Cuernos del Paine
Many visitors misidentify the Cuernos del Paine (Horns of Paine) as the Torres del Paine. Located almost immediately south of the Torres proper, the sawtoothed Cuernos retain a cap of darker but softer metamorphic rock atop a broader granitic batholith that, like the Torres, never reached the surface before cooling. It’s the contrast between the two that gives the Cuernos their striking aspect.
As with the Torres, daytrippers can admire the Cuernos from the highway through the park. The best views, though, come from the “W” trail along the Lago Nordenskjöld’s north shore, between Hostería Las Torres and Lago Pehoé.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition