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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park is bordered by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the largest glaciated areas in the world outside of Antarctica. Sister park to Yosemite in California, Torres del Paine's busy trail system, pricey refugios and the 200,000 visitors it hosts per year, may not make it exactly paradise for those looking for something remote.

That said, it's extremely popular for a reason. The Torres and Cuernos grace postcards and book covers all over the world and they are a symbol for Chile. “Paine,” by the way, means blue, and you'll see blues that will blow your mind. Plus, it is possible to get away from the crowds, especially if you stay long enough, for example, to do the back end of the circuit, and not just the standard W trek.

To venture even further away from the masses, visit Laguna Azul or Pingo. Even if you don't stray from the well-trod parts of the Park, make sure you check out the icebergs on Lago Grey. Human settlement in the area traces back to 12,000 years ago. Estancias (ranches) were started by German and British colonists in the 1890s. More recently, truckloads of barbed wire fencing have gradually been removed from the Park as the land is converted from estancia back to its natural state.

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06 May 2009

Things to do in Torres del Paine National Park

Trekking in Torres del Paine

117438Featuring spectacular milky lakes and breathtaking mountaintop views, Torres del Paine National Park is Chile's and possibly South America's most famous park. Since it was declared an official ...
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Ice Hike

Rutas Patagonia guides ice hiking and climbing on Glacier Grey inside Torres del Paine National Park, twice daily. Leaving by boat from Refugio Grey or Hosteria Grey, these half day ice programs cost ...

Vista Paine Horseback Tours

Vista Paine Horseback Tours organizes multi-day horseback rides in and around Torres del Paine from 35 usd (2 hours) to 350 usd (2 days and nights) all inclusive. English speaking staff can ...
Horseback Riding

Lago Grey Navigation

This four hour navigation tour over Lago Grey is a great way to see the 40 meter head wall of ice on Glacier Grey in Torres del Paine National Park. This 'sight seeing' tour costs roughly $75 usd and ...

Lago Pehoé

Lago Pehoé, though acting as a serene foreground to the jagged Cuernos del Paine, offers little in the way of activity; mostly, it is a starting (or ending) point for various excursions through ...

Glacier Grey

Glacier Grey is a 270 km2 (168m2) glacier located at the north end of Lago Grey. The easiest way to experience Glacier Grey is aboard the Grey II, which takes travelers from Hosteria Lago Grey, ...

Fly Fishing

The icy turquoise waters of Torres del Paine National Park are home to a variety of fish, including Brown, Steelhead and Rainbow trout, as well as Coho, Chinook, and Atlantic salmon. Sports fishers ...
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The W Trek

The most highly trekked route in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘W’, which earns its name after its trail system that zig-zags up and down the mountain valleys: from Campamento ...

The Q Circuit Trek

Everyone knows about \'The W\' in Torres del Paine. Then there’s the full Circuit. Starting with The W, then around the backside to Refugio Dickson, up and down over the John Gardner Pass, and back ...
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