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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Salto Grande Trail, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Chile

Easy hike:
Towards a powerfull waterfall
Torres del Paine is located in Southern Patagonia and is one of the numerous spectacular national parks in Chile. It was created in 1959 and UNESCO has listed the location as a Biosphere Reserve since 1978. This place is a wonder land for hikers from all over the world.

Waterfalls and rivers, Magellanic subpolar forests, pampas, mountains covered with permanent ice, granite peaks, meadows and glacier fed lakes await the outdoor adventurers to discover the wild and unique nature of Patagonia. Salto Grande trail is an easy hike, taking you onto a straight road until you reach the waterfall. Although the fall is not very high, the power and the volume of the water is tremendous as it drains from Lago Nordenskjöld and feeds Lago Pehoe.

From there, you can hike north towards the Mirador de Los Cuernos by the shoreline of the magnificent Lago Nordenskjöld, and admire the impressive scenery around you. The nature is overwhelming with outstanding ecosystems, different landscapes and rare flora and fauna, found nowhere else on the planet. In every step you take, the views of this dramatic land take your breath away.

You can hike this trail all year round, but the best time to visit Torres del Paine is between November and February. Be very well prepared in regards with gear, food and clothing because the weather is changeable and unpredictable with high winds, rain showers, long hot days during summer, snow and everything else you can may of. Wind proof layers are the key.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Punta Arenas
151 mi / 243 km, 4 hrs 28 mins
Drive from Bulnes towards Los Flamengo, make an open left turn onto Carlos Ibanez del Campo, continue straight onto Ruta Nueve, then onto Routa 9 N, turn right to remain onto Routa 9 N and continue straight onto Pedro Montt
BY CAR FROM Puerto Natales
37.5 mi / 60.4 km, 1 hr 7 mins
Drive from Pedro Montt towards Ruta 9, make an open left turn on Camino A Puerto, turn right to remain on Ruta 9 N and right again on Y-205 until you reach the Park's entrance.
BY AIR
Consorcio Aeroportuario Magallanes,
151 mi /243 km from the city of Punta Arenas

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