Patagonia is a region in southern South America between the Andes and the South Atlantic. It is shared between Chile and Argentina. The area has great geographical diversity relative to its size – there are deserts, grasslands, as well as mountains and steppes and the island of Tierra del Fuego, is often considered a part of Patagonia as well. The population in the area is extremely sparse with less than 2 people in a square kilometer.
The people who see the region in only pictures agree that it looks wild but something they would want to enjoy themselves as well. Anyone who plans to cover the area will have to spend his time hitchhiking and this will lead to the discovery of dozens of glaciers and remote villages which are spread all over the area. There are few places which can leave as memorable an impression as Patagonia.
Cerro TronadorThis trek is located at the northern gateway to Patagonia on the outskirts of Bariloche, Argentina. The distance one would need to cover in order to get to this place is nearly 18 kilometers but it is one of the very few glaciers where you can truly enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunrise. When the glacier melts, small pools and lakes form on top of the rocks. The sunlight reflected by the water in these small temporary pools is a sight to behold.
Chaitén’s Haunting Beach
Have you ever wanted to be at a peaceful place with no one to disturb you in the vicinity where you have all the time in the world for introspection and to think over things you would never find the time elsewhere in your hectic life? If the thought of this sounds fascinating to you then Chaitén’s Haunting Beach should definitely be high in your places to visit in Patagonia. A volcano had erupted in the area in 2008 which burned nearly everything, now the houses buried and ash and eerie remains of the trees adorn the beach. The ash covered beach has attractions of its one and the sunset is extremely unique.
Puyuhuapi is a small town on the Chilean side of Patagonia which exists between steep cliffs along the Carretera Austral. The small size of the town makes it a very quiet place which mostly consists of a few small farms, a few campsites, and boats which line the shore. The calm water exudes a sense of tranquility which is very uncommon in the busy lives we’re used to living now. There are ample opportunities to go on fishing or a long walk in the middle of the best that nature has to offer.
The Marble CavesThe town of Puerto Rio Tranquilo is made famous by these Marble Caves which have been carved out by clear blue lake water and many of these caves are big enough to allow a boat to pass through which gives visitors the chance to see the exquisite formations in a range of colors. This is surely one of the best places to visit in the area. One thing to keep in mind is to have warm waterproof jackets on which you can get at a discounted price from Groupon.
Paleontology Museum PatagoniaPatagonia is an extremely interesting region as it has not just served to humans but to dinosaurs as well. Nearly 1700 fossil remains of plants and animals found in the region are exhibited in the museum and some of which are dated to the age of nearly 40 million years. Not only is the museum an important place to see dinosaur remains in Patagonia but there is a dinosaur route in the northwest of Patagonia which is the place paleontologists believe is a home to the remains of a multitude of beasts.
Condor LookoutThe Condor lookout is a great place to view the sun as it rises. It is located just above El Chaltén and an early morning hike is a great way of reaching the place. The tiring hike will seem worthy of the effort when you see the mountains turn red when the sun hits them.
Refugio DicksonTorres Del Paine National Park in Chile is considered the crown jewel of Patagonia. It is something of great pride for the residents of Chile and the reasons for this pride become very obvious as soon as you enter the national park. Refugio Dickson is the most beautiful part of the national park and the most tranquil campsite if one ever exists.
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