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Full Day Paine Tour

Tours > Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

 

Torres del Paine National Park was created in 1959 and was named a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 by UNESCO. It is made up of approximately 127,000 hectares and it is the most prestigious and important park in Chile.

The park is known for its flourishing and unique biodiversity. With a great variety of wildlife and native vegetation, Torres del Paine National Park has one of the most diverse ecosystems on the continent.

On the Full Day Paine Tour you will have the opportunity to visit Glacier Grey and see other hanging glaciers and ice formations that emerge directly from the immense Southern Ice Field. You will also visit large rivers and lakes with beautiful changing colors including: the Paine River, Serrano River, Lake Sarmiento, Lake Pehoe, Lake Nordenskjold and others.

Most importantly, you will see the magnificent geological phenomenon of the Paine Massif including the famous granite peaks of Torres del Paine and other important mountains including: the Cordillera Paine, Los Cuernos, Almirante Nieto, and Paine Grande.

The Natural Monument, Cueva de Milodón, was made a Historic Monument in 1968 and was also named a Natural Monument in 1993. Just like the Torres del Paine National park, it is one of the most attractive tourist sites of the Magellanic Region. With its 189.5 hectares, it offers a wide diversity of vegetation and fauna, highlighting raptor birds and forest ecosystems. However, the largest attraction of the reserve is the great cavern known as the “Cueva de Milodon,” which was originally inhabited by a famous prehistoric mammal Mylodon dariwini.

The cave is 200 meters long, 100 meters wide and 80 meters high. There is a short circuit walk within the cave and a life-sized statue of the Milodón.

PROGRAM:

The Full Day Paine is a full-day excursion that includes a private car and local guide, which take you through the Ultima Esperanza Province visiting both the Torres del Paine National Park and the Cueva de Milodon Natural Monument.

ITINERARY:

You will be picked up at 8:00AM in Puerto Natales and head directly to Torres del Paine National Park. The car will take Route 9 and you will pass by many “estancias” (ranches) and valleys until arriving to Cerro Castillo, a small town located on the Chilean/Argentinean border. From here, your car will take you further north passing through the Patagonian steppe until you eventually see the large mountains of the Paine Massif and reach the entrance to the park. Once entering the park, you will explore the entire reserve from North to South stopping at the most famous lookouts and taking small walks to see some of the diverse wildlife. Common wildlife spottings are: Andean Condors (Vultur gryphus), Black Bhested Buzzard Eagles (Geranoeatus melanoleucus), large herds of guanacos (Lama guanicoe), Grey Foxes (Pseudalopex griseaus), Red Foxes (Pseudalopex culpeaus) and maybe even a Puma (Puma concolor). You will see the famous Torres del Paine (towers), the Cuernos (horns), Paine Grande (the highest peak in the park), Glacier Grey and many other attractions.

You will exit the park passing by the Serrano River and driving through dense forests and mountains until arriving to the Natural Monument the “Cueva de Milodon,” where you will have the opportunity to explore the large cave.

The Full Day Paine ends in Puerto Natales at approximately 18:00PM.

 


INCLUDES:

- Private transportation
- Local guide
- Food
- Entrance fees to Torres del Paine National Park and Cueva de Milodon National Monument








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