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Dickson is one of the smallest lodges in Torres del Paine, but it has spectacular views of the southern Ice Field and the Dickson Glacier. You will only stay here if you do the O Circuit and it will be the second campsite/refuge. It is located 19 km from Camping Serón by a route that will take you 6 hours, without difficulty. In addition to the lodging areas for travelers, you will find CONAF constructions, which are located in the same area. In this article I will tell you what the Refugio Dickson is like and everything you will find there.
Capacity and layout of the Refugio Dickson
The Refugio Dickson has a capacity for less than 30 people. Then, the rooms have different capacities and are distributed on the second floor. For the beds, they have sheets and comforters.
On the other hand, on the first floor you will find the small reception for check-in. Also the kitchen, the dining room with 3 tables and benches and the wood stove. There are 2 bathrooms and 2 showers with hot water for men and the same for women, where you will find hand soap and toilet paper dispenser.
Meals and schedules
At the Refugio Dickson, dinner is served around 7 pm. It includes a hot spoon dish, a salad to share with the rest of the table, a main course with garnish and a delicious homemade dessert.
Breakfast is served at 7.30 am. It consists of yogurt, a bowl of oat flakes, instant coffee, milk, toast with butter and jam, cheese, sliced sausage and scrambled eggs. Vegetarian, vegan and celiac options are available, with prior notice.
This refuge has two camping areas with capacity for 100 people. One of the areas is for those who bring their own tent. And the other has the campsite’s own tents already set up, with mats (tatami type) and sleeping bag resistant to low temperatures.
In the campers’ area, there is a building with different spaces. Check-in is done in the grocery store, where they sell essential hygiene and food items.
This area also has hot showers and toilets, in which there is no gel or shampoo, but there is toilet paper. Finally, there is a kitchen-dining room with several long tables with benches and a sink.
💡 Extra info: you can refill your water bottles in the bathrooms themselves or in the kitchen. It does not have Wi-fi, as it is an isolated area. In fact, bringing supplies to the refuge is an odyssey since they have to transport everything by land, cross a lagoon by boat, etc.
Our opinion of the Refugio Dickson
In our opinion, the Refugio Dickson is very cozy, not only for its size and the friendliness of the staff, but also for its location in a remote area. In addition, it is a few meters from a glacier beach with incredible views of the Dickson Glacier, from which it takes its name, and that you can not miss if you stay there.
We could say that this is one of the areas that we like the most of all those you find along Torres del Paine.