Full Day Excursions

Full Day Excursions

Lasting between seven and ten hours, our full-day excursions give guests an opportunity to explore the hiking paths, equestrian routes, scenic roads and lakes of Las Torres del Paine National Park in even more depth.

Some activities feature a refreshing box lunch where you will be served Chilean specialties created by the Hotel Las Torres chefs. For all excursions we provide a box lunch with a sandwich, water and snacks for your all-day adventure in the park.

Full Day Excursions

Full Paine 2 (Custom)

Full Paine

fullpaineThis excursion truly lives up to its name by giving guests the fullest introduction to Torres del Paine National Park in the shortest amount of time. This road trip into the heart of the park features stops at scenic overlooks, short hikes to natural landmarks, and a wonderful lake cruise to Grey Glacier. Stops along the way include Puente Negro (Black Bridge), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall.

After enjoying an al fresco gourmet lunch, guests have a choice of a hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey to a point where you can gaze down at icebergs or a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field. The Catamaran is for 100 people and the cruise takes around three hours. Is offered by an external company, therefore, we don´t take any responsibility for cancellations due to weather conditions or technical issues.

*The boat trip on Grey Lake is optional and not included as part of the excursion rate except for guests participating in our all-inclusive programs.

Full Paine 2 (Custom)

Full Paine

fullpaineThis excursion truly lives up to its name by giving guests the fullest introduction to Torres del Paine National Park in the shortest amount of time. The journey towards the heart of the park includes stops in the most important and attractive lookout points, brief walks towards some of the most memorable sites within the park, as well as the chance to participate in an incredible sailing experience to observe the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. The stops and visits include Puente Negro (Black Bridge), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall.

After enjoying a tradicional lunch, guests have the opportunity to sail along the River Serrano towards Mount Balmaceda and visit the largest national park in Chile, Bernardo O’Higgins. During this incredible adventure on a zódiac, where the National Park’s currents join together and flow towards the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to observe the Tyndall and Balmaceda glaciers. The sailing expedition also includes a 1.5 hour stop in the area surrounding the Serrano glacier, a place from which you can walk through evergreen forests for 15 minutes to an hour in order to take in an unbeatable view of the glacier. The return trip departs from the same place.
The navigation takes about 4 to 5 hours (including the walks) and is offered by an external company, therefore, we don´t take any responsibility for cancellations due to weather conditions or technical issues.
*The sailing trip is optional and not included as part of the excursion rate, except for guests participating in our all-inclusive programs. The zódiac is a vessel built for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 16 people.

Las Torres Sendero de Ascencio

This adventurous journey leads to the very base of the celebrated Torres (towers), a viewpoint beside a glacier-fed lagoon with views straight up to the slender, rocky peaks that give the National Park its name. You are given the option of undertaking the entire trek on foot or going halfway on horseback, as far as the Refugio Chileno.

Either way, the excursion starts out from the hotel and quickly climbs into the Ascencio Valley, rising through a beautiful lenga forest to the stony heights above. The route crosses ice-cold mountain streams and threads along glacial moraines before reaching Base Las Torres. After enjoying a snack at the base and time for iconic photographs, the group returns to the hotel via the same route. Total length is 18 km (11 miles) and the elevation change is around 1,000 meters (3,000 feet). The last part of the route is extremely rocky, while other parts feature steep drop offs that may induce vertigo and have a high impact on your knees.


Excursion Valle Frances, Los Cuernos

Valle del Francés

One of our longest excursion ventures into the famous Valle del Francés, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, and part of the famous "W" Trail. After a 45-minutes drive from the hotel, you will board the catamaran Hielos Patagónicos on the lakeshore near Pudeto Ranger Station. A half-hour cruise across Lake Pehoé brings us to Paine Grande, landing on the other side of the lake and the trailhead for the start of our trek. The first part of the trail is relatively flat (it changes about 300m/980ft), leading along the north side of Lago Skottsberg to the bottom of French Valley and Italiano Campsite where we break for water and snacks.

Guests have the option of turning back at Italiano or continuing upwards, deeper into the Valle Francés along a steep trail through lenga woods and then a rocky moonscape above the treeline. Roughly 2.5 km (1,5miles) from Italiano, we reach a viewpoint on the foot of the “Horns” (Los Cuernos), that affords an awesome view of French Glacier coming down from Mount Paine Grande, the Cuernos del Paine peaks rising behind us, and down the valley to the lakes. Altitude change from start to finish is 700-800 meters (2,300-2,600 feet). There is also an option of returning to the hotel on the "W" Trail via Refugio Cuernos rather than taking the catamaran back across the lake. This is a 16km (10 miles) hike from Refugio Italiano which will take about 5 hours. It is possible that you would have to do this hike by yourself if our guide has to return by catamaran with the rest of the group.

* Navegation with catamaran is obligatory (one way) and included for guest with our all-inclusive porgram.
** Excursion available November to March.

Valle Encantado


Gallop across the pampas and through the lenga forest on this equestrian adventure across the Estancia Cerro Paine. Starting off from our stables, the trip follows the "O" Circuit around the eastern edge of the Paine Massif into the valley of the Paine river.

The lenga forest of this area provides a habitat for many birds including Magellanic woodpeckers, Austral parakeets and Chilean flickers. The trail also offers great views of Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) and Cerro Paine mountain before reaching Serón Campsite in the Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley) where we can find a beautiful daisies during spring. After enjoying our box lunch at Serón, the group returns to the hotel via the same route — with a chance to gallop across the open pampas.

Los Cuernos


Get up close and personal with the famous "Horns" of Torres del Paine on this hike along the edge of the Paine Massif.

Leaving the hotel, the route follows a relatively flat section of the "W" Trail between Monte Almirante Nieto and the north shore of Lake Nordenskjöld. Streams fed hanging glaciers slash across the rocky trail as the group makes its way to Refugio Cuernos. Located just below a cluster of jagged peaks called Los Cuernos ("the Horns"), the campsite offers incredible views across the lake Nordenskjöld. While enjoying our box lunch, there's plenty of time to longer by the lakeside and stick a finger or toe in the ice-cold water before returning along the path trail to Hotel Las Torres. Total length is 22 km (13 miles) round trip, either by foot or on horseback.

Sendero de los Lagos 


Get a different take on Torres del Paine flora and fauna — and a dramatically different view of the mountain. The excursion starts with a 90-minute drive alongside Sarmiento lake, around the Park's south eastern edge to the Laguna Verde entrance gate and the Estancia Lazo ranch (also known as “Hostería Mirador del Paine”). After a break at the cozy and very friendly Hostería, the group sets off along the Sendero de los Lagos (Lakes Trail), a one way journey of around 15 km (9.5 miles) to the pick-up point.

The route passes through lush lenga forest as well as open areas along the shore of Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) and Laguna Honda (Deep Lagoon) before veering off to the south and climbing to a summit with a 360° view of the Paine Massif in the north, and Lago Toro (the biggest lake of the Region) along with the endless Patagonian pampas to the southwest. Along the way be on the lookout for owls, woodpeckers, guanaco and other wildlife, as well as orchids and other wildflowers on the forest floor. The last part of the trail, which takes about 50 minutes, drops 500 meters (1,640 feet) to a roadside pull-out near the Paine river. This part might cause vertigo and has a high impact on your knees. Once we reach the road, a vehicle picks up the group for an hour´s drive back to the Hotel.

Mirador Grey

One of the park's most incredible views awaits at the end of this water and trail adventure on the western side of the Paine Massif. The excursion starts with a 45-minutes drive from the Hotel to the Pudeto area, where the group boards the Hielos Patagónicos catamaran for a half-hour crossing of Lake Pehoé. After reaching Paine Grande Landing on the far side, we set off on a trail along the east side of Lago Grey beneath the towering bulk of Mount Paine Grande.

The path undulates through rocky areas, mixed native forests and woodland destroyed by the wild fires of 2011-12, before heading upwards to Mirador Grey with its magnificent views of the lake and glacier. This is the first part of the area placed under government protection, a 1959 decree that created “Parque Nacional de Turismo Lago Grey” — a reserve that would later expand into today's Torres del Paine National Park. The hike is a 22 km (14 mile) round trip (same trail) from Paine Grande Landing; conditions can be exceedingly wet, cold, rainy and windy even during the height of summer. This is probably one the hardest excursions along with “Huella del Puma” and “Las Torres Sendero de Ascencio”. Anyone undertaking it should be in pretty good physical shape.

* Navegation is mandatory (round trip) and not included as part of the excursion rate, except for guests participating in our all-inclusive programs.
** Excursion available November to March.

Valle Bader


Explore a rarely visited corner of the Park on this combined horseback and hiking excursion offered only to Hotel Las Torres guests.

Departing from the Hotel on horseback, the route follows 9 km (5 miles) of the "W" Trail before reaching the junction of a small side trail that veers off to the right. At this point, the group leaves the horses behind, setting off on foot on the steep climb into the remote Bader Valley. Along the way the trail passes through forest and a base camp for mountain climbers, before rising into a rocky area beside a stream where we pause and contemplate the scenery. Tucked between Mount Almirante Nieto and Los Cuernos, the valley offers an incredibly close-up glimpse at the granite faces and an amazing view across Nordenskjöld, Pehoé and Sarmiento lakes to the patagonian pampas.

Huella de Puma 


This combined horseback and hiking excursion culminates in one of the National Park's most striking viewpoints — over the 1,508 meter (5,000-foot) summit of Cerro Paine (Paine hill).

The first section is undertaken on the saddle along a scenic forest section of the Ascencio Valley. This trail heads up on Agostini's route where he took a famous picture in the 40's. Leaving the horses behind, the group passes the treeline and hikes upwards to Cerro Paine's windy summit. The view is truly astounding: the three towers rising in the west, the Paine river Valley and Laguna Azul in the east, lakes Nordenskjöld and Sarmiento in the south. A panorama that includes granite peaks, glaciers, lakes, forest and patagonian pampas in a single glimpse as you slowly twirl around. After a snack at the summit, we return via the same route to meet our horses and comeback to the Hotel. *This excursion is exclusive for guests of Hotel Las Torres.