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Torres del Paine

Listed under Mountains in Paine Circuit, Chile.

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This is one of the great beauty spots of the world. The granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) and Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) dominate a glacier-carved landscape of icy lakes and tundra plains where herds of guanaco graze. On a clear day the views are sublime. Hikes in the Torres del Paine National Park area are absolutely incredible. Not to be missed.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

Other expert and press reviews

“Big Break”

Gwyn Topham watches mammoth-sized icebergs float past in the epic landscape of Patagonia's Torres del Paine national park and takes a (slow) ride with the gauchos. Read more...

Written by press. Guardian, 2 Sep 04

“Fully agree....”

....that it rates amongst the best National Parks in the world. I spent a year exploring Patagonia by horse and never got really close to the wildlife, basically due to my dog, but in Torres you can almost touch the chulengos, armadillos, rheas and so … Read more...

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Walking in Torres del Paine

It's a long way away but that just keeps it quieter. When I first came here in 1994 I ended up spending 6 weeks walking through the Torres del Paine National Park, following any track and path I could find. It really is unbelievably beautiful.

Whatever you do, don't come here to spend 2 days which many people seem to do. You need 5 or 6 days in the park, minimum, to get a sense of the variety of this place. You want to see the area around Glacier Gray, the hike up to the torres themselves is a must.

Ideally you want to do the 'W' trek which takes 4 days or the full circuit which will take you more like 9 days. That really depends how active you want to be so I'm not going to be prescriptive here.

Clearly if you love to hike then you need to spend more time here but my point is that even if you aren't all that into your activities you need to allow time to get across those lakes and up against the mountains and that takes time. Don't stint on your visit to the Torres del Paine National Park, you will almost certainly regret it.

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