We arrived after 9pm in Puerto Natales with a very lose plan and were very doubtful it would be possible to get to Torres del Paine the following morning. We needed equipment (tents, sleeping bags, poles, stove, etc,), groceries, a bus ticket and a trekking/camping route, all before the 7am bus the next morning. Well, Alejandro made that all possible! Our super knowledgeable and funny hostal host kicked things into gear and we even had time for a midnight burger and beer. Forever grateful. Made the bus and was hiking by noon in the most beaufidul place. We decided to hike west to east with the go to camp at campamento Torres, the free camp grounds, the first night. We passed the most blue glacier lakes I've ever seen, amazing snowy mountains and gorgeous trails to get to oue camo site by afternoon. Was about 5 hours of hiking and a stop at El Chileno refugio for lunch and then we headed to Torres del Paine before the the sun went down and the snow picked up. It had stormed the day before with areas of show up to our knees! The Torres and Azul Lake at its feet where breath-taking. Nighttime camping was cold with very chilly and wet toes but we survived. Today was our longest hike, probably the furthest walked in a day (24km/15 miles) to get us to Los Cuernos, Italiano campsite before 5pm and El Britanico the following am. The hike itself wasnt super tough night we had our 30+ lb packs on our backs to make things interesting. The sites continued to amaze. We very much lucked out on weather on our final day and had a leisurely hike, staring with a hike to Britanico lasting from 8am until 6pm to the catamaran that would connect us back to the bus. We passed our buddies Zig and Sig as we left. We had Los Cuernos at our backs most of the time and entered into a dead but gorgeous forest before the end. The boat ride back let us take in all the sites at once right before sunset. While some of the trails were busy on the east side, we much of the trails to ourselves since we were walking this less traveled route. Very very cool place!
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