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Expedition to Patagonia

Posted on August 22, 2010 | Adventure Travel9 Comments

It started out as one of those once in a life time experiences and ended up as a dream comes true. We arrived at the airport in Trelew which is about a thousand two hundred kilometers to the south of Buenos Aires. We were welcomed by a friendly tour guide to start the trip to Patagonia.

We then drive to the charming coastal Puerto Madryn. A panoramic tour and a delectable lunch sets the mood for the journey ahead. Then later in the afternoon a paradise nature reserve of Peninsula Valdes awaits us. Armadillos, guanacos, gray foxes of Patagonia and the lesser rheas form a tresure trove of animals to catch sight of. Next day I remember basking in the enchanting beaches with elephant seals for company.

A trekking trip around the coast will thrill the explorer in you. It sure did work for me. A remote village of Bahia Bustamante  is the main attraction on the next day with its rich marine life, wildlife and sea birds. A trip to the sea weed fields and watching the huge vessels harvesting them was interesting. Marine birds, the Sea lions and the penguins find you company in the vernacci islands.

Patagonia trekking tours

Archeological sites and protected white sand beaches made the hiking party overcome with joy. The next day the petrified forest was the region to be visited. The landscapes just grow on which and their vastness astound us. We even visit the legendary route 40. We call it a night in style in a ranch in Santa Cruz.

The caves of hand or the Cueva de las Manos is a must see sight. These are impressive and ancient cave paintings. There are hundreds of hunting scenes, colors fill these caves. Hand prints and abstract symbols made us realize we were in the place where once our fore fathers lived.

Cueva de las Manos

The Patagonian steppes help us relax as we ride horses, take in the scenery and hike about in these foreign locales. The days get shorter and the fun is everlasting. The Los Glaciares National Park is stunning to say the least with its mountains, pristine beautiful lakes and glaciers which are immense.

Los Glaciares National Park

The perito Moreno glacier is situated in the los glaciares national park. It is located 500 feet above see level. We cross the argentine lake all packed in a boat and land on a isolated pristine beach. From here we start to trek on the glaciers which can be challenging.

We also visit the Torres del Paine national park in Chile and we hike all day without any complains. There are beautiful rivers, lakes, peaks and glaciers which are accessible. The flora and fauna is unparalleled. It is spectacular park to say the least!

Torres del Paine national park

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  • Brandon Lee Cooper says:

    Patagonia arts and crafts are the region’s best kept secrets..

    You’ll find exquisite pottery, textile and wooden utensils in Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas…

    The seasonal fairs during summertime are really noteworthy!!

    In January , the arts and crafts fair in Castro..
    From January uptil mid February, the Summer Arts and Crafts show in Frutillar..
    And the fair in Pueto Montt in January and February

  • Grisell McCarter says:

    The Patagonia region offers incredible outdoor adventures with mind-blowing awesome views!!

    Although visitors visit this region year round, December through February are the warmest months….

  • Bob Garvey says:

    I had been to Patagonia and observed that the population of Chilean Patagonia is made up of various types of immigrants from all over the world, though majority is from Europe..

    In Puerto Montt, it is possible to eat Kutchen, which are German cakes and savor delectable home-made chocolates!!

    Thus there are both brown haired, blond haired and blue-eyed locals in Patagonia..

    The Chilean portion of Patagonia tends to be quieter than the Argentinian portion and may not be overtly friendly…the best way to strike u[p a conversation would be in a bar..

    Traveling through smaller towns of Chilean Patagonia can give a traveler a good sense of what life is really like there..

    Rather than some of the touristy towns in Argentinian Patagonia which is more a spectacle than reality…

    Regardless when traveling in Chile, some parts of Patagonia are not inhabited and it can be days before you see another traveler again!

  • Gatsby Thompson says:

    Chileans in Patagonia like the Argentinians are well-known for their Parrillada displays where they barbeque the livers, stomachs and flanks of cows…

    Travelers should be conscious of being polite and respectful.

    One sure way to start a conversation is togo the bar during a Chilean soccer match(futbol)!

  • Gail Baxter says:

    Thanks for the lovely post! Really enjoyed reading your tales about Patagonia! :-)

  • Jessy Jackson says:

    Ah!! Expedition to Patagonia..A great post..nice picture! Keep posting!:-)

  • Gilbert Zucker says:

    Patagonia is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been to…trekking is awesome here!

  • Maggie Hudgens says:

    AWESOME place! Enjoyed reading your post! :-)

    I’ve bookmarked your blog for further reference..

  • Jacques Doyle says:

    Thanks for the COOL post! I’ve recommended your blog to all my friends :-)

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