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Day 1: One of South America's newest nature reserves, the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park was created in 1959, with the last addition to its acreage in the early 1970s. Famous for its glaciers, lakes and forests, this rugged region is also home to a wide variety of animal species, including guanaco (a relative of the llama), condors and flamingos. You will stay at the beautiful Explora Lodge, located in the park itself and with exquisite views. Settle in and prepare to explore this spectacular landscape on foot, by boat, on horseback or in vans: the choice is yours. Experienced Explora guides accompany all excursions. Days 2-4: Explore as you wish during your stay in the Paine. Perhaps you'll start one morning with a drive to Lago Grey, where a short walk along Lagoon Beach offers an opportunity to photograph icebergs from shore, followed by a boat excursion for a closer examination of these 'cathedrals of ice' and the glaciers that share their landscape. After lunch on the beach, a brisk hike or horseback ride through the park provides an in-depth look at local flora and fauna. Return to the hotel by car or, if you are still feeling energetic, by foot or mountain bike, as you wish, or perhaps you would prefer a day on the hiking trails, one of the best ways to become acquainted with the snowy peaks, turquoise lakes and flowery slopes of this rich landscape. Head for the hills and a panoramic view of waterfalls and forests; cross the river by rowboat to hike the French Valley framed by snow-capped glaciers, or hop on a mountain bike for a trip along the Blue Lagoon. Consult with your guides to decide how best to spend your days in this remote and exhilarating wilderness; whatever your choice, the experience will be unforgettable.

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