Parque Nacional Torres del Paine – Welcoming Center parking area | Informal Campsite

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3 months ago
Altitude:
164.0 masl
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None
Contributor:
danielsmart43

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
Yes - Fast
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Potable
Toilets:
Running Water
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
No
Pet Friendly:
No

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A large parking area made of gravel and grass in front the Welcoming Center. There are some trees and bushes at the rear end. Unless you have a reservation at Hotel Las Torres, you have to park your vehicle here. There is a road barrier and a guard that prevent you from driving further west. No parking fee. Toilets are located beside the Welcoming Center and the water is drinkable.

We stayed overnight in our motorhome, without anybody asking for a camping fee.

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wanted to spend the night here, but the center and all facilities were completely closed.

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We spend one night here with another 5 RV’s.
No problem at all! We even used the bathroom in the morning and the staff were super friendly.
The view from here is stunning!

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We stayed there several nights and no one told us anything. We left the car in this parking while we were doing the W-trek, and there was no problem.
Workers in the Welcoming Center were really nice.

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It is really not clear if it is allowed to stay here overnight or not. The ranger at the entrance said, it is not allowed, but the people in the welcome center do not care. Also on the park map it is noted, that wild camping with motorhomes is allowed on big parking spots with toilets. We stayed here overnight with our small van and even more motorhomes did. There are public toilets next to the welcome center, but they are closed during the night. The water is drinkable. At the welcome center is a small cafeteria and there is Wi-Fi available, but it costs 8 USD per hour.

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According to the rangers it's allowed to stay overnight. Toilets are locked when the welcoming center is closed. Water is available from a hose.

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I don't know if we are allowed to stay overnight here or not, but we were discreet and we saw no one. Good place to leave early the next day if you want to hike. Toilets accessible at the Visitor Center. Quiet windy. There's a grass area and some trees to find shelter.

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We came back here for a few nights. This is the best free parking in the park. You have access to the toilets )clean) and there is grass. It’s also cool without wind ! We tried the administration parking and the Pudeto and this is so windy! Here nobody asked for money during the week e stayed and if someone come we will say it’s allowed by the people inside the welcoming center. The girl said we can stay to sleep overnight without problems.

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We spent one night there sleeping in our car. Perfect place to stay if you want to start early with the trekking. There are bathrooms, a little shop and a cafeteria in the welcoming center. Wifi available but not for free. You can also take a shower in the camping nearby (Fantastico Sur) for 3’000 CLP pro person. We didn’t have to pay for the camping spot. Nobody ask us for paying.

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We slept here 5 or 6 nights and don’t pay anything. The place is cool you have WiFi (to be paid) toilets (free) and mini markets. You can also charge Phones and everything in the welcoming center :) at the end of the parking there is grass and that’s super flat ;)

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We arrived around midnight at this place to be close to the departure of the hike.
Facilities are very clean and open all night.
The night was quiet and noise started around 6 in the morning.

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We stayed here for 1 night. The toilets are some what clean. The cafe is open from 8 till 8 (sandwiches, coffee, pizza, empanadas). Around 8 we were sitting in our Campervan and a ranger nocked on the van next to us. He also checked the other vans but not ours. He must have seen us or we did not hear the nocking. One camper had to pay, all the other weren’t in the van or ignored it. Good place to stay, some wind protection if you park near the trees at the end.

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Stayed here 2 nights, great bathrooms at the welcome center.

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lots of place and some wind protection. Payment: a guy came and checked áll cars, vans and motorhomes at around 19h. The guys we were with had to pay 15000. We set up our rooftop tent at 21h and left at 7h and didnt have to pay.

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So here is the deal with payment, it’s luck. We were having some beers with our neighbors when he came up and charged me 15000. They, did not get charged and just avoided him. There was about 10 campervans, I think I’m the only one that got “caught”. He knocks on every camper but no one replies. He gets one sucker (me) then is done.
Mega clean bathroom and excellent view of the Torres with good weather. If weather sucks, AND you are worried about getting caught, just stay at t he ranger station. If you have a clear view of the Torres, go to this site, it’s worth it even if you are the few who have to pay.

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I got caught. This is how it works. Around 6pm some kid walks around and knocks on every camper. Cars he ignores. If you answer, 15000 CHP for the night. My recommendations: if you don’t have a view of the Torres, then don’t stay here. If you want to stay here, deny everything. This your van? No. Whose van is it? I don’t know. Where you sleeping? Back at the ranger station. Why are you here with a table food and beer? I don’t speak English. Done.

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Stayed here one night in the grassy area between bushes before doing the hike to the base de torre (we started hiking at 6 am). it's a bit noisy car park but quiet at night. nobody asked us to pay a fee. water doesn't look that good, maybe because of heavy rain at night. you can see the torres from this place :-)

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We parked here for three nights, first night nobody checked anything. Second night someone came and said we had to pay 15,000 clp to stay there for the night. When we went inside to pay the girl inside said in order to camp there for the night we must have a toilet and kitchen. We said we did although we don't have a toilet, since we wanted to head out early to do the trail. Next night nobody checked anything. Not sure if it's certain hours they check (it was around 6:30pm when they did) or just on random days. The toilets were open all night all three days we were there. It's great and very convenient camping place but is a bit of luck if they check or not.
When it's clear there is a nice view of the Torres del Paine and lots of stars at night.

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We parked here and came in the night because we have a dog with us. No problem if you take care that no one will see you. left the dog for the hike in the car. stayed 2 nights. a lot of other campers were here :)

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Nice, grassy place with a great view of the Torres. You can use the very clean toilets of the welcome center. A lot of other overlanders here, no one asked us to pay for staying overnight. Slept two nights here and left our camper for another night, while we were in the trek.

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It's official now: they're asking 15000 pesos to spend the night at their parking lot, if you're self-contained. A young guy in uniform brought the bad news. He was quite embarrassed. Lousy job! You can get a ticket at the counter and display it behind your windscreen.
15000 was too much for us. We parked at the Amarga ranger station, just 75 meters east of it is a deep space at the right side of the road. Reasonable wind shelter and completely free!

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They asked us to pay 15000 pesos if we wanted to stay there for the night in our van. It implies that you have kitchen and bathroom in your vehicle. If not, you have to go to the camping and pay 21000 pesos. Someone is checking early in the morning if you are sleeping in your car or not.
You also have to pay a fee to use wifi.
So, we chose to go to lago Amarga instead, a ranger said it was ok for us to stay for free.

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Slept here 2 nights in our van.
Toilets are brand new and they clean it everyday day. Lot of buses and tourist but it's still very quiet at night.

You have also a cafeteria with coffee, pizzas, empanadas and other think and they sell books also.
The starting point of Mirador Torres del Paines it's inside the cafeteria.

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Camped here with a rooftop tent for three nights. Didn’t ask, didn’t pay anything. Toilets were open 24h. No hot water. In the far corner (next to the cleaning supplies) there is a power plug if you need one. The people at the visitor centre don’t care if you have ticket or not (they only ask if you have a reservation if you are doing a multi-day trek), but one of the days there was a ranger checking for tickets at the entrance of the centre. The centre is open from 8am-8pm.

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Slept here for 3 nights inside my SUV in the middle of two small trees next to the regular parking spots. Used the Welcome Center clean toilets and they were open all the time at least when I was there. No one said or charged anything.

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Good spot for camper van. Was able to use the facilities of the welcome center. Clean toilet. Wifi available for a fee $10 for 8 hours. We didnt use it. Stayed here for 2 nights nobody bothered us. Super quiet despite the vans load and unload hikers starting at 0800.

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We stayed here 2 nights. No issues. Toilets are very clean and had hot water but were open only during daylight hours, opening times are a little bit random.

Please keep the place clean and do not throw your waste away, as we have seen there.

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This is the best free spot in the Parque if you sleep in your vehicle! When we arrived there was like 20 campervans and camping-cars, including people with camping chairs and roof tent, and about 30-40 cars parked all night here. We didn’t see any staff member in the parking and spent 3 excellent nights. You have drinkable water in the building, hot water, WC, everything free. You have bushes and trees to be a bit hidden in the parking, and you are close from many trekkings. Recommended !

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Was Here one night. Nobody come. Arround 5-6 cars ve been there a few with a rooftop tent. But they were open the tent after it were getting dark. Toilet was not open during the night !

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We stayed the night before and after the trail to the Torres Lookout. No one was asking and there was no problem to camp here. We even sit outside in our camping chairs;-) there are some bushes where you are a little hidden.

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Based on earlier comments, we decided to come midday the day before we wanted to do the Torres hike. Spent the afternoon then stayed overnight with no issues or request for payment. We ended up staying two nights. Less wind than Laguna Amarga spot.

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no one asked us and the lady at the welcoming center did not care much. if you "hide" at the side it seems fine. we had a calm night so not sure how it would be at a windy night

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Good parking to stay overnight. Nice view to torres. Some spots with wind protection. Very clean toilets.

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We spent the night here in our pick up camper after a day of hiking.
No one came to ask for fees.
Restrooms closed during night.
Some trees to protect from the wind but very windy anyway.

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A large parking area made of gravel and grass in front the Welcoming Center. There are some trees and bushes at the rear end. Unless you have a reservation at Hotel Las Torres, you have to park your vehicle here. There is a road barrier and a guard that prevent you from driving further west. No parking fee. Toilets are located beside the Welcoming Center and the water is drinkable.

We stayed overnight in our motorhome, without anybody asking for a camping fee.

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We arrived mid afternoon. Slept in our van one night and then hiked the O trek for 9 days and left our van here, then finally we slept an additional night in our van here after the trek. Didn’t pay anything the whole time other than the park entrance fee. Parked in plain view too. I would suggest just not asking anyone and being a bit inconspicuous.

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We payed 15000 clp. It‘s expensive lake all services in the park but we could pop up behind some trees and could sleep in spite of the heavy wind. Restrooms are open all night.

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As everyone else says this is probably on of the better spots to camp with your rig in the national park. As it is mostly protected from the wind snd you have a good view of the Torres. Too bad they are now charging 15,000 pesos!!! ($25 USD) All you get is to use the restrooms. Not sure that it’s possible to sneak in late at night anymore as they now have guards on duty around the clock. Otherwise if you arrive early in the morning you can park without paying while you go hiking. They only charge if you stay overnight in your vehicle.

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We stayed here after we did the Torres Day Hike. Nice spot with good view and trees for wind protection. Toilets are modern and have warm water. We asked at the centre if we could stay. Had to pay $15.000 (total) and got a voucher to put in the car. Others we talked to did not ask and therefore did not pay... they did n’y have problems (so I guess we were the stupid ones here).

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nobody disturb, perfect place to walk on the Torres early on the morning !

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They now charge 15,000 per vehicle per night.

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We arrived at 16.00. They asked us 15 000 pesos for the night but it is free during the day. If people sleep here for free, can you give us more information about the hour you arrived, please. We slept by the river at the entrance near the park and the night before at the lago grey. It seems that is not very easy to sleep where you want int the park, the rangers are checking.

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Great spot to camp. Toilets open all night and they had warm water which is just pure luxury when you’ve resorted to almost bathing in puddles while overlanding. Wifi is super fast but is $10USD for 8 hours or $5 for 1 hour.

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since 1 month, they ask 15000 pesos to campervan for staying a night. we stayed 2 night and the first one no one came. but the second one, a Friday night, a security guard told us the price.
I went to the visitor center and finally we didn't pay .

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Best spot of the allowed camper sites. Toilets are amazing. You can start O, W and Base de las Torres from here. A lot of other Overlanders in high season. Some very well protected spots, some decently well protected.

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We spent here 2 nights, no problem. Very clean toiletts by the visitorcenter. Best place in the park for overlanders. We drove from lago grey to here, the worst gravel road ever, millions of washouts and bumpy! Don‘t know for what the use the 21‘000 entrance fee? Also the they have no information for the boattripp and don‘t know much...the nature is beautiful but the organisation and the road is terrible!

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A guard ask us friendly what we planed. we could stay for free an get registred on a list.
There is even a guard during the night to take care....
At the main visitorcenter they told us that its not allowed to stay here - no idea why!!
just nice!!

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I personally found this to be the nicest spot in the park where you are officially allowed to park overnight. Bathrooms spotless. Some trees for cover. Amazing view!! Wifi for purchase in the cafeteria ($5 for 1hr). dont know how well it works, didnt use it.

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We ask if we can park for the night and could stay for free.

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nice car park with green spots. we sleep here one night. i think when you arrive a little bit late , like us at 20.30 nobody will charge you. good toilets and hot water.... perfect to start the torre de paine track.

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We parked up here in our motor home for two nights for free. It's the car park of the welcome centre and where lots of people park to do the Mirador Torres del Paine one day hike or to start the W from. No one bothered us and it seems to be where everyone over landing stays in this part of the park. We had entered and paid our tickets through the Laguna Amarga entrance as the road to Sarmiento was closed two days ago. Don't believe them when they say you can only stay at the main entrance office carpark.
As below the toilets are amazing, you can flush your toilet paper, they're open 24 hours and they smell like cocoa Butter!
Loads of level spots on the grass open right now. I'd get here early or late in high season before or after all the day hikers do the Mirador hike as the parking lot is much quieter then. Great views of the Towers too from this lot. It's not marked on Maps me so just follow the ioverlander GPS.

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Practical site for a night after the exhausting hike to the Torres. Free. Security officer was very friendly when we asked whether we could stay.

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First of all, the people inside the visitor center don’t know much. Seems to be that they are very bored and not at all helpful. You are only allowed to pass the visitor center with your camper when having made a reservation for a campsite or a hotel - do not make that mistake! Stay at the big parking lot in front of the visitor center, you have the cleanest toilets ever, nobody will bother you - so don’t ask for permission inside - and have a good starting point for the exhausting hike to the Torres next morning early. Stayed there two nights, very nice. First house behind the visitor center has a decent pizza for after your hike. Enjoy!

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Didn't stay here. They wanted 15'000 per vehicle. Just bathrooms - no showers.

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Good spot to sleep. The toilets were new and clean. No noise in the night.

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we asked and could stay overnight on the carpark, with sight of the torres! the toilets are the newest and cleanest we have ever seen in southamerica!

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We spent here 3 nights for free and used the toilets and warm water.
Most central (and allowed) parking place for overlanders and perfect to start hikes early in the morning. There are some trees for wind protection and grassy spots, just behind/ next to the official parking lot.

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Parking place. We stay there for some nights. Clean toilets, but not hot water. Stuff can speak English, they were helpful.
Free.

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We had to park at the visitor center because they wouldn't let us go to the hotel parking. We wanted to sleep there before and/or after the trek to the mirador Las Torres. But they asked us to pay 15000 pesos ! So we left.
Very clean toilets. Small shop but very expensive.

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Estuvimos dos noches durmiendo en nuestra kombi. Nadie nos quiso cobrar nada. El baño de discapacitados lo cerraban en la noche pero se puede abrir fácilmente desde afuera con una moneda en la cerradura.

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A person will drop the chain so you can park up at the hotel. We had dinner there & it was good but very expensive. Best value might be hamburger. Internet is 2000 CP half hour if you are not a hotel guest. We had a flat tire and the spare was low. The hotel has a fully equipped shop and filled the tire. Overall the place is a zoo. "Loved to death" [email protected] "visitors center". I wouldn't call it that. No information, really. Good place to hike from.

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Perfect place to stay for the night. Free
They let one toilet (disabled) open with (sort of) warm water

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We stayed here for 2 nights, before and after doing the Torres del Paine mirador hike. Both nights there were at least 6 other vans camped in the parking lot. We picked a spot near the back where there were some trees for a little wind cover. No one ever asked us to pay and the handicap single stall bathroom was unlocked all night. They seem to still be setting this place up as the visitors center still had some exposed wiring and they were unloading boxes. Great place to stay if hiking from here.

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Nach dem Torres del Paine W Hike per Hitchhike Womo vom Parkplatz des Bootsanlegers am Lago Pehoe abgeholt und hier einen tollen 4 Tages Hike ausklingen lassen. Mehr zur Tour unter Lago Pehoe Catamaran.

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They keep the disabled restroom open at the visitor center. They ask that you pay $5,000 per person per night at the visitor center.

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We had to pay 5000 each but they left the handicapped toilet open for us at night. The staff/garden said they only allow Campers here if the regular campground is full. They were friendly enough and it is a nice spot, grassy and not too often windy, nice views. Good Base for hiking. We walked up to the towers from here.

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The entrance to the hotel and camping is roped off, looks like they're putting a stop to overlander sleeping in the hotel car park. We parked in the visitor centre car park and did the hike to the torres base then returned and spent the night in the car park without any issue. Was the most sheltered spot we found in the whole park.

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