Chilean Patagonia, one of the most spectacular places on the planet, boasts green pampas, ice fields, thousand-year-old glaciers, crystalline lakes, fjords, bays and unexplored canals, volcanoes and majestic snow-capped peaks.
The area constitutes more than a third of the country’s territory; however, only three percent of the population lives in Patagonia, those who are strong enough to face nature’s cold and rough conditions. In Northern Patagonia, you find the Southern Highway (Carretera Austral) and the Queulat National Park, with the exuberant vegetation of its cold jungle. You can enjoy hot springs and a trip by catamaran to San Rafael Lagoon, to see the ice floes break free from a thousand-year-old glacier.
Torres del Paine National Park is Southern Patagonia’s most famous attraction, with its hiking trails to better observe the impressive peaks, lagoons and Grey Glacier, among other points of interest. The abundant wildlife includes condors, guanacos, black-necked swans, mountain lions, ñandúes and foxes, in addition to the trout-filled rivers.
From Puerto Natales you can also visit Milodón Cave and two glaciers, Serrano and Balmaceda. Found alongside the Strait of Magellan, the city of Punta Arenas is the regional capital. Cabo de Hornos and Tierra del Fuego are two other attractions in the area.
Climate in Patagonia:
The climate is dry. The winters are cold, with the possibility of snow storms
and very strong winds (from mid-May through mid-September).
The summer (November to March) is mild, with an average high temperature
of 20ºC and more than 20 hours of sunlight per day.
The annual average temperatures vary between 2.5ºC and 15ºC.