Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

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#1
Paradise, USA
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Has anyone done a one-day ship's excursion from Punta Areana, flying into Puerto Natales, and visiting the Torres del Paine National Park? If so, I would appreciate any comments you might offer about the value of the excursion and whether you would recommend it. Many thanks!
#2
Florida, USA
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Originally posted by notjaded
Has anyone done a one-day ship's excursion from Punta Areana, flying into Puerto Natales, and visiting the Torres del Paine National Park? If so, I would appreciate any comments you might offer about the value of the excursion and whether you would recommend it. Many thanks!

Torres Del Paine NP is a long distance from Punta Arenas and there's a better excursion. I'd recommend seeing Magdalena Island via high speed boat or ferry. Depending on your time of year, you'll see thousands of Penguins (Feb/March timeframe) raising their young. We used the high speed boat via private charter and arrived 45 minutes before the ferry that the cruise line uses. Also, our van load of folks paid half the rate of the ship plus extra time on the island. We also had time to visit Punta Arenas and get a few trinkets. Check Trip Advisor and CC for tour guides - as our trip was 2010 so couldn't recommend a tour guide for 2016/2017 cruise.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magd...allanes_Region
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We took a full one day bus tour into Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales. It was interesting but to me with less time because of your flight and much more money I would look at another option.
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Originally posted by maryann ns
We took a full one day bus tour into Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales. It was interesting but to me with less time because of your flight and much more money I would look at another option.
Thank you for sharing your experience and insights!
#5
RIDGWAY, CO
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Dear notjaded, I am also trying to manage a RT day from Punta Arenas to Torres Del Paine. Our cruise has an excursion but it is prohibitively expensive. It is a total gamble wi no guarantees that the weather will cooperate but I MUST try to get there. Did you have any luck?
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Originally posted by AERIE_JMR
Dear notjaded, I am also trying to manage a RT day from Punta Arenas to Torres Del Paine. Our cruise has an excursion but it is prohibitively expensive. It is a total gamble wi no guarantees that the weather will cooperate but I MUST try to get there. Did you have any luck?
We are booked on a VERY expensive excursion with a flight. Afraid there is no other way if you Must get there.
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Oh so sorry to hear that. I know, Seabourn's excursion is $1200 per person. My dream has been to go for a week there but alas...don't think that will transpire. When were you there? Were you weather-lucky enough to see the massif? Was the expense worth it?
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Originally posted by AERIE_JMR
When were you there? Were you weather-lucky enough to see the massif? Was the expense worth it?
I'll report back after we return in February...
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