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Torres del Paine Hotels

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Torres del Paine W

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The Circuit

Trek to the Patagonian Ice Cap

Torres del Paine
for Kids

Short Trips in
Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine 
National Park
Torres del Paine is probably the world's most spectacular national park. An unrivalled landscape of mad jagged peaks, impossibly blue lakes, deserted pampas, iceberg-loaded rivers, and, at its centre, an ice cap. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field is a sea of ice the size of Hawaii, and one of the largest sources of temperate-zone glaciers in the world.
Wildlife in Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park has many distinct ecosystems. Each contains widely different landscapes, which in turn sustain different flora and fauna, some found nowhere else on earth.
Guanaco
Among these, the protected guanaco, Patagonia's largest land mammal, roams the plains in large breeding groups. Each group comprises a dominant male and a harem of females, each of which gives birth to one chulengo. They make for fascinating watching.
Puma
The Puma, sometimes called the panther, cougar or mountain lion, also inhabits Torres del Paine in fair numbers. This is the southern-most inhabitant of the 27 recognized puma subspecies and one of the largest. It inhabits huge territories encompassing up to 40 square miles of rocky slopes, forests and open plains. It is a solitary, nocturnal hunter, feeding on small mammals, guanacos and sometimes, sheep owned by local ranchers. It has also been known to attack young or injured horses.

Huemul Deer
The critically endangered huemul deer is known to breed in the south eastern sectors of the park. This small deer is the national symbol of Chile and CONAF considers its conservation a high priority. For this reason, they have closed the Pingo Trail to horses.
Foxes
Other mammals include the Patagonian Grey Fox. It feeds on hares, rodents and occasionally the leftovers of puma kills and can also be seen wandering the campsites in the park looking for scraps and unattended trash bags.

cara cara
Birds
Some of the world's rarest bird species - the crested cara cara and black vulture among them - are found in Torres del Paine National Park. Other bird species include black-necked swans, flamingoes, ibis, pygmy owls, austral parakeets and southern lapwings.
Andean Condor
Often seen gliding in the huge skies in search of carrion the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) flies as high as 15,000 feet and at speeds of up to 35 miles an hour. An unforgettable sight, the bird weighs in at 16 pounds, is four feet long and has a massive ten-foot wingspan. Finger-like feathers at the end of these huge wings make for precision flying.

Andean Condors nest in rock cavities high in the mountains. They are bald-headed and the male is black with some white on its wings and a fleshy red or black crest about four inches long. The female has no crest. Young condors have fluffy brown feathers.

Rhea

The largest bird in South America, the ostrich-like flightless Rhea is also frequently seen roaming the grasslands. Grey-brown and white in colour and fast runners, they are sometimes called South American Ostriches. These fascinating animals protect themselves by living in groups.
Torres del Paine Map
Eighth Wonder of the World
Torres del Paine National Park has been voted Eight Wonder of the World. VirtualTourist's search for contenders ended in November 2013, and attracted some three millions votes, cast for over 300 destinations in 50 countries. Runners up were Santa Ana Volcano in El Salvador, and Colombia's Coffee Cultural Landscape.

Torres del Paine Facts
Treks
Most visitors either the Circuit or the W treks. The Circuit is around 150 km (93 miles) and the W Trek comes in at about 75 km (46.5 miles).

The Towers
The 'Torres' or Towers are the Park's three spectacular granite spikes, the highest 2,900 metres. These dramatic peaks are part of the Cordillera del Paine. Others include Paine Grande at 3,050 metres and Los Cuernos (the Horns), which range from 2,200 to 2,600 metres.

Park History
Torres del Paine's 180,000 hectares was a sheep estancia before being turned into a national park in 1959. UNESCO named it a Biosphere Reserve in 1978.

Torres del Paine Meaning
'Paine' (pronounced 'pie-nee') is a Tehuelche Indian word meaning blue.

Crowded?
Although gaining in popularity, Torres del Paine still receives only the relatively few 130,000 visitors a year - about four per cent of Yosemite's visitors, for example.
Custom Trips in Torres del Paine 
BlueGreen Adventures will organize and run your tailor-made trip in Torres del Paine (groups of two or more).

Stuck for ideas? Here's what some BlueGreen traveller's have come up with.
 
Don your riding boots and experience life as a Patagonia cowboy before languishing in a Park hotel for a few days.
Join one of our 4-day W hikes and follow up with a paddle in kayaks through the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park to Puerto Natales
Take the kids on a wildlife safari through the Park with nights under canvas, a dedicated camp-cook and days spent watching dancing guanacos
Combine a remote trek with camping at the spectacular Dickson Glacier with a few nights in an authentic and comfortable Patagonian estancia
Cast your line into the abundant Serrano River to fish for salmon before hiking out to the remote Pingo Valley and Glacier
Search for huemul and puma on a photo safari before leaving the Park on zodiacs
Extend your W hike with an exciting ice hike on Grey Glacier followed by a paddle around icebergs in kayaks
Combine challenging trekking for your hiking or university club with a cooking workshop, folklore music and a Patagonian rodeo
Ride in to Torres del Paine from Cerro Castillo followed by a hike to the Towers, some fishing and finally a couple of days of yoga
Trek through snow on snow shoes before spending a couple of days photographing exotic wildlife under pink winter skies
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