Torres del Paine National Park – Chile

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

They converged – wave and stone, tundra and forest, mountain and fjord, glacier and waterfall. The unique landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park Biosphere Reserve in southern Chile are amazing: here you can see several natural areas at once. Translated from the language of the Mapuchi Indians, Torres del Paine means “blue towers”: stone spiers soaring into the sky are the hallmark of the National Park. Chilean Patagonia. These three needle-like granite mountains – ranging from 2,600 to 2,850 meters – are located in the central part of the park. In 1978, Torres del Paine was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Torres del Paine National Park area – 2,420 km². Foxes, llamas, cougars, condors and even the endangered Andean deer live in the park’s reserve, and cypresses and orchids grow in the forests.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Scottish writer Florence Dixie is called the discoverer of the national park for the general public. After traveling through the Torres del Paine National Park in 1879, she wrote the best-selling book Through Chilean Patagonia.

Advice

You can travel to Torres del Paine National Park by car. Be careful: there is a speed limit on the territory due to strong winds and difficult road topography – 60 km / h. In addition, wild animals living in the reserve often run out onto the road.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Chilean travel companies organize tours of Torres del Paine National Park of various lengths, including one-day bus excursions from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas.

The Torres del Paine National Park offers excellent trekking conditions. There are routes for both beginners and experienced mountain hikers; the most popular is track W. On average, the routes are designed for 3-5 days. Hotels, hostels and guest houses have been built on the territory of the reserve, as well as camping sites where you can spend the night. It is better to take food with you: there are food interruptions in the park, and guest houses may not have the necessary products. Full board is available subject to hotel accommodation. It is better to book places in advance. Especially during the high trekking season from November to February.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Other activities in Torres del Paine National Park include rafting and kayaking.

When hiking in the Torres del Paine Nature Reserve, be sure to consider the region’s climatic conditions. It is almost always quite windy and cloudy here. In summer, the air warms up to + 10 ° C on average, and in winter it ranges from 0 to +7 ° C. The water temperature in rivers and lakes does not rise above + 5 ° C.

On Lake Pehoe, located in Torres del Paine National Park, motor ships run three times a day. They can take you to the Gray Glacier. Tickets can be purchased at the pier.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

Opening hours and ticket prices

The high season in Torres del Paine National Park officially begins on October 1st and ends on April 30th. During these months, you can enter the reserve by car through the checkpoints of Rio Serrano, Lago Sarmiento and Laguna Amarta – from 7:00 to 22:00. During the low season – from May 1 to September 30 – the park entrance is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Entrance fees to Torres del Paine National Park depend on the season. At peak times – from October to April – a ticket for foreigners will cost 18 thousand Chilean pesos for adults and 500 for children. From May to September, ticket prices are 10,000 Chilean pesos for adults and 500 for children. Only cash is accepted for payment – pesos, dollars or euros. The ticket is valid for all days in the park. More information on rates can be found on the official website of Torres del Paine www.parquetorresdelpaine.cl.

How to get there

The towns of Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, closest to the national park, are located 145 kilometers and 312 kilometers to the north, respectively. You can get to Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales by buses. During high season they run several times a day. Travel time is about three hours. Buses leave from Puerto Natales Bus Station, located at Avenida España 01455. For more information on bus connections, visit www.parquetorresdelpaine.cl.

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Torres del Paine National Park Chilean Patagonia

You can also get to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia from the towns of Punta Arenas and El Calafate by bus – with a change in Puerto Natales.

Buses from Torres del Paine back to Puerto Natales leave from the park administration office (via the Laguna Amarga checkpoint) twice a day – at 13:00 and 18:30. Travel time is 3.5 hours.

Getting to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales by car takes on average two to three hours. Travel routes through the three checkpoints at the border of the reserve are presented at www.parquetorresdelpaine.cl.

Torres del Paine National Park Location

Torres del Paine National Park is located in the province of Ultima Esperanza, in the Magallanes y la Antarctica Chilean Patagonia, southern Chile.


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