Patagonia. It might be something you’ve heard of. But “Patagonia” is so much more than an outdoor clothing brand. It’s an area in Argentina and Chile–a beautiful place with a lot to offer and a lot to see. Nature is the main attraction here in southern Argentina at the end of the Andes Mountains; nature in the form of beautiful rivers, jagged peaks and amazing landscapes that can take your breath away.
The region of Patagonia is famous for many different reasons besides being the name behind the famous brand. One part of Patagonia that is particularly popular is the UNESCO World Heritage Site called Peninsula Valdés. Península Valdés is famous for its many animal species that include southern right whales, orcas, elephant seals, and sea lions along with beautiful landscapes that stretch over deserted plains.
The Parque Nacional los Glaciares (Glacier National Park) is a pristine blue lake littered beautifully with icebergs that float across the water. The park is located to the west of South America in the middle of Argentina and Chile—the two regions that comprise Patagonia. Two lakes, Lago Viedma and Argentino, have huge icebergs floating in their waters and create an amazing experience (and photo op) for any tourist. The Perito Moreno Glacier, which is one of the biggest glaciers, is probably the most famous and photographed in the national park.
To get anywhere in Patagonia requires travelling through empty deserts and long stretches of nothing to see its fabulous sites. But once you’re there, Patagonia is well worth it. The summer season (December-March. Remember: Southern Hemisphere) is particularly popular with tourists, although it never gets incredibly warm. So come on down and see the magic that is Patagonia.