Torres del Paine National Park, located in the far south of Chile’s Patagonian region, offers some of the most superb sightseeing and outdoor adventuring Chile has to offer. Named for the three prominent, tower-like granite peaks soaring more than 6,500 feet above the Patagonian steppe, Torres del Paine National Park is also a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve flaunting at least 15 species of birds of prey as well as seven different types of orchid. Founded in 1959, this may very well be South America’s finest national park and certainly one of the world’s most stunning panoramas.
In addition to the stunning hiking opportunities through the unique “Towers of Paine” mountains, the region also offers excellent ice trekking opportunities on the park’s numerous glaciers, as well as excursions to the various lakes. Visitors can choose from guided treks on foot or exciting journeys by bicycle or horseback, leading them through the authentic Patagonian landscape into off the beaten path wonders often passed over by other park visitors. Torres del Paine National Park is also excellent for those interested in bird watching, with at least 15 species of raptors known to breed in the park, from the local ostrich-like ñandues and the Chilean flamingos to the rare Andean condors. As for botany, Torres del Paine National Park contains four separate vegetation zones featuring many distinctive plant species, including at least seven types of orchid.
A journey through the 1,125-square miles of Torres del Paine National Park is an unforgettable experience for the adventurous. The region’s famous mountains may lure travelers from near and far, but it is the park’s vast ecological system and highly developed infrastructure that further enhances its allure. Contact a Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant today to learn how to add the marvels of Torres del Paine National Park to your Chilean or Patagonian itinerary.