A diverse region that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Andes. From jagged peaks and pristine rivers to vast forests, Patagonia dazzles with its scale and wilderness.
You may need a lifetime to experience all of what Patagonia has to offer. With mountain ranges, glaciers, desert, lakes, and forests, experiences in Patagonia are endless. Patagonian tours involve whale watching in Península Valdés, hiking in the mythical mountains of El Chaltén and Torres del Paine, and visiting archaeological remains in Cueva de las Manos.
This little town is dominated by the majestic silhouettes of the iconic Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy and is a mecca for hikers from all over the world. There are different grades of difficulty for the hikes here but don’t miss Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre if you considering visiting the place. You can rent camping equipment for overnight hikes or join a tour guide for treks around the region.
Another hiker’s paradise, Torres del Paine is located on the Chilean side of Patagonia. Sharp dramatic peaks, extensive beech forests, and numerous glaciers attract the keenest hikers. If you are lucky, you may spot a puma, the mountain lion of the Andes.
One of the largest cities in Northern Patagonia, Bariloche has lots to offer – from scenic vistas with lakes and mountains and multi-day hikes to horse riding, kayaking, and rafting – this is an adventure-lovers paradise.
If you are looking for a marine environment in Patagonia, you shouldn’t miss a visit to Península Valdés near Puerto Madryn. The main attraction is southern right whales – easily seen if you come in the right season (austral spring) from viewpoints around the Peninsula or a boat starting in Puerto Pirámides. The whole of Península Valdés is a natural reserve, and you can spot a lot of wildlife, such as guanacos, birds, elephant seals, and sea lions.
Penguin fans will find one of the largest Magellanic penguin colonies in the world, with more than one million penguins. Located 170 km away from Puerto Madryn, it is a great place to add to your whale watching experience.
This coastal national park protects around 600 sq km of the iconic Patagonian Steppe, with 40 km of coasts featuring striking bays and beaches. This park is now home to abundant wildlife, such a Magellanic penguins, sea lions, guanacos, and pumas.
Cueva de las Manos is a cave located in the valley of the Pinturas River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features amazing rock art with imprints of human hands mostly, but also drawings of guanacos. The paintings date back around 9000 years ago and were made by the natives of the region.
A highlight among all the attractions in Patagonia, Perito Moreno glacier is one the most dynamic glaciers in the world. Its accessibility is what makes this glacier a must-see attraction. Large and spectacular calvings are usually seen from look-out points or there are tour options involving boat rides and ice trekking.
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