6 Majestic Places to Visit in Patagonia

If South America is on your bucket list, then you should not miss travelling to Patagonia. Here are some of the best places you can explore in Patagonia and tips on how you can enjoy and make the most out of your Patagonian trip.

How to get to Patagonia?

When going to Patagonia, one would start their journey from Bariloche in Argentina, which is located north of Patagonia while taking the Panamericana Ruta 40 road going to the south with Punta Arenas, Chile as your end point. Traveling to these cities is quite easy as they are well-connected via air.

Where can you find Patagonia?

The Patagonia region can be found on the southern part of South America between the areas of Rio Colorado in Argentina and Rio Biobio in Chile. It is also bordered by the Magellan’s Strait on the southernmost end. Patagonia technically has a Chilean side in the west and Argentine side in the east.

When’s the best time to go to Patagonia?

Patagonia’s climate is rough, especially in the extreme south. Best times for you to do some hiking, trekking, climbing and camping is between the last weeks of November and the beginning of March – southern summer months.

What are the best places to explore in Patagonia?

Futaleufú, Chile

While the tiny Chilean village of Futaleufú is a difficult one to access through its totally beaten gravel road from Esquel, all your hardships while you travel to this place will be worth it as you will surely enjoy the Futaleufú river which is known as one of the best white water rafting places in the world. The uniqueness of the landscape and the virgin environment of the river makes it very attractive for tourists, travelers and adventure seekers.

El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten is regarded as Argentina’s trekking capital is also known as the youngest village in all of Patagonia. It is also perfect even for non-hikers or beginners due to very well-marked trails that make it easy for everyone to hike. Must trek places include the two most famous mountains at the area, namely the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Bonus is the majestic Viedma glacier.

Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine in Chile is a national park in Patagonia that requires you to take some time and effort to explore it by doing a multi-day trek to experience all that it has to offer to the fullest. Its majestic glaciers, forests, mountain ranges, rivers and lagoons will surely leave you jaw dropped and astounded.

Puerto Natales is the main starting and ending point of the Torres del Paine. It is also easy to go to as you only have to take a bus from the Santiago, Chile’s capital city, to Punta Arenas, to Puerto Natales.

Bariloche, Argentina

It is regarded as the main starting point of the Patagonia Region, mainly because of its easy access to and from Buenos Aires, Argentina via air and bus. Accessibility aside, the main pride of Bariloche is its breathtaking combination of mountains, lakes and lush green forest that equates to amazing scenery.

Bariloche is also home to the largest ski resort of South America that is also utilized for enjoyment of hikers and climbers during the summer season. Located along the mountains around Cerro Catedral, this lake area around Bariloche takes a day or two of a roadtrip for you to explore all of its seven lakes.

Puerto Rio Tranquilo, Chile

The marble caves of the General Carrera lake in Puerto Rio Tranquilo will persuade you in traveling to this natural wonder. The quickest way to go there is by traveling through Argentina and crossing over to Chile Chico.

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Just a few hours away from El Chalten by bus is El Calafate, the gateway to the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. It allows you to experience a glacier up close and personal that no other glacier in the world can offer. It has several viewing decks and each of them offers you a very breathtaking and extraordinary view of the glaciers especially when you see the ice collapsing with your very eyes. You can even participate in a boat tour or even an ice trek on the glacier itself.

These are just some of the best places to go in Patagonia and the region has lots to offer.

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