Experience the fascination between fire and ice on a Patagonia round trip. The breathtaking nature that you experience in the southernmost region of South America awakens the spirit of adventure and discovery. Hardly any other place on earth attracts with such a variety of landscapes as Patagonia. Besides desert landscapes and majestic glaciers, the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego astonishes. Patagonia is rightly considered a natural paradise for outdoor fans, active holidaymakers and hiking enthusiasts. Let yourself be enchanted by the overwhelming beauty of the region in Chile and Argentina.
In Patagonia, nature lovers get their money's worth. The region in Chile and Argentina attracts especially with its majestic landscapes that could hardly be more diverse. Patagonia stretches over a length of more than 4,200 kilometers. In the north, the Atacama Desert is one of the driest areas on earth, while the south is known for its forests and glaciers.
The culture of Patagonia is characterized by indigenous peoples and immigrants. After a decided settlement program in the 19th century, numerous immigrants, especially from Europe, settled in Chile and Argentina. Therefore, one also finds European influences in Patagonia.
Patagonia is known for its traditional barbecues, the asados. Among friends and family, lamb is particularly popular on the barbecue. Lamb dishes can also be found on the menu in restaurants and estancias, South American country estates.
The Torres del Paine National Park in Chile is one of the absolute highlights of Patagonia. The three granite needles of the Torres del Paine ("Towers of the Blue Sky") rise imposingly into the sky. The rock formation is the landmark of the national park and was formed more than ten million years ago. To experience the impressive landscape, it is best to undertake several day tours or a hike lasting several days. Among the most popular routes is the W Trek, which takes you to the Grey Glacier, French Valley and the legendary towers in three to five days.
The Magellanic penguins live in the south of Patagonia. The animals got their name because they are mainly native to the coasts of the "Terra Magellanica". The Argentinean animal reserve Punta Tombo is the scene of a special event every summer. Thousands of Magellanic penguins come ashore to breed and moult.
Another place of interest on a trip to Patagonia is Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. Visitors to the national park can expect impressive glaciers and a picturesque lake landscape.
Located at the southern tip of South America, its location has earned the Argentine city of Ushuaia the nickname "End of the World." Although Ushuaia may not win the title of "most beautiful city", the place between the Montes Martial and the Beagle Channel is worth a trip, if only for its extraordinary location. Less
In Patagonia you can experience all seasons in one day, they say. So the weather of the region is considered volatile. While the west has a humid and cool climate, the east of Patagonia is characterized by dryness. The best time to travel to Patagonia is from December to February. Then you can expect the least precipitation and the warmest temperatures.
In the Chilean part of Patagonia the Chilean Peso (CLP) is the currency and in Argentina you pay with the Argentine Peso (ARS).
The official language of Patagonia is Spanish. Nevertheless, it happens that you meet locals who speak German, English or Italian. The reason for this are the numerous European immigrants in the region.
No special vaccinations are required for Patagonia. Standard vaccinations should be complete and up to date. These include vaccinations against tetanus (tetanus), diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), measles and basic immunization against poliomyelitis/polio.
Functional clothing is indispensable for a holiday in Patagonia. Rain jacket and pants, fleece sweaters and long-sleeved shirts protect you in changeable climatic conditions. For trips to the mountain regions and the south of Patagonia, thermal underwear for cool nights is also recommended, as well as gloves, scarf and hat, and waterproof hiking boots. Also on the Patagonia packing list are sunglasses, sunscreen with a high protection factor, a trekking backpack and binoculars for observing wildlife.