Photos of Magallanes Views Trails

It was an amazing hike with mind blowing views at every turn. I thought I’d contribute my experience.

- we hiked east to west in mid-Feb. we got lucky with great weather (sunny, t-shirts) every day except for Glacier grey.

- we camped at central (x2), frances and Paine grande, electing to have our meals provided and our tents and sleeping bags set up ahead of time. As such, our backpacks were quite light. If you’re doing it this way, I don’t think you’d need more than a 35l capacity backpack (of course more if carrying tent, sleeping bag and mat etc.) and a day pack. We didn’t use hiking sticks, but I gather they’re really personal preference.

- The trail was moderate but tough in parts. We found it totally doable for three adults in good physical shape (we’re runners). Impossible to get lost, and definitely no need for a guide. Besides the steep uphill to Torres Base, Watch out for the sneaky uphills between Central and Frances/Italiano! That path was advertised to us as “Patagonia flat” i.e. constant uphills and down. Probably the flattest section was the walk to Paine Grande from Frances valley.

- Central was in a meadow and very well equipped and the camping showers and setup were very adequate. The Refugio where we ate was large, light-filled.

-Frances tents were set up in a forest with the dining hall/biodomes at the bottom of a steep, curving road. Did not love going up this at night. Bathrooms were amazing, new and clean and sunny. Iffy water pressure to say the least, hot water from 6pm onwards. But loved the cozy feel of the camp and it made ascending into the Frances Valley a bit easier than if we had stayed at Los Cuernos (albeit the latter being a bigger campsite)


- Paine Grande was the biggest and best set up camp, but super windy, so camping at night was a little tough. Great food. Great shower water pressure (hot water after 6) but didn’t love the curtains that wafted open with the breeze. The bar upstairs has great views of the lake and the path.