Trip Report: Chile – Part 3 – Patagonia, the South
“Patagonia” refers to an area that spans across Chile and Argentina. Carved out by glaciers millions of years ago, the breathtaking landscape is what draws travelers across the globe for all kinds of outdoors activities. Nothing is small-scale in Patagonia! Here you’ll find big volcanoes, big mountains, big valleys, big lakes, and big potential for adventure. You can visit spring through fall – the height of tourism peaks in summertime. Whether you’d like to have a guide by your side the entire time or set off towards the mountains with nothing but your backpack and boots, Patagonia caters to all levels and styles of traveler.
Our Top Tips in Patagonia
- Puerto Natales – Set aside some time to head into town! Many charming shops, restaurants and cafes are sprawled out in the tiny town with a gorgeous mountain backdrop.
- Torres del Paine National Park – the main reason why so many travel the distance in the first place. This national park is best explored with a guide for amateur hikers, families and first-time visitors. There are many hiking circuits that vary in length that draw more avid hikers and campers as well. You can also explore the region by boat, horseback, and van on day trips.
- Dress in layers – this really can’t be stressed enough. No matter what time of year you visit, the weather can change drastically throughout the day. Winds are almost always a constant and rain can come in downpours. Make sure the majority of your clothing and gear is waterproof and moisture-wicking!
- Leave no trace – an important guideline for all visitors is to leave no trace of their visit. This means bringing any trash with you out of parks and being extra mindful of your actions in and around nature!
- Try the Guanaco – if you are a meat-eater and want to try a local delicacy, be sure to try a dish made from this creature you’ll most likely see during your hikes. It’s a cousin of the llama.
- Learn about the native history – this region was once home to an indigenous people called the Tehuelche. Seek out hikes or ask you guide to show you areas where their cave drawings are still visible.
- Ride a horse – there are many levels of horseback trails that you can take them out on!
- Get your Argentina stamp – if you’re in town, the road to the Argentina border isn’t far! It’s an easy and quick opportunity to add to your passport stamp collection.
Where We Stayed in Patagonia
The Singular Patagonia
- Located 5 minutes from Puerto Natales and about an hour from the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park
- A unique property renovated from an old cold storage facility. You get a full view of the old machinery used on your walk from the lobby to the rooms!
- All-inclusive rates are available so you can dine and drink to your heart’s content throughout your stay
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