10 Reasons To Visit Torres Del Paine in 2017
We all have new year’s resolutions, and now that January is coming to a close you may already have a sense of which resolutions will fall to the wayside, and which ones will stick. Some of the travellers we’ve welcomed so far this year, have vowed to stick to one resolution in 2017 – buy less and experience more. Of course eating better, exercising more make the list as well, but for many 2017 is becoming the year of self care. With our busy lives we forget that in order to give our best to family and friends we first need to look after ourselves.
Being a little biased, we believe Patagonia is the very best place on earth to recharge the soul. Torres Del Paine offers the perfect landscape for adventure travellers, but also the serenity for those simply looking to reconnect with themselves and/or family and friends.
So, now that you are sold on some self care travel in 2017, where will you go? Well, we’ve got 10 really great reasons why Torres Del Paine (…*ahem* the eighth wonder of the world by the way) is the place for you.
Grey Glacier Hiking
Grey glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles), just west of the Cordillera del Paine. With 19 kilometers (11.8 miles) of extension, Grey Glacier is a massive natural ice construction, of unique beauty.It flows southward into the lake of the same name. Hiking the glacier is nothing short of a magical experience that you will not see anywhere else in the world.
W Circuit Trekking
The most highly trekked route in Torres del Paine National Park is called the ‘W’.Total length of the circuit is 4 to 6 days and total distance is approximately 70 kilometers (43 miles).The “W” circuit often gets mentioned among the world’s top trails.
O Circuit Trekking
The Torres del Paine “O” Circuit (6–10 days) is the full loop around the Cordillera del Paine—the “W” plus the more remote backside that gets fewer trekkers. All told, the total distance of the “O” is approximately 110 kilometers (68 miles) depending on side hikes.
Not only does Torres del Paine boast several distinct ecosystems; each ecosystem contains a wealth of landscapes & flora, found nowhere else in world.
About 25 species of fauna make their home in the park, including the guanaco, puma, Patagonian gray fox, Chilean Huemul and Wild Horses.
Los Cuernos, or “the Horns,” is part of the Paine Massif, an outcropping of granite peaks nestled comfortably within the heart of the southern Andes and Patagonia. It is a spectacle of erosion and a probe into the depths of time.They are a particular spectacle mostly due to their shape and colouring.
There are many large lakes lining the park, reaching up to 90 square kilometers (35 square miles) in surface area. Many are an intense turquoise color as a result of rock flour particles left from glacial erosion, making the water look milky.The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento.
Refugios Camping & Cabins
The accommodation at our Refugios (in the 8th wonder of the world) is in shared – mixed dorms in bunk beds and in each Refugio there are shared bathrooms. Depending on the Refugio, rooms have a capacity between 6 to 8 people. Oh, and you get morning views like this…
The Food & Drink
No soul searching Chilean adventure is complete without amazing food and drink native to the area. Ask us what we’re serving up at our camps right in Torres Del Paine National Park!
It’s the Eighth Wonder Of The World!
…and one of the most beautiful places on the plant.
Oh, did we mention it’s summer in Torres Del Paine right now – what are you waiting for…get over here!