Torres del Paine National Park, is the most important natural reserve in Chilean Patagonia. Its nearly 500,000 acres encompasses some of the world's most breathtaking and recognizable natural images including the iconic granite towers of Las Torres, the unforgettable Los Cuernos (horns). The park which was named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978 offers visitors stunning mountain, lake, and river views, with world class hiking, climbing, and photo opportunities, a dazzling array of vegetation that includes the strikingly vivid Calceolaria uniflora and seven of the world?s most beautiful varieties of orchids, and an equally fascinating collection of protected wildlife that includes the Andean condor, the graceful guanaco (a relative of the llama), and the speedy ñandu (a variety of ostrich). In short Torres del Paine is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of every denomination.
The mountains are cut in half by the Valle Ascencio in the east, and Valle del Frances in the west, creating region of surreal beauty. In addition to Las Torres and Los Cuernos other don?t miss attractions include the Salto Grande waterfall, French Valley, Grey Glacier, the Blue Lagoon, and Sarmiento Lake. The Park is open all year, but the best time to visit here is from October to April, (Spring and Summer). During this time not only are there more sunny days and less rain, but there are up to 18 hours of daylight affording visitors an unparalleled options for exploration of this phenomenal environment.
Our preferred accommodations here include the exquisitely located Hosteria Las Torres, and the first luxury camp in South America; A unique way of combining comfort and convenience with an intimate experience of the magnificent natural environment. Needless to say, 3 nights in Torres Del Paine is heartily recommended, and can be linked with our customizable itineraries to other spectacular destinations in Patagonia, Chile and all of Latin America.