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THE MASSIF: From Hotel Salto Chico in Torres del Paine, you can see the iconic Paine massif, its towers peaking out from the clouds and mist that surround it. “[The] landmark towers formed from igneous granite and sedimentary layers that have been sculpted over millions of years, and at least ten periods of glaciation, into rugged emblematic profiles,” describes Heebner. “The park is a jewel within a province that encompasses a diversity of ecosystems, surprisingly varied for its extreme location — from dense forest to grassy steppes, glaciers, rivers, and lakes.”

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