Here’s a rundown of the kind of show-stopping highlights you might expect to find in this remote area.
Recognised as both a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Torres Del Paine National Park is located on the border between Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia. A mecca for walkers and hikers worldwide, the park is connected by a web of interlocking trails and tracks for both walking and mountain biking, affording you astonishing views of the ‘Torres’ themselves – three massive towers of rock jutting out of the Earth. The tallest of these extends over 3000m above sea level, making for an incredible vista. The park itself is stretched over approximately 250,000 hectares, ready for you to explore!
The area is also a wildlife hotspot – excellent for keen birdwatchers, amateur photographers or just those looking to marvel at some rare and beautiful animals. Many hotels in the area run wildlife-spotting excursions into the park. Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more details. Expect to see graceful birds of prey like the Andean Condor, Rufous-tailed Hawk and the Austral Pygmy-Owl along with mammals such as the South American Grey Fox and maybe even the elusive Puma!
Because of its location far South of the Equator, the best time to visit is in the South American summer months – between November and February. Not only are the daylight hours very long (meaning you can explore the park at your leisure) but the weather is far more temperate. Outside of these hours, the conditions can become more unpredictable. This is the peak time for visiting and while it won’t affect your holiday to Chile, if you’d prefer a more secluded trip the March-April is less busy.
The Torres Del Paine Massif is certainly the main attraction here – the snow-capped natural wonder draws admirers from all over the world, and rightly so. There are a few ways to see the Massif in its full glory, the most popular of which is known as the ‘W’ Trek. This path weaves between the three peaks, giving you a view from every angle so you can fully appreciate their sheer size and splendour.
Aside from the Massif itself, however, there are some other beautiful spots that are available to explore. One of the other highlights is the Southern Ice Field, home to the Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers. Take a boat right up to the ice and marvel at the spectacular wall of ice in front of you!
To find out more, Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist