Day 261 – Torres del Paine – Day 1 of 10

Today I woke up feeling as good as I have in a while. I packed up my stuff which included about 12 days of food rations and went to a restaurant to have a big meal. Afterwards I went to my hot chocolate spot, scheduled two more posts, and hastily made my way to the bus station. I wanted to pick up some tortillas and some meat for my first few days but I was short on time and decided to skip it. There is always the option of buying food in the park despite the extortionary prices I have been warned about.

After about a 2hr bus ride I arrived at the park. I paid my fees and I attempted to settle my trip with a park ranger. Unfortunately the campsite I wanted was not available for two more nights. That meant I would stay at the lower Torres campsite by the hotel the first night and would then try to book the next night a little further up in the Chileno campsite. As I hiked toward my first campsite, I saw my first view of the torres peeking through the clouds.

Torres del Paine in the clouds

Torres del Paine in the clouds

First glance at Torres del Paine

First glance at Torres del Paine

After about an hour and a half hike I arrived at the hotel torres camp site. There was a hefty fee for the campsite. In actuality this campsite is more expensive than some hostels in town. This is something that makes my budget super sad 🙁  Usually I save a ton when I am camping but not this time.

I settled into camp, made my dinner, and set my alarm for 7 in the morning. I set it that early because when I inquired about the Chileno campsite I was asked to come back early in the morning since the campsite fills up quickly. We will see what results I get in the morning.

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