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Leaving Las Torres

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The Paine Massif is made up on its right side by the massive Monte Almirante Nieto (seen here) which also comprises the famous Torres del Paine as one of its prime attrations. Here after making a side-trip to visit the Mirador del Torres again I take one more picture of the terrain of the right leg of the popular "W" trek. Hosteria las Torres, an expensive hotel at the beginning of this leg of the trek is about half an hour's walk from here.

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A: Dusk at Lago Nordenskjöld

Par Arroz Marisco, A 1.7 km

Rich in rock powder, Lago Nordenskjöld is an opaque aquamarine lake that one could not miss on the fa...

Dusk at Lago Nordenskjöld

B: View of Hosteria Las Torres Late Afternoon

Par Arroz Marisco, A 2.4 km

Taken on my way back from Mirador del Torres on the first day, you could see the expensive Hosteria d...

View of Hosteria Las Torres Late Afternoon

C: Los Torres Campsite and Torres Del Paine Chile

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Los Torres Campsite and Torres Del Paine Chile

D: Rio Ascencio, Torres del paine National Park

Par Arroz Marisco, A 3.7 km

The trail to the Mirador del Torres skirts along the course of Rio Ascencio until it reaches Valle Si...

Rio Ascencio, Torres del paine National Park

E: Sunset Over Rio Ascencio

Par Arroz Marisco, A 3.8 km

This is taken about a 100 metres before Refugio Chileno on my way back from Mirador del Torres.

Sunset Over Rio Ascencio

F: Mountain Stream of Monte Almirante Nieto

Par Arroz Marisco, A 4.4 km

One of the many streams running down from Monte Almirante Nieto that feeds the turquoise Lago Nordens...

Mountain Stream of Monte Almirante Nieto

G: The beech forest on the way to the Torres Mirador

Par Arroz Marisco, A 4.6 km

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The beech forest on the way to the Torres Mirador

H: El Macizo Azul

Par Marcio Cabral, A 5.7 km

 Torres Del Paine National Park

El Macizo Azul

I: Cuernos del Paine at Dusk

Par Arroz Marisco, A 5.8 km

Another 30 mins'walk or so from here is Refugio Los Cuernos where I would call the day. Valle Badder ...

Cuernos del Paine at Dusk

J: Autumn Landscape of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

Par Arroz Marisco, A 5.9 km

A slog up the moraine by the side of Mirador del Torres is a rewarding experience - here a sweeping v...

Autumn Landscape of Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile

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