Lake District, Argentina & Chile
The Lake District was formed by the melting of glaciers many centuries ago; it is a spectacular region where snow-capped volcanoes, deep verdant forests and alpine towns glow with the backdrop of shimmering blue lakes. It was populated by the indigenous Mapuche people, who defended their area against outsiders. These towns have since been attracted a number of German speaking settlers, making the Lake District a distinctly European feel for the tourists.
The region is dominated by the powerful Andes mountain chain which forms a natural border between Chile and Argentina. The crossing of which is the most fascinating way to travel from one country into another. The journey between the Argentine town of Bariloche and Puerto Varas, on the Chilean side, takes you on a ride through a series of dramatic mountain pases and across three magnificent lakes, with breathtaking views throughout. The Lake district has sworn to give you the best memories of a holiday travel.
Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
The best place to see wildlife in Patagonia is the Peninsula Valdes. A rugged nature reserve on the Atlantic coast of Argentina and a perfect habitat for a wide variety of fascinating marine and birdlife.
The highlight is the chance to venture out into the sea to watch endangered Southern Right whales, as they return to the sheltered bays of the peninsula to breed. The whales are known to swim peacefully in the presence of boats and are seen frequently between the months of June and December, before they continue south towards Antarctica. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
With a mind-boggling- 3 miles wide, 19 miles long, up to 700 meters deep and with a surface area of around 97 miles is the Perito Moreno Glacier. And this is not even why visitors flock here. The real reason is the unique attraction of a huge wall of ice. Yup. It’s the simple things in life.
The Perito Moreno glacier is set amongst towering snow covered mountains and verdant forests, in the immense backdrop of Lake Argentina – the third largest reserve of freshwater in the world. Wooden walkways and viewing platforms are constructed to afford sweeping panoramic vistas across the glacier. Also, you can take an unforgettable boat trip and glacier-trekking expeditions to get up close and even on top of it.
The Perito Moreno glacier is best accessed on day trips from the ramshackle town of El Calafate, 50 miles away. Nearby is El Calafate’s Balcony, is declared as one of the best places in South America to see the Andean Condor.
Torres del Paine, Chile
You can’t leave torres del Paine while you are in Chill. It is undoubtedly one among the best travel destinations in the world. This remote and unspoiled wilderness of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile comprises of 150 miles of walking trails, encompasses turquoise lakes, snow-capped mountains and massive electric-blue glaciers. Just a breath taking sight! The enduring image of the park is of the majestic horn-shaped peaks of Los Cuernos which rises out of dense Patagonian forest, as Lake Pehoé shimmers in the foreground.
Whichever path you follow here, you will be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view and close-up encounter with the extraordinary features of the Patagonian landscape. On top of that, it is a best place for possible sightings of the various wildlife that live here, including guanacos, foxes, pumas and a variety of bird species.
Tierra del Fuego, Argentina & Chile
Boasting a myriad of straits, channels, bays and lakes at the end of the world, Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) is a wide inhospitable and mysterious frontier. Specialist expedition cruises depart the frontier towns of Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina, carrying a small group of adventurous travelers on voyages of discovery to some of the most inaccessible parts of the continent, seen by relatively few in the world. One of the best remote holiday destination in the world.
Just to the north of Punta Arenas is the small Magdalena Island, where a remote Magellanic penguin colony breeds in thousands. Most of the action actually takes place further south in the archipelago. One of the highlights of this spectacular place is: sailing through the Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel, where you can see sheets of compacted snow come tumbling down the steep mountainsides, to form huge masses of ice. Each one of them named after a European country; Espana, Italia, Holanda and Francia. The sight of blue ice falling down to the lake is something you don’t get to see anywhere in the world.