Northwest of Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales, the Torres del Paine National Park is located on a section of the Patagonian steepe and is the most popular park in Chile.
The Rio Ascensio route is a 9 mile hiking trek with vistas of the 3,000 feet cliffs of the Torres del Paine, one of the most photographed spots in Chile.
To reach Torres del Paine National Park, plan to use inter-country airline, LAN Airlines, to fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas. Rent a car from Turismo Southland (011-56-61-241-143). Then drive 155 miles north to Puerto Natales. Then another 90 miles northwest to the park. Note, there may be bus service available from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales.
Overall, Rio Ascensio is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 4 hikes in Chile.