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First Hike in Torres del Paine National Park

00 Hike around Torres del Paine (1)

The Torres del Paine are three distinctive towering granite peaks of the Paines Massif (see above photo).  Extending up to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above sea level, these towers dominate much of the landscape of the park, as does the horned part of the mountain known as the Cuernos del Paine.  The Patagonian steppe abuts the mountains.

We arrived in Torres del Paine in the afternoon and had only a few hours to spare that day for a hike.  I had hoped to hike to the base of the towers, for there is a lovely glacier and lake there, but did not have the time.   Among the feasible options, we decided to hike along the hilly steppe and take in the views of the granite towers that give the park its name.  It was a nice hike — not that challenging, but with an ever changing perspective of the towers.  And we got to see lots of horses and even a few guanaco grazing on the steppe and emersed ourselves in this ecosystem.

A nice introduction to one of the most unique mountain ranges in the world!

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