensive tour of the park, it’s back on the bus for a scenic four-hour journey to the various hotels in El Calafate.