Torres del Paine
Nestled in the heart of the park, the Torres (towers) are the main attraction and icon of the Chilean Patagonia. They are lined- up north – south, in-between the Ascencio River Valley and the Bader River Valley. They are three, Torre Norte or Torre Monzino (North tower), is the smallest one of 2,600 m. (8,530 ft.); Torre Central (Central Tower) of 2,800 m. (9,186 ft.) and Torre Sur (South Tower), the highest one of 2,850 m. (9,350 ft.).
Cuernos del Paine
The Cuernos (Horns) were responsible of making the park world famous, after Father Alberto D´ Agostini took a picture from the Salto Chico (waterfall), this photograph traveled all Europe and attracted many climbers to the area.
The Cuernos are a group of three beautiful mountains, they look like the horns of a big animal, The Cuerno Principal is 2,600 m (8,530 ft.) high, the Cuerno Norte is 2,200 m. (7,217 ft.) high and the Cuerno Este is 2.000 m (6,561 ft.). high. For some people they are the most outstanding attraction in the park, because of their spectacular forms, sharp edges, different rock colors and the extra plummeted wall angles.
They are located in between the Frances River Valley and the Bader River Valley; the Nordenskjold Lake is situated at the footsteps of the Cuerno principal.
An horizontal granite section of 700 m (2,296 ft.-in) thick, crosses the Cuernos, the base and the summit are formed by a metamorphic rock of sedimentary origin. These make the Cuernos a unique geological formation and extremely interesting.
Paine Grande is one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. It has four summits, lined-up from north to south, The South summit or also known as Bariloche summit (2,660 m./ 8,727 ft.), the Central summit (2,739 m./8,986 ft.), the North summit (2,760 m./9,055 ft.) and finally the Principal summit (3,050 m./10,006 ft.), this last one is the most aloof to human eyes, since most of the time it is covered by clouds, few people get to see this mountain in all its splendor.
It can be said that it is the most difficult mountain to be climbed, apart from the bad weather that usually prevails on the mountain, and the instability of its glaciers, the Principal Summit is covered by big ice mushrooms of dramatic shapes and extra plumed.
It is considered one of the most beautiful valleys in the Torres del Paine National Park, it is situated in the middle of the “W” circuit. From here, it is possible to observe panoramic views of the park and its mountains, to the east, is the Paine Grande Mountain, with a hanging glacier, to the west is the Cuernos and other granite peaks of different shapes, like the Espada (Swore), Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), and to the north, is the Fortaleza (Fortress) and the Aleta de Tiburon (Shark Fin).
It is a natural frontier between Chile and Argentina. Its peaks are sharp of incomparable beauty. It has an historic and anthropology importance. Considered as a solitary and mysterious place. The indigenous people of the area were afraid of this mountain and there are still beliefs that this is where dead people rest. It is possible to see “baguales” (wild horses).