Torres del Paine/The City
Torres del Paine National Park, things to do and see
Torres del Paine e commune is located in “Ultima Esperanza” province, northeast of the city of Puerto Natales. It has an area of 6630 km2 and includes in it the Torres del Paine National Park. Its population is around 800 people. It is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales and 380 km per route from “The Galciers” national park in Argentina. Was established on 13 May 1959 and was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations in 1978. Villa Cerro Castillo, is the capital of the commune of Torres del Paine, with a police station, a public school, border complex, a first-aid post, an airport, a tourist service center and museum.
It has a favorable geographical location as it is strategic as a route to and from the interior of Argentina, the main access routes are from Puerto Natales by Route CH-9 paved, connecting Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales and continues along a path recently paved, 100 km and then a gravel road. Since Argentina is accessed through the border crossing at Cancha Carrera-Cerro Castillo and subsequently by Sarmiento nurseries or Laguna Amarga. You can access at any time of year but in winter is necessary (in the snowy season) be equipped with chains and shovel and preferably drawn vehicles on four wheels.
Also be accessed from Puerto Natales by sea and river with the River Up cruise ship visiting the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers and thereafter Zodiac Serrano upriver ending in the same National Park administration, CONAF.
Inside the park there are jetties at Pudeto from where it crosses the lake northward Pehoé, the catamaran that performs the intersection runs from November to march with three frequencies in high season, morning, noon and afternoon and two in low season.
The park has a variety of natural environments: mountains (among which the complex of Cerro Paine, whose main peak reaching 3,050 meters above sea level,
Torres del Paine and the Cuernos of Paine), valleys, rivers (like the river Paine) , lakes (known as Grey, Pehoe, Nordenskjold, toro and Sarmiento), glaciers (Grey, Pingo, Tyndall and Geikie), belonging to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field).
Ideal for mountain sports and outdoors activities, the park is crossed by innumerable glaciers, rivers, ponds and lakes where you can alternate walking and climbing to canoeing, hiking on glaciers and fishing for trout and salmon.
There are numerous hiking tours through the trails of varying lengths ranging from one day to several days touring the park. The most outstanding tracks are:Circuito W Las Torres Paine, Glacier Grey, Glacier Dickson, French valley, Las Torres base and Paine Circuit 7 to 10 days circling the mountain range of Torres del Paine.