Can you get to know Torres del Paine National park without doing any hiking? Yes, it's possible, and here we'll tell you which are the activities so you can do so.
The W circuit and the O circuit are the two most famous ways to get to know Torres del Paine National Park, but they are not the only ones. Although the trails of the O (that include those of the W) cover an important part of the Eighth Wonder of the World, they do not cover the entire park. There are other corners in this Patagonian park, which can be known by doing different activities to trekking.
Then in GoChile, we tell you what the alternatives are to appreciate Torres del Paine without making the W.
Visit the sector of Lago Sarmiento: From this area of the park there is a wonderful view of the Torres del Paine, the Cuernos del Paine, and Cerro Almirante Nieto. It is the ideal place to take panoramic photos. The Sarmiento area is also known for being the home of animals such as the guanaco, the ñandú and the condor, which is why it is one of the favorites of the Chilean fauna lovers.
Tour the area between the entrances of Laguna Amarga, Lago Sarmiento, and Lago Pehoé: The triangle formed between the two main entrances of the park and Lake Pehoé, is an excellent place to visit and take pictures of wildlife. This is one of the best places in Chile to see pumas, one of the largest mammals in America, an elusive feline that few are lucky enough to find.
Navigate by the Lake Grey:
One of the great attractions of Torres del Paine is the spectacular Grey Glacier, a huge mass of ice located north of Lake Grey and which can be reached by sailing. From the sector of the Guardería Grey, it is possible to [/LAG003]take a boat[/LAG003] that reaches the bluish white wall that contrasts with the green forest on its side. An attractive and different way to get to know the park.
Visit the viewpoints:
Another way to observe this beautiful park, is from its viewpoints, and one of the most striking ones is the Salto Grande viewpoint. From that point, you can see an imposing 10-meter waterfall that falls from the Nordensköld to Lake Pehoé. One hour from this place, there is the Cuernos viewpoint, which gives a magnificent view of the characteristic rock formations of the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Navigate the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers:
Navigating fjords and channels, crossing islands and icebergs in one of the best-preserved areas of the earth, it’s a privilege and thanks to tourism, a possibility. To the south of Torres del Paine are the huge Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers, which can be seen first, from the boat, and the second, from a viewpoint.
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