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This place is dazzling. The people of the area don’t feel that it is the “end of the world” but rather the “beginning of the world.” I am in agreement. It is pure beauty. I can’t wait to return. The Paine Massif is 12 million years old. Its highest peaks tower up to 3,050 metres. These craggy ‘towers’ are where the Torres del Paine name comes from; the 3 columns of pink granite, the biggest of which is Paine Grande. There are some differences in opinion as to where the name comes from but some believe that Paine, pronounced ‘pie-nee’ means pale blue in Mapuche language and could have referred to the colour of the glacial lakes.

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