Breakaway Backpacker – How to Plan The W in Torres del Paine National Park
One of the things you hear often once you arrive in Patagonia on either side Chile or Argentina and are making your way down is…
“Are you going to do The W?”
You are asked over and over again and if you bump into people who are making their way up Patagonia you hear their stories and it just sounds amazing. The thing is though before arriving down there I knew it was something I wanted to do, but didn’t really know what it was. I had read about it in the Lonely Planet guide South America on a Shoestring and it seemed amazing. The one problem I had though is that I had no clue how to do it? Like seriously it seemed so hard to actually plan it. I spent countless hours searching online for a guide to tell me exactly how to plan the damn thing, but nothing. As I searched just found articles on what to bring or general information. I honestly wanted someone to hold my hand and walk me through the entire process of planning it.
I was about to give up on it and not do it, because I just couldn’t figure it out. Lucky for me though no joke as I was walking back from hiking in El Chalten on the streets someone yelled my name, I turned around and it was two of my friends I made while hiking in Puerto Varas. They had just arrived from doing The W and we went to dinner and they literally walked me through everything. I took notes and as soon as I arrived in El Calafate and after seeing Glacier Perito Moreno I spent my time booking everything for the W. Before I knew it I arrived in Puerto Natalas and still had no clue what I was doing.