La Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego they are the southernmost regions of Latin America and occupy part of the Argentine and Chilean territory. Some of the most beautiful trekking routes in the world are concentrated in these lands.
Going to Patagonia today means immersing yourself in a boundless territory, where you can find places besieged by tourists, but also quiet areas where you can enjoy nature. Don't expect to find monuments, churches or the remains of a millenary culture. Instead, you will find endless plains, hiking trails and impressive mountains. Be prepared for conditions that can sometimes be extreme: strong winds, rain and a bit of cold even in summer.
Pioneer of the exploration of these lands was Father Alberto De Agostini (brother of Giovanni, founder of the publishing house of the same name). In the early decades of the 900th century, De Agostini conducted numerous explorations to discover areas that, at the time, were almost unknown.
Today, however, some of these areas have become famous, but continue to maintain that unique charm in the world.
- Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina
- Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
- Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
- Perito Moreno and Argentino lake, Argentina
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1 - Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina
El Chalten is the national capital of trekking and from here you can take the paths that lead you to admire two of the most famous mountains in the world: the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy. The walk to Mirador Maestri can be done during the day, but sleeping in a tent in one of the park's free campsites is an unmissable experience of contact with nature.
Please note: campsites are simply areas where tent pitching is allowed. You will need to draw water from the river and bring everything you need for dinner.
Be sure to go to the Laguna de Los Tres, to admire the Fitz Roy and all the impressive peaks that surround it.
2 - Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile
Elected in 2013 the eighth wonder of the world by the virtualtourist.com website, this park covers more than 2400 square km and hosts several shelters and campsites. Let yourself be fascinated by the mountains and lakes along the famous W.
During the trek you can sleep in a refuge or bring your tent (better if sturdy): it will allow you to better isolate yourself from mass tourism.
3 - Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
La Tierra del Fuego it was so baptized by the first explorers who saw the constantly lit fires of the local nomadic populations. In Ushuaia you can visit a small museum in which the history of these populations is told (Museo Yamanà, located in Rivadavia 56, near the city center).
For trekking go to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego and walk one of the many trails or climb to the top of Cerro Guanaco
If you prefer the sea, you can sail in Beagle channel looking for penguins.
4 - Perito Moreno and Argentino lake, Argentina
Il Create alert it is probably one of the most famous glaciers in the world, and for tourists there are short treks to do with local guides. If you are experienced climbers, instead, you could venture into the crossing of the Hielo Continental.
It is from here that the Perito Moreno descends for 15km and plunges into Lake Argentino with a front that rises from the water level up to 60m. If you have patience and a little luck you can admire (and hear!) One of the thunderous ice collapses.
Lake Argentino can be sailed in a day starting from Puerto Bandera. You can admire the Upsala, Spegazzini glaciers and again the Perito Moreno (seeing it from the level of the lake will allow you to understand how huge it is!).