Torres del Paine, Chile

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Torres del Paine
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Location of the Torres del Paine commune in the Magallanes Region
Location of the Torres del Paine commune in the Magallanes Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Torres del Paine
Location in Chile
Coordinates (seat): 51°15′33″S 72°20′42″W / 51.25917°S 72.34500°W / -51.25917; -72.34500Coordinates: 51°15′33″S 72°20′42″W / 51.25917°S 72.34500°W / -51.25917; -72.34500
Country  Chile
Region  Magallanes y Antártica Chilena
Province Última Esperanza
Seat Cerro Castillo
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Anahi Cardenas Rodríguez (Ind.)
 • Total 6,469.7 km2 (2,498.0 sq mi)
Elevation 113 m (371 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 180
 • Density 0.028/km2 (0.072/sq mi)
 • Urban 0
 • Rural 739
 • Men 543
 • Women 196
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 61
Website Municipality of Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine is a Chilean commune located in the inland of Última Esperanza Province and Magallanes Region. The commune is administered by the municipality in Cerro Castillo, the major settlement in the commune. Torres del Paine National Park lies within the commune. Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay.[6]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Torres del Paine spans an area of 6,469.7 km2 (2,498 sq mi) and has 739 inhabitants (543 men and 196 women), making the commune an entirely rural area. The population grew by 53.3% (257 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


As a commune, Torres del Paine is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2012-2016 alcalde is Anahi Cardenas Rodríguez (Ind.).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Torres del Paine is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Juan Morano (PDC) and Gabriel Boric (Ind.) as part of the 60th electoral district, which includes the entire Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Carlos Bianchi Chelech (Ind.) and Carolina Goic (PDC) as part of the 19th senatorial constituency (Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region).



  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Torres del Paine" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Abraham, Rudolf (2011). Torres del Paine: Trekking in Chile's Premier National Park. Milnthorpe: Cicerone Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-1-84965-356-5. Retrieved 4 August 2015.

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