Created 12-Jun-12
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This World Heritage Site landscape is dominated by the Paine massif, which is an eastern spur of the Andes rising dramatically above the Patagonian steppe. Small valleys separate the spectacular granite spires and mountains of the massif. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field mantles a great portion of the park. Glaciers include the Dickson, the Grey, and the Tyndall. The park contains four vegetation zones: Patagonian steppe, Pre-Andean shrubland, Magellanic deciduous forest and Andean Desert. Guanacos are one of the most common mammals found in the park. Other mammals include cougars and foxes. The park contains breeding populations of 15 bird of prey species. among them are Andean Condor, Black-chested Buzzard-eagle, Rufous-tailed Hawk, Cinereous Harrier, Chimango Caracara, Magellanic Horned Owl, Austral Pygmy-owl, to name but a few.
One of several lakes that ring the park. These lakes are stagnant but support fish due to a pre-cambrian algea that converts dissolved CO2 to oxygen, forming CACo3 along the edges25 seater 4X4 Mercedes off road truck- I came from Argentina to Chile in this busThe Grey GlacierThe Paine Massif-- "Torres del Paine" means Horns of the Bull in espanolPorcelana Orchids abound3 Piane Massifs were visible brieflyGuanacos along the soda lake. These lakes are a miracle of nature

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