We had time for one hike in El Chalten and we chose the Laguna de los Tres hike. I strongly advise going to Hosteria El Pilar via the Las Lengas shuttle (you can buy a ticket in the bus station). You get to see more stuff this way and you end the hike in El Chalten where you can pick up a delicious empanada from Che Empanadas (no website, it’s on the main road that you walk back from).
We did the W trek from West to East, saving the Torres del Paine for our last day. Here’s our trek in pictures.
So I don’t really like to take tours when I go hiking, mostly because I like to go my own pace and sometimes like to spend longer or shorter in a specific place than tours usually allow. For the W trek, I decided to try and do it on my own. Guys, it is SO easy and much cheaper to do everything on your own. Everything is super well-marked. Here is a step by step guide to creating your own W trek.
You’re probably in Punta Arenas because you are on your way somewhere else. But if you have a day to spare, I definitely recommend going to Isla Magdalena to check out some penguins and sea lions. Solo Expediciones is the only company that goes there outside of high season (before December or after January). To maximize your chance of actually going to the island, you should go to Solo Expediciones HQ (shown on the map at the end) basically as soon as you arrive in Punta Arenas. Continue reading “How to see penguins in Punta Arenas”