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11. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

i diddent find patagonia expensive at all i went in early sept and spent as much as i did in the rest of argentina.

maybe it was because it was the low season , but they still had skiing

12. Posted by lizb (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

I´ve just done the W trek in Torres del Paine, about a week ago, so here is some cutting edge pricing advice... (all prices in Chilean pesos)

Refugios - massively overpriced for what are basically just hostels with very average food. Don´t bother, just camp. Camping at the paying campsites (where the refugios are) costs around $3,500 per night per person. At the free campsites its free, of course. We did the trek in 5 days, four nights, staying in two paid campsites, and two free ones - $7,000 per person total for the trip.

Food - you can eat at the refugios, but incredibly expensive. We bought food at the supermarket in Puerto Natales beforehand, and it came to around $10,000 for the 5 days.

Camping equipment - sleeping bags, tents, cooking equipment, plates, cup, spoon, sleeping mats, waterproof trousers, stove came to less than $10,000 per person, for the whole 5 days.

Entrance and transport - the bus to and from the park costs $15,000 (return), and the entrance fee into the park is another $15,000.

So, adding all this up, the 5 day W trek could cost you no more than $57,000! In English money, 57 quid! And this is doing it cheaply! But it is such a good trek - probably my favourite bit of my trip so far.

Another thing to be wary of is of buying anything, and I mean anything, when you´re in the park. Sample costs are - big bar of chocolate $3,500; litre of lemonade $2,500, loaf of bread $2,500. And there are obviously no ATMs out there, and we only found one place where it was possible to use a credit card, so come prepared to be rinsed...

Chile´s just expensive all over, so my advice would be to do the trek, then get out of the country and into Argentina, where everything is much cheaper (and nicer in my opinion).

Hope this helps,


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