This national park, in the province of Ultima Esperanza, is one of the most beautiful places in South America. And unanimity among travelers as one of the most beautiful in the world; 245 thousand declared World Biosphere Reserve by Unesco in 1978, the year I was born. Maybe that is why I am so fascinated about this place. The paradise for walkers has 200 km of trails, mountains impressively sculpted in the glacial period, 8 lakes with different shades of blue and green that look like paintings and a typical fauna. A place where everyone helps preserving, there is no litter and the only human traces are the footprints.
The region with the towers that give name to the park offers good structure and easy access. There are camping sites and luxurious spas, small trails, stores, horse-back rides and bus tours. From there you can drive by some attractions. Look at the towers a while before the sun rises and, if you are lucky, you will see the early morning lighting them in shades of pink and gold. Glaciar Grey also has good options of accommodations and boat trips.
Before arriving in the Park, we left Calafate and passed by sheep in the beige-covered PAMPAS, on the border with Argentina. We were blessed to watch sheep herding: around 3 thousand animals guided by men and sheepdogs. We also saw nhandus (similar to an emu), guanacos (they look like a deer), condors and other birds.
Be prepared for a unique view and to come back totally flabbergasted with Pehoé Lake, Glaciar Grey, Los Cuernos mountains, Torres del Paine and Paine Grande with its 3050 meters of height.
During high season there is a bus from Punta Arenas.
The best time is Spring and Summer, but it is always windy.
On our way to and back, near the border, we passed by a Road Market that sells excellent and delicious Chilean CHOCOLATE, at the best price. Inside the park everything is expensive.
Translated by Lúcia Maciel
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