Highlights of Argentina

Patagonia

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Argentine Patagonia covers all of southern Argentina south of the Rio Colorado. To the west lie the majestic Andes, to the east an Atlantic coastline rich in marine life and to the south, legendary Tierra del Fuego. The vast Patagonian steppes are sparsely populated, largely treeless and governed by a harsh, cold climate with a dry wind blowing continually from the west. Rainfall is only high in the foothills of the Andes which are covered by primeval forests of sub-Antarctic beech trees.

The Southern Patagonian Ice Field is the larger of the two remnants of the ancient Patagonian Ice Sheet which covered all of southern Chile and parts of Argentina during the Quaternary glacial period. Among the glaciers found in Argentina are Upsala and Perito Moreno in Los Glacieres National Park, the latter a rare example of an advancing glacier. To visit the area is to get an inkling of what it might be like in Antarctica, especially when visiting the iceberg-filled lakes such as Upsala.

Accommodation Near

Patagonia

Faro Punta Delgada

Set in a scenic location on a cliff looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean on the Punta Delgada headland

Kosten Aike

A comfortable hotel at the gateway to magnificent Los Glaciares National Park

Estancia Bahia Bustamante

An excellent base from which to explore the diverse fauna, with which this region is blessed

Posada los Mimbres

Friendly, family-run posada and working farm close to the town of Gaiman

Estancia La Ernestina

A historic 15,000-hectare estancia with 20 kilometres of private coastline

Estancia El Condor

One of the remotest places to stay in the Patagonian steppe, situated next to the beautiful Lago San Martin

Tierra de Leyendas

Overlooking the Beagle Channel and with snowcapped Andean peaks behind

Hotel Baia Nueva

A comfortable and cosy hotel located in the Patagonian town of Puerto Madryn overlooking the sea

Estancia Peuma Hue

Working estancia and guesthouse with a 500-acre site which includes two miles of shoreline on Lake Gutierrez

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