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Patagonia Travel Guide

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Plan Your Patagonia Vacation

Patagonia is a wild and rugged land filled with breathtaking landscapes and eye-catching wildlife. There are few other places in the world where you can feel such a great isolation and vast emptiness and yet see waters teeming with wildlife; visit gauchos living on windswept estancias; and get so close to ancient glaciers that you can actually walk inside these ice cathedrals. Spanning

over a million square kilometers Patagonia has many worlds to discover.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Glaciers and Mountains Set yourself opposite an impossibly massive wall of ice and contemplate the blue-green-turquoise spectrum trapped within. Meanwhile, stark granite peaks planted like spears in the Cordillera beckon extreme mountain climbers and casual trekkers alike.
  2. Marine Life Península Valdés is home to breeding populations of sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, and the star of the local sea show, the southern right whale. Punta Tombo is the world's largest Magellanic-penguin colony.
  3. Estancia Stay Visit an estancia, a working ranch where you can ride horses alongside tough-as-nails gauchos (cowboys) and dine on spit-roasted lamb under the stars.
  4. Earth, Sea, and Fire Patagonian cuisine has some of the most exquisite natural flavors in the world. Specialties include sumptuous king crab; flavorful Patagonian lamb; and indulgent Welsh teacakes.
  5. Brushing Up on Your Welsh In the largest Welsh colony outside Wales, the people of Gaiman have preserved their traditions and language. Gaiman's historic teahouses serve scones, cakes, and tarts from century-old recipes.

When To Go

When to Go

Late September to March—spring and summer in the Southern Hemisphere—is high season in Patagonia. Reservations are advised, especially in Septem...

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