Cuernos del Paine

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. Located in the middle of the W Circuit, (the most popular route for trekking the park) hikers make their way to the top of Valle Frances for the best views. From Campamento Britanico, (a 3 or 4 hour hike from Glacier Frances), you can see the whole amphitheatre of granite spires; 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 which can be found on Lake Nordenskjold near the bottom of Valle Bader. For hikers doing the W Circuit from the East to West, this is the second refugio you will stay at after visiting the Torres del Paine look-out.

 

Map of Cuernos del Paine

Nearby landmarks

Trips that visit Cuernos del Paine