Way to the Torres Del Paine
By Saroj Swain
28 Aug 2011
The Torres del Paine is a remarkable tourist destination at Chile.. The Torres del Paine National Park, which was created in 1959 and declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, is located in the Ultima Esperanza province, which lies 145 km to the north of the city of Puerto Natales. The Paine Mountain Chain has an abundance of imposing granite towers and the spectacular Big Paine. The Paine Horns are covered by a characteristic black rock which is said to be the result of millions of years of sedimentary deposition and tectonic activity. Other attractions of the region include the dry and arid Pali-aike National Park, with a basaltic surface and a unique species of flora and fauna. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas.
Guanacos are one of the most common mammals found in the park. Other mammals include cougars, foxes and pumas. It is also home to the endangered Chilean Huemul. The park contains breeding populations of 15 bird of prey species. and two others are likely reproducing here. Among them are Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Rufous-tailed Hawk, Cinereous Harrier, Chimango Caracara, Magellanic Horned Owl, Austral Pygmy-owl, to name but a few. Other birds occurring in the park include the Chilean Flamingo, Darwin's Rhea, Coscoroba Swan, Black-necked Swan, Magellanic Woodpecker, Magellan Goose and Black-faced Ibis.