TORRES DEL PAINE

Torres del Paine is a national park in Chilean Patagonia. It is in the southern tiers of the Andes and features mountains, lakes, and glaciers. The rocky Torres del Paine (meaning "Blue Towers" in a mixture of Spanish and local indigenous languages) give the park its name. Other attractions include the Cuernos del Paine mountains, Grey Glacier, Lago Grey, Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld, and Lago Sarmiento.


The towers are eroded remains of an uplifted region, this created by granite plutons that uplifted overlaying sedimentary layers of which the lowest is a dark red shale. On the southern side the overlying materials have been completely eroded, leaving only several tall, rounded granitic towers - these are the actual towers of the park. On the northern side, some of the original materials remain and as these have different slope and color, form the tips of the "horns" seen in the image above. At times in the distant past the area was extensively glaciated; some glaciers remain on the eastern side of the uplift (to the left in the image) and form icebergs that flow some distance into the large and scenic Lake Pehoé.


- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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