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Kayaking in Torres del Paine

Kayakers in Torres del PaineKayaking in Torres del Paine National Park is a great way to see some of the less accessible parts of this natural reserve as you can take in the wilder, and more secluded areas before or after enjoying your W Circuit or Full Circuit trek.

Some of the best places to go kayaking include the Rio Serrano, along the border of the park, where you'll paddle the fast-flowing waters of the Serrano right upto the impressive hanging Glaciar Serrano.

Operators provide short trips from 1,2 or 3-4 days kayaking, where you'll camp out under the stars on the banks of a river or in some cases, stay on a boat for a couple of nights. You can also kayak in the beautiful Last Hope Sound Fjord or 'Seno Ultima Esperanza' which connects the waterways of the park to the nearby town of Puerto Natales. Here you'll kayak to a waterfall and paddle across the fjord back to dry land.

What's great about the short trips and longer expeditions designed by our partners is that you can choose a trip that will be right for you, regardless of whether you're a novice or an experienced kayaker. In fact, our operators are expert kayakers and one of them has even kayaked round Cape Horn on a 90-day solo expedition. So this means that if you're looking for a challenging adventure in unchartered waters, that type of expedition could certainly be put together for you.

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Short kayaking trips  

The colonist route

Paddle for a day with an expert kayaking guide near Puerto Natales in the waters of the picturesque, Eberhard Fjord. A great trip if ...

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1 day


Grey Glacier's Icebergs

This 3-4 hour kayaking adventure is 100% suitable for novice kayakers. Enjoy a paddle on Lago Grey amid the icebergs from the glacier, and ...

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1 day


Glaciers of Balmaceda

Spend 2 days exploring the Rio Serrano and its hanging glaciers with a local kayaking expert. You'll camp wild at night and enjoy a ...

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2 days


Serrano River

A unique way to get from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales. Kayak down the meltwaters of the Patagonian IceCap on the Rio Serrano, ...

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2 days


Tyndall Glacier Adventure

Kayak out of Torres del Paine, spending 2 1/2 days kayaking downstream and visiting the remote Tyndall Glacier. You'll camp out on the shores ...

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3 days


Kayak Grey & Serrano Rivers

For those with some kayaking experience, get up close and personal with the glaciers and icebergs on both the Grey and Serrano Rivers. Camp ...

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3 days


Longer kayaking expeditions  

Tyndall Glacier & Blue Lake

A 4 day kayak and camping trip along the Serrano river (starting from Torres del Paine and heading South). You'll kayak past waterfalls and ...

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4 days


The Ice Route

For experienced paddlers, a 4-day kayaking trip in the more unusual parts of the Torres del Paine National Park, which takes you paddling right ...

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4 days


Peel Fjord

This new trip takes you to glaciers only accessible by water and truly immerses you in the outdoors. You'll spend 3 nights camping and ...

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7 days


Kaweshkar Route

Kayaking your way along the beautiful Ultima Esperanza Fjord, exploring the lakes and bathing in hot springs, you'll spend 12 days in the water, ...

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12 days


Map of landmarks visited whilst Kayaking in Torres del Paine

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Find the lakes, rivers and glaciers that you can visit by kayak in the national park on our interactive Torres del Paine map:

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See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.


February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.


March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!


In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

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Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

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At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

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Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>


This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>


In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>


Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.


November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!


Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.

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