My husband and I had been planning to to some trekking in Torres Del Paine, but we've both been struck down with some kind of virus and although we´re now recovering, we've got absolutely no energy.
We really don't want to miss out on Torres Del Paine, so we were thinking of hiring a car and driving around then stopping at various points to do short walks.
Does this sound feasible, and does anyone have any recommendations or alternatives for people who aren't up to trekking? Would we be able to see any of the main sights?
I was in a similar situation when i visited torres del paine in November. Well, my situation didnt involve being ill, but travelling with my parents who had no trekking equipment whatsoever, so couldnt camp overnight or things like that. i was so keen in visiting the park that the option we had was hiring a car a visiting for a day at least! There is a route where you enter the park from one place and go around in a circuit that takes you to the other entrance of the park, and you get the most amazing views! In the way you will find few treks you can do in an hour or so, one of them taking you to the bottom of the "cuernos del paine" a beautiful sight!
With the car though, you cant get close to the torres, but you could if you feel strong enough do the trek wich i believe takes 3 to 4 hours, sleep there in the lodge, and then return the next morning for another 3 to 4 hours to the car.
Either way dont miss it, cause it is unbelievable and so beautiful it will make you feel better, im sure!!
let me know if you need more info,
x x Miriam x x
You can also take a bus from Puerto Natales right to the lodge Hosteria del Torres. You take a big bus that picks up at all the hostels/hotels and then get off at the park entrance and another little van takes you to the hosteria. You can camp there for a lot cheaper than staying in the lodge if you feel well enough to do that.
There are also day tours you can go on.
Hope you have a sunny day and get to see the beautiful mountains.