People worldwide are fascinated by the trappings and unsanctioned wonders of nature and wildlife. It’s one reason why Patagonia, one of my favorite places to visit, the vast southernmost tip of South America shared by Argentina and Chile, is such an attractive destination to nature-minded explorers drawn to this region from this region all corners of the world. The entire Patagonian region is known for its abundance of scenic mountaintops, beautiful glaciers, and a wide array of wildlife in sub-polar climates. Patagonia is a vast region near the southern tip of South America, comprising over 673,000 square kilometers of an area covering the most southern end of the continent northbound to the Colorado River that spans most of the land between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Like much of South America, the continent was inhabited long before European explorers first ventured west searching for the new world. The Tehuelche tribes were the most prominent locals before European colonization. They traversed the northern desert-like regions of Patagonia and the southern polar-like tips of the coast. Famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan was the first European adventurer to arrive on the shores of Patagonia and ingratiate himself with the locals, the wildlife, and the land itself. This discovery allowed more explorers to venture into the region and establish trading posts that helped expand the prosperity of nations that rose across the continent. Patagonia is politically divided between Argentina and Chile as both countries comprise the bottom third of South America.
Summer and winter in the northern and southern hemispheres are opposites. When it’s summer in the north, winter conditions cover the south and vice versa. Experienced adventurers recommend that people only visit Patagonia during the summer and early fall times of the year. Roughly translated, this means people should attempt to visit Patagonia from March to May, while January and February could also work for travel, depending on how cooperative the weather conditions are at those times. The Chilean side of Patagonia is ideal for summertime adventures. There are several destination highlights in Patagonia you can experience, including a trip to the Cape Horn biosphere on the island of Cape Horn, south of the mainland. You’ll witness thousands of tiny plants, mosses, and lichens that survive through the strong winds and powerful waves crashing all across the island’s shores. Additionally, you can enjoy an adventure to the Diego Ramirez Islands and the Beagle Channel. This historic waterway reminds explorers of island conditions first encountered by the first European expedition teams to this part of the world.
The land and the water that encompass Patagonia are incredible. You’ll come across some of the most photographic landscapes you’ll ever witness when visiting Patagonia.
Some experienced explorers have traversed the region several times over. Their stories - both recorded and passed down through storytelling - can help you enjoy the best experience possible when you visit Patagonia. Read this guide on how to experience Patagonia on a glacier cruise, and you’ll get a more detailed idea of what to expect when you arrive on these southern shores. If you’re not pumped yet, you will be after reading that!
There are a lot of unique ways to of options for visiting Patagonia.
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