- The Atacama Desert
- Torres del Paine
- The moai statues & Easter Island
- Punta Arenas
- Chilean wine
Torres del Paine: adventure, sailing and trekking
Some people consider it to be the Eighth Wonder of the World and the truth is that it is more than deserving of such a label. Located in the south of Chile, the Torres del Paine national park is an authentic natural paradise. The wild beauty of its landscapes will surprise you with the combination of high peaks, beautiful coloured lakes, and impressive glaciers.
The majestic silhouette of the three Torres del Paine peaks loom over the park. The irregular shaped peaks were carved out over thousands of years by the force of the glaciers. The park covers an area of 240,000 hectares, making it one of the largest and most important in Chile.
In addition to taking in these fabulous landscapes, it is worth remembering to visit the city of Puerto Natales. You can reach it by flying to Punta Arenas and then travelling by road. The city serves as an ideal starting point for exciting trips such as those which go to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. These large masses of ice hang down from the mountains, extending out towards the coast. This means it is only possible to reach them by sailing in a boat, or a kayak if you are adventurous enough. The view is simply unforgettable!
Another trip that is really recommendable for all of the family is a visit to the colonies of Magellanic penguins. Hundreds of the birds arrive every year in Otway bay where they nest from October to March. Not for nothing is the Austral summer one of the best periods of the year to enjoy the visit, although you should remember that temperatures are usually quite cool.
However, if you want to feel like a true gaucho, you can always discover Chilean Patagonia on horseback, excursions last for between three and twelve days. You too can become a real gaucho!