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Torres del Paine National Park

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Magellan’s y la Antartica Chilena
Area: 935 mi2 (2,242 km2)
Height: 10,006 ft (3,050 m)

 

 

 

Description of Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park is a protected area in Magellan’s y la Antartica Chilena, Chile. It covers a total area of 935 mi2 (2,242 km2) grasslands on a backdrop of beautiful Andes mountains. The altitude difference in the protected reserve of Torres del Paine National Par ranges dramatically. It ranges from the sea level to an altitude of 10,006 ft (3,050 m).

 

Torres del Paine National Park is derived from the word Paine what can be translates as "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language. The focus of the protected area is around Cordillera del Paine. It forms a boundary between Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes or plains. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O'Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory.

 

Torres del Paine National Park is accessed by the Paved CH-9 Route, which joins Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales and continues along a recently paved road, about 100 km and then along a gravel road. In winter time, it is advisable to use chains because of the unstable climatic conditions. Torres del Paine National Park can also be reached by sea and air.

 

 

 

 

 

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