Patagonia

"Fjords and glaciers hidden among green landscapes give way to a disappearing horizon at the end of the world."

Overview

When we talk about Patagonia we are referring to a region that covers the southern tip of South America, shared between Argentina and Chile. The zone comprises the southern section of the Andes Mountains with lakes, fjords, cold and temperate forests, and glaciers in the west, and pampas, plateaus, and steppes in the east. Patagonia is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and many bodies of water that connect them, such as the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and the Drake Passage to the south.

The name Patagonia comes from the word “patagon” that the 16th-century navigator Ferdinand Magellan used in 1520 to describe the region’s native tribes whom his expedition thought were giants.

Patagonia also reverbs myths, legends, stories of adventurers and subjugated indigenous people, of cattle ranches, in short, the last frontier, there where the world ends.

Currently, it is one of the world capitals of trekking and adventure tourism in general, as well as standing out for its wonderful native fauna of pumas, ñandu rheas and guanacos, and for being the gateway to Antarctic waters.

Climate & Temperature

Patagonia has a great variety of climates, starting with the temperate climate of the north, to the subpolar climate of the south, and the humid climate of the western portion to the semi-arid climate of the east. The temperatures decrease markedly from north to south, thus, on average, southern Patagonia has a temperature of up to 10°C less than the north. On the Pacific coast, temperatures tend to moderate. However, in winter it can reach several degrees below zero and depending on the area, with more or less snowfall. In the warmer months, it is not uncommon to reach 20°C during the day.

Cities

Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, Coyhaique, Balmaceda

Airports & Connections

The Balmaceda (BBA), Punta Arenas (PUQ), Puerto Natales (PNT) airports connect with Santiago (SCL) and Puerto Montt (PMC). From Santiago to Puerto Natales there is 2,040 km and it takes 3 hours direct and 4:15 hours with scale. Very similar to Punta Arenas.

Ground: Puerto Natales to El Calafate, Argentina (268 kms./5:20 hrs.).

Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales: 247 km/3:05 hrs.

Places & Activities

Torres del Paine, Balmaceda and Serrano Rivers and Glaciers, Gray Lake, Strait of Magellan, Magdalena Island, General Carrera Lake, Marble Cathedrals, Caleta Tortel, Navarino Island on Tierra del Fuego.

Very scenic landscapes, penguins, glaciers, gaucho lifestyle, adventure (hiking, kayaking, bird and whale watching, fishing, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding), cruise ports in Puerto Chacabuco and Punta Arenas.

Experiences

ANGLER’S PARADISE: FLY-FISHING PROGRAM IN FUTALEUFÚ IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA (8D-7N)

EXPLORE THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: THE DIENTES DE NAVARINO & CAPE HORN CIRCUIT IN PATAGONIAN TIERRA DEL FUEGO (6D – 5N)

WORLD’S SOUTHERNMOST FLY-FISHING PROGRAM IN TIERRA DEL FUEGO IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA (8D-7N)

FLY FISHING PROGRAM IN LLANADA GRANDE IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA’S PUELO RIVER (7D-6N)

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