We continue organizing the blog articles by region, so that it is easier for you to navigate, research and plan a trip to Argentina. In reviewing previous articles it became clear that I needed to add a more integrative post regarding Patagonia. Due to the enormity of its territory, organizing information can become complicated. Thus, I believe it is better to outline basic information which you will find in this post and offer more in-depth details via links. Click on the titles below highlighted in blue in order to obtain more detailed information.
Patagonia is the southernmost region of Argentina. It encompasses the Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego provinces. The region measures 297,298 sq. miles and has a population density of 12.8 inhabitants per sq. mile!
There are 3 distinguishable tourist zones:
This area is situated next to the Andes Mountain Range in the Neuquén, Río Negro and Chubut provinces. It is characterized by the exceptional beauty of its scenery, national parks, mountains, forests and crystal water lakes. It is also the ideal location for tranquil hikes, romantic strolls, water excursions, horseback riding and trout and salmon fishing. The main tourist points are Bariloche, Villa la Angostura, San Martín de los Andes and Esquel.
The Patagonian coast is one of the most richly diverse areas in regards to animal species. This is why bird watching, especially penguin watching, tends to be tourist’s favorite activity. Seals, orcas and the southern right whale are among the other protagonists that grace this natural stage. The main tourist points are the Península de Valdés, Punta Tombo, Puerto Madryn and Bustamante Bay
Southern Patagonia – lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and steppes come together to form beautiful, inhospitable and captivating scenery. The gem of the region is the impressive and legendary Perito Moreno Glacier, nearly at hand’s reach and barely separated by a narrow stretch of Lake Argentino.
The main tourist points are: Calafate, serves as a base for visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier; El Chaltén and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From Calafate you can visit the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. From Ushuaia you can visit the Chilean city of Punta Arenas by embarking on a luxury cruise that crosses the Magellan Strait and the mythical Cape Horn.
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