For those being into trekking and the outdoors for a while, Patagonia equals to the famous Torres del Paine National Park, and to the impressive peaks and the adventurous summit attempts of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Those who are not familiar with these iconic places also easily fall in love with the wild nature, and the unique landscape.
Patagonia is located in the southern corner of South America, on the territory of Argentina and Chile. This faraway place, spared by urbanization guards the remains of a lifestyle that is about to fade away. The small fishing towns, the haciendas on the pampas and the wild landscape creates an extraordinary mixture.
The natural attractions are numerous, and even a lifetime isn’t long enough to fit everything in. At least we could not find out how much time we’d need for a proper visit. But for sure there are some amazing places that you shouldn’t miss. One of them is the Torres del Paine National Park, that is the oldest conservation area of the continent, and since its foundation in 1959 intense work is done to cure the wounds caused previously by farming and agriculture. But most visitors cannot even see these as they are so impressed by the turquoise lakes, beautiful glaciers, the crystal clear streams of the pampas, the guanaco herds and the core of the national park, the Paine Towers.
On the Argentinean side visiting the landmark of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy will be your most remarkable memory.
Both the Chilean and Argentine Lake District worth a visit, such as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and its well known glaciers the Uppsala and the Perito Moreno Glaciers. The latter can easily be accessed from El Calafate, and the visit to the 5 km wide, 60 -70 meter high glacier and the block of ice frequently coming off from the ice cliffs and falling into the below lake will be a great memory. If you are lucky enough, you can see a great phenomena of the rupture of the Perito Moreno Glacier, that happens only in 4-5 years.
Tierra del Fuego is a frequent item on the bucket list of many, and should you visit Ushuaia in Argentina or Puerto Williams in Chile, you can tell, that you’ve been to the most southern town of the world – as both towns advertise themselves with this slogan.
Patagonia is a place to expect heavy winds whenever you pay a visit, and you have a good chance to experience all four seasons in one day. This is a corner of the earth we can only speak about with dreamy eyes, and there’s no extreme climate phenomena to prevent us from visiting it again and again.