Approximately 12,000 years ago the first inhabitants arrived in the Southern Patagonia, later the Aónikenk also known as Tehuelches "People of the South" were those
who inhabited this extensive area of the Park. The first adventurer to reach these lands was the Baqueano Santiago Zamora (1870-1890), who became an expert in the region. The first tourist
expedition to the Torres del Paine was organized by Lady Florence Dixie in 1879, who together with a group of friends were the first Europeans to contemplate the Paine mountain range. Then it
aroused the interest of scientists in this region, that is how Otto Nordenskjöld in 1895 and Carl Skottberg in 1908, who carried out reconnaissance expeditions. On April 30, 1970, the Ministry of
Agriculture added 11,000 hectares and designated the entire protected area with the name of "Torres del Paine National Park".