Nature is vast and mind-boggling in Patagonia. Ideal for adventurous, active families,
this striking destination provides an engaging education about ancient natural history, extreme beauty and cultural insight to the hardy inhabitants of this gorgeous but
challenging landscape. Learn about glaciers and the life of gauchos, and reconnect with
each other in a land far away from the distractions of home.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Chile special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
Visit Glaciarium Ice Museum, an extraordinary glacial interpretation center that introduces you to the wonders of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
Discover the spirit of the glaciers on a full-day “Gourmet Glaciers” Luxury Cruise across Lago Argentino featuring visits to the remote Upsala and Spegazzini Glaciers.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
Take part in a gaucho cultural exchange, participating in rural tasks on a working Patagonian sheep farm and gaining first-hand insights into the traditional ways of life on a working estancia. These activities include milking the cows, helping in the stable, and a traditional sheep shearing demonstration.
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O'Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory. Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language. Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). In 2003, it measured approximately 242,242 hectares. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. The park averages around 150,000 visitors a year, of which 60% are foreign tourists, who come from all over the world. The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica (together with four national parks, three national reserves, and three national monuments). Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region (6,728,744 hectares).
By coming to Torres del Paine National Park and traveling with sustainable practices, taking pictures and leaving footprints, you will add to protection of this beautiful part of our world. Please let us or your in-county host know if you would like to make a financial contribution to maintaining this wild land for all to enjoy.
Ages to Travel
Children of all ages are welcome on our itineraries to Patagonia
Time of Year to Travel
October 15th – May 15th during Chile's summer, spring and fall are the best times to travel.
What to Pack
Bringing the right clothing for your trip is important. Your journey is designed with leisure in mind. The weather you will encounter on this journey ranges from hot and dry in Arizona and Nevada to cool and dry at the higher elevations in the national parks. Dress for comfort and convenience with a wardrobe that is flexible and allows for layering. Casual, cotton clothing is recommended. A sweater and a light jacket will provide warmth on a chilly early morning walk or a late night stroll.
Some of the national park lodges do not have televisions or phones, so bring along a good book to read!
We recommend that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medication in its original container to last through your entire journey, together with a copy of your doctor’s prescription (or a letter from your health-care provider on office stationery explaining that the medication has been prescribed for you), a list of the generic names of your medication, your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag to avoid any inconvenience in the event that your flight or luggage is delayed.
Following is a list of recommended items to pack for your journey through Red Rocks & Painted Canyons:
Casual daytime wear - shorts, slacks, short and long-sleeved shirts
Light sweater or jacket
Windbreaker for the raft trip
Comfortable yet sturdy walking shoes that have already been broken-in
Raincoat and rain hat
Battery-operated travel alarm clock
Sunglasses, sunscreen and sun hat
Camera, lenses, batteries, memory cards and/or plenty of film
Daypack for camera equipment
Sundries and toiletries that may be difficult to find en route
Tauck Bridges backpack
Copies of your travel documents that should be secured in the safe in your room while traveling
Travel Documents Required
A visa is not required for this destination for a stay of up to 90 days. Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, you must:
Hold a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of country exit and with one blank visa page
Hold proof of onward and return flights
Hold all documents required for the next destination
Hold proof of sufficient funds relative to your intended length of stay
It is recommended that you confirm with your airline that boarding will be permitted without a visa.
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.