There comes a time in life when you feel like you’ve got stuck in your daily life routine and there’s no way getting out of it. Have you experienced something similar? Well, this is the time when you have to pack a few things and go on a journey to a place you have never been before, exploring this planet that we call our home. Not sure where to go? Let us tell you about a magical place; Torres del Paine National Park.
Be amazed by the incredible region called Patagonia
There is a fascinating sparsely populated region at the southern end of South America, and it’s called Patagonia. This magnificent natural treasure is shared by Argentina and Chile, no wonder why these two countries were always on the bucket lists of the world travelers, seeking to explore the diverse world that we live in.
The beautiful mix made by the combination of the Andes and the deserts of this region bring an extrinsic touch to the eye of the wanderer, grasping for his/her curiosity to discover even more. Patagonia is a beauty touching the waters of the nearby oceans from both sides. With the western coast, it faces the Pacific Ocean, while on the eastern side it has a coast towards the Atlantic Ocean. Glaciers, grasslands, a spectacular wildlife – Patagonia has it all and even more! And it won’t take long until you first point your eyes at this place and wish never to leave it. It’s amazing! However, this region is big – so big that it’s even divided between two countries of South America. It accounts for an area of 1,043,076 km2, so if you’re willing to visit it, you should have in mind what to visit first. And this is where our suggestion comes to the table – are you prepared to fall in love with a national park located in Patagonia?
Meet the captivating Torres del Paine National Park
The whole Patagonia region is gorgeous, there’s no doubt in that, but there is a unique national park that can just take your breath away. It is called the Torres del Paine, and it can be found on the territory of southern Patagonia, the part belonging to the country of Chile. The scenic landscape of this stunning Chilean National Park can attack your senses and challenge you to inhale the nature around you and exhale nothing else but delight. And on top of all, such extraordinary beauty like Torres del Paine has to be surrounded by other natural wonders. Here, we are talking about the Los Glaciares National Park to the north and Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to the west, two additional magnificent destinations that you should also put on your traveling bucket list. But let’s get back to our incredible journey – wouldn’t you like to meet the attractions of this national park that are ready to impress you?
The most spectacular attractions of Torres del Paine National Park
On your first visit to this national park, you will probably point your eyes first at the grandiose (and hopefully covered in a layer of snow) mountains that are not ashamed to show off their beauty to its visitors. Well, you won’t be the first one to do this, since the small group of mountains called the Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of this place. These colossal mountains with their breathtaking and challenging peaks are visited by mountaineers every year, and they will make you stare at them forever. But that’s not all there is to see and do when one is visiting Torres del Paine National Park.
It’s fun to look up at the mountains that extend up to 2,500 meters above sea level, but what we suggest you do next is to put your head down and point your eyes at the most mesmerizing lakes at Torres del Paine National Park. Once you visit this national park, you have to see the Grey Lake. The name might confuse you, but it’s definitely what you first thought of, which is the color of this glacially fed lake. On the other hand, you have a more diverse lake when it comes to colors and natural surroundings, and this is the Lake Pehoé. Now, this is what dreams are made of! The calm waters of the Lake Pehoé are inviting you to go sailing or kayaking and to explore the wonders of the national park from the perspective that the water surface provides. Furthermore, the Nordenskjöld Lake and the Sarmiento Lake are also part of Torres del Paine that deserves to be seen and worshiped.
When we said that this national park has it all, we also meant that it has some stunning glaciers that can leave you speechless. Pingo, Grey, and Tyndall are the names of these spectacular glaciers, and they are proud to be a part of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. And when it comes to rivers, it is nice to mention that the main river flowing through the park is Paine River.
The Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes are the home of various species, typical for this region. The flora is of exceptional beauty, and it will guide your way through the park. On the other hand, the fauna of this area is not to be ignored. The most typical mammal living in this park is the animal called Guanaco. Among it, you may find plenty of foxes and pumas. However, you may not get to see the Chilean Huemul since this is an endangered animal living in Torres del Paine National Park.
What to do in Torres del Paine?
Well, besides sightseeing and worshiping the surrounding and the incredible scenery, you can take part in plenty of other activities. There’s a way to enjoy the park from different perspectives, and you can do that once you decide upon your preferred activity. For example, many people go trekking and camping for days in this wonderful national park. If you are a mountaineer, you can also try out climbing. On the other hand, we already mentioned how you could go sailing or kayaking in the waters, but we must add up the fun activity of fly fishing here. Or if any of these events are not adequate to your taste, then you will enjoy a few hours spent horse riding and becoming one with nature.
So you see, once you find out about an attractive destination such as this one, there is no turning back. Now you have to plan a trip to Torres del Paine National Park and invite your friends along with you. So share this article with your friends and motivate the traveler within them to join you for an adventure in Patagonia.