Torres del Paine refugios
The refuges in Torres del Paine National Park offer economical accommodation for walkers with simple dormitories, a sociable atmosphere and dramatic mountain views.
The refugios (refuges) providing economical accommodation in Torres del Paine are not quite as basic as their name might suggest. Formerly they consisted of virtually unfurnished wooden sheds without facilities. Nowadays you have a choice of several cosy refuges which are modern, bright, wooden structures with corrugated iron roofs, cooking facilities or simple restaurant, hot showers and toilet facilities, all heated by wooden stoves. Yes, you sleep in bunk beds in mixed-sex dormitories accommodating up to 8 people, but there is usually a communal lounge where you can relax, chat and read before you go to bed.
Refugios offer beds made up with sheets and blankets or sleeping bag ; alternatively you can use your own sleeping bag.
The Paine refuge is one grade up, with a bar, souvenir and supplies shop and a couple of computers with internet access.
The refugios are all in stunning locations, with mountain views from their large windows and walks and trails from the front door.
What our clients say
97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.
Most Memorable Moment: Cycling around Puerto Varas in Chile.JL, Studley
The whole holiday was memorable but Patagonia Camp and the walk to the Torres del Paine was the best. Absolutely breath taking. We wished we had stayed one more night here.CB, Tonbridge
Overall we have had two of the most memorable weeks in one of the world’s most varied geographical environments and the friendly Chilean people. Thank you JLA.SJ, Welwyn
From the point of view of JLA's organisation of our trip, the most memorable feature was the quality of the many small hotels we stayed in and the unforgettable views we so often had from our rooms. From the point of view of the trip itself, the most memorable places were 6 days of Torres del Paine in glorious sunshine and the indescribably wild and beautiful Southern Ocean.KB, Esher
Highlights: Valparaiso was stunning and Vina Santa Cruz a pleasant, relaxing surprise.MS, Shaftesbury
The lasting impressions of this great country will be with me forever. So will the fantastic photos and memories.PC, Hereford
Highlight?: Easter Island and seeing the moai statues was a lifelong dream and did not disappoint. The guide was excellent a fantastic and beautiful island.LVA, Tamworth
Most Memorable Moment?: So many overall but the glaciers, Torres, the cruise and Orcas/penguins.AB, Fordingbridge
Highlights: Visiting Patagonia and staying at the Patagonia campFT, Mansfield
Highlight?: Trips into parts of the Atacma Desert that were not in fact desert but little islands of habitation frequented by only a few.RP, Glasgow
Most Memorable Moment?: Rapa Nui - a unique environment with lots of architectural and historical interest and also comtemporary culture (Tapati festival). Very interesting.AB, Burnham-On-Crouch
The three major parts, Atacama, Easter Island and Patagonia were all special in different ways.BM, Macclesfield
Highlights: The Explora hotel experience and the Perito Moreno glacierBT, Surbiton
Highlights?: Patagonia Camp and Torres del Paine National Park.CD, Shepton mallet
Highlight: Torres Del PaineCG, Amersham
Highlight: "Easter Island for it's uniqueness and remoteness. Excellent wines and food in Mendoza and Casablanca Valley in Chile. The Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires was spectacular. The friendliness of people in Colonia."JR, Grimsby
Highlights: “I went to Chile mainland without any knowledge and was overwhelmed. The geology was stunning and range of scenery amazing”PC, Galashiels
The picnic by Lake Pehoe provided by The Singular was exceptional- totally exceeded our expectations.YLS,
Highlights?: Too many to mention ! Great mix of culture, sights and experiences. Love the inclusion of a horse ride from The Singular in Patagonia.HJ,
We loved all of southern Patagonia but four days at the Explora was undoubtedly the highlight.NM, London
Patagonia for its stark beauty, stunning snow covered mountains and tranquility.SB, Solihull
Chile Best parts of the holiday: “Too many to name one but certainly Moon Valley, the salt lake lagoon, the Glacier at Torres de Paine”SJ, Welwyn
Each separate part of the trip was excellent. Patagonia most memorable for scenery and Easter Island for history and scenery.RR, Aberdeen
The visit was basically divided into three separate parts - self driving on the Carretera Austral, the ferry cruise which I arranged separately, and the visit to Tierra Patagonia. In their very different ways, all were excellent and memorable.TAK, Ilkley
Mount Fitz Roy and Los Torres, particularly the Pliegue tumblado walk.DS, Leatherhead
Most Memorable Moment?: Difficult to say as so many. I think seeing the first upright statues on Easter Island as I've wanted to see them since I was a childBN, Marlborough
So many highlights- Tatio geyser, base of Torres del Paine walk, seeing puma and Easter Island memories for lifeHM, Bristol
Most memorable experience: "So much but probably Torres del Paine, breathtakingly beautiful and not crowded although it was the busiest part of the year. Also the friendliness of the people, and lack of hassle everywhere- the only place where there was a bit was in the fish market in Santiago, but even there it was very low key and the people were not at all pushy."MT, Henley-on-Thames
Chile felt safe and modest, a delight to visit.NH, Bridgewater
We have travelled a lot in our lifetime but nothing prepares you for the breadth of landscapes that you will encounter in Chile. We had three weeks there and felt we only scratched the surface.CM
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