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5 useful subdivisions to understand Patagonia
Sometimes it´s easy to get lost in such a vast territory: Where to go? What to visit? When is the right time to go? How to combine the destinations in the best possible way? Shall I start from Chile or Argentina?
It´s not possible to declare which are the “must-to-see” in Patagonia, because it´s plenty of amazing places spread all over the region, nevertheless, it´s useful to have these destinations in mind when travelling down South:
1. Ushuaia, Punta Arenas & Tierra del Fuego: The End of The World.
This is the Southernmost tip in the world, the last civilization latitude before Antarctica. Ushuaia, easily reachable from Buenos Aires by direct flights, shows a perfect combination between the mountains & the sea: the Beagle Channel, the National Park Tierra del Fuego, and Lakes Fagnano & Escondido, are its most popular hot spots. Its neighbor Chilean southernmost continental city, Punta Arenas, is another strategic hub to combine with it. From both cities depart Cruise Ships to Antarctica, Cape Horn, and the Chilean Fiords. It´s also a good area to find ocean wildlife (Penguins, Humpback Whales, étc). If you have enough time, don´t forget to visit Puerto Williams and Estancia Harberton.
2. El Calafate, El Chaltén & Torres del Paine: Glaciers and awesome views.
These three terrific destinations, concentrate the magic of the Glaciers World. El Calafate, is easily reachable from Buenos Aires by direct flights, and is the gate to go to El Chaltén, the trekking capital of Argentina. In El Calafate, apart from the Perito Moreno Glacier, you will find other attractions such as Glacier Upsala & Onelli, or the pristine Lake Argentino. El Chaltén, has its powerful Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy mountains, with impressive views from different sides. Torres del Paine, already in Chilean territory (Puerto Natales is its closest city), is definitively one of the most beautiful pearls in Patagonia. With unlimited outstanding natural sceneries, the Horns & the Towers stand like sentinels overall.
3. Península Valdés, Puerto Madryn & Punta Tombo: The Ocean’s Wild Life paradise.
Say no more. From the previously ranked “best place in the world to see the Southern Right Whale”, to the largest penguin rookery in South America, this region in the Atlantic Patagonia is the dream for the Ocean Wild Life lovers. The protagonists, are the Whales, the Penguins, the Orcas (Killer Whales) and the Sea Elephants, what you can also find lots of other animals, such as maras, foxes, rheas, sea lions, birds, etc. It´s important to have in mind when is the right time to see each specie, for this you can take a look at the Fauna Calendar.
4. Bariloche & Lakes District
This region is plenty of rivers, forests, lakes, lagoons, volcanoes and picturesque cities & villages: Bariloche, Villa La Angostura, San Martín de los Andes, 7 Lakes, Isla Victoria & Arrayan Forests, are just some of the many attractions that you can find on the way. Its neighbor Chilean Lakes District, is as beautiful as the previous one, and you can easily join both through the legendary Cross Lakes excursion that joins Bariloche (Argentina) with Puerto Montt (Chile).
5. Ruta 40 and rest of Patagonia.
Well, these places are not necessarily one next to the other (geographically), but we just can´t take them out from the list, as they are captivating in many different ways. The Ruta 40, shows the secrets of the steppe; the Carretera Austral (Chile) passes by virgen forests; the Marble Cathedral & the Hands Cave show the artwork of both human and nature.
Like this, the list can be extended as many times as places you might find, and we invite you to contact us in order to help you to organize your next amazing journey to Patagonia.
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