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Valleys and Granite Spires

Torres Del Paine National Park is a national park 200 miles (312 km) north of Punta Arenas, Chile. The park is famous for the Paine massif—an eastern spur of the Andes which rises dramatically above the Patagonian steppe.

Located 50 degrees south of the equator, Torres Del Paine is some of the only land this far south on the planet. Because of this, it is bombarded by almost constant storms from the southern ocean. Wind here can blow over 60 mph (100 kph) and it can rain or snow anytime of the year.

Here, spectacular granite spires shoot up from small valleys. Notably, Cerro Paine Grande reaches 10,007 ft (2,750 m) into the sky. Meanwhile, the best-known summits in the park are the three Towers of Paine. These gigantic granite monoliths were shaped by the forces of glacial ice.

Though this park is hard to access, the journey is worth it! Visitors can reach the southern part of the park by car or bus from Chile or Argentina. Some of the best locations for photography here include the view of the Cuernos from Lago Pehoe, Lago Grey, and anywhere along the park road south of Lago Nordenskjold. However, for the more adventurous, a day-long hike or overnight backpack leads to the Los Torres viewpoint.

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