Highlights and main attractions of Patagonia
Possibly the most famous region in Chile, it is the natural world in its full glory. Located at the end of the earth, Mother Nature has truly worked her magic, where imposing granite towers overlook turquoise blue glacial lakes, raging rivers rush along valley floors past evergreen forests, and majestic glaciers carpet mountain valleys. Endless expanses of flat plains are occupied by cattle and their hard working ‘baqueanos’ (cowboys), dramatic fjords create awe-inspiring vistas, and penguins make their homes on remote islands. Chilean Patagonia is a harsh environment but infinitely beautiful.
Making up an area which is roughly the size of Britain, over half of Chilean Patagonia is Protected Wilderness Area, and there is less than one person living per square kilometre. The area is broken up into two parts; the northern Aisen region and Magallanes to the south. The Magallanes region, or southern Patagonia, is famed for the incredible Torres del Paine National Park. Trekkers from all over the world converge from October to March, to catch an up-close glimpse of the monumental towers, or the infamous horns. The elusive puma roams in the valleys, as the guanaco keeps watch. Flamingos frequent glacial lakes and the condor soars high above the peaks. Accommodation ranges almost as much as the wildlife, with luxury hotels, campsites, and a handful of rustic lodge hotels in between.
As long as you’ve brought clothes to suit all seasons, you can explore this dramatic landscape on foot, on horseback and even by boat.