With a two hour drive into Torres Del Paine, we got a 6:30am start to beat the rush into the park. We were sad to have only stayed one evening at Hostal Morocha, however very glad we did. The breakfast that morning was delicious! Fresh farm eggs, yogurt, granola, ham and delicious cafe latte. The breakfast area was common space for all the guests staying at the hostel. We met a lovely older couple from Spain also going into the park, as well as a nice Canadian guy around our age who were both traveling in South America for a month. Wish we could stay that length of time as well! Only if we had the vacation time!
The drive into Torres Del Paine was long, scenic with the last 45 minute stretch on very rocky roads. Many photo opportunities on the way in! Going into the park everyone is required to stop in the park office to purchase a park pass. Around $38 and good for 3 consecutive days in the park, it well worth the price. Arriving in the morning, there were many other people entering the park as well due to the fact that many buses depart from Puerto Natales at 8:00am and arrive around 10:00am. Lucky as we are, we had just dodged the rush into the park office when two other buses pulled in.
Our hike to the base of Torres Del Paine, Los Torres Trail started around 10:30am. This trail, part of the famous W Circuit is about a 3 to 4 day trek in total, however we were only doing a long day hike instead. The initial hike was very easy going however increased in difficulty as we trekked on. The scenery through the hike reminded myself of the terrain seen at Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park back home. The wind was quite brutal, throwing us around from time to time and pelting us with dirt and pebbles. All a part of the experience right? It was around two hours of switchbacks, bridge crossings and ascents, we finally made it to our lunch and resting point at the refuggio. The refuggio offers backpackers a place to stay overnight if needed, a cafe where a nice warm meal could be purchased but most importantly a resting stop for many along the trail. Nice to warm our feet, eat a nice meal from our packs and to get out of the howling wind.
We ended our evening checking into our third hotel on this trip. A place back in Puerto Natales called Weskar Lodge. A very warm and inviting place to stay. Quite the treat for ourselves on our honeymoon and our home for the next three days! Not the most affordable but well worth the cost! We were greeted with the nicest front desk people, a complimentary welcome drink at the bar and a list of recommended restaurants to try in town. When we were brought to our room, our jaws dropped. The view of the sea and mountains from every angle of the room, including inside the waterfall shower. They even gave us a small bottle of champagne and chocolates for our honeymoon arrival. How nice! And with the remaining energy left within us from the days' hike, we decided to stay and eat at the restaurant within the lodge. A bit pricey, but worth it. Freshly baked bread and fresh ceviche. Tim ordered the fresh guanaca dish (yes, he ate llama and liked it) and I ordered the risotto. One of the best things in life is a fresh hot meal after a long day hike. To all the hikers out there, you know what I am referring too! Tomorrow is another new day, a new day back in Torres Del Paine.