Calving glaciers, grazing Guanacos and oh so gentle men: Torres del Paine is full of wonders. Most people arrive here to experience the crown jewel of South America’s national parks (the “Teenagers of the Andes”), and when you do, I recommend you do it in style. Right now, I am sitting in front of a warming fireplace in a salon with open windows giving way to Las Torres Massif, the striking “Torres” right behind my back with nothing but the stars to bridge our distance. Beautiful. This weekend, I have been invited to stay at Hotel Las Torres and I am loving it. Let me tell you why.
“Welcome to the Teenagers of the Andes!”
Our guide for the day, Eduardo, convinces me to join him and his crew on a so-called “Full Paine” Tour organized by Hotel Las Torres, which offers a perfect chance to experience many of the national park’s highlights without actually having to hike (which is what I have saved for later 😀 ). It is a full day excursion tracing the foothills of the Torres Massif, including constant jaw-dropping vantage points until you reach what is called Lago Grey, or “Grey Lake”. On overcast days, the glacier-fed lake appears grey due to the many sediments it carries, whereas on sunny days … I recommend you see for yourself.
(PS: The Torres del Paine mountains, by the way, have only formed some 12 million years ago, as opposed to the Andes further west having formed over 60 million years ago – hence “Teenagers of the Andes“.)
Horse-riding, Hiking and more Hilarious Stuff
“I really enjoy travelling with locals. Is there something really local I could do in order to interact with the culture of this place?” Bearing this question in mind, the answer in Torres del Paine would be: Una Cabalgata. Meaning … Horse Trekking with Gauchos, the Cowboys of Patagonia! This and many more activities can all be organized with the friendly and efficient staff at Hotel Las Torres. You literally are able to come here and relax in style (they even have a SPA I have yet to use … ). I suggest it’s worth putting money at the side for. And Torres del Paine might very well be the single most beautiful mountain range in the world (take this from someone who calls Austria home and New Zealand, well second home ..).
I LOVE it here!
Disclaimer: I have been invited by Hotel Las Torres on this trip to Torres del Paine National Park. All opinions are my own.