Torres del Paine (Credit: Andrew Waddington)

There should be no dispute, this southern Chilean Patagonia region, dubbed the Torres del Paine National Park — a name that comes from the Spanish phrase  “Towers of Paine”  and the name attributed to the color blue by indigenos people — is one of the most beautiful forgotten places on the planet. It remains in pristine condition, with clear water from several glacial lakes, blue skies, and the absolutely jaw-dropping view of the Cerro Paine mountain rage.

Along with the serenity of the natural landscape, one should expect to find a variation of wildlife including the endangered guanaco (a close cousin of the llama), puma (the genus containing the cougar and the jaguarundi), both the Andean condor and grey fox, as well as the endangered south Andean deer, which is featured on the Chilean National Coat of Arms.

Additionally, the peaks of Torres del Paine belong to the Cerro Paine mountain range, overall spanning more than 3,050 meters above sea level. Among them are several prolific glacier lakes, which include Sarmiento, Pehoe, Grey and Nordenskiöld (all belonging to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field)

The park remains one of the 11 protected regions of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica, which consists of four national parks, three reserves, and three national monuments that make up about 51% of the surrounding landscape (or about 6,728,744 hectares). Definitely a MUST SEE to any and all nature enthusiasts. For the rest of us, we can admire the beauty of this other-worldly area from afar.

 

This mini-feature is part of a series, entitled “Earth: The Pale Blue Dot, which explores and highlights some of the most amazing and beautiful natural features mother Earth has to offer.


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