Patagonia is located on the southern end of South America, and the area is known as having some of the most picturesque spots in the world. Below you’ll find some information on Patagonia that will help you prepare for, and enjoy, your trip to “the end of the world.”
Travelling to Patagonia
Patagonia is accessible by air from the Argentinean airport in Buenos Aires. You should arrive in Buenos Aires at least two days before your planned travel date to account for weather and/or airline delays. From Buenos Aires you can take a direct flight to the Patagonia area using either LAN or Aerolineas Argentinas. Round trip flights from Buenos Aires to Patagonia can cost anywhere from $500 to $1500, depending on the booking date and how far in advance you plan to trip.
It is sparsely populated, but hotels like Correntoso Lake & River Hotel, Los Ponchos Apart Boutique Hotel and other venues are available. You may also be able to rent rooms, apartments, cabins and houses from locals. Room prices can range from $20 per night for a bunk bed in a hostel to over $500 for a suite overlooking Correntoso Lake.
Patagonia’s temperature has been known to reach into the 70s (F) during December and January, and most of the rainfall occurs between March and June. Taking a tour guide is always a good idea, but if you decide to make the trek on your own keep a good supply of warm, waterproof clothing, a first aid kit, and a satellite phone or other device that would allow you to be located using GPS coordinates.
What to do in Patagonia, Argentina
The area known as “Patagonia” is comprised of Argentina and Ecuador. Both sections have similarities, but are they both also known for their unique views and experiences. Wildlife and nature are the key attractions here, so don’t arrive expecting to see a Disney castle, roller coasters or lots of street-side “barkers” trying to lure you into their souvenir shops.
Patagonia’s food is much like the food in Argentina – heavy on high-quality meat and cheese. Patagonians also have the pleasure of adding locally-grown, fresh spices and herbs. For the best sightseeing available, visit the following:
• Torres de Paine National Park
• El Tronador
• General Carrera Underground Lake
• Lake Pehoe
• Cueva de las Manos
If you’re fortunate enough to take a trip to Argentina, Patagonia s one spot that you’ll definitely not want to miss. You’ll experience the colors and landscapes that you never imagined were possible on this planet, and of the more than 6 million tourists that visited Argentina last year only a small fraction were lucky (or) smart enough to make Patagonia one of their stops. If you plan to visit the southernmost part of South America, do whatever it takes to visit Patagonia, Argentina.