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.
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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