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Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine National Park

Patagonia is the southernmost end of the American continent. Local flights land in Punta Arenas. Today, the city’s role is as a service provider for the petroleum and fishing industries. On the outskirts is Pali Aike National Park, a unique volcanic landscape with lava flows, extinct craters and various caves.

There are also two penguin colonies which can be visited on day trips from Punta Arenas. We have based our programme around Torres del Paine National Park, which fully deserves its worldwide acclaim. No other park in South America can boast the amazing combination of breathtaking scenery, wildlife and interesting walking trails and hiking. As a result, during the peak summer months, it can get a little crowded. However, to put it into perspective, it receives fewer visitors in a year than Yellowstone does in a single day! The winds in the park can exceed 120km/hour during the summer months. Wildlife in the park includes some 25 species of mammals, most notably pumas, guanacos and foxes. There are over 115 species of resident and migratory bird species including flamingos, coots, geese, raptors and the nandu (South American ostrich). Several glaciers cascade off the ice field and into the various lakes. Also worth a visit are the immense caves of Cueva del Milodon some 30m high, 70m wide and 200m deep.

There is choice between staying in Puerto Natales and travelling into the park or alternatively staying in the more expensive lodges actually inside the park.

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Travelling to Torres del Paine

Fly to Punta Arenas (from Santiago or Puerto Montt) and then a 3 hour public bus journey to Puerto Natales (pre-booked) - the gateway for Torres del Paine National Park.

It is a further 3 hour transfer time to reach the park. Public bus transfers from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales run every day. Transfers and excursions to Torres del Paine only operate from September 15- April 15. Transfers outside of these months are limited and depend on climatic conditions.

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Chile was made for lovers of the outdoors and wonderful natural scenery. Very few countries can offer deserts, volcanoes, glaciers, snow capped mountains and emerald-green lakes. Away from these places, I feel very privileged to have also travelled to two of Chile’s extremities - Cape Horn and Easter Island; contrasting destinations but equally special.

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Chile was made for lovers of the outdoors and wonderful natural scenery. Very few countries can offer deserts, volcanoes, glaciers, snow capped mountains and emerald-green lakes. Away from these places, I feel very privileged to have also travelled to two of Chile’s extremities - Cape Horn and Easter Island; contrasting destinations but equally special.

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