South America Living

Traveling For Adventure in Patagonia

Tourists on a Tour to the Ice Caves outside of Esquel, Argentina

Tourists on a Tour to the Ice Caves outside of Esquel, Argentina

The Patagonia region of South America contains some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet and is an adventure lovers dream vacation spot.

Located in Southern Argentina and Chile, this region contains dozens of glaciers (Perito Moreno in Los Glaciares National Park to name one), glacial lakes and other natural wonders such as granite monoliths in Torres del Paine National Park.

Trekking is a very popular activity with Mount Fitz Roy near El Chaltén one popular hike as well as river rafting (Futaleufu, Chile), paragliding, snowboarding – just about any adventure activity you could dream up. How about fly fishing on the Corcovado River or a ferry ride through the famous Andean Lakes District?

Tourists Enjoying One of the Many Spectacular Viewpoints Near Bariloche

Tourists Enjoying One of the Many Spectacular Viewpoints Near Bariloche

You can even take a 3 hour trip on the historic Old Patagonia Express narrow guage steam engine from Esquel, Argentina visiting the tiny village of Nahuel Pan. More information and photographs are here: The Old Patagonia Express.

In the popular resort town Bariloche, Argentina there is the Museo de la Patagonia (Patagonia Museum) for you to visit to learn more about the history and fascinating culture of this area.

If you are looking for vacation flight deals to escape poor weather back home, you will appreciate the cool, dry climate as well as the multitude of activities ready for you to partake in.

Some important travel tips you and your traveling companions should consider when visiting Patagonia include the following:

  • Book your flights in advance – You can save a lot of money to put toward souvenirs if you purchase airline tickets several months ahead of your vacation dates. It is especially important for you to book ahead if you plan to travel during the peak tourism seasons, such as during the summer or over the holidays.
  • Compare hotels online – If you plan on visiting several different locations in Patagonia, you may want to consider which hotels to stay in during your vacation. Visitors to Ushuaia, for instance, may look for a hotel close to the settlement museum, which commemorates the city’s history as a prison colony, or near the harbour for early access to the city’s many boat tours.
  • Write an itinerary – With so much to see, you do not want to miss out on anything. Make sure you have time to enjoy both the human and natural elements of the vacation. Many visitors to the region would feel that their trip is incomplete without seeing penguins and sea lions or the whales coming in along the southern shores of the Atlantic.
  • Dress for different climates – Since the region contains some high altitudes in the mountains, travellers who want to explore these features should pack cold-weather gear. Plus, with so many gorgeous, sunny beaches, a bathing suit is an absolute must-have item to bring with you on your vacation.

This region is perfect for honeymooners, offering many of the sublime natural features that have inspired the world’s most romantic poets as well as beaches for visitors to relax on after their flights land. In fact, the name Patagonia even may have been inspired by a 16th-century romance novel.

Moreover, cities such as San Carlos de Bariloche offer great amenities for families vacationing in the area. Travel Guide to Bariloche

The Rio Negro province of Patagonia, which houses Bariloche, offers some great ski destinations as well as access to Argentina’s oldest national park, Nahuel Huapi National Park. No matter why you are vacationing, Patagonia will most likely have what you want and need.

Photograph of Ice Trip by Maria Belen Herrera, all rights reserved.
Photograph of Bariloche Viewpoint by Katie Alley, all rights reserved.

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