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Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia

Declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1978, the Torres del Paine National Park, (located in the Chilean Patagonia) in internationally renowned as one of the most beautiful, unspoiled and remote places of the planet. Their attractions reside on its spectacular mountain range, lakes, flora and fauna that make of this place an ideal destination for Eco-tourism and adventure.

The trails in between the Torres del Paine famous craggy mountains are among the world's classic trekking routes. Breathtaking views together with glaciers, rivers, lakes, forests and abundant wildlife provides the trip with constantly changing sceneries and experiences. Chilean Patagonia is a magical region of long forgotten pioneering and civilization, home to the llama's cousin, the guanaco, pumas and the giant condor. For the ones interested in riding on Chilean saddles together with the typical "baqueanos" the trails are equally fascinating. During summer (Dec-Mar) there are 18 hours of daylight which gives the explorers plenty of time for the riding journey.
Twenty five species of mammal including the elusive puma, the ostrich-like Rhea, and the now protected guanacos can be found in the park. There are over one hundred species of birds, notably black-necked swans, flamingoes, ibis, rheas, austral parakeets and southern lapwings. Condors with a wing span of three meters will be seen hovering over valleys.

FLORA:
Bushes and wild flowers are characterized by being evergreen and resistant to low temperature. Among the most renowed are: Calafate (Berberis buxifolia): a thorny bush found all over Patagonia that reaches 3 mts in height. It has attractive bright yellow flowers in spring, and yields tasty round purple berries; Chilco (Fuchsia magellanica) grows in cool humid areas, near waterfalls or by rivers. The flowers have a very distinctive fuchsia form, with bright red sepals and bluish-purple petals; Notro(Embothrium coccineum) a distant relative of the proteas grows as a large bush with leathery oval-shaped leaves and blooms in October producing attractive red elongated flowers; Nalca (Gunnera scabrosa) is a vigorous annual that grows up to three meters high in very moist areas. It has giant "elephant ear" leaves and succulent thorny stems; Other plants like Mata Barrosa(Mulinum spinosum), Mata Verde (Chilio trichum spinosum), Siete Camisas(Escallonia serrata), Leña Dura(Maytenus magellanica), Mata Negra(Verbena tridens) and Paramela(Adesmia boronioides).
Trees are characterized by the southern beech (Nothofagus) whose member species are also found in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Among the most commonly seen in the park are: Lenga (Nothofagus pumilio), Coigüe(N.betuloides) and Ñirre (N.Antartica).

FAUNA:
There are about 21 species of mammals living in the park the most populars being: Guanaco(Lama guanicoe) a cameloid relative; Huemul (Hippocamelus bisulcus) a graceful native deer, Zorro Culpeo (Dusicyon culpaeus) the second largest predator in Patagonia is a native fox, Zorro Gris (Dusicyon gymnocercus) a small fox living in open country, Puma (Felis concolor) the largest predator similar to the cougar and Chingue (Conepatus humboldti) related to North American skunks.
The birds are more than 115 different species such as: Condor (Sarcorhamphus gryphus) of the vulture family is one of the world's biggest flying bird; Ñandu (Pterocnemia pennata) is the Rhea a flightless member of the ostrich family, Aguilucho(Buteo ventralis) is a native eagle; Bandurrias (Theristicus caudatus) related to the ibis; Cisne Cuello Negro (Cygnus melancoryphus) a large white swan with a black neck; Caiquén (Chloephaga picta) a native goose; and others.


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Torres del Paine - Glacier Ride
Tour Code: IT-CHRT30
10 days / 9 nights ~$5,000.00
Dates: Oct to March

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Difficulty : Riding Level (Click for legend) Lodging: Standard
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Torres del Paine
Tack: Chillean metal framed saddles onto whi...
Horses: Criollo-cross 14.0 and 15.2 hands.
Pace: This is a faster paced ride with some ...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Punta Arenas
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Riding Level Explained
A Beginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
B Novice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
C Intermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
E Advanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
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