The wide-open spaces, stark landscapes and up-close-and-personal views of glaciers and wildlife Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, whets cruise-lovers appetites. There are many kinds of cruises available, from backpacker specials to very luxurious trips on small boats, and trips lasting from 3 and 4 days to ones that hit both sides of Patagonia as well [...]
Puerto Natales, Chile, is a small city with a perfect central square, an enviable setting on the Seno de la Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound), and some of the best access to the greatest adventures Patagonia has to offer. The high season in Puerto Natales is generally from December to March, with most Chileans taking vacation in January and February, so you can expect to see more people then, but it really never gets overrun. January and February are also alleged to be when the best weather is, but as always in Patagonia, you should prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.
The Maritime Museum in Ushuaia is unlike any museum you’ve ever been to, and makes a great day activity from land or sea-based trips to Ushuaia, Argentina. It’s a vast museum built using the preexisting prison building which many of its exhibits describe. There is also, to justify the name, a set of exhibits on Argentina’s presence in the Arctic and surrounding areas, as well as a replica of the lighthouse that Jules Verne writes about in his book “The Lighthouse at the End of the World.”
First time visitors to both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia need to keep three main things in mind: weather, distances, and sunscreen. The name Patagonia, which originally is from an indigenous people living in the south of Chile and Argentina called the Patagones, is now used to refer to pretty much anywhere from the lakes district (roughly Pucón in Chile, and Bariloche in Argentina) all the way through the very tip of the continent and beyond, to Argentina’s Ushuaia and even down to Chile’s diminutive southern-most outpost of Puerto Williams on Isla Navarino.
Of all the experiences that transmit the feeling of being in wild Patagonia, following the traditions of early European settlers to this land, the estancia stands out. And Estancia Viamonte–just thirty minutes from the Rio Grande airport, close the Ushuaia and Harberton (for penguin viewing and the Marine Mammal Museum)–is a great place to get that experience.
Puerto Varas, Chile‘s small, postcard-perfect town, on the shores of Lago Llanquihue (yan-KEY-way), with it’s milky pink sunsets and views of the Osorno volcano, is a great place to take a few days in Chile. It’s a great jumping-off point for the lakes crossing to Bariloche in Argentina, or to the big island of Chiloé, or just days of exploring along the lake sure and visiting towns like Ensanada, and of course, the unmissable Petrohue falls.
The Petrohué waterfalls are the frothy white and aquamarine outflow of Lago Todos Santos, a loud, multi-drop waterfall that flows through a narrow volcanic canyon in the Lakes District in Chile. The dark rock makes a spectacular backdrop for the waterfall, one of the most photographed in Chile. There is a boardwalk and viewing platforms [...]
Patagonia is a vast region, covering thousands of square miles, on the Chilean and Argentine sides. Most people access Patagonia by first flying into either Santiago, Chile, or Buenos Aires, Argentina and then flying down to one of the starting-off points in the same country.
Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, is a hotspot for nature-lovers, Antarctic cruise goers, and Patagonia fanatics. It’s a small, peaceful city on the Beagle Channel, and privy to pink and orange streaked sunsets, which, on the longest day of the year is at 10:12 PM, with twilight lasting much later.
Cerro Castor is said to be the best skiing in Argentina, and it’s just 30 minutes’ drive on a paved road from Ushuaia, the undisputed capital of Tierra del Fuego, the large island at the tip of the South American continent, that is divided between Chile and Argentina.