Five of Torres del Paine’s Most Undiscovered Experiences

Most people who have heard of Torres del Paine will be able to name its principal attractions and trails. But what of those experiences lying outside the W and O Trek? Here are five of our favorite less-transited experiences.



Winter Multisport Program


Thought winter was a Patagonia no-no? Think again. While it’s true that some trails are closed due to access, there are plenty of things to do in Torres del Paine during the off-season. And for those who can’t decide what to do, a multisport program gives a tasting platter of different experiences! From riding horses and fatbikes, to trekking and kayaking—all while avoiding the crowds of summer—there’s no better way to stay energized during the winter months.



Winter Multisport experience


The Zapata Valley


This is Torres del Paine’s most ancient valley, one where the trails are empty and the skies are vast. Teeming with lush plant life and ancient history, this is also the location where a treasure from the Mesozoic era was uncovered: 46 Ichthyosaurus “fish-lizard” fossils lying frozen in time by what is now Tyndall glacier. While hiking here your chances of spotting huemuls (Andean deer), foxes, and woodpeckers are also high. Far from the popular routes as it is, hiking in the Zapata Valley is an experience in communal trekking, where your group will carry supplies between themselves in order to set up campsites each night.


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Trekking the Zapata Valley


The World from Horseback


There’s another view of Torres del Paine, and it’s from in the saddle. Beginners and experienced riders are catered for, as your guides introduce you to the Criollo horses that will show you the way through these southern pampas, down little-used trails, past glaciers and lakes, and on to estancias. “Mate” tea will be a constant source of warmth and energy, as will the tales of the gauchos and the well-deserved Patagonian lamb roast dinners!


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Horseback riding in Torres del Paine


Kayak Icy Waters


Fancy exploring Torres del Paine’s rivers and lakes, with up close and personal views of icebergs and glaciers to boot? Though boat rides are fairly common, not everyone can boast of kayaking these waters—and it’s an experience that’s well worth it! Kayaking down the Serrano River to the Last Hope Sound, staying at remote campsites each night and accompanied by glaciers and mountains by day.



3 days of kayaking in Torres del Paine


Dientes de Navarino Trek


Further south, on Navarino Island, lies a set of tooth-like, spiky mountains. Named for these spires, the Dientes de Navarino trail is unlike anything in Torres del Paine. It’s removed, all-encompassing, and of course, beautiful. On it, you’ll traverse a number of different types of terrain, cross hills and valleys, and make camp in remote campsites each night. A real winner for travelers who want an uncommon experience!


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Dientes de Navarino trek

  • SY Joyce Kan
    SY Joyce Kan
    Amazing trip! We joined the Torres Del Paine 7 day O trek tour - note that this tour is not a complete O Trek but skipping the part from Camp Frances to Las Torres, which worked in our favour as our holiday is limited and we won’t miss much. Our guide, Debbie was knowledgeable and amicable, and very passionate about hiking. Unfortunately I fell sick during the hike and wished to leave a day earlier than planned. Debbie and Chile Nativo quickly rearranged transportation for us and was very helpful. Throughout the whole process Chile Nativo was very responsive. We had a memorable journey and I would highly recommend Chile Nativo.
    Jim Garvin
    Jim Garvin
    Fantastic experience! We were booked with Chile Nativo via Swoop and had a wonderful experience. Our guides, Tim & Lucile, were awesome. We really enjoyed their company. They were very knowledgeable about the region (the history, animals, landscape, etc). Highly recommend.
    Olivia Evans
    Olivia Evans
    I booked the independent, self-guided Torres Del Paine trek with Chile Nativo’s help and was so glad I did. When I looked to book on my own, everything was all reserved in Torres Del Paine and Chile Nativo was the only agency that could help me find a spot still. To still be able to go on the trip when I wanted to go, to not have to spend so much time planning all the logistics, to get a local’s recommendations on the best way to do the trek…but STILL get to do the trek on my own was amazing and worth every penny. In particular Paolina at the agency was incredibly helpful. I would recommend this agency to anyone looking to hike in Torres del Paine.
    Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
    Chiloe Natural (chiloenatural)
    Serious, professional, and friendly Tour Agency in Puerto Natales that will cater your needs in Patagonia and Torres del Paine.
    Kevin Jobst
    Kevin Jobst
    Hiking in Torres with Pepa is like walking with your smartest and wisest friend. She has an incredible depth of knowledge in everything from mycology to government, from geology to history. She is fiercely passionate about conservation and our planet and has dedicated her life to making our world a better place. Our two porters Filipe and Bastian were both incredibly strong and highly professional. Always in the know on where to set up the tent, they picked the best spot in every site we were at. Also, they were an absolute blast to hang out with after the long days hiking. I cannot recommend this particular team highly enough and if you are passionate about the environment, making the world a better place, learning everything there is to know about glaciers, mushrooms, Patagonia, the history of Chile, magma intrusions and edible berries request them by name. Thank you to all three of you for making our experience so special and I hope our paths cross again.
    Brad Smith
    Brad Smith
    Our Torres Del Paine Plus trip was fantastic! A great crew of newly-made friends, guided by Izabella “La Professora”, on a journey beyond expectations. What a great time, a balance of hiking and touring. DO NOT miss the pumas!!! I will definitely go with the Chile Nativo team again, and thanks to Nestor & Juan too!
    Senga Simpson
    Senga Simpson
    Excellent service. Thank you Vicky
    Lukas Winegarner
    Lukas Winegarner
    Camilo is ledged! Chile Nativo is extremely experienced and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend booking directly through them. We were a group of 8 doing the O 7 day hike and everything was great! Thanks to Camilo & Tomas and all of our porters!


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