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Taking a trip to Patagonia and its beautiful National Parks like Torres del Paine, Bernardo O’Higgins, and Los Glaciares is the dream of many travelers, especially those who are enchanted by Patagonia, and lovers of adventure, trekking, and nature. It is visited by 280,000 travelers each year.

Torres del Paine National Park is located in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region, the southernmost region of Chile. It is part of the Torres del Paine Commune and the Province of Última Esperanza.

Its name comes from the three giant stone massifs shaped by glacial ice. Since 1978, it has been a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The park covers an area of 227,298 hectares and includes various geographical landmarks of interest such as waterfalls, lakes, valleys, and massifs.

Torres del Paine National Park has two mountain circuits highly sought after by nature and trekking enthusiasts from around the world, and they require some degree of prior experience. However, you can also visit the park for a day, take full-day tours that are not too physically demanding, or just do the trek to the base of the Towers, which has a moderate difficulty. I will tell you all the details below.

– To get to Torres del Paine, the first thing you need to do is travel from Santiago to the city of Puerto Natales.

What are the main attractions of the National Park?

In addition to the three rocky massifs that form the towers giving the park its name, there are other interesting mountain formations such as the Cuernos del Paine.

For me, the two most impressive places are Lake Pehoe, which has a stunning turquoise color in contrast with the intense green of the vegetation, and Grey Glacier, which unfortunately has shrunk due to the effects of climate change but remains a magnificent sight.

But you will understand that due to the vast expanse of the park, there are many more attractions to see: features such as the Paine Grande waterfall, other lakes like Grey, Nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento, and additional glaciers such as Tyndall, Geikie, and Tyndal, which are part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

All this without mentioning the flora and fauna of the area, home to creatures ranging from pumas and guanacos to chillas, armadillos, and even one of the animals from the Chilean national emblem, the huemul.

Recommended tours for visiting Torres del Paine

– Full Day Tour of the key points of Torres del Paine

– Trekking to the Base Torres Viewpoint

– Navigating Grey Lake