Patagonia Travel Tips. All info needed to Travel to Patagonia

Patagonia, Chile

Travel tips

R: Required / O: Optional / (*) Most of the suggested equipment can be found in our lodge stores

explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.

WHAT TO BRINGPATAGONIA
HikesHorseback rides
HeadBASEBALL CAPRR
POLAR/WOOL/WINDSTOPPER HATRR
Hiking clothing1st layer: LAYER TOP AND BOTTOMRR
2nd layer: FLEECERR
3rd layer: GORE-TEX JACKETRR
4th layer: DOWN JACKETRR
T-SHIRTSOO
LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRTSRR
THIN FLEECEOO
TREKKING PANTSRO
TREKKING SHORTSO
RAIN PANTSRO
GlovesLINER GLOVESRR
WIND STOPPER GLOVESR
FeetTREKKING SOCKS (LONG)RO
MOUNTAIN OR TREKKING BOOTSRO
WATERPROOF GAITERSOO
Special for horseback ridesRIDING GLOVESO
RIDING PANTSO
RIDING BOOTSO
Other accessoriesBATHING SUITOO
SANDALSOO
BUFF OR NECK GAITERRR
SUNGLASSESRR
SUNSCREENRR
SMALL BACK PACK (25L)R

Getting ready for your Patagonia Travel: The Climate

Temperatures in the Torres del Paine National Park are constantly changing. We can experience all 4 seasons in one day.

There are two main, distinctive climates, which dominate the area. To the west of the Andes, a cold mountain climate predominates (humid), while to the east lays a cold grassland climate (dry).

There are medium intensity winds of around 20 km/h – which can produce gusts of up to 110 km/h–, constantly changing the weather within the park.

In just minutes, the strong winds can darken the sky or disperse the storm clouds, making your Patagonia travel a true adventure.

Patagonia TravelGetting to your Patagonia Travel

Connecting to Punta Arenas by way of Santiago, Chile: Upon arrival to Santiago de Chile’s International Airport, you must connect to the city of Punta Arenas, approximately three and a half hours away. From Punta Arenas Airport, you will be driven to explora Patagonia by a member of our team, approximately 4 and half hours away and according to a pre-set schedule, with a stop to rest and have lunch.

Connecting to Cerro Castillo by way of El Calafate and Buenos Aires: Upon arrival to Buenos Aires Airport, you must take a connecting three and a half hour-flight to El Calafate. From El Calafate, take a commercial bus or transfer to the Chilean border approximately 4 hours away. Upon arriving at Cerro Castillo, our team will drive you to explora Patagonia. The schedule for this transfer is programmed for 12:00 noon. If you require another schedule, you must coordinate a private transfer service with our reservation team.

Patagonia TravelPick Up Timetable:

Punta Arenas Airport:  At 9:20 and 14:50*, shuttle service to the hotel, free of charge. Additionally, there are two extra shuttle services between the airport and the hotel at an additional cost of USD 150 per person. (A minimum of two travelers is required for this service). From May to September these services are scheduled at 10:40 and 16:00*; and from October to April the services leave the airport at 10:40 and 19:40*.

Puerto Natales Airport: At 14:40*, shuttle service to the hotel free of charge.

Punta Arenas hotels: From hotels in the city of Punta Arenas, our team will pick you up between 8:00 am and 09:00 am, arriving at the park at approximately 13:30 for lunch and an exploration later that afternoon. The specific time will be confirmed by our reservations team or by explora Patagonia and the driver will only be able to wait a maximum of 15 minutes from the scheduled pick-up time.

Hotels in Puerto Natales: Travelers will be picked up from their respective hotels between 11:00 and 12:00; specific time to be confirmed by our reservations team or by explora Patagonia. The driver will only be able to wait 15 minutes maximum after the scheduled pick-up time.

Punta Arenas Port:  Travelers are picked up between 11:00 and 12:00 noon.

Puerto Natales Port: Travelers are picked up between 11:00 and 12:00 noon.

Chilean border with Argentina “Cerro Castillo”: From here, our staff will pick you up at 12:00 noon.

El Calafate: During some months of the year, there is a complimentary transportation service between hotels in El Calafate and explora Patagonia, leaving at 09:00 and according to the timetable.

*Timetable could vary. 

Drop Off Timetable:

Punta Arenas Airport, Port, and hotels:  Shuttle service leaving the hotel at 08:00 and 12:00 noon to arrive at the airport at 13:00 and 18:00 and arriving at hotels and port at 13:40 and 18:40.

Puerto Natales Airport and hotels:  Shuttle service leaving the hotel at 11:00 to arrive at the airport at 13:00, and arriving at the hotels at 13:30.

Argentinean border with Chile “Cancha Carrera”: Drop off at 12:00 noon.

El Calafate: Leaving explora Patagonia at 09:00, according to the timetable and arriving at the hotels at 15:00.

Making the most of your Patagonia Travel: Check-in and check-out

Check-in: Check-in can be done from noon.

Check-out: Check-out must be before noon. If you want to take a half-day exploration, you have to check out before leaving to the exploration and we will take care of your luggage.

explora Patagonia Travel

In December and January, we work with fixed dates of check-in and check-out.

2018
December
21-Dec27-Dec
2019
January
2-Jan6-Jan10-Jan
December
21-Dec27-Dec
2020
January
2-Jan6-Jan10-Jan14-Jan
18-Jan22-Jan

*Before and after those dates it is any arrival day. The minimum stay varies from season to season.

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