Torres del Paine
The National Park covers 181,000 hectares. There are paths for vehicles and trails for trekking.
You can visit several trekking circuits, go horse riding, rock climbing or practice mountaineering. In this case, you should stay in different shelters, each of them more comfortable than the other, conveniently located within the park.
The landscape of the Torres del Paine National Park was formed by the ground movements occurred 12 million years ago, that originated impressive peaks such as Monte Paine Grande (3050 masl), Los Cuernos del Paine (2600, 2400, 2200 masl), Torres del Paine (2250, 2460 and 2500 masl), Fortaleza (2800), Escudo (2700 masl), being able to find some glaciers on some of them. All these peaks are spectacular manifestations to be enjoyed. Therefore, mountaineering is one of the main activities of the region. You can enjoy sightseeing, trekking, and other activities like climbing.
In addition, while you are walking around, there are other touristic attractions like the Grey Glacier and the Verde, Azul and Honda Lagoons. You can also distinguish the Grande and Cuerno mountains.
Puerto Natales is the closest and most populated city in the area, with 18,000 inhabitants. The city is in the continent and it is united to the sea through channels. It is an active city, with a touristic environment, excellent local food and a lot of excursions to enjoy.
• Puerto Natales promenade
• Puerto Natales Historical Museum
• Adventure tourism agencies
• Terminal Pesquero market
• Cueva del Milodón / Silla del Diablo
• Mount Dorotea
• Horse riding
• Mounts Balmaceda and Serrano
• Sofía Lagoon
• Estancias (ranches).
Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile) and is one of the largest and most important of the country. It is located in Chile's XII Region, between the Andes Mountain Range and the Patagonian steppe, in the Última Esperanza province, Torres del Paine commune.
When entering the park through the Portería Sarmiento you will find species that are typical of a desert environment, such as the mata barrosa, mata negra, senecio and calafate, among the bushes and cistus and coirón among the herbaceous vegetation. Inside the park we can find small forests of lenga associated with the pasto ovillo (Dactylis glomerata), clovers and some flowers of great beauty such as capachitos and orchids. The same landscape can be seen in the Azul and Amarga Lagoons.
The first wildlife species that come to greet the visitors are guanaco families that can be found near the Portería Sarmiento. However, you can also see waterbirds from a lookout point, where you can find black-necked swans, white-tufted grebe, red-gartered coot and great grebe among others. Rheas with their chicks can be observed inside the park near the Azul Lagoon; also, condors can be seen near the Guardería Pehoé. Inside the forest you can find birds, such as white-winged parakeet, woodpeckers, shiny cowbirds, long-tailed meadowlarks, Magellanic horned owls, and grey-hooded sierra finch.
The park is situated in a "temperate climate of cold rain without a dry season" area. The meteorological conditions of the park are variable due to the complex orography. The rainiest months are March and April, with a monthly average rainfall of 80 mm. The zone is characterized by cool summers, with temperatures lower than 16 °C during the warmest month (January). Winter is relatively cold, with an average low temperature in the coldest month (July) of −2.5 °C.