Trekking Tierra del Fuego/Patagonia, fuel questions...

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1. Posted by sean99c (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am planning a trip to South America starting in February including some camping in Tierra Del Fuego, and doing the W trek in Torres del Paine. I have never backpacked outside of the US, and was wondering what fuel supplies were available for cooking. I have a butane/propane canister driven stove, and was wondering if anyone who has travelled to either of those parks has seen butane fuel canisters at supply shops in nearby towns or if I should buy a multi-fuel stove (kerosene/gasonline) which I am sure I could find fuel for. Also is it easy to find replacement fuel tanks (msr for a multi-fuel stove) at either location should I not be able to take one on the plane to get to S.A.


2. Posted by bentivogli (Respected Member 2398 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A multi-fuel stove is ideal, but I believe that outdoor shops in Punta Arenas also sold butane cannisters. Can't tell for sure, though...

3. Posted by spootnik (Full Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I went to Torres del Paine 15 days ago. In the nearest town, Puerto Natales, you´ll be able to find butane/ propane canisters without problem. You might also be able to find some at the refugios in the park (shelters) but they´ll surely be overpriced like everything is out there.
For your information there are 2 types of campsites in the park: the ones located near refugios with showers, bathrooms... for which you have to pay around 3500 CH pesos per person and the free ones which don´t have any facility.
Hope this helps!