TORRES DEL PAINE
HOW TO GET THERE
By land or sea - from Chile or Argentina, many routes lead to Torres del Paine National Park, so the traveler can choose the one that best fulfils his expectations.
If the itinerary starts in Santiago, the first stop on the trip will be the city of Punta Arenas (by land or air), where the traveler must take Route 9 North (paved) leading to Puerto Natales, a place over 200 kilometers away.
From Puerto Natales, the most important city in this area of Patagonia, the trip continues along Route 9, skirting Mt Castillo. The distance to the Park, located in the province of Ultima Esperanza, is around 113 kilometers (only 24 are paved).
If the traveler starts at El Calafate, in Argentina, he must take provincial route N° 11 up to the fork along national route N° 40, leading to the International Border Crossing at Rio Don Guillermo. Already in Chile, he takes Route 9. The total distance is over 270 kilometers, and most of the roadways are unpaved.
Another access road from Argentina is from Rio Gallegos, along national route N° 3 up to the crossing with national route N° 40 that leads to the International Border Crossing at Laurita Casas Viejas. Once in Chile, the traveler continues along Route 9. The total distance is over 290 kilometers, and most of the roads are unpaved.
A longer, but perhaps more exciting option is to travel on a ferry from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales. This trip lasts 4 days, and ferries sail once a week.