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.
Category: Things to Do
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.
October 29, 2013
High on most travelers’ what-to-see list in Patagonia is the extensive glaciers. Jagged ice lakes spilling down valleys, and hanging in the mountains, and even calving into a lagoon while you sit and watch are just some of the experiences you can have in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia if you play your cards right. The [...]
October 9, 2013
It should come as no surprise that Punta Arenas, Chile’s last settlement of any size on the continent, and one of the world’s southernmost cities that sits on the Pacific ocean, is a great jumping-off point from which to see penguins. There are a couple of nesting colonies of magellanic penguins not far from Punta Arenas, and by far the most accessible is Seno Otway (the Otway sound), which is about a 45-minute drive away, on dirt roads.
September 25, 2013
El Calafate, Argentina is located deep into Patagonia, and has a wild-west feel to it, in that it’s windy and tends to be dry. But as one of the most important cities in Patagonia, it is also full of good lodging and dining options, serving local specialties, including desserts flavored with the calafate berry, a small purplish berry for which the city is named. The city is called the glacier capital, owing to the fact that it is the jumping-off point for trips to the world famous Perito Moreno glacier.
September 11, 2013
If every year in April or May, when your local ski season ends, you sadly store your skis or snowboard away to await next year’s winter, then consider some “off-season” skiing in Argentina’s adventure capital, Bariloche. Since the southern hemisphere’s going into winter just as summer is starting in the northern hemisphere, making a trip down to Argentine Patagonia is just the remedy for the no-skiing blues, and the season starts as early as June, and ends as late as October. If you plan it right, you can have snow all year round. Many Europeans and North Americans come down to South America to ski “summer,” and Bariloche is a great place to do it.
August 28, 2013
Visiting the white continent, is a dream for many travelers. Some are motivated by a desire to stand on all seven continents, others to get the full penguin experience, others to visit a place that’s about as far-flung at they can imagine, and others still, fascinated by the movement of the ice and the many hues of white and blue, grand vistas and stunning light have Antarctica on their bucket list to visit, to photograph, and to experience.
August 26, 2013
Ushuaia, the smallish Argentine city which is the undisputed capital of Tierra del Fuego, seems to appear out of nowhere at its position on the big island that hangs below the South American continent. Many people visit Ushuaia for its own merits, for access to the famous Argentine national park of Tierra del Fuego, where [...]
August 14, 2013
All along the Chile-Argentina border lie the Andes, majestic and snow-topped, jagged against the sky. Between Mendoza, Argentina and Santiago, Chile, you can get a glimpse of Aconcagua, the tallest peak in South America. Crossing the Andes at any of the Andean border crossings is beautiful, but without a doubt the winner is the Andean Lakes Crossing, which goes from Bariloche, Argentina, to Puerto Varas, Chile.
July 31, 2013
If you want to show your kids something they’ve never seen before, then take them to Chilean or Argentine Patagonia (or both). With vast, wide-open spaces, lots of safe places to run and climb, clean drinking water, no dangerous animals, loads of whale watching, visits to penguin colonies, working ranches, waterfalls, glaciers, hikes and more chocolate than you might expect, Patagonia has lots to offer families traveling with children.