Facts & Information
Official Name: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine
English Name: Torres del Paine National Park
Year Established: 1959
Area: 935 sq. miles (2422 sq km)
Max altitude: Paine Grande Peak: 10,000 feet (3,050 meters)
Torres del Paine National Park is found between the Andes Mountain range and the Patagonian Steppe in the Chilean side of Patagonia. It covers an area of just over 2,422sq km (935 sq mi). The National Park holds within its boundaries a number of glaciers, lakes, rivers and valleys, as well as the famed centerpiece, Cordillera del Paine, where we find the two most recognized rock formations known as Las Torres (the three towering rock formations that give the park its name) and Cuernos del Paine (Del Paine Horns).
The park is located about 112 km (70 mi) north of the town of Puerto Natales and approximately 312 km (194 mi) north of the city of Punta Arenas. The Bernardo O'Higgins National Park neighbours Torres del Paine to the west, and the famous Los Glaciares National Park is located further north on the Argentine side of Patagonia.
Torres del Paine is a very popular destination for hikers from all over the world. The entire Park contains clearly marked paths and many "refugios" which provide basic services and shelter for backpackers. The views in the park are absolutely breathtaking. Visiting Torres del Paine is recommended from the months of October until late March or early April. During these months the weather is nicer, and daylight hours are long, due to the extreme southern latitude.
The Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chile's Region XII, between the massif of the Los Andes Mountain Range and the Patagonian steppes, in Ultima Esperanza Province, community of Torres del Paine.
The Torres del Paine National Park is open all year round and is administered by the National Forestry Commission (CONAF), www.conaf.cl. Its entry gates are about 72 miles (115 kilometers) from Puerto Natales.
The Sarmiento and Laguna Amarga entry gates are open from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., all year round.
|Distances in mi. & km.||Torres del Paine||Puerto Natales||Punta Arenas||El Calafate
|Torres del Paine||-||113km / 70mi||357km / 221mi||348km / 216mi||497km / 308mi|
|Cerro Castillo||53km / 33mi||60km / 37mi||302km / 187mi||294km / 182mi||444km / 276mi|
|Puerto Natales||113km / 70mi||-||248km / 154mi||360km / 223mi||510km / 317mi|
|Punta Arenas||357km / 221mi||248km / 154mi||-||560km / 348mi||709km / 440mi|
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