Cerro Castillo and the Patagonian Landscape
This excursion begins early in the morning from Puerto Natales. Along the way you'll stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, where you can shop or enjoy a coffee break.
As you continue toward Torres del Paine National Park, you'll enjoy diverse landscapes, such as the Magellanic deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe, which is dominated by the wind and aridity.
You may see two examples of the local fauna: the Patagonian guanaco, a South American camel and a relative of llama, and the endemic rhea (Ñandú), a relative of the African ostrich.
Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park is a biosphere reserve with a surface area of 935 square miles and an dramatic and diverse landscape with lakes, waterfalls, and snow- and ice-capped mountains. This unforgettable national park has dozens of turquoise lakes populated with a variety of marine birds, and surrounded by jagged granite peaks.
You’ll walk for about 15 minutes to see the powerful and picturesque Salto Grande waterfall, which connects two big lakes inside the park: the Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes.
Lunch will be served at one of the hosterias in the park (depending on availability), and after lunch you'll continue your trip through the park. Depending on the conditions, you'll return on the same road you came in on, or by the new road that borders lakes Toro, Porteño, and Sofía.
- Language: English
- Included: Lunch
- Walking information: Some walking is involved.
- Clothing: Trekking/walking shoes are recommended. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headband to cover the ears are also recommended as the UV rays are very strong. Strong winds are typical in the area.