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Torres del Paine, Chile. Circuit W vs Circuit O

We are a young couple from Ecuador and we are used to trekking. In mid-February we want to visit the Torres del Paine National Park and we have not decided what circuit to do, W or O.

Which circuit do you recommend? ? How many days do we need ?

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Re #1: Torres del Paine, Chile. Circuit W vs Circuit O

I have only done the W circuit, but I must say that it does not require a great physical preparation and in my opinion it is really spectacular. What I do recommend is to book in advance, whether you go to shelters or if you go with a tent and stay in the annexed camps, because at that time there is a lot of demand and places are limited. Another thing to keep in mind is that even if it's summer, don't trust the weather, the weather in the park is very changing and at night it cools quite a bit.

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Re #2: Torres del Paine, Chile. Circuit W vs Circuit O

Si es la primera vez que visitáis las Torres del Paine, aunque estéis acostumbrados a hacer trekking os recomendaría el circuito W. Son unos 70Km, que en las fechas que comentas, como es verano en Chile, se pueden completar sin muchos problemas en cinco días y os permitirá ver los lugares más bonitos del parque: el mirador Torres, el glaciar Grey, los cuernos, la aleta de tiburón, ...

El circuito O incluye la W, por lo que ves todo los lugares típicos pero es mucho más difícil de completar, no tanto por la extensión que son solo 20Km más que el W, sino por la dureza de algunos tramos, principalmente el paso John Gardner. También se ha de decir que si estáis en muy buena forma física, el recorrido del circuito O está menos masificado y os permite ver el lago Dickson, el glaciar los perros, ...

El circuito O en verano, si hace buen tiempo, se puede completar en 8 o 9 días.


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