Torres del Paine is one of the finest National Parks in the
whole of South America a must for anyone travelling
to Chile. Its name, Torres del Paine, refers to the
immense granite pillars which tower above the landscape.
Formed a mere two million years ago, they are among the worlds
The park was created in 1959, and encompasses 240,000 hectares
of stunning landscapes, glaciers, forests, rivers and waterfalls.
Its a haven for many varied species of wildlife, and
was declared a United Nations World Biosphere Reserve in
The most popular trek in the park is Paine Circuit
a strenuous route that takes about 5 days (it can take longer
in bad weather). The circuit offers unparalleled exploration
of the Park, though visitors lacking the time or fitness for
this trek can opt for any one of a number of shorter hike,
or hire a guide and porters.
- Visitors are required to register with the park rangers
and pay a park entry fee of US$12.50.
- Visitors have been known to suffer serious injuries in
the Park, and because of its remote location and potential
treacherous weather conditions, lone trekkers are no longer
- These days, the Park had more visitor amenities than it
used to, including refugios for over-night accommodation at
regular intervals. Youll need to be fully equipped with
clothing for all weathers, and carry a tent in case of extreme