Torres del Paine
UNESCO had already declared this park a Biosphere Reserve in 1978, but in 2013 it was finally included among the wonders of the world. It was originally founded as Grey Lake Tourism National Park in 1959, when tourism still had not developed and cattle ranching was the main activity of the region. In 1970 it received its present name after adding 11,000 hectares to its protected territories. It is said that in Torres del Paine Park we can experience every seasons of the year in just one day, which allows us to enjoy the most varied flora and fauna that exists in the territory. Those who have been in the park will surely have expected – and secretly feared – the appearance of the puma – or “mountain lion” – who usually lives in the eastern sector. If you are fortunate enough to visit the park during November and December you will witness one of the most terrifying and fascinating natural spectacles of seeing the puma cubs coming out of their burrows to hunt the guanacos (chulengos). Alongside these incredible species we will find other mammals such as the red-footed Culpeo fox and the Huemul, an endangered deer that survives in these lands. Within the sphere of avifauna the condor, the eagle and the black woodpecker will also be privileged characters for lovers of photography. And the landscape that accompanies each and every one is not any less fascinating: glaciers, granite horns, turquoise lagoons are just some of the natural attractions you will as you trek through the numerous paths offered by the park, either to see the famous horns of the Paine massif, to navigate Lake Grey (by boat or kayak) and finally to reach the glacier that also bears its name, or visit Base Torres and see the three yellow peaks that frightened the Tehuelches. Without warning, the park will change in our path as if it were one and a thousand places at a time.