[well]Torres del Paine Quick Facts
Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most frequently visited places throughout the entire Patagonia region for those looking to explore natural beauty at every turn and endless adventure. Located in Chile and filled with various types of drainage networks including lakes, glaciers, rivers, ponds, streams and cascades.
Spread out over a total area of 935 square miles (2,422 sq km), Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Areas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). The most well-known lakes that can be seen throughout the region are Grey, Pehoe, Sarmiento and Nordenskiold. The three glaciers found are Grey, Tyndall and Pingo and are all part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
Because the lands throughout the park include many forests and different types of lands, there is a very rich and unique flora that consists of four different types of vegetation. The various plant species include 85 non-native, 75 of which are of European origin and 31 species that are known to be invasive. The more north and with the higher altitude, the plants seem to disappear due to climate and temperatures that increase.
Along with a rich flora there is also a very rich fauna within Torres del Paine National Park including the most common mammal, Guanacos. Along with these there are foxes, pumas, the endangered Chilean Huemul and 15 different species of birds. The most common birds that are found within the area are black-chested buzzard-eagle, chimango, magellanic horned owl, austral pygmy-owl and the black-necked swan along with several others.
Torres del Paine National Park is located within a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. More specifically, the national park is found only 112 kilometers (70 miles) north of Puerto Natales and 312 kilometers (194 miles) north of Punta Arenas. To the west, it borders Bernardo O’Higgins National and to the north the Los Glaciares National Park in the Argentine territory.
The coordinates of the national park are 51°0′0″ N and 73°0′0″ E.
With over 150,000 visitors that come from all over the world to see Torres del Paine National Park each year, there is a vast array of things to do and specific areas to explore throughout the area. Because there is so many visitors, there are plenty of pathways, roads and entry ways that allow for visitors to gain easy access to the national park throughout.
There are hotels to stay at within the park, which all offer daily tours and expeditions to head out and explore the beauty of the National Park. Choose from one of those tours or also the option to either trek, ride horseback, climb or mountaineer circuit through the different explorative regions of the park. There are several refuges along the way that allow for several day-long trips to be more comfortable for those who choose to partake in the adventures.
The highlight activity of this natural wonder is the exploration of the region by hiking or trekking along the many spectacular trails. Hikers are required to stay on the paths and not disturb the natural beauty of the area. A certified guide is required in order to trek through certain areas of the park.
No matter how or when you decide to visit and explore Torres del Paine National Park, you will surely walk away from the experience with only the fondest of memories and beautiful images to last for years to come.
The best time to visit the national park is during the month of January. This summer month provides temperatures around 61°F (16°C). Comparable travel months include December and the majority of February.
March and April account for the most rain.
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