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Perhaps the most unique of the Argentina regions, Patagonia, located in Southern Argentina and covering 1/3 of the total size of the country, is a combination of jagged mountains, rolling hills, lakes and rivers, thick forests, desert, coastline, world famous glaciers, famous ski hills, and a rare and diverse mix of flora and fauna. The past of Patagonia is long, descriptive, and detailed, having, over the years, caught the attention of various countries seeking new land, world famous explorers, writers, poets, movie makers, biologists, sailors, wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and tourists from around the world. For its extreme beauty, endless activities, and warm people, Patagonia is a place to be seen when visiting Argentina.
Patagonia’s geography and climate is as diverse as everything else that is found in this region; the area is known for cold winters, a mild spring and fall, and warm summers. At high altitudes or further down south, winter is characterized by snow, wind, and cold temperatures, perfect for skiing, exploring local glaciers, or taking a mountain snow trek or an Antarctic sail. Spring and fall are mild, filling the local lakes with fresh mountain water as the snow melts, making mountain hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing great seasonal activities. Summer is warm and sunny, giving the coastal cities and beaches a warm and welcoming feel.
Where to go in Patagonia…
The town of Bariloche, nestled in vibrant forests, beneath mountains, and surrounded by lakes, is a major tourist destination in the south of Argentina. During the summer months the picturesque town is popular to enjoy hiking, horseback riding, water sports, or simply relaxing and enjoying the surrounding views. In the winter, Bariloche turns into a skiers paradise and is said to boast some of the best skiing conditions and ski slopes in the world.
At the most southern point in Argentina sits the most southern city in the world, Ushuaia. It is surrounded by great forests, lakes, mountains, and sea, a few of the majors reasons for the large numbers of tourists coming to this region every year in order to enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, diving, and to visit the Tierra de Fuego National Park. The city of Ushuaia is also the departure point for boat excursions that tour the regions icy waters, visiting nearby islands, glaciers, and the waters of the Antarctic.
Famous for being the glacier region of Argentina, the quaint town of Calafate is not only a great place to relax in the peaceful outdoors but features the popular Glacier National Park where visitors can discover more than 47 different glaciers, as well as the green water Lake of Argentino that stretches for 60km and has uniquely deep depths for a lake of its size.
Located in the southern province of Santa Cruz, this little village is a great place to explore the Parque Laguna, characterized by a unique variety of flora and fauna, as well as enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings and its tranquility.
This beach resort located in the Peninsula Valdes, close to Puerto Madryn, is popular for its beautiful beaches, its access to the Atlantic Ocean, and its fantastic proximity to the region’s diverse wildlife including whales, dolphins, penguins, seals, killer whales, ostriches, and more. It features kilometers of beautiful coastline beaches and an incredible travel experience for those who love the beauty of the outdoors.
Sitting at the foot of the Copahue Volcano, in the Andes mountain range, this mountain village is a popular destination for visitors in search of fantastic ski slopes, snow covered hills, vibrant lakes, and a relaxing outdoors vacation spot. For those looking for a little bit of adventure, the Copahue Volcano can be explored with local tour groups and can be reached in a number of ways including hiking, 4×4’s, snowmobiles, and even dog sledding. The village has all the amenities for visitors to enjoy their stay including hotels, cabins, and an array of restaurants.
Situated in the Los Glaciers National Park, El Chalten, home to only 200 people, is popular for its access to the Lake Argentino, Lake Viedma, Mount Torre, and Mount Fitz Roy. This village has been declared a National Hiking Capital and is most popular as a stopover place for those who are hiking or mountain climbing in the area.
In the province of Chubut is the beautiful seaside town of Puerto Madryn that is most famous for its whale watching excursions, the departure point for the Penisula Valdes, and its beautiful coastline beaches. Every year Puerto Madryn sees thousands of visitors and the city continues to grow year after year, offering more activities, services, and accommodation options to accommodate each and every vacationers needs.
El Bolsón / Villa Lago Pueblo
Located in the province of the Rio Negro, El Bolson and Villa Lago Puelo are just two of the many mountain villages that make up this area that is surrounded by beautiful thick forests, mountains, rivers, and famous glaciers. In the summer this area is famous for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and climbing, and in the winter, famous for skiing Mount Perito Moreno and enjoying the surrounding beauty.
The tranquil city of Esquel in the province of Chubut is surrounded by thick forests, rolling mountains, rivers, and lakes, making mountain hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and skiing mandatory and fantastic activities to be enjoyed in the area. Every year the La Hoya Ski Resort features the National Ski Festival of Argentina, attracting hundreds of ski and snow lovers from across Argentina.
San Martín de los Andes
This resort town is located in the Lanin National Park and offers a wide array of outdoors activities such as skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, hunting, and a few popular tours which take visitors to see local villages, hot springs, and lakes in the area. The town accommodates its high tourism numbers with fantastic hotels, restaurants, shopping, keeping tourists busy day and night.
Villa La Angostura
This special town in Patagonia offers its visitor’s mountains, lakes, rivers, forests, beaches, incredible accommodation, cuisine, and a myriad of activities to choose from all year long. The surrounding beauty is incredible and visitors can explore the area through hiking, mountain climbing, sailing, walking tours, horseback riding, beach walks, or a very unique trip through the famous Myrtle Forest, an enchanting forest that can be accessed on foot, catamaran, or bicycle.
Located in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, this beautiful village sits on a high hill with a gorgeous view of Lake Traful below and of the regions surrounding forests and rivers. The town is a popular place to enjoy fishing, hiking, and the enchanting beaches of the local rivers that are not only crystal clear but environmentally maintained due to the national parks rules and regulations. A quiet and relaxing place to visit anytime of the year. .
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