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Patagonia

Patagonia is one of the most mesmerizing places on our planet. With breathtaking sights and never ending wonders of nature, Patagonia has become a travel and trekking haven for adventure aficionados worldwide.

Encompassing the South of both Argentina and Chile with a wide variety of wonderful mountains, lakes, glaciers and wildlife, Patagonia is there for you to set out on an unforgettable travel and trekking experience.

The name Patagonia stands for "Land of the Big Feet". Legends say that discoverer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew saw a tribe of nine foot tall giants with big feet. He named the tribe the Patagons or big feet.


Tours in Patagonia




Patagonia Travel and Trekking Highlights


Whale watching tour at Península Valdés
Off the fluke-shaped hump of Península Valdés, sea lions and elephant seals vie with killer whales and the local stars - Southern right whales - which come to the warm waters of the Golfo Nuevo to breed.

San Martin de Los Andes
Stunning views of Patagonia's renowned lakes, volcanoes and forests. This is paradise for the relentless trekker.

Boat trips on the Beagle Channel
No trip to Ushuaia - the world's Southernmost city in Patagonia - is complete without a boat trip on the Beagle Channel, the majestic, mountain-fringed sea passage and home to several species of seabird and marine mammal.

Perito Moreno Glacier
Mammoth blocks of ice detonate off the virginal Perito Moreno glacier providing a sound-and-sight spectacle that easily qualifies this frozen monster - and national monument - as one of the world's greatest natural wonders.

Torres del Paine
Three sheer granite towers in one of the most beautiful parks of our planet. Breathtaking lakes and mountains.

Patagonia travel and trekking adventure in Tierra del Fuego.

Easter Island
Mysterious and exciting, Easter Island is the most isolated inhabited island of our planet and is covered with 887 huge monolithic stone statues, called moai.


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Península Valdez

Southern right whale with calf Puerto Madryn, the city of whales, lies 1,500 km. (932 miles) South of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. The beautiful bay belongs to the Peninsula Valdés and the nearby town Puerto Pyramides is the place to set out for some whale-watching.

The magnificent whales can only be enjoyed in Patagonia during wintertime (Argentine that is). The whales stay a few months to raise their newborn young. Impressive animals, a very beautiful experience.

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Perito Moreno

For the adventurous traveler, Patagonia in Argentina is just paradise as the country hosts a nature of supernatural beauty. The world's biggest moving glacier Perito Moreno is just something you have to see to believe it. Extraordinary, overwhelming...

Perito Moreno - Patagonia, Argentina One of the most impressive sights of Perito Morenos is the thundering down of melted icecaps in the lake below.

The glacier is near Rio Gallegos and on your way to Ushuaia (the Southernmost city of the world) if you come from the area around Bariloche and Mendoza up North.

There are various hiking opportunities, boat excursions and other various adventurous outlets to get the best out of Perito Moreno.


Bariloche and Mendoza

Bariloche is a haven in Patagonia for ski addicts. Besides taking your chances on a snowboard you can set out for adventurous hikes in the surroundings.

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Aconcagua, the highest mountain of South America, has been a challenge for mountain climbers and hikers from all over the world. It is near Mendoza, a city renowned for it is fine wine. Please note that you have to be an experienced climber to conquer the spirit of Aconcagua (read here how I climbed Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano of the world).



Patagonia - Argentina
Patagonia offers spectacular travel adventures. Whale-watching, mountains, lakes, hitch-hiking, boat excursions and so much more...



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Ushuaia

Ushuaia, the Southernmost city of the world, is enchanting and mesmerizing. It is all the way down in Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), Patagonia (Argentina), and is the perfect place to embark on wonderful sightseeing trips on the Beagle Channel to explore the waters that reach Antarctica not too far away.

Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego is just a short distance away from the city and offers lakes, mountains and a natural beauty that will seduce the adventurous hiker all the way.

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Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine - Patagonia, Chile

Torres Del Paine is a wonder of nature. Declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978, the Torres del Paine National Park, (located in the Chilean Patagonia) is one of the most mesmerizing places on the planet.

The park is located in the South of Chile and can be visited from the nearby cities Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales. For those of you seeking an unmatched travel adventure Torres del Paine will challenge your wildest dreams.

The major attraction of the park is the Paine Massif  composed mostly of granite and has been around for about 12 million years. The Torres del Paine are three sheer granite towers (see picture), that make a challenging and much wanted prize for experienced climbers.

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© All photographs by Mark Van Overmeire*

*Photo "Torres del Paine" and "Perito Moreno" by Loic Bernard | Agency: iStockphoto.com