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Chile's spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most famous areas of Patagonia, with those much-photographed eponymous towering granite peaks that glow pink, red and orange with the sunset. As well as its mountains, Torres contains glaciers, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and abundant flora and fauna, leading it to be considered among the most beautiful places in the world, and an incredibly special setting for a luxury holiday.

A great excursion for hikers is to trek to the base of the towers and enjoy a picnic lunch with unprecedented views of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Wildlife roams the unspoilt terrain freely, from the guanaco; delicate cousin of the llama, to flamingos, myriad bird species including the mighty condor, and even the puma. The distances are large and after the flight to Punta Arenas, it's a good seven hour car journey via Puerto Natales into the park itself, so an overnight stay is often well worth it in order to break up the travelling.

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Grey Glacier in Chile
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Ice Hiking

Take a boat ride to the Southern Patagonian ice field and its colossal Grey Glacier, an ice formation of such dazzling colour you can see it from space. Step ashore, don your crampons and begin an epic hike. You'll encounter turquoise lakes, crystal clear lagoons and icy tunnels as you soak up the unique beauty of this unspoilt wilderness.

The Ascensio Valley
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Hike the Torres del Paine

Set off from the high-altitude Laguna Amarga on a challenging hike through the Ascensio Valley. After several hours and plenty of photo stops, you'll reach the base of the Torres del Paine's cathedral-like towers where you can refuel with a picnic. During your hike you'll be treated to spectacular views of varied landscapes including ancient forestland and stunning rock formations.

Chilean Firetree
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Flora and Fauna

In the wilds of the national park, you can sometimes experience all four seasons in a single day. This variety in climate is mirrored by the abundance of flora on show, from the Chilean firetree to the wonderfully named Devil's strawberry. The park is also home to Patagonia's Big 5 including the Andean condor and the elusive puma, which you may just spot if you're lucky.

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