Torres del Paine National Park: general facts and map

Torres del Paine National Park is located in the southern region of Chilean Patagonia, in the province of Ultima Esperanza, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region. The park is situated approximately 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 312 km north of Punta Arenas. The park’s coordinates are 50° 55′ 0″ S latitude and 73° 5′ 0″ W longitude.

Torres del Paine National Park: general facts

It was established in 1959 and covers an area of 181,414 hectares. The park is known for its soaring granite peaks, glaciers, lakes, and rivers, and is a popular destination for hiking and outdoor activities.

The centerpiece of the park is the Paine Massif, a group of mountains that includes the famous three towers (“Torres del Paine” in Spanish) which give the park its name. The highest peak in the park is Cerro Paine Grande, which reaches a height of 3,050 meters (10,007 feet).

The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including guanacos (a type of llama), foxes, pumas, and condors. It is also home to several large glaciers, including Grey Glacier, which is over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long.

The park offers a variety of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to multi-day treks, and is popular with backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the most popular hikes include the W Trek, the Circuit Trek, and the hike to the base of the Towers.

Tourism is an important industry in the region, with visitors coming from all over the world to explore the park and surrounding areas. The park has been recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and efforts are underway to preserve its unique ecosystem for future generations.


Torres del Paine National Park: a bit of history

The history of Torres del Paine National Park dates back thousands of years to when the indigenous Aonikenk people first inhabited the region. The Aonikenk were nomadic hunter-gatherers who roamed the grassy plains of Patagonia, including the area that is now the park.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, European explorers and settlers began to arrive in the region, and the area that is now the park was used primarily for sheep farming. However, in the mid-20th century, the Chilean government recognized the ecological value of the area and began taking steps to protect it.

In 1959, the park was officially created as Parque Nacional de Turismo Lago Grey, and it was later renamed Torres del Paine National Park. In 1978, the park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and in 1979 it was declared a World Heritage Site.

Today, the park is one of Chile’s most popular destinations for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, drawing visitors from around the world to its towering peaks, sparkling lakes, and diverse wildlife. The park continues to be managed by the Chilean government, which works to balance the needs of conservation with the demands of tourism and development.


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