Torres del paine
SUNSET & SUNRISE
Torres del Paine National Park is one of Chile’s most beautiful gems.
This national park dominates the largest region of Chile, otherwise known as Magallanes and or Chilean Antarctica, and is in the southern section of the Chilean Patagonia. Torres del Paine is home to ancient forests, gigantic glaciers, as well as spectacular lakes, rivers, fjords and of course the famous tower-shaped mountains known as Las Torres.
WHY WE LOVE
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Torres del Paine might be a secluded place but it offers spectacular views, remoteness, natural attractions, and incredible access to a myriad of outdoor activities. Inaccessibility simply adds to this national park’s charm. This special park is home to four different vegetation zones. Torre del Paine’s diversity is to be celebrated, here you will find the Patagonian Steppe. This semi-arid ecoregion in Chile distinguishes itself from the other zones by housing desert shrubs and tuft grasses which are resistant to harsh winds and weather. Then we have the Pre-Andean Shrubland, where you can find evergreen shrubs. Third, the Magellanic subpolar forest which is where Deciduous Antarctic Beech trees line the park’s gorges…an unforgettable sight. Lastly, there’s the Andean or Atacama Desert which is known as the driest nonpolar desert in the world.
Not only does the park contain various ecoregions it is also home to fantastic sites like the Cordillera del Paine, Los Cuernos, French Valley and Grey Glacier. Nature lovers flock to this region to witness dramatic and vastly different landscapes. Cordillera del Paine is a small but spectacular set of mountains that is often regarded as the centrepiece of the Park.
Torres del Paine displayed incredible examples of nature’s excellence. Every section of this park will fascinate you, whether you are interested in hydrology, geography, geology, biology, or good all fashioned outdoor exercise. This spectacular park features impressive waterways, mountains, flora and fauna, and valleys.
There is beauty and activity to suit everyone’s preference.
This magnificent area allows you to get close to wild animals while basking in the purity of the wilderness. Everything from birdwatching and berry-eating to hiking and rafting is available in the Torres del Paine National Park.
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DID YOU KNOW?
- Torres del Paine National Park covers approximately 242,242 hectares (598,593 acres). It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile.
- The National Park is home to over 25 different species of mammal including the guanaco, puma, Patagonian grey fox, Chilean Huemul and Wild Horses and over 115 species of bird.
- Torres del Paine is home to about 50 pumas and known to be one the best locations in the world for puma sightings between May and October.
- According to an article in the Financial Times: “Patagonia’s spectacular Torres del Paine national park is the best place on earth to track the elusive ghost-cat”, also known as puma, with about 50 individuals living in the area.
- Torres del Paine has a fantastic array of birdlife, with over 115 species including the Andean condor, crested cara cara, black vulture and black-chested buzzard-eagle among them.
- Seven different species of Orchid can be found within the park.
- June 2014 was the year in which scientists uncovered fossils of at least 46 ancient specimens of nearly complete skeletons of dolphin-like creatures called Ichthyosaurs which lived between 245 and 90 million years ago. Science Daily called this discovery, “One of the world's most significant finds of marine reptile fossils”.
- Grey Glacier, located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, is the World’s second largest contiguous ice field. It sits west of Torre del Paine’s Cordillera.