Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia

Torres del Paine

Torres del PaineProbably the finest national park in South America, Torres del Paine encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia.

The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe.

The national park has over 140,000 visitors per year. It is a popular hiking destination in Chile. Hikers can opt for a day trip to see the towers, walk the popular “W” route in about five days, or trek the full circle in 8 to 9 days. Visiting the park is recommended between late December and late February, during the southern summer. Not only the weather conditions are the best, but daylight hours are very long given the extreme southern latitude. Outside of this time frame, the weather becomes too extreme for the majority of the public. During the southern winter, daylight dwindles to only a few hours a day.

The park has been elected as the 5th most beautiful place in the world by the National Geographic.

Main places depicted in this post are:

  • Grey Lake with Grey Glacier in the background
  • Pehoe Lake
  • Rio Paine
  • Los Cuernos del Paine