Covering around 400,000 square miles to the south of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a dream destination for many Australians. As well as crossing the Andes, the area has all sorts of beautiful coastlines, ice fields, plains, and more. If you like to spend time in the great outdoors, this is one of the ultimate destinations and one that you’ll remember until the very end.
As well as delightful views, you should see unique wildlife, various terrains and landscapes, and the world from a different perspective. Here are some of the must-see destinations to make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Los Glaciares National Park
Located in Argentina, you’ll find this location on the bucket lists of many Australians…and for good reason too. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, many trips to this location are based out of this national park which means that you’ll both start and finish your trip here. Not only is the Perito Moreno vast in size, but it’s also continually growing as one of the biggest glaciers still on our beautiful planet.
The Southern Patagonian Ice Field is still feeding the glacier, and it currently measures 97 square miles. Will you watch from a distance on the viewing platform or get a closer view with a glacier hike?
Torres del Paine National Park
This time, you’re in Chile and another that millions around the world have visited over the years. As well as glaciers, you’ll find forests, rivers, lagoons, and mountain ranges in this stunning location. Depending on how long you want to spend in this national park, there are three main hiking routes – the smallest route takes five days. If you want to see everything, the O route takes eight days (and this isn’t even the largest!).
When in this national park, one of the best ways to explore is with an overland safari tour. If successful, you’ll walk away with pictures (and memories) of the mountain lion, puma, and many other beautiful species.
Sticking with Chile, another must-see destination is the marble caves located in Cuevas de Marmol, Lake General Carrera. As long as you’re willing to reach this beauty spot via boat, you’ll see smooth rocks formed over many thousands of years. Erosion is generally a problem in the world, but it has created marble caves that give a different appearance with every corner you turn.
As the year goes on, the marble caves change in appearance and this is due to the salts and minerals in the water. You may see grey marble, green marble, or maybe even a bright turquoise colour.
Moving back to Argentina, Ushuaia was once the most southernmost city in the world before it was replaced by Puerto Williams in Chile (which was recently granted ‘city’ status). It may have lost this title, but Ushuaia is still known as the ‘end of the world’ and is an important port for Antarctica. Here, you’ll see penguin colonies, a colourful port with amazing mountain views, and a whole lot more.
Finally, this is the youngest Patagonian village and considered the Argentinian capital for trekking. With trails for beginners and experts alike, you’ll soak up the sensational views whether you choose the Cerro Torre or Fitz Roy ranges.
Wherever you choose to go, make sure you make the most of your Patagonia tours, one of the most desired vacation destinations for people around the world. Serene, tranquil, stunning, and postcard-worthy, Patagonia offers experiences for all – you just need to find the right one for you!