South America is home to some of the most beautiful national parks on Earth. One such park is located in Chilean Patagonia, and boasts 1,810 square kilometers of crystal-clear, blue lakes, dense green forests, soaring peaks and babbling brooks at every turn. As part of Unesco’s Biosphere Reserve, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine rests peacefully as a mecca for nature lovers from around the globe.

There are tons of activities to be enjoyed inside the park, including horseback riding, kayaking, and even ice trekking on the park’s radiant glacier. The main attraction, of course, is some good old-fashioned hiking. I recommend a minimum of three days in the park, though if you want to fully enjoy all the breathtaking sights (and have the stamina for a longer trek), plan to stay seven to ten days.

Entry to the park ranges from $15,000 Chilean pesos in the high season to $5,000 in low season. The best time to visit is between November and March. Keep in mind that January and February bring the most visitors, so if you choose to go then you may be trekking amongst larger crowds.

Check out my posts on Parque Nacional Torres el Paine: 

  • Puerto Natales as an Entry Point to Torres del Paine
  • Camping & Refugios in Torres del Paine
  • Mirador Torres del Paine