Cascada del Rio Paine

Patagonia / Torres del Paine National Park, Magallanes, Chile

About Cascada del Rio Paine

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2007-12-24
Date last visited: 2007-12-24

Waterfall Latitude: -50.94315
Waterfall Longitude: -72.79261

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Torres_del_Paine_015_jx_12242007 - Context of the Cascada del Rio Paine and the Torres del Paine Massif
Context of the Cascada del Rio Paine and the Torres del Paine Massif

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.


Cascada del Rio Paine resides in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonian Chile. For information or inquiries about the general area as well as current conditions, the closest authoritative source of information that I could find was at the Torres del Paine National Park website.

Cascada_Rio_Paine_001_12242007 - Contextual view of the Cascada del Rio Paine fronting the Torres del Paine Massif
Torres_del_Paine_030_12242007 - The road we took to get into Torres del Paine
Cascada_Rio_Paine_013_12242007 - Closeup of La Cascada del Río Paine
Cascada_Rio_Paine_029_12242007 - Another closeup of the Cascada del Rio Paine

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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