Chile shares Patagonia with Argentina and here it is better known as Southern Patagonia. In this remote part of the world, largely because of their shared ranching tradition, the people often consider themselves Patagonians first and Chileans or Argentineans second! The southern part of the region is actually cut off from the rest of Chile by immense ice packs and the only access is by boat, air or through Argentina. Over half of the region is a Protected Wilderness Area and even by Andean standards the landscapes, scenery, sunsets and sunrises are astonishing.
Torres del Paine is the jewel of Southern Patagonia, if not South America. Encompassed by the Parque National Torres del Paine, it is one of the largest and most visited in Chile. At nearly 1,000 square miles, this is one of the most beautiful and scenic parks in the world, with mountains, glaciers, lakes, cascades and tumultuous rivers. It is for good reasons that it is also a World Biosphere Reserve.
There are amazing forest walks and hikes here where you are likely to see the ostrich like rhea, foxes, condors, flamingos and many other bird species. There’s also a chance of spotting pumas as these beautiful, elusive big cats hunt their favourite prey, the guanaco, a protected llama-like creature.
For advice on Patagonia cruises and Torres del Paine holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
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