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Majestic Torres del Paine

September 24th, 2010

Las Torres del PaineThe famous Torres del Paine (Towers of the Blue Sky) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, three jagged peaks that stretch skyward at a completely vertical angle. They are the main tourist attraction in the park.

The Torres del Paine belongs to ones of the most demanding and wildest rock climbs in the South America.

Although there are many interesting and difficult climbing objectives in Paine National Park, the Las Tres Torres are the most famous.

La Torre Sur with 2850 meters is the highest and hardest to get. It was reached first time by Armando Aste. La Torre Central has almost 2800 meters. It was first reached in 1963 by Chris Bonington and Don Whillans. La Torre Norte (2600 m) was reached by Guido Monzino.

Many tourists walk to the base of the Torres from Hotel Las Torres. It’s quite easy day of hiking.
The best time to climb it’s since August through February. Although during the summer months exists high possibility of blizzards and long storms.

Horns of Paine

Horns of PaineMany tourists confuse Los Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) and Las Tres Torres. Located in the south of the Torres Park, los Cuernos retain, similar to Torres, a cap of darker metamorphic rock at the top.

Three peaks of the Horns of Paine are recognizable first off all by their color and mass. Their top and base are dark, the central part is clearer and distinguished.

How to explain the difference of the colors?

The characteristic black rock that crowns the Horns of Paine is the result of tectonic and glacial forces that carved the massif.

Millions years ago, the sedimentary rock covered wide areas in the region. In some moment those rocks had contact with the magma which shaped the granite rocks. Then, the enormous pressure from the inside of earth created the impressive mountains known today as the Torres del Paine.

During the ice age only peaks of the mountains stuck out above the ice. The granite which was not covered by glaciations retained its black color. And the light-colored have those parts that suffered the erosion caused by wind and the movement of glaciers.

The darker areas resemble the design of a cowboy on horseback and that gave the name for the monoliths
The Horns of Paine, which can be seen from many places in the park, are really impressive. The peaks measure above 2000 meters: East (2.200m), Home (2600m), North (2.400m).

The best views for the horns offer the “W” trail along the north shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, between Hotel Las Torres and Pehoé Lake.

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Must see: French Valley

September 22nd, 2010
French Valley

French Valley

The French Valley is the most beautiful valley in the National Park Torres del Paine, a steep hike that includes the middle point in the “W” trek. Offers incredible its 360 degree unique panoramic views of Los Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier and Lakes Nordenskjold, Pehoé, Scottsburg and Toro.

One of the tourists writes about the valley: “The French Valley is famous for this: you sit back and watch, and big chunks of ice spall off the glaciers, crashing hundreds of feet below onto the rocks…“

Any verbal description can’t give you complete image and atmosphere of that place. All around are glaciers hanging out of mountain peaks, and down below lakes, trees, rivers cascading down the valley walls.

It’s really worthy walk to the hanging bridge over the French River, located at the foot of the south east face of the Massif. From this point, you can enjoy first truly wonderful view and then continue up the route until reaching the upper parts of the valley. In the high valley you will admire the granite peaks of Espada (Sword), Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Paine Grande, Aleta de Tiburón, Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburón (Shark’s Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (Fortress).

How to get to French Valley?

One of the possible ways to experience the beauty of French Valley is the route, which goes around the lake Nordenskjold and after five hours of trekking leads to the foot of Paine Horns. Here you find the Refugio Cuernos (lodge). Going on, after two hours you will get the Italian camp, where is possibility of camping. The place offers great view for the French Valley and, what is important, is well protected from the wind. If you don’t want to stop in Italian camp, and you are in good physical condition continue walking up to the British Camp. During two hours walk you will enjoy the view of the glacier and French River.

From the Hotel Las Torres we go first by the catamaran from Refugio Pudeto to Refugio Pehoe. We pass Lago Skottsberg, then ascend later Valle del Frances, where we will have a good view of Paine Grande, Glaciar Frances and Los Cuernos. It´s probable to see avalanches on the snowy mountains. View video from the excursion.

In summary the circuit has well-designed paths and allows a lengthy excursion to the inside part of the Massif of Torres de Paine Park. Offers several places to stop and rest in the journey.

Patagonia has not been affected by the earthquake

February 27th, 2010

The earthquake that has affected Chile was felt in the regions between Valparaiso and the Araucanía, fortunately Patagonia has not been affected by the earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was nearly 2000 kilometers or 1200 miles from Torres del Paine, all cities within Patagonia were not affected and all operations of the hotel are functioning with absolute normality. However , we are very shocked by the suffering of all the Chileans who have experienced this catastrophe, losing their families and homes.

According to information of Civil Aeronautics, the airport of Santiago, A. Merino Benitez will be kept closed for many flights for the 1st and 2nd of march. However there are alternative routes and flexibility of airlines and Las Torres to accommodate dates and itineraries so your vacation will go smoothly. As the airport prepares infrastructure flights will gradually reach normal operating status between the 4th and 5th of March. Our company will do its best to help all our guests, operators, agencies, collaborators and campaigns of solidarity.

If our guests need more information or asistance reorganizing itineraries please call the telephones 56 – 61 – 617450; 617451; 617452 or write to info@lastorres.com.

On the map appears the epicenter of the earthquake and the distance of Patagonia from the affected area.

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Faithfully,

Hotel Las Torres Patagonia

New Channel on Youtube Hotel Las Torres

December 14th, 2009

youtube-lastorrespatagonia bordeimgWe invite all our users and lovers of Torres del Paine to know our new Youtube channel with HD videos about Torres del Paine National Park.

In our channel you wil find more than 20 videos about our programs and services, in English and Spanish, so you know  the beauty of this natural landscape.

We invite you to visit our channel, subscribe to new videos and comment directly on Youtube.