Dramatic, austere yet beautiful with snowy mountains, iceberg-strewn lakes and enormous glaciers, Patagonia cannot fail to impress.
Patagonia is the most southerly region of South America and has some of the most stunning scenery you can hope to see. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers are in their element among the stunning mountains, glaciers and lakes. Enjoy energetic hikes and restful lake cruises, marvel at the rugged scenery of Mount Fitzroy as you build up an impressive gallery of photos. There’s wildlife, too, with chances to view whales, elephant seals and sea lions from the Valdes Peninsula.
There are two principal centres in Argentinian Patagonia, El Calafate, the main gateway to Los Glaciers National Park, and the smaller El Chalten, a village inside the park and a great base for treks in the mountains.
- Perito Moreno Glacier: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true marvel, vast and still growing. It can be experienced from viewing platforms or lake cruises and with luck you’ll witness the awesome sight and sound of a giant ice block sheering of into the water below. Get closer still on a guided glacier trek.
- El Chalten: Explore the many trekking trails in Los Glaciers National Park and take in views of Mounts Fitzroy and Torre, waterfalls, lakes and forests. Day treks and multi-day hikes are available.
- Visit the Glacarium: Learn about icebergs, glaciers and all things icy at this fascinating museum and round things off with a cocktail in an ice glass in the icer bar.
- Laguna de los Tres: A hike to this well-known point provides excellent views of Mount Fitzroy with its distinctive jagged outline, more than rewarding your efforts.
- Valdes Peninsula: This conservation site is home to a wide range of marine and bird life. It is one of the best places in the world to observe southern right whales and orcas. walk among penguins and elephant seals and kayak with sea lions.