Cuernos del Paine
Where to find them
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
What are they?
The Cuernos del Paine or 'Paine horns' is a collective name given to a set of spiky granite peaks in Torres del Paine National Park, all of which stand at over 2000 metres high.
The spikes have fittingly sharp names: to the north, the Aleta de Tiburón (Shark's Fin), to the east, from north to south, Fortaleza (Fortress), La Espada (The Sword), La Hoja (The Blade), La Máscara (The Mask), Cuerno Norte (North Horn), and Cuerno Principal (Main Horn).
The Cuernos del Paine also lend their name to one of the park's 'refugios' or 'lodges', Refugio and Camping Los Cuernos.
How can I see them?
The Cuernos are located in the middle of the W Trek, the most popular route for trekking in Torres del Paine National Park. Best views are from the top of Valle Frances, often hiked on day 3 of a traditional W Trek.
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It’s overwhelming to stand under the Cuernos and witness a piece of art that has taken millions of years to form, both above and under ground. I loved seeing how the rock seemingly changed as I hiked along the trail, my perspective changing with each viewpoint.
Natascha Yogachandra Patagonia Specialist
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