Torres del Paine tour

“Five laid-back days at a eco camp deep inside Torres del Paine National Park, within easy trekking distance of the towers, glaciers and stunning viewpoints.”

Highlights

Staying in a unique, sustainable eco camp | All activities are optional: hiking to base of towers, Grey Glacier, trek to lookout point with chance of seeing condors, half day walk to Laguna Inge

Departure information

Daily departures from Oct through to April
Our top tip:
Get in shape before you travel so that you can make the most of the amazing treks and enjoy them rather than endure them!
Trip type:
Daily shared departure.
Activity level:
Moderate/challenging, depending on chosen activities.
Accomm:
Fully sustainable eco-camp in middle of the park, with shared bathrooms.
Solos:
Single rooms available with a surcharge.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, all meals at accommodation, daily excursions, tour guides.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Torres del Paine tour

Environment

In our pre departure information pack, and throughout the orientation on site we help you to minimise your carbon footprint on your tour, and help protect the fragile ecosystem of the region. This information includes simple advice on the disposal of waste, to the offset of carbon emissions through our carbon offsetting program. All entry fees paid by us for your tour go to help upkeep the Torres del Paine national park and contribute to help maintain this site for future generations.

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed. We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in need.

Community

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, local produce for meals or the transport on tour. We do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are carried out by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on.

Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the Chilean Patagonia region, and their knowledge on the sites, fauna and flora you will pass on route, as well as giving you a fascinating insight into the history of indigenous culture within this important region of Chile.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip to Chile. From cleaning up waste left by trekkers in the park to wildlife monitoring programs, ask us to see how you can give back. Most importantly 10% of the funds from your tour will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

Reviews of Torres del Paine tour

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


So many. Our great group & superb guides. First site of the mountains from Lake Pehoe & climbing to the Torres.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you're in good shape for long & sometimes challenging hikes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not sure of benefit to locals other than some employment. Tour was very good on minimizing environmental impacts including reminders from guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


All my expectations were met. Great accommodations, food, guides, activities, etc. I would give it a 9 - 10.

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