Cerro Castillo and the Patagonian landscape
The excursion begins early in the morning from Puerto Natales. Along the way we will stop in the village of Cerro Castillo, where there are possibilities for shopping, enjoy a coffee service or just for a break.
Continuing the trip toward Torres del Paine National Park, visitors will be able to enjoy the most diverse landscapes such as the Magellanic deciduous forest and the vast Patagonian steppe dominated by the wind and aridity.
On the way is possible to find two species members of the local fauna: the Patagonian guanaco, South American camel and relative of Llama, and the endemic lesser Rhea (Ñandú), relative of the African Ostrich.
Torres del Paine National Park
Once we get to the park, which is a biosphere reserve with a surface over 242.000 hectares, the landscape changes drastically becoming unforgettable due its dozen lakes populated by marine birds, and in the background granite picks dominating the area. Turquoise lakes, waterfalls and mountains covered by ice are the predominant landscape inside the park.
A walk for 15 minutes into the park is necessary toward the Waterfall (Salto Grande), which is communicating two big lakes inside the park; Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. After lunch the trip continues through the park. Depending on the conditions, the return is done by the same road, or by the new road bordering lakes Toro, Porteño and Sofía.
Lunch will be served at one of the hosterias in the park (depending on availability).