Experience Adventure and Nature in Patagonia, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina’s southernmost city, has acquired the pseudonym ‘El Fin del Mundo’ (The End of the World). It has grown from being a small prison town and tax haven into a lively port for cruises departing to the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. Its small national park makes for a very accessible introduction to the Fuegian forest and there are great excursions out into the eagle Channel to see bird colonies or to visit the historic Estancia Harberton.
The island of Tierra del Fuego is a major sheep-farming region with a number of estancias that can be booked for visits of up to seven days by those looking to experience the gaucho lifestyle.There are some small glaciers oﬀ of the Beagle, but if you want to see something really special, it’s definitely worth ﬂying an hour north to El Calafate to visit the magniﬁcent Perito Moreno glacier. Located at the end of a long turquoise lake inside yet another national park, this famous slab of blue ice, at the tongue of Patagonia’s southern ice cap, is actually growing but collapses every decade or so when a channel of water below the outside wall undermines the glacier’s structure. The event is dramatic, with huge waves driven onto the shore and the thunderous sound of ice calving oﬀ into the water.
Make time to explore Tierra del Fuego and southern Patagonia’s human geography too. Tehuelche nomads and several canoe-using and forest-dwelling tribes once ruled this land. The region marked the ﬁnal frontier of the civilized world right up until the 1920s. Sadly, the tribes are now extinct, but Ushuaia’s museums contain stirring exhibits and provide valuable background to the indigenous story of this fascinating region. As you can see, southern Patagonia, especially Tierra del Fuego, El Calafate, and Ushuaia, all proide an amazing destination for travel tours and packages. Take a tour to Patagonia and discover the ideal place for an adventure in nature!