Visiting Patagonia is a must. It was high on our agenda during our year in South America and it still remains one of our personal highlights.
For two months we travelled through Patagonia by any means necessary. By bus, car, jeep, boat and of course by foot. We started our journey leaving Buenos Aires and traveling along the Atlantic coast of Argentina. Here we tried to spot orcas in Puerto Madyrn, found over 1,000,000 penguins and drank tea in a Welsh village. Traveling further south and into Chile, where we photographed King Penguins in Tierra del Fuego and completed a 7 day trek in Torres del Paine. Following the Andes Mountain range north via Route 40 and the Careterra Austral we finished our journey in the Lake District and the city of Bariloche.
During this time we spent 24 hours on buses through the empty pampas, trekked through the mountains, discovered monster glaciers, felt the Patagonian wind and sailed the beautiful Chilean fjords.
But what is Patagonia? Patagonia is the name given to the region consisting of the southern halves of both Argentina and Chile.
Consisting of over 1 million km2, there are three main routes north and south. In Argentina, the Route 3 travels from Buenos Aires to Rio Gallegos, Route 40 from Bariloche to El Calafate. In Chile, the Careterra Austral connects the south of the country to the north. To travel all of Patagonia it will require multiple border crossings between the two countries.
Here, the inhospitable landscape is ruled by Guanaco's and Puma's on the ground and the Condor's overhead. Backpackers, trekkers and cyclists flock to the region en-mass to experience the remote and rugged landscape.
It is impossible to stick to a strict backpacker budget in Patagonia. Being so remote means everything costs more. However, with a bit of planning and traveling in the shoulder seasons, Patagonia easily becomes the affordable and the highlight of many travellers adventures.
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