Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is infinitely more than a tourist destination. To visit here is to discover a world of majestic valleys, crystal-clear rivers, magnificent mountains and sculpted glaciers. These pristine landscapes are so immaculately reflected in the many lakes that it is often hard to tell where the water ends and the sky begins. Incredible backdrops at every turn make Torres del Paine National Park a photographer’s dream, and there’s always the chance to learn more the native wildlife, including the elegant guanaco, the mighty condor, puma, or the South Andean deer – the huemul.
In 2013 the Torres del Paine National Park was voted the 8th Wonder of the World and declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. At its heart lies Reserva Cerro Paine – a private nature reserve dedicated to conservation and sustainable tourism, underpinned by its own NGO, AMA Torres del Paine.
Reserva Cerro Paine offers so many ways to enjoy Torres del Paine, including trekking, horseriding, cycling, van tours and much more. This incredible range of activities is run by Fantástico Sur, an adventure company which is affiliated with the reserve and manages the largest network of refuges and campsites within the national park. This reserve also offers the best option for relaxing after an intense day of activities. Tucked away in the Reserva Cerro Paine is the charming Hotel Las Torres Patagonia. This lovely two-floor hotel welcomes guests with log-fires, a relaxed atmosphere and magnificent views.
The hotel restaurant offers traditional Chilean meals complemented with surprising dishes that will delight the most demanding palates. There’s also Pionero, the hotel’s bar which is famed for its eco-cocktails. These delicious and ingenious cocktails use only left-overs as ingredients and barman Federico has exhibited his sustainable creations at global cocktail events.
At Hotel Las Torres Patagonia guests can book excursions, spa sessions, rent hiking gear and anything else they need to have the most unforgettable experience; you can even share a mate with the “baqueanos” – Patagonian cowboys.
More than a tourist destination, Torres del Paine National Park is an experience like no other, a journey into the wilderness that you’ll never forget.