"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
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
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
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 Wikipedir.org. See the Wikipedia page here.
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
To know everything you can do in this
zone go to Torres del Paine Excursions.