One hike in Torres del Paine National Park is the most famous of all—Mirador Las Torres. Three massive towers loom over a glacial lake, and the jagged peaks can be seen from most vantage points around the park, making them an iconic symbol of the area. Although summiting the towers requires some serious rock-climbing skills, the 12.5-mile hike to the base of the towers can be done by anyone with a decent level of fitness.
Put yourself in the best position to tackle the hike by staying at Las Torres, a hotel at the start of the Mirador Las Torres trail. Las Torres sits on a reserve surrounded by Torres del Paine National Park and is located past the entrance to the park—so you can cut a bit of mileage off the trail—and start the hike before the park opens, allowing you to beat the crowds to the iconic viewpoint at the end.
Las Torres is ideally situated at the entrance to the famous W and O trekking circuits within Torres del Paine National Park. Although the hotel is not actually located within the park (it’s on a privately owned ecological reserve), it feels like it is.
Las Torres is surrounded by pristine wilderness and has the benefit of offering access to several trails without needing a car (a rarity in Patagonia).
It’s important to preserve an environment as precious as Torres del Paine National Park, and the Las Torres team works to minimize tourism’s impact on the area. The hotel partners with several nonprofits on various ecological initiatives—for example, working with ConservationVIP to help support trail maintenance around the park and within the reserve and AMA Torres del Paine on reforestation efforts.
The hotel has eliminated single-use plastics in favor of sustainable items such as the copper reusable straws found in the bar.
You can book just a room at Las Torres or purchase the all-inclusive package, which includes:
- Transfers to and from Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, or Calafate
- Torres del Paine National Park entrance fee
- All meals and drinks (excluding premium alcohol)
- Guided tours and transportation
- 20 percent off of spa treatments
Two types of rooms are available at Las Torres: Junior Suites and Superior Rooms. We stayed in a Superior Room, which overlooks the Base Towers trail, so you can watch as hikers begin and end their journey just outside your window.
The superior rooms are spacious and comfortable, with radiator heating and windows that open. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.
Las Torres offers 11 full-day and 10 half-day tours around the national park area. Not all excursions are available every day, so you’ll begin your trip by meeting with an excursion guide and choosing the activities you want to do during your stay.
There are a variety of options to choose from, including hiking, horseback riding, and driving tours.
There are two dining options at Las Torres. The Coirón Restaurant offers a buffet breakfast in the morning and leisurely multi-course dinners in the evening. For a quicker bite to eat or a celebratory post-hike cocktail, the loungey Bar Pionero serves more casual food for lunch and dinner.
Helmed by award-winning mixologist Federico Gil, Bar Pionero continues Las Torres’ commitment to sustainability. Gil recycles glass bottles and turns them into glassware for the bar. The hotel even makes its own gin and beer from locally sourced ingredients.
Both restaurants utilize food from the hotel’s on-site greenhouses, which grow a variety of vegetables and herbs.
Price and How to Book
Rates for the all-inclusive program start at $1,960 per person for a two-night package (based on double occupancy) and can be booked through Las Torres’ website. Room-only rates start at approximately $790 per night and can be booked on Expedia.
We arranged our tour through Journeysmiths, a custom tour operator, which handled the hotel booking and trip arrangements for a seamless trip.
Editor’s Note: The author of this story was hosted by Las Torres and Journeysmiths.
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