Hello my lovelies, today let’s talk about the stunning Torres del paine national park in Chile….
Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). In 2013, it measured approximately 181,414 hectares. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. The park averages around 252,000 visitors a year, of which 54% are foreign tourists, who come from all over the world.
The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica (together with four national parks, three national reserves, and three national monuments). Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region (6,728,744 hectares).
The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif. They extend up to 2,500 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. The area also boasts valleys, rivers such as the Paine, lakes, and glaciers. The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento. The glaciers, including Grey, Pingo and Tyndall, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT TORRES DEL PAINE
is a glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles), just west of the Cordillera del Paine.
With 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) of extension, Grey Glacier is a massive natural ice construction, of unique beauty.It flows southward into the lake of the same name.
The landscape of the park is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes located on the east side of the Grey Glacier, rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe.Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif.These are: French Valley (Valle del Francés), Valle Bader, Valle Ascencio, and Valle del Silencio (Silence Valley).
There are many large lakes lining the park, reaching up to 90 square kilometers (35 square miles) in surface area.
Many are an intense turquoise color as a result of rock flour particles left from glacial erosion, making the water look milky.The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld
The most highly trekked route in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘W’.Total length of the circuit is 4 to 6 days and total distance is approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles).The “W” circuit often gets mentioned among the world’s top trails.
The Torres del Paine “O” Circuit (6–10 days) is the full loop around the Cordillera del Paine—the “W” plus the more remote backside that gets fewer trekkers. All told, the total distance of the “O” is approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) depending on side hikes.
Not only does Torres del Paine boast several distinct ecosystems; each ecosystem contains a wealth of landscapes, flora,
found nowhere else in world.
About 25 species of mammal make their home in the park, including the guanaco, puma, Patagonian gray fox, Chilean Huemul and Wild Horses.
Birdlife is abundant, with over 115 species recorded including the Andean condor, crested cara cara, black vulture and black-chested buzzard-eagle among them.
Torres del Paine National Park is adorned with beautiful vegetation,
including the evergreen Embothrium coccineum, which produces vivid red flowers grouped in corymbs, Calceolaria uniflora, of striking shape & colors, and Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine.There is also 7 documented species of Orchidaceae.
The park averages around 150,000 visitors a year, of which 60% are foreign tourists, who come from all over the world.
The National Park is open all year round; however, the best season to visit the park, is from October to April, which is Spring and Summer in the southern hemisphere.
BEAUTIFUL HOTELS IN TORRES DEL PAINE
Amanecer Hotel Torres del Paine
hosteria pehoe torres del paine
Hotel Explora, Torres del Paine
Hotel Torres Patagonia 2
Hotel lago Tyndall
Hotel lago Grey
refugio vertice paine grande
ecocamp patagonia torres del paine national park chile
and many more beautiful hotels…
Isn’t this lovely and beautiful? I’m sure y’all are ready to pack your bags right? well, blame it on this gorgeous park…. *smiling and blushing*
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