0024 – Torres Del Paine National Park Chile

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Torres del Paine National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. Bernardo O’Higgins National Park is its neighbour to the west, while Los Glaciares National Park is located to the north in Argentine territory.
Torres del Paine National Park is part of the National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile (Spanish:Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile). In 2006, it measured approximately 242, 242 hectares. It is one of the largest and most important parks in Chile, and the third most visited park. 75% of visitors are foreign tourists, and many come from Europe.
The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica (together with four national parks, three national reserves, and three national monuments). Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region (6 728 744 hectares).
The Torres del Paine are the peaks of the mountain range, Cerro Paine. They reach 3050 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. The area also boasts valleys, rivers such as the Paine river, lakes, and glaciers. The well known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskjold, and Sarmiento). The glaciers, including Grey, Pingo, Tyndall and Geikie, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

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