Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine National Park is Best For
Directions to Torres del Paine National Park
Named after the three iconic granite spirals that rise out of the heart of the Paine Massif, Torres del Paine is located in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region of southern Chile, where its hiking trails, like the W Trek and the Paine Circuit, natural splendor, and pure wilderness draws in more than 250,000 visitors a year from Chile and abroad. The park was founded in 1959 and became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978 to protect the fragile landscapes, plants, and wildlife that call this place home.
Although native tribes like the Kaweskar have been coming to Torres del Paine for thousands of years (the name Paine actually is an indigenous word that means 'blue'), European visitors like Lady Florence Dixie first started coming to see the area in the late 1880s , starting a flow of tourism that is now one of the main economies in the region.
The park is mainly popular for its hiking trails, but there are plenty of other activities to be enjoyed like nature walks, wildlife viewing like puma tracking, kayaking, boating, cycling, and more.