Patagonia, South America, the finis terrae...uttermost end of the Earth.
A place of myths and legends, where bandits were once made welcome - Buth Cassidy and Sundance Kid chose the Esquel region as their hideout.
Where Charles Darwin formed part of his "survival of the fittest" theory.
It's the land where Robert FitzRoy, William Henry Hudson, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux among others, experienced life-changing journeys.
Magnificent and eternal, it's a land of everlasting snow-capped mountains, ancient ice-blue glaciers, heavenly green forests, rivers, cliffs and fjords...and much more.
It was provably first visited by Amerigo Vespucci in 1501 and later explored by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520.
Throughout XVI. and XVII centuries the region remained pretty much isolated due to the native population (Tehuelches) and harsh climate conditions. Late in XIX century Argentinean ranchers began entering the territory.
Argentina's Patagonia encompasses a territory equal to the combined surface areas of Texas and California states (USA), 300,000 sq. miles (777,000 sq. km) extending from Rio Colorado (Colorado river) to the Strait of Magellan, and from the Andes to the Atlantic ocean.
Five provinces are part of it...
The Chilean Patagonia expands from the VIII Administrative region (Bio Bio) to Tierra del Fuego.
It's composed of two sub-regions: Aysen to the north and Magallanes to its south.
Patagonian Andes is a beautiful region with volcanoes, emerald-green lakes and dense forests.
It's called the Lakes district, with four contiguous national parks: Lanin and Nahuel Huapy National Park (on the Argentine side), Puyehue and Vicente Peres Rosales National Parks on the Chilean side.
The Southern part is marked by hundreds of glaciers, being the most famous the ones located inTierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine National Park.
The Eastern part of Argentina Patagonia, also known as the tableland, consists of semi arid wind-swept plateaus covered with grasslands. Since the beginning of colonization, raising livestock, particularly of sheep, it's been a traditional form of livelihood here.
In the 1970's, falling wool prices and desertification caused by overgrazing, forced many "estancias" to go out of business. Today, the oil industry as well as the flourishing tourism industry keeps the region well and flourishing. In the past two decades, lots of estancias have opened their doors to travelers and hotel firms have built new estancia-type properties.
The plateau is also rich with marine fossils, dinosaur remains, petrified forests and pre-historic art (Hands Cave and Pinturas River canyon), terminating in cliffs along the Atlantic ocean and sheltering an infinite number of sea birds, seals, sea lions and penguins. Valdes Peninsula is a superb example of this.
There is an outdoor attraction to represent every region of Patagonia South America. Its adventure options are as varied as its sublime topography, it offers a world of possibilities to the outdoor and adventure traveler...
Patagonia, South America, is one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Argentina and Chile, a "must-see" place of a lifetime, not to mention a unique South America travel experience like no other.
The best way to visit Argentina's Patagonia is to choose an airport, a region and/or a national park and stick to it. What follows is a handy of cities you are likely to lodge while traveling throughout the region. You can book right here the type of accommodation apt to your budget and needs, whether comfort or budget...Hotels: