Cascada del Rio Paine

Patagonia / Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1
Cascades del Rio Paine fronting Las Torres del Paine

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INTRODUCTION

La Cascada del Rio Paine (or more accurately La Cascada del Río Paine [con el accento]) seemed to be really more notable for its position before the scenic Paine Massif than it was as a waterfall. That was because we thought the cascade itself could have easily been construed as rapids as the Paine River or Río Paine was squeezed into a narrow rocky stretch where it turbulently tumbled and twisted its way into calmer waters. We had stopped at an unsigned pullout nearby an informal lookout to gaze upon the cascade and picturesque skyline. And from this spot, it didn't seem like there was a way to get closer to the cascade safely.

Unfortunately for us, after the trip, we learned that we didn't go far enough on the road to get right up to this waterfall. So we screwed up on this one (I guess you can't win them all), and if you want to see a picture of what we should've seen, click here.

So given our faux pas, there really wasn't much more we could say about this waterfall. I guess if we're fortunate enough to return to Patagonia, then we'll have the opportunity to right this wrong.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

On the way to Torres del Paine, we were treated to gorgeous views of the towers as well as reflective lakesOn the way to Torres del Paine, we were treated to gorgeous views of the towers as well as reflective lakes
As we approached the junction where we took the detour towards Cascade del Rio Paine, we got this gorgeous panorama of Las Torres del Paine fronted by estancias (ranches)As we approached the junction where we took the detour towards Cascade del Rio Paine, we got this gorgeous panorama of Las Torres del Paine fronted by estancias (ranches)
The very reason for us to visit the Chilean side of Patagonia was to hike around the amazing Torres del Paine as well as other impressive mountains of the Paine MassifThe very reason for us to visit the Chilean side of Patagonia was to hike around the amazing Torres del Paine as well as other impressive mountains of the Paine Massif
The road we took to get into Torres del PaineThe road we took to get into Torres del Paine

Closeup of La Cascada del Río PaineCloseup of La Cascada del Río Paine


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

I recalled it took us about an hour to get to the pullout yielding the photos you see on this page from the border station with Argentina. Somewhere along the way, I remembered deviating from the road leading to the main part of Torres del Paine to our right, then following this road until we stopped at a pullout with the sweeping view you see above.

However, in order to get closer to the falls, we should've kept driving beyond this pullout.

Sorry I don't have more specific directions, but we don't have a road atlas of the area.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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