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Top Places to Visit in Patagonia on your South America Tour

By Edited Oct 31, 2016 0 0

Home to nature in its purest state, Patagonia is the land of towering glaciers, the remote Patagonian Steppe and the Southern island of Tierra del Fuego.

Patagonia in South America isn’t called ‘wild Patagonia’ for nothing. This is a seriously remote and, in places, barren and desolate country. Flying into this region you are overwhelmed by the majestic peaks of the Andes, contrasting with mile after mile of desserts, forests and rivers. Home to nature in its purest state, Patagonia is the land of towering glaciers, the remote Patagonian Steppe and the Southern island of Tierra del Fuego. It truly is a region of totally unspoiled beauty from nature reserves to national parks. This is your chance to be at one with the great outdoors in the intense natural beauty of Patagonia.

The best place to start your journey to the ‘wilds of Patagonia’ is the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Santiago, the capital of Chile and also Latin America’s most modern metropolitan area with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centres and impressive high-rise architecture. It has a very modern transport infrastructure with a modern underground and modern bus transport. There is a huge range of activities within easy reach of the city, including trekking, climbing, horseback riding, skiing, kayaking and wine tours so don’t leave town before you experience some adventures there.

From Santiago you will travel through the heart of the wine region, taking in the natural splendour of the lush green forests and sparkling blue lakes of the Chilean and Argentinian lake districts. Arriving into the remote Patagonia expanse you will have a chance to explore the southern ice fields before arriving in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, surrounded by breath-taking glaciers and the magnificent snow-capped Andes Mountains.

Another amazing feature of Patagonia is the abundance of national parks, some of the finest in South America. Visit Los Glaciers National Park, home to some of the world’s most stunning ice formations and Torres del Paine National Park which is famous for its granite pillars, lakes and mountains. Another is the Tierra del Fuego National Park, one of the most remote National Parks in the world.

If you are keen to visit the really remote unspoiled regions of Chile and Argentina, where conventional transport is unsuitable, you should travel up Argentina’s infamous Route 40, ending in the delightful alpine town of Bariloche where European chic meets Argentinian wilderness. Wander the elegant streets of Bariloche, taking in their stylish coffee shops and boutiques, only minutes away from the world famous ski slopes adjacent to the town. Bariloche is also well known as Argentina’s premier adventure resort as well as skiing so make sure you check out all the activities while you are staying in this charming resort.

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