Leave no trace on your visit to Torres del Paine!
The Torres del Paine National Park is a protected area by the State of Chile and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO, which has a number of basic rules for the large number of tourists arriving throughout the year.
There are 4 important points to ensure that your trip is a unique experience and does not inflict negative consequences on you or the ecosystem. Ensure that you follow these tips and you’ll be helping to preserve the beauty of Torres del Paine.
Waste and litter
- It is forbidden to leave rubbish in the park, as there are points where you can dispose of organic and inorganic waste, separately (we recommend, for your convenience, to put both types of waste into different bags).
- Our recommendation is to take any bags of rubbish back to the city.
- It is important to dispose of batteries in a city and not bury food scraps, because you can alter the environmental balance and encourage wild animals to enter the area, in search of food.
- Another important aspect to consider is human waste, as you must bury it 20 cm. deep and 70 meters away from water sources to prevent contamination. Always make the bathrooms in hotels and lodges your preference, as all of them have the necessary amenities to make your stay in Torres del Paine the best experience of your life!
Flora and Fauna
- To ensure you leave no trace in the park, it is advisable to never destroy the flora or to bother the fauna ; respect the trails, watch the animals from a distance and do not feed them, as some even could modify their behavior if their young are harassed by children or adults. While animals within the park are not aggressive and usually avoid busy paths, it is better to leave them alone so as to avoid problems.
- Camping is not allowed in non established places or on non marked sites, with the aim of preserving the natural condition of the National Park Torres del Paine.
- The most dangerous animal you can find in Torres del Paine is the puma, a Magellan wild cat of great strength and size, that only attacks if threatened. It is recommended that you explore the wild surroundings of the park in large groups, and always have an exit route planned. It is important not to follow a puma, and if you happen to come across one, it is best to make a slow retreat and never run, for a safer escape. If you’re with children, it is important to keep hold of them to prevent sudden escapes and not to make loud noises, which may scare them.
- The transportation of pets and hunting is completely prohibited in every National Park in the country. Although there are places in Torres del Paine where you can go fishing, you cannot take “souvenirs” from the Park, only videos, photographs and memories of an unforgettable experience.
- This is a sensitive point, since the park has suffered serious accidents caused by human negligence. A large beautiful scenic area was devastated in the park at the beginning of 2012, and as a consequence smoking and bonfires are strictly forbidden. Instead of this, you can use gas stoves, lanterns or other safer articles.
- Camping is allowed only in authorized places, thus avoiding possible accidents and pollution within the park, and you can read more about the subject in this blog.
- It is important to keep a peaceful atmosphere in the area, by avoiding excess noise or unpleasant language and by being friendly to other people.
- Following these simple tips, you will not only help to preserve the beauty of Torres del Paine, but also be able to enjoy all of its wonders without restriction.