There are a few reasons you might find yourself in Puerto Montt, the southernmost city in continental Chile, the last city on the continent before the it splits into a maze of islands and fjords. The city, which lies along the Reloncaví Sound, is a starting point for explorations overland and by boat of Northern Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. It’s a spot from which to visit the turquoise and blue waters of the waterfalls at Petrohué, or a jumping off point to take the ferry to the large island of Chiloé. And it has one of the most picturesque markets for a big seafood lunch before you take off to your next destination.
Category: Things to Do
March 26, 2014
Argentina’s Perito Moreno glacier stands out for being one of the Patagonia’s only advancing glaciers. It’s 97 square miles of ice, measuring 19 miles in length, and is the earth’s third largest reserve of fresh water. It, along with 47 other lesser glaciers is fed by the Southern Patagonian icefield. Perito Moreno is also extremely accessible (as glaciers go), as it is just a few hours from the Argentine Patagonian outpost city of El Calafate. There are several ways to experience the towering glacier, which stretches some 240 feet from base to top at the lagoon below, accessed through Argentina’s Parque Nacional de Los Glaciares. We detail them all below.
March 12, 2014
If the United States has Montana as big sky country, Argentina has Patagonia. And the seat of adventure activities in Argentine Patagonia may well be Bariloche. This lakefront town has more outdoor activities than you could easily do in a week, so you’ll have to pick and choose carefully. And there’s something for everyone, from the most active, winter-sport loving ski aficionado, to hikers, to people who prefer to sit peacefully in nature and just watch it go by.
February 13, 2014
Stunning Ushuaia on the faraway island of Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America bills itself as the southernmost city in the world. Though there is a bit of back-and-forth about whether the Chilean town of Puerto Williams (which is south of Ushuaia on Isla Navarino) holds this distinction, Ushuaia is way more visited and set up for tourist visits. It’s also much easier to get to, with international flights, overland routes and many cruise ships, often on their way to Antarctica.
January 29, 2014
Pucón is the undisputed capital of adventure and outdoor tourism in Chile. High season is summer, and the area fills with mostly Chilean tourists, who come to enjoy sitting by the sparkling lake and the extremely long days of southern Chile’s summers. Near Pucón there are hotsprings and waterfalls ziplining, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking and […]
January 16, 2014
Patagonia is known for its wide-open steppe, dense forests, glaciers, vast lakes, changeable weather and towering peaks. These conditions are perfect for human exploration (so long as the human is ready for the weather), with long walks through pristine wilderness, and long drives through unpopulated areas where the local fauna thrives. If you ask most people what the most distinctive wildlife is to them in Patagonia, many people will choose the lesser rhea, or ñandú, pictured above. They run very fast and congregate in groups. Look for them on Peninsula Valdes in Argentina, and near Torres del Paine national park in Chile.
December 18, 2013
In addition to providing a scenic backdrop, whether looking east from Chile, or west from Argentina, the Andes provides the southern part of the two countries with something many travelers to this part of the world may never have seen before: glaciers. All of the glaciers in Patagonia are a result of heavy snows in […]
December 4, 2013
Patagonia is wild land, the southern part of Argentina and Chile, where glaciers and mountains come together for some stunning landscapes. It is no surprise then, that it also has some world class rafting, with chutes and rapids navigated by capable guides, many of whom chase spring and summer year round, guiding in Norway and the United States in the northern summer, and switching to Chile and Argentina’s impressive rivers for the southern spring and summer, roughly from November through February, though rivers run highest at the beginning of the winter.
November 20, 2013
If you’ve ever thought about going whale watching, penguin peeping or checking out some sea lions, Puerto Madryn in Argentine coastal Patagonia is a great place to use as a jumping off point. It’s at the edge of the Valdés Peninsula, an area extremely rich in wildlife, with good viewing conditions. In addition to sea creatures, you’re also likely to see small herds of the fuzzy, camel-like guanaco, and rheas (a close relative to the ostrich) as well as other wildlife.
November 6, 2013
Puerto Montt, the largest city in Chile’s Lakes Region is, in a way, the end of the road in Chile. It’s the last city of any size in continental Chile before the country breaks up into the land of islands of fjords, minor roads and the Carretera Austral, or southern highway, a mostly unpaved highway extending down to the tiny hamlet of Villa O’Higgins.