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The Cordillera del Paine is a small but spectacular mountain group in Chilean Patagonia. It is located 400 km (244 miles) north of Punta Arenas, and about 2,500 km south of the Chilean capital Santiago.

The best-known and most spectacular summits are the three Towers of Paine. They are gigantic granite monoliths shaped by the forces of glacial ice.The South Tower of Paine (about 2,500 m, at 50°57′33″S, 72°59′42″W) is now thought to be the highest of the three, although this has not been definitely established. It was first climbed by Armando Aste.

The Central Tower of Paine (about 2,460 m or 8,100 feet) was first climbed in 1963 by Chris Bonington and Don Whillans, and the North Tower of Paine (about 2,260 m) was first climbed by Guido Monzino.
The group is included within the Torres del Paine National Park, which was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1978.

(Quoted from Wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: Cristina Cruz (jarais) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 63 N: 73] (421)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2001-08-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-05-19 18:25
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