For many people, Ushuaia is a port of call on a longer cruise around the continent, or a stopover on the way to sailing to the Antarctic. And while either of these options will get you stunning vistas, people who have come to Ushuaia as a destination in its own right need not worry about being disappointed by the visuals. There is loads of wildlife to spot in this area, from penguins to cormorants, seals, sea lions and much more. Below are a few ideas to get you out there among the animals.
Puerto Madryn, in Northern Coastal Argentine Patagonia, which is about 1,000 km down the coast from Buenos aires (or a two-hour flight) holds many surprises for visitors. It is close to the Welsh towns of Trelew and Gaiman, where the afternoon teatime tradition is strong, with several teahouses offering a traditional Welsh tea. The area is also of great paleontological importance, with a well-outfitted paleontological museum in Trelew that will rival anything you’ve seen back home. But it’s not all dinosaurs and afternoon tea. Many people find that when they’re visiting Puerto Madryn, that they have a hard time keeping their eyes off the ocean, and the animals on, in, and under it.
El Calafate a medium-sized city in farflung Argentine Patagonia, has a lot going for it. That said, most everyone who comes to town is in search of one thing, and that is face time with the giant Perito Moreno Glacier, located in Argentina’s Glaciers National Park, just 50 miles from the city of El Calafate. And while you’d want to go there no matter what the weather, and you could easily get a set of balmy (if windy) warmish days in the summer, it’s also quite possible to hit a cooler and less cozy patch of weather, making spending a day indoors not a bad idea. Below are four ideas of places to go on a cold or rainy day in El Calafate.
Easter Island is best known for its moai, the giant, mythical statues that were erected all around the island on ceremonial platforms. They were later knocked over (on purpose, though why is not known), and later still, starting in the 1960’s, archaeologists took pains to re-erect them on reconstructed ahus (platforms). And this is the vision that most people have of Easter Island. But before they could be moved into place, stood up, knocked over and stood up again, they first had to be carved. And that is where the quarry, Rano Raraku comes in.
Punta Arenas, the southernmost city in Chile with commercial air service is the jumping-off point for trips to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, and cruises around Cape Horn stop here, as do longer South American cruises. You can also start a cruise to Antarctica from Punta Arenas. All this means that you might spend a couple of days in this city before heading to your next destination. And since you will have planned for the unpredictable Patagonian weather, you’ll be ready to participate in some of the following outdoor activities nearby.
The south of Chile, particularly the area near Puerto Montt is often compared to Switzerland, both due to the presence of azure and turquoise lakes, and due to the German influence visible in some of the architecture, especially in nearby Puerto Varas and Frutillar. There are waterfalls, snow-topped volcanoes, long (or short) boat trips, and visits to picturesque towns that hug the shores of the areas many lakes.
On Easter Island, a five hour flight from continental Chile, is an island with a vibrant Polynesian culture with many similarities to Hawaii, Tahiti, and even New Zealand. But the thing that really sets it apart, aside from being the most isolated populated island in the world, is the giant stone statues it is known for, the Moai (say moe-I).
El Calafate, in Argentine Patagonia, has an old-west feel to it, with wooden buildings and strong winds. But what draws so many people here, such that it needs its own airport? It’s the glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier, located in Argentina’s Glacier National Park. Which has a spin-off attraction, the Glaciarium, a museum about glaciers. […]
For many people, visiting Antarctica, the seventh continent, the white continent and whatever other nicknames you can come up with for this majestic piece of land at the bottom of the world, is a dream come true. You know going into the trip that you’ll see penguins, glaciers and icebergs, and every tone of […]