The Torres del Paine National Park, located in the extreme south of Chile, ranked 22 of the “100 Places To See of a Lifetime” version 2009, published by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
Under the title “The Untamed Beauty of the Andes,” the Spanish daily pointed out: “Situated in southern Chile, there where Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego meet, the Torres del Paine National Park is a sanctuary for climbers and one of the most beautiful and fascinating places in the Andes mountain range.”
First place in the ranking is held by the Altái mountains to the west of Mongolia. Bandagiara in Namibia and Dempster Highway in Canada were awarded second and third place, respectively. In the continent of the Americas, Bolivia’s Lake Titicaca (No. 10) and Chelly Canyon (No. 19) in Arizona are also highlighted as outstanding tourist spots.
Torres del Paine
The spectacular horns of the Paine massifs are internationally famous. They are part of the Torres del Paine National Park, which also stands out for its total surface area of 181,000 hectares where visitors can avail of circuits for trekking, wilderness horseback riding and packing, mountaineering or rock climbing.