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Posted on 08/27/2014 Tips & Recommendations

When to Travel to Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine in Chilean South Patagonia encompasses a wild make-up of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. The name “Torres Del Paine” originates from the Tehuelche translation for ‘Blue Towers’ due to this predominant color that manifests itself on the icy Patagonian Steppe. Adventurers come from far and wide to take on Torres Del Paine’s challenges and the best time to travel here, of course, is dictated by its varying weather.

Most people visit the national park during the southern summer; between late December and late February. The weather is not only more hospitable, but daylight hours are greatly lengthened by the extreme southern latitude, which allows for more time to explore the numerous trails. Outside of this time frame, the weather becomes too extreme for most of the public. During the southern winter, Torres Del Paine is blessed with only a few hours of daylight each day.

Cool summers define the area, with temperatures lower than 16 °C (61 °F) during the warmest month (January). Winter is relatively cold, with an average high temperature in July of 5 °C (41 °F), and an average low of -3 °C (27 °F) and it would be unwise to travel to the Torres around this time.

The park officially lies in the “temperate climate of cold rain without a dry season”. The most amount of rain falls between March and April, entailing 80mm of rainfall a month on average. This represents double the rainfall of the drier months of July–October.

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