Torres del Paine National Park
At the Southern tip of the Andes in Chile lies Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in Chile and home of one of the world’s most popular trekking routes. The park is located in the largest region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, where the principal economic activities are sheep farming, oil extraction and tourism. The region’s main city Punta Arenas with a population of 120,000 inhabitants.
In the park can be appreciated ancient forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and fjords, and fauna, including guanacos, foxes, pumas and a diversity of birds. The park receive approximately 100,000 visitors each year who visit the most popular sites: Paine Towers, Los Cuernos, French Valley and Grey Glacier. The W Trek, with almost 60 kilometres of extension, is the favourite route to backcountry hikers from different parts of the word.
Unfortunately, the park was affected by an immense wildfire in the summer of 2012, that that destroyed more than 17 600 hectares. Due the deficient resources and staff of the park, despite that receive a great number of visitors, the wildfire was fought by brigades of different countries. Hopefully these situations serve to improve the protection of this incredible place