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Among the most unspoiled parts of the Earth, the Torres del Paine National Park stuns visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. Glaciers, snowy mountains, brilliant blue lakes and a plethora of exceptional wildlife can all be found within its boundaries. Trek along hiking trails and revel in the natural grandeur of its iconic granite pillars.
Before it became a national park in 1959, this region was used to graze sheep. These days, the park is popular among tourists who come to admire the striking stone spires of the Paine Towers. Take photos of these magnificent peaks, which can be seen looming over lakes and valleys from across the park. The majestic stone towers rise 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above the Patagonian plains.
The park has a variety of hiking trails. Walk the famous “W” route, which usually takes about 5 days. Find shelter and basic services at rest points along the trail. These spots are among the few places where cooking with a camp stove is permitted.
More ambitious hikers can tackle the longer circuit route, which will take about 9 days to complete. Arrange to see less-traveled parts of the park on a ranger-guided walk.
As you explore, be on alert for the fascinating animals that live here, such as the South American gray fox and the south Andean deer. The park is also home to guanacos, a smaller relative of the camel, as well as more than 270 plant species.
Stay the night at one of the designated camping sites or splurge for a luxury hotel near the park’s entrance. The best time of the year to visit is between December and February, when daylight hours are longest. For much of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter, the park is in darkness.
Torres del Paine National Park is in the northern part of the Magallanes and Antártica Chilena region. Buses to here depart from the town of Puerto Natales. An admission fee is charged for the park, though Chilean nationals and children can get discounts.
Want to make your time spent at Torres del Paine National Park even more memorable? Remember to try out one or two of these activities:
Check out our Torres Del Paine things to do page to discover even more activities in the area.
Situated in a national park, this spa hotel is 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from Amarga Lake and 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Lake Sarmiento. Blue Lake and Lago Pehoe are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in a national park, this lodge is 8.7 mi (14 km) from Amarga Lake and within 20 mi (32 km) of Lake Sarmiento and Blue Lake. Lago Pehoe and Salto Grande are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated on a lake, this luxury resort is in the same region as Salto Chico Falls, Salto Grande, and Torres del Paine National Park. Regional attractions also include Mirador Glacier Grey.
Situated in Torres Del Paine, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lago Pehoe and within 25 mi (40 km) of Salto Chico Falls and Salto Grande. Lake Sarmiento and Cerro Tenerife are also within 32 mi (52 km).
Situated in Torres Del Paine, this lodge is 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from Lake Sarmiento and 30 mi (48.3 km) from Amarga Lake.
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 10.9 mi (17.6 km) from Salto Chico Falls and 11 mi (17.6 km) from Lago Pehoe. Salto Grande and Lake Sarmiento are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Torres Del Paine, this inn is in the same area as Amarga Lake and Blue Lake. Regional attractions also include Lake Sarmiento.
Situated in Torres Del Paine, this hotel is 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Salto Chico Falls and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Lago Pehoe. Salto Grande and Lake Sarmiento are also within 20 mi (32 km).