ultramarinus – beyond the sea


It seemed that every single tourist in Puerto Natales had arrived at the bus station to take the 7:30am bus for Torres del Paine.  About 5 to 6 buses departed at the same time, and in about two hours we arrived at Lago Amarga, the main gateway of the park.  There we bought our admission tickets and watched a video of the park rules.  We hopped back onto the bus for the next stop at Pudeto, while a number of hikers transferred to a smaller shuttle to Hosteria Las Torres to begin their W-trek from east to west.  While the bus winded through the gravel road into the centre of the park, we saw many guanacos along the way.  It wasn’t the clearest day.  Clouds and fog covered the top part of Cuernos del Paine.  Yet we could still see the mountain glaciers.

At Pudeto, most people headed towards the dock to take the catamaran across the lake to start their W-trek.  Instead, we dropped our backpacks in front of Pudeto Café, and began our experience of Torres del Paine with a short hike up to Mirador Cuernos for a closer look of Cuernos del Paine.  Along the way, we passed by Salto Grande (Big Waterfall), a huge forest area destroyed by fires (fires caused by careless campers have always been the biggest issue for Torres del Paine), turquoise lakes, and lastly, Mirador (lookout) Cuernos.  On our way back, we saw a group of guanacos (wild cousins of llamas) in very close distance.


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Read more on Parque Nacional Torres del Paine in 2013 South America:
Day 62.1 – Introduction
Day 62.2 – Mirador Cuernos, Torres del Paine
Day 62.3 – Camping Pehoe, Torres del Paine
Day 63.1 – Pudeto, Torres del Paine
Day 63.2 – Paine Grande to Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 63.3 – Glacier Grey, Torres del Paine
Day 64.1 – Glacier Grey to Paine Grande
Day 64.2 – Mirador Pehoe
Day 64.3 – Palette of Spring
Day 64.4 – Refugio Paine Grande
Day 65.1 – Paine Grande to Camping Italiano
Day 65.2 – Valle Fances
Day 65.3 – Camping Italiano to Refugio Cuernos
Day 66.1 – Refugio Cuernos to Valle Acencio
Day 66.2 – Refugio Chileno
Day 67.1 – Las Torres
Day 67.2 – Descend
Day 67.3 – Asado de Cordero, Puerto Natalas
Day 68.1 – Punta Arenas
Day 68.2 – La Marmita, Punta Arenas

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought


2 responses

  1. David Lim

    Hi, thanks for the beautiful and dramatic pictures. We are going there on 14 – 18 Dec 2014 to hike the W circuit.
    We would like to ask how long is the hike from Pudeto to Mirador Cuernos and Salto Grande.

    On our last day, instead of going all the way to Refugio Grey, we are exploring the idea of taking the 1230 catamaran from Paine Grande, hike to Mirador Cuernos and Salto Grande and then take the bus which connects with the 1830 catamaran.

    Is this possible? Any issues with that? Do email me at davidlim05@gmail.com for any advice. Appreciate it a lot.

    November 26, 2014 at 1:45 am

    • Thanks David for visiting our blog. We will respond to your questions by email.

      November 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm

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