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What to see in Chilean Patagonia

Chilean Patagonia Attractions


Chilean Patagonia boasts some of the most astoundingly beautiful and diverse wilderness areas in the world and vast swathes of this adventurer's paradise remain unspoiled and unpopulated. It is therefore no surprise that the majority of things to see and do in Chilean Patagonia revolve around natural wonders and outdoor activities. The dramatic scenery includes glaciers, lakes, rivers, mountains and volcanoes; enough natural splendour to keep visitors occupied for months.

The Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael and The Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine are both UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and are open to the public. They offer a number of hiking trails, of varying lengths and difficulties, which constitute a popular way to explore these special areas. San Rafael includes the Northern Patagonian Ice Field and the mammoth glaciers to be found here are one of the most popular attractions in Chilean Patagonia. Torres Del Paine is a magnificent reserve with towering granite mountains and crystal clear lakes. Pumalin Park, in northern Patagonia, is also a favorite with travellers for its fjords, glaciers and jungles.

The Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve is a birdwatcher's dream and worth a visit for anyone keen on these comical birds. Your ferry trip to get there will take you into the Straits of Magellan, which is special in itself. If you are interested in the explorers, like Magellan, who first ventured into this area, it is worth visiting the Nao Victoria Museo, which displays a model of the ship Magellan used and provides intriguing historical lessons about life onboard.

Chilean Patagonia is full of attractions, particularly for the intrepid traveller keen to kayak, hike and climb. The amount of wilderness to explore actually leaves visitors spoiled for choice.


Chilean Tierra del Fuego

At the very tip of Patagonia, beyond Chile, and all of South America, lies the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, whose…

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Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve

The Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers, or for anybody who is fond of penguins. Magdalena…

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Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael

Created in 1959, Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael covers an area of 6,726 square miles (17,420 sq km) and includes the…

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Parque Nacional Torres del Paine

A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this 180,000-hectare (442-acre) park is the pride and joy of southern Chile. The park takes…

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