I’ve been to many national parks around the world, but Torres Del Paine in Chile truly took my breath away. We debated forever if we should just stick to Northern Chile and do the Southern tip on a different trip since it takes so much effort to get here, but I’m so glad we decided to put in the effort and come all the way down to this side of the world.
Punta Arenas to Torres Del Paine
Getting to Punta Arenas is the first part of the challenge of seeing Torres Del Paine. It was a 3 hour flight from Santiago, an overnight stay in Punta Arenas, and then a 4 hour drive to the entrance of the park. From there, it was another hour or so of driving to whichever lake or hike you wanted to do. Accommodation inside the park itself was north of 1000$/night! Since we don’t like paying in limbs, we opted to stay just outside the park at Rio Serrano for “only” a third of that 🙂
Tip: if you book through the hotel directly, you can save 10%.
Was it worth all the hassle and the ridiculously overpriced stay? Yes. A thousand times yes.
Accommodation in Torres del Paine
We initially booked the cheapest room in Rio Serrano Hotel. A week before we arrived they emailed us to say that we got upgraded to the biggest room they had because “two cribs don’t fit in the room you requested”. Score! We conveniently forgot to mention that we no longer need two cribs because Baby has been sneaking into our bed lately.
This “cheap” hotel was more like the fanciest-hotel-we’ve-ever-stayed-in. Rio Serrano Hotel and Spa is complete with a beautiful pool, spa, indoor playground, games room, airport shuttle (the one that’s 4 hours away!!), buffet breakfast and gorgeous views of Torres del Paine.
So, what did we get to do with our two babies at this end of the world?
Beelined for the mountains of course, to hike Torres Del Paine