1. Consider the sheer size of Patagonia’s national park system.Patagonia is simply immense, with awe-inspiring beauty packed into every square mile. For scale, the Patagonia National Park System “ is more than three times the size of the Yosemite and Yellowstone parks combined,” stretching across 10-million acres of mountains, desert, grasslands, and glaciers shared by Chile and Argentina. Considering its vast size, diverse landscape, rare wildlife, and the many outdoor adventures you can choose from, the best way to see the whole of Patagonia is to drive by overland safari... and becoming fully immersed in summits, springs, sunsets, and solitude along the way requires one essential element: time. When you visit & extend your trip to Patagonia, you have a unique opportunity to visit two countries, Chile and Argentina, and numerous polar opposite landscapes within one territory. Northern Patagonia, the region north of the Southern Ice Field, is lush and untamed, with crystal blue lakes. Southern Patagonia, on the other hand, is known for glaciers and world-famous parks, like Torres del Paine, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Los Glaciares, and Tierra del Fuego. Visitors get the most of of their Patagonia travel by allowing enough travel time.
2. Experience the wide variety of outdoor activities Patagonia has to offer.The incredible diversity in terrain, wildlife, and sights has made Patagonia a top (perhaps the top) travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts. For example, Torres del Paine (in our opinion, the best national park in the world), has it all – forests, glaciers, rivers, lakes, fjords, ice fields, and rare flora and fauna. “An unforgettable adventure” doesn’t begin to describe the experience you’ll have if you budget enough time to explore Patagonia.
- Outdoor adventures galore. Each park in Patagonia offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor expeditions and experiences. Within just one region of Patagonia, you can hike, camp, kayak, and ice trek. Traveling across Patagonia by Jeep tour, you’ll also have plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating, horseback riding, and even ziplining. There’s really no outdoor experience you can’t have in Patagonia – which makes it the perfect destination for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and those seeking a unique destination to enjoy.
- Photography locations around every corner. Patagonia is a 10-million acre photo op. Featured on the cover of National Geographic’s 100 Most Beautiful places, it’s a true photographer’s delight. Bring extra film and free up space on your cell phone to capture the timeless beauty of Grey Glacier, shadows dancing across the iconic Base of the Towers site, and sunset at Salto Grande, the second largest waterfall in the park. On Quasar’s puma tracking expeditions, you will have the rare opportunity to photograph the world’s biggest mountain lion.
- World-class wildlife and bird watching. If you love flora, fauna, and animals, there’s a wide array of wildlife, plants, and birds. You’ll see hares, fox, deer, skunks, guanacos, and of course, the puma (the star of the show). As if you’re watching BBC’s Planet Earth come to life, the Patagonia’s 600 species of animals inspire visitors of all ages.
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