Chile's Torres Del Paine National Park offers some of South America's most amazing scenery and hiking opportunities. The spectacular landscape is one of lakes, wilderness and towering granite peaks. Torres del Paine is Chile's no.1 travel attraction, and deservedly so.
Right at the Southern-most tip of Chile is Punta Arenas, from where there are flights to Santiago and various other destinations, in addition to occasional flights to Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. It's 5 hours overland travel to Torres del Paine, so you might want to break the journey by overnighting at a hotel. There's also a Magdalena penguin colony just outside of town. Luxury hotels in Punta Arenas include Cabo de Hornos, Tierra del Fuego Hotel or Jose Nogueira.
The journey north to Torres del Paine passes through Puerto Natales, a beautifully situated lakeside town in which there is little to do, though there are buses to El Calafate in Argentina. Travel onwards to the real highlight of Chile, Torres del Paine.
Torres del Paine is spectacularly, indescribably beautiful and remote, though the National Park does fill up with visitors in Janaury and February. The Park offers some extremely challenging trekking, in addition to some more gentle hikes. There's much birdlife and other wildlife in this remote region of Chile, in addition to other outdoor activities such as scenic boat trips.
Luxury Hotels in Torres del Paine
If you can afford it, by far the best and most exclusive hotel in Torres del Paine is the near fautless Explora en Patagonia Hotel. A step down in price are the excellent Hosteria Lago Grey and the Hosteria Las Torres.