Travel to Torres del Paine

April 22, 2017 in Travel Destinations
The Torres del Paine National Park has a wide variety of spectacular natural scenery: mountains, valleys, rivers (such as the Paine River), lakes (especially the turquoise lakes Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskjöld, and Sarmiento) and glaciers (Grey, Pingo, Tyndall, and Geikie, all part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field).

Climate in Torres del Paine

It rains throughout the year with an average annual rainfall of 400mm. The region has a short summer with a maximum temperature of 16°C (in January). The minimum temperature in winter is -2.5°C with July being the coldest month of the year.

Where to stay in Torres del Paine

There are comfortable hotels located in the park that provide various excursions and activities to help you make the most of your stay inside the park.

There are also fully equipped refugios (mountain lodges) and camping grounds at several locations throughout the park.

Flora and Fauna of Torres del Paine

In the Torres del Paine National Park there is Pre-Andean shrub land on the river and lake banks; Magellanic forest; Magellanic tundra; and high elevation vegetation above the tree line.

Among the fauna, there are around 100 species of bird, including Condor, Eagle, Black-necked swan, Flamingo, Spectacled duck, Black woodpecker, Kingfisher, Patagonian sierra finch, Diuca finch, and Rufous-collared sparrow.
Among the mammals are Puma, Huemul (an endangered native deer species), Guanaco, Grey fox, Andean fox, and Skunk.
 

Activities in Torres del Paine

The park covers an area of 181,000 hectares; it has trails for hiking and roads for vehicles.
It is possible to go trekking, horseback riding, rock climbing and mountain climbing.

How to get to Torres del Paine

The Torres del Paine National Park is located in Chile’s twelfth Region, approximately 115 km Northwest of Puerto Natales. Arrival by air is to Punta Arenas from where Puerto Natales can be reached by road. Alternatively, Puerto Natales can be reached by sea. From Puerto Natales the park can be reached by road.

Navimag Ferries sail from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales and from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt, on a trip through the amazing Patagonian scenery. Once you reach Puerto Natales by Navimag's Patagonia ferry you can travel to Torres del Paine overland.

Departures from Puerto Montt are on Fridays and from Puerto Natales on Tuesdays throughout the year.

(Navimag only provides transport on the aforementioned routes and does not provide a transport service between Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine)

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