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Unrivaled! Fantastic!
"The Paine massif is unrivaled...In its colors and form it is without doubt one of the most fantastic and spectacular sights that human imagination can concieve." Words of Padre Agostini, a salesian missionary.

From the wind-bent grasses of the plains to the sheer, frozen cliffs of the Andes, the Torres del Paine National Park rank among South America's most stunning and diverse. Not only does Torres del Paine boast several distinct ecosystems; each ecosystem contains a wealth of lanndscapes, flora, and fauna found nowhere else in world.

More than 40 mammals make their home in the park, including the guanaco, puma, and Patagonian gray fox. Some of the world's rarest bird species -- the Andean condor, crested cara cara, and black vulture among them -- are found in Torres as well.

The Legend of the Mountain
In particular, the mountains of Torres del Paine -- jagged granite ridges and spires capped with shale -- have held significance for the region's native inhabitants. According to local myth, an evil serpent called Cai Cai caused a massive flood to kill the warrior tribe that lived in Torres del Paine. When the flood waters receded, Cai Cai took the bodies of the two largest warriors and turned them to stone -- thereby creating the twin horns that crown the mountaintop of Cuernos del Paine.

Location & Geography
The Cordillera del Paine is a small but spectacular mountain group in Chilean Patagonia . It is located 400 km (244 miles) north of Punta Arenas , and about 2,500 km south of the Chilean capital Santiago. No accurate surveys have been published, and published elevations are often seriously inflated, so the elevations given on this page are all approximate.

The highest summit of the range is probably Cerro Paine Grande. Its elevation is usually claimed to be 3,050 m but analysis of local photography suggests that it may be nearer to 2,750 m.

The best-known and most spectacular summits are the three Torres del Paine. They are gigantic granite monoliths shaped by the forces of glacial ice.

The South Tower of Paine (about 2,500 m) is now thought to be the highest of the three, although this has not been definitely established. It was first climbed by Armando Aste .

The Central Tower of Paine (about 2,460 m or 8,100 feet) was first climbed in 1963 by Chris Bonington and Don Whillans , and the North Tower of Paine (about 2,260 m) was first climbed by Guido Monzino .

Other summits include the Cuerno Principal , about 2,100 m but often quoted at 2,600 m, and Cerro Paine Chico , which is usually correctly quoted at about 2,650 m.

The information in this theme "Location and Geography" has been textually copied from See the Wikipedia page here.

Main Attractions
One of the main atractions is the W trek with a gret view of Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, the Torres del Paine and Lago Grey with its amazing glacier. The Torres del Paine Circuit is the most wonderful experience. 7 to 10 days around nature, along rivers, lakes, glaciers, pampa, woods and fantastic landscapes.

To know everything you can do in this zone go to Torres del Paine Excursions.


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