Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is one of the most incredible of destinations. The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif. They extend up to 2,500 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine.
The national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento. The glaciers, including Grey, Pingo and Tyndall, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic sub-polar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory.
Torres del Paine National Park is part of the National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile, Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile is Spanish. The park measures approximately 181,414 hectares, making it one of the largest parks in Chile. It is also one of the most visited. The park averages around 252,000 visitors a year, of which 54% are foreign tourists from all over the world.
The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica that include national parks, national reserves, and national monuments. Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region, approximately 6,728,744 hectares.
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