Patagonia is a region spanning Chile and Argentina and is one of the most evocative places on earth. Patagonia contains some of the most dramatic peaks, pristine wilderness and impressive glaciers in the world. This immense region is also home to some of the most iconic wildlife of the Americas. The Andean condor, guanaco, rhea, viscacha, puma and Chilean flamingo are all found at the southern end of the continent. Patagonia encompasses some one million square kilometres and comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as deserts, steppes and grasslands. With a population density of just under two people per square kilometre, it’s easy to lose yourself in the majesty of this vast wilderness.
– Lakes district is an all year round destination. During winter it offers great skiing centres, while the rest of the year is ideal for self-driving through the scenic lakes route.
– Best to visit Carretera Austral from October to April as the days are longer and the weather is warmer.
– Book well in advance for travel to Southern Patagonia during the summer months or visit from March to November for fewer crowds and better chances of spotting the elusive puma in Torres del Paine.
– The Carretera Austral is perfect for self-drive holidays, with very little traffic and plenty of opportunities for off-road adventures.
– Discover the unique cultural heritage of Chiloe Island, a land of myths and legends.
– Travel to Bahia Bustamante, a unique seaside lodge surrounded by 360° of pure nature with a staggering number and diversity of seabirds and marine mammals.
– Take a cruise following the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego, explore the natural beauty of Patagonian glaciers, rivers and the mystical Cape Horn.