Howlanders girl at Salto Grande viewpoint
Guide and traveler at Nordenskjold Lake Viewpoint
Guanacos in Torres del Paine
Guide and traveler viewing Cuernos del Paine
Boy photographing Paine Grande Waterfall
Travelers by the lake in Torres del Paine
Travelers in Torres del Paine
Travelers at the lake's edge in Torres del Paine
Landscape of the lake and Cuernos del Paine in the distance
Travelers enjoying the views at Torres del Paine
Entrance to Milodon Cave
Salto Grande
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Torres del Paine and Milodon Cave

Guided shuttle bus tour to Torres del Paine departing from Puerto Natales

(74 reviews)
Puerto Natales
1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From your accommodation in Puerto Natales between 7:00 am and 7:30 am
Ends: To your accommodation in Puerto Natales around 6:30 pm.
Free cancellation!

Briefing

The Full Day Torres del Paine tour is a guided bus tour (via shuttle bus) of Torres del Paine National Park. Howlanders offers an effortless opportunity to visit the must-see features of the park by visiting the landmarks and spending time at each one to enjoy them. Along the route, your guide will give you a crash course on the history and many features of the park.

The tour begins with pick-up at your accommodation in Puerto Natales. When the entire group has been collected, the bus will take everyone to Portería Laguna Amarga park entrance. You’ll see sights such as Laguna Amarga, Cascada Paine, Mirador Lago Nordenskjöld, Salto Grande, and Lago Grey, where you can enjoy a one-hour walk. On the way back to Puerto Natales you’ll have a chance to visit the Milodon Cave.

Howlanders recommends this tour for all types of travelers because it does not include long or difficult walks 😉.

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Tour details

Included

  • Minibus transportation
  • Certified bilingual guide
  • First aid kit

Not included

  • Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entrance to Milodon Cave Natural Monument
  • Food and drink

Important information

🚐 Maximum group size is 21 travelers.

🥪 Remember the tour does not include food and drinks, so pack a lunch (food and drink can be purchased in Puerto Natales).

Cancellation policy

Free cancellations! If you cancel at least 72 hours before the tour begins, you will be refunded 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of a no-show, no refunds will be provided.

Tour itinerary

Full Day Torres del Paine

Duration: 12 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Hiking: 1 hour (optional)

Pick up in Puerto Natales and transfer to Torres del Paine

At 7:00 am the minibus will pick up each traveler at their accommodation in Puerto Natales and after everyone in the group has been collected, will head to Torres del Paine National Park, about a two hour journey by shuttle bus. As you make your way to the national park, your tour guide will give you some helpful information about the park and answer questions. After entering through the Portería Laguna Amarga entrance, you'll see and enjoy the most excellent views of the iconic Torres del Paine and everything else it has to offer.

Torres del Paine Laguna Amarga Gateway

Tour by shuttle bus through the viewpoints of Torres del Paine

We begin our tour through the trails of Torres del Paine National Park. From the comfort of the shuttle bus you will observe the different Patagonian landscapes while the guide shares their knowledge. Along the route you will stop at the most famous viewpoints: Laguna Amarga Viewpoint (from where you can see the towers), Paine Waterfall, Nordenskjöld Lake Viewpoint and Salto Grande, with time to enjoy each location and take pictures.

It's time for lunch! The guide will adapt to the group and the weather conditions, therefore sometimes lunch is served at picnic tables located at the Pehoé Campground, perfect for enjoying a beautiful view of Lake Pehoé and the Cuernos del Paine. On other occasions lunch is in the Lago Grey sector, with views of the lake itself. Regardless, lunch with a view is guaranteed 😉.

Man admiring the Paine Waterfall during the shuttle bus tour

Grey Lake

The last stop inside the park is at Grey Lake. We will stop at the Lago Grey Hotel where you'll have one hour to walk along a trail that leads into an ancient lenga forest and eventually to the shores of Lago Grey. This short hike is not mandatory, allowing you to wait for the group with a drink in the cafeteria of the Lago Grey Hotel if you prefer to relax.

For hikers at rest, the shoreline of Grey Lake offers a pleasant view of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Views of the lake are interesting due to the ice chunks that have fallen from the glacier to drift to the shore.

Grey Lake with ice and glacier

Milodon Cave

We start our return to Puerto Natales but before finishing up there’s one last stop on the journey: the Milodon Cave Natural Monument.

This cave is famous for the discovered remains of an extinct species of large herbivorous mammal, a species endemic to Patagonia and related to the current sloth bear.

Entrance to Milodon Cave

Return to Puerto Natales

When the visit to the Milodon Cave is over, the return to Puerto Natales begins. Arrival to the city is between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. For your convenience, the shuttle bus will take you back to your accommodations but it might be a good idea to ask your guide for a place to have dinner that night! 😉

Landscape of Puerto Natales, Chile

What to bring to Torres del Paine and Milodon Cave

The weather in Patagonia varies throughout the day with some travelers experiencing all four seasons on the same day. In addition, the summer season tends to be windy, so we recommend bringing:

  • Warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Raincoat
  • Passport + immigration card (given to you when your passport was stamped)
  • Entrance fees to Torres del Paine NP and Milodon Cave
  • Cash (USD)

Where does the tour Torres del Paine and Milodon Cave start

The tour starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas, and from there take a bus (about 3.25 hours) to the Puerto Natales bus station or hire a private transportation service with us.

If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), buses are available that connect directly to Puerto Natales (about 5 hours) or you can book a private service with us.

Questions & Answers

  • Do I need to be in good physical condition to do this tour?

    The Full day Torres del Paine tour is done by shuttle bus and does not require physical exertion, making it a tour suitable for everyone. The only hike is a route of about 60 minutes to Grey Lake and you can always wait comfortably in the cafeteria of the Hotel Lago Grey and rejoin the group on their return.

  • Is it possible to buy lunch in the park?

    It is possible but we do not recommend it because sometimes the Pehoé campsite and the Lago Grey hotel are very crowded, meaning long waits and delays for the group. We ask you to bring your own food so the tour can continue as scheduled.

  • Can the tour be done in private service?

    Yes, this tour offers the possibility as a private service, if you are interested please contact us to learn all the details.

  • Will I be able to see the Torres del Paine from up close?

    No, the only way to see the Torres del Paine up close is to complete the Torres base trek. During this tour you will see them from approximately 12.4 mi (20 km) away.

  • Can I buy tickets to Torres del Paine National Park online?

    Yes, you can purchase your tickets to the park at this link.

  • Do I need to bring any documents?

    Yes, it is very important that you carry your passport and the migratory card that was given to you when you entered Chile.

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