Torres del Paine, the Chilean representation of Patagonia
Torres del Paine National Park, located in the Chilean Patagonia, is the perfect representation of the wonders and treasures that can be found in this area of the world. It holds several microclimates and ecosystems ideal to perform various activities like trekking routes between mountains, lakes, lagoons and glaciers; as well as observation of the fauna and flora characteristic of the location.
Called thus due to the rock formations similar to towers that are located within the 242.242 hectares that conform the park; Torres del Paine is one of the most recognized natural destinations in the world. It has an added tourist attraction since in 1978 it was declared by
UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, 19 years after its creation in 1959. This title corresponds to a program that encourages the rational use and conservation of resources. This tourist spot is not only an attractive experience because of the wonderful landscapes it possesses, but also a first- hand look at the climatic effects of global warming in this place where there is a large amount of
the fresh water reserve of the planet.
It has two routes to go over: the route O and the route W. The first has an approximate duration of 8 days and covers a distance of 130 km. The second, being the most popular route, covers a total of 80 km in approximately 4 days.
Both routes are carried out in a journey through the different ecosystems, where you will reach specific points of the park. Depending on the weather conditions, you can get wonderful views.
Viewpoint of the base of the towers
The phenomenon shown in the image above, is a unique experience that happens at dawn. The towers adopt a beautiful reddish tone when touched by the sun, which contrasts nicely with the blue water of the lake on which they are located.
Gray Glacier and Southern Ice Fields
This is a key point for visitors on this natural reserve. With an impressive dimension of 30 meters high and 6 kilometers wide, it is around 28 kilometers long. Its incredible light blue coloration is due to the absorption of wavelengths of red light and the reflection of blue light lengths.
At the moment it is retreating by the variation in the temperature of the water, generating constant ice detachments that can be seen floating in the vicinity of the glacier.
Valley of the French
The extraordinary contrast between the vegetation of the hillside and the snowy point of the mountain, is the best proof of the variety of microclimates that exist in the reserve. The image above says more than a thousand words.
Including Torres del Paine park within a tour of Patagonia is practically an obligation, and as long as it is planned properly, it can easily become the experience of a lifetime.
Por: Eileen Cortés