1. Martin
    January 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

    Great post!
    I did the W track the way you described and it was beautiful! Yes the hikes are longer but they are not ‘too’ long and the way back always offers different views!
    Good option when the middle campgrounds are booked full.


    • Tyler
      January 20, 2017 @ 9:34 am

      Thanks, Martin! I think if I were to do it again, I would do it the same way. I like the idea of not lugging a big backpack around.


  2. Ashlee
    December 10, 2017 @ 8:51 pm


    I’m having the same issue with booking sites and love this idea. Especially love leaving time to try the Towers twice if the weather isn’t cooperating!

    I can book Central Torres no problem, but Paine Grande is also being annoying. So far I can find 3 nights in a row at Central Torres and then just 1 night at Paine Grande. Tried getting into Chilano the next night and I can’t get in their either! Does anyone have any Plan C ideas?? The problem is that I’m going in February – highest of high season.



  3. Tyler
    December 11, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

    Hi Ashlee,

    I understand how frustrating it can be to try and organize this trip.

    I do remember the free campsites having space when I did this hike last year. Unfortunately, people book these free campsites as a backup plan and don’t end up using them because they don’t have to pay anything for the reservation. When I did this hike last year I found that some hikers could use the free campsite when the people who reserved them didn’t show up. But no guarantees!

    I’m not sure what the situation is like this year regarding the free campsites. If you are in South America now I would keep asking around to try and find people who have recently completed the trip and ask about the free campsites.

    If you can only find a site at Central Torres you will at least see Mirador Torres del Paine. You may find a better solution when you get to the Central camp, or from hikers coming from the other side of the park.

    I’m sorry I can’t give you any solid solutions! I would still go to the park to do the Mirador del Paine hike even if you can’t get to the other side. The Mirador del Paine hike can also be done as a day trip from town. However, you are limited to time and weather.

    If you are going to do some hiking on the Argentinian side it is much less complicated, and most of the popular hikes can be done as trips from town. I have a blog post on hiking in Argentina on my website if you are interested.

    I wish you the best and hope that you find a solution. Enjoy South America!



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