Puerto Natales – The day before 

We arrived at Puerto Natales, the starting point town for the Torres del Paine, in the early afternoon.

After checking in our hotel and a nice lunch in this sleepy port town, we walked into an agency, fully anticipating difficulties in booking our hiking trip to “W”.  As the buses to Puerto Natales were fully booked, we had to wait one more day at El Calafate. We heard other tourists booked their hike 3 months in advance, so we were ready to wait for a couple of days to start the hike or in the worst case give up this highlight hike entirely.

So we were completely surprised when a friendly, professional, English-speaking person at the travel agency asked us, “when would you like to start your hike?”  The rest was easy. We booked all the refugios with full-board options (no need to carry our food) and everything was all set and paid. Philippe had no time to even consider if he wants to tag along a 6-day hiking trip with me :- )

We start tomorrow!

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