Places that you cannot miss in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia

Remote places usually have that face of desolation, hidden loneliness that romantically makes us fall in love. Places where wild nature is shown in all its splendor, and we can only feel tiny as human beings. There, we also know that we are at the mercy of the elements, and we do not have absolute control of things. Patagonia, divided between Argentina and Chile, is one of those places. The southern tip of the South American continent, a hostile area for so many centuries for sailors and walkers. There, honoring its fame, are some of the most imposing natural monuments in our world. So pack your backpack, and don’t forget your camera. Here are a few points that you cannot miss and that will leave you thrilled:

  1. Torres del Paine (Chile)

Perhaps the most famous Chilean icon of the Natural Park of the same name. Its three granite towers, around 2,600 meters of altitude, are of supreme beauty. Getting to its base can be done in one-day circuits from Puerto Natales or part of the W or O circuits that run throughout the park. If possible and the weather permits, its most majestic views are at sunrise, when the incandescent light of dawn reddens the tops of the towers.

  1. Circuit W and Circuit O (Chile)

Torres del Paine National Park is too spectacular to be left alone with the Torres themselves. You will need to put your backpack on your shoulder to go through it, but a lot of glaciers await us, with wonderful views and a mountain almost for everyone. There are several tour options. The W is one of the most popular in an approximate 4-day journey from the Gray Glacier to the Torres themselves, entering the Francés Valley and bordering the Cuernos. If you continue to know this, you can do the O that covers the entire Torres del Paine massif on a circular route in a circuit that lasts between 7 and 10 days.

  1. Carretera Austral (Chile)

If you have time, you might consider driving (or even pedalling) to Chilean Patagonia instead of taking a plane. If you decide so, congratulations: you will travel one of the most impressive scenic routes in the world. It also has more than 1000 kilometres of the diversity of landscapes that can be combined with adventure sports, trekking, glaciers, among many other options.

  1. Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina)

Facing an ice wall 5 kilometres long and 60 meters high is one of the greatest attractions of Argentine Patagonia. In a glacier that advances up to 2 meters a day, the spectacle is guaranteed, as this movement causes icebergs of enormous dimensions to fall. You can safely visit it from its network of viewpoints or approach it by boat until you feel tiny in front of the icy wall.

  1. Fitz Roy (Argentina)

This beautiful peak, 3405 meters high, is one of the most beautiful views that Chilean Patagonia can offer. The rest of the peaks that adorn the mountain range of the massif, part of the Glacier National Park, generally maintain a constant sharp shape and are nicknamed shark teeth. To be able to visit them, you have to get to the town of El Chaltén, from where countless trekking routes start, most with a single objective, to be able to hallucinate with the king, the inimitable Fitz Roy.

  1. Los Lagos Region: Puerto Varas (Chile) and Bariloche (Argentina)

The Lake District is located between Chile and Argentina in the northern part of Patagonia, and it has so much to visit that it is better to take it easy and visit its many corners and lakes. In Chile, Puerto Varas is the main city, from there and dominated by the 2,652 meters of the Osorno volcano. You can visit the Puyehue National Park or even visit the mythical Chiloé archipelago. Then you can take the opportunity to cross the Andean mountain range and reach Bariloche in Argentina, the ski capital in winter whose strong points are the gigantic Nahuel Huapi Lake.

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