Being one of the most popular tours into the National Park Torres del Paine through its imposing granite walls formed by tectonic forces and the glacial ice and majestic inclination, Las Torres is the best reward after a challenging hike.
It’s one of the most famous mountain formations in the park. With more than 2,000 meters, Los Cuernos (The Horns) are an essential part of the circuit “W” and offer one of the most beautiful views that can be seen along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, between the Hotel Las Torres and Lake Pehoé.
The Cave of the Milodon, an impressive 30m (98 ft) high structure, situated on the edge of the Benítez hill, shelters a figure of the mythical animal encased in fiberglass . The first indications of the milodon go back to 1896, when Hermann Eberhard found excellently preserved bits of skin and excrement of such an animal, which suggested that it could have existed. This specimen of animal is calculated to have been two times the size of a man, was a mammal, and a herbivore. Inside this area there are also remains of human settlements. They are thought to have used the caves as refuges more than 12 thousand years ago.
Worldwide recognized as one of the most beautiful places on the planet, thanks to fresh clear air and the uniqueness of colors that are seen there, Salto Grande is one of the most interesting attractions of the park.
Located in the Pudeto sector in the National Park, this beautiful waterfall is part of the water supply by the Massif. The particular color of the Rio Paine has the beginning in Glacier Dickson and connects with Lake Nordensköjld, which along its course flows through the Salto Grande to meet with Lake Pehoe.
It is recommended place for lovers of photography. From here you can get a superb view on French Valley until Glacier Paine Grande and Los Cuernos del Paine – monumental granite formations crowned with black rock (sedimentary, which reflect the silent power of nature.
Positioned in the Strait of Magellan about 27 miles northeast of Punta Arenas, Magdalena Island is a nature preserve that protects the Magellanic Penguins.
The island is literally covered by penguins, and in fact, an estimated 70,000 mated pairs call it home. When their chicks are counted the number exceeds 200,000.
The island has other species of wildlife including cormorants, common seagulls, dolphin gulls and Chilean skuas. Scattered bunches of Eared Seals and South American Fur Seals are found along the shoreline.
The Pacific bathes Chiloé Island, where Ancud is influenced by its channels and islets, dwelled by sea birds and wildlife.
Ever since the time of the first settlements, Ancud has taken advantage of its privileged location. It used to be a Spanish fort and port. The consolidation of trade with the rest of Chile turned it into the best-known naval link between the island and the continent. The timber business had its boom in the late nineteenth century, which lured European colonists.
Those who wish to learn about the history of the city will quench their thirst during a visit to Ancud’s Regional Museum, which displays a heritage that speaks about the identity of the Chiloé Archipelago.
El Calafate, a small town located where the Santa Cruz plateau meets the Andes, is the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
The El Calafate town
The tourist circuit in this region begins at this small town in Southwestern Santa Cruz province, on the south bank of Lake Argentino. Its main activity is Tourism, which keeps growing year after year, due to its neighboring to Perito Moreno Glacier.
Founded in 1927, El Calafate did not grow until the 1940’s, when the National Park was created.
El Calafate has all the facilities needed to satisfy an ever growing tourist influx: there are hotels from 1 to 5 stars, as well as warm and charming “Hosterías” to stay at. And during summer there are also campsites.
It was named after a typical thorny bush of southern Patagonia. The Calafate blooms in the spring with yellow flowers and in summer with purple fruits. According to tradition those who eat this fruit will always return to Patagonia.