Thursday, March 28, 2013

Trekking in Torres del Paine tops global list

Lonely Planet magazine chose the best multi-day treks from around the world, but without too much altitude and the circuit known as the “W” Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine national park led the global list.

The circuit was selected for its variety of spectacular views and for being one of the best ways through which to discover Chilean Patagonia. This tour won against other iconic circuits including Bathali in Nepal, Milford Track in New Zealand, the Grand Canyon in the United States and the GR20 in France.

Lonely Planet highlights among the high points of the tour the view of the three great towers of granite, which have positioned the park as one of the best natural destinations on the planet, as well as “los cuernos” (The Horns), two giant structures of onyx-colored rock that crown the majestic mountain range of Patagonia.

The Parque Nacional Torres del Paine national park was created in May 1959 and is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Areas of the State of Chile).

It is a protected area of 242,000 hectares and has been a World Biosphere Reserve since 1978. The classic W is an extensive circuit that makes its way inward into the estate and takes 7 to 10 days of walking, depending on the pace of trekking and weather conditions.

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