Patagonia trekking information


Patagonia region 49° 2' 49.164" S, 69° 42' 37.6164" W

Patagonia is a region located in the most southern part of South America. It is lying for the greater part in Argentina and partly in Chile. It comprises the Andes mountains to the west and south, and plateaux and low plains to the east. In whole Patagonia the population is 1,740,000 (from 2001). The land area contains over 900,000 km² including Tierra del Fuego in the far most southern part. So it can be concluded that the Population Density is very low, like 2.21 /km².

Patagonia is for the most part a region of vast steppe-like plains, rising in a succession of abrupt terraces about 100 metres at a time, and covered with an enormous bed of shingle with hardly any vegetation. In the hollows of the plains are lakes or ponds of brackish and fresh water.

If you look at Argentine Patagonia the land is divided in the following provinces;

* Neuquén

* Chubut

* Río Negro

* Santa Cruz - the biggest province in Argentinan Patagonia.

In Chile there are following provinces of Chilean Patagonia;

* Aisén - the least populated region in Chile, bad infrastructure

* Palena - is one of the provinces of the Los Lagos Region

* Magallanes - Magallanes and Chilean Antártica Region is the southernmost, largest and second least populated region of Chile. This is by far the most famous and popular part.

The National Park Torres del Paine, Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego Island, and the Strait of Magellan are located in this region. It also includes the Antarctic territory claimed by Chile. This region is also home to the one of the world's spectacular adventure races, the Patagonia Expedition Race.


As far as tourism concerns there are plenty of attractions in Patagonia;

* Lake District with the famous mountain resort Bariloche located on the South margin of Lake Nahuel Huapi, beautiful rides along the coast of majestic Lake Nahuel Huapi (Circuito Grande and Circuito Chico) and the Seven Lakes drive. Many options and activities for tourists like horse riding, walking, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding and rafting.

* The Glaciers in the south like the famous Perito Moreno Glacier; the city of El Calafate is the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

* Hiking, climbing and trekking the Fitz Roy mountain

* Puerto Madryn in the East; here you can see penguins, whales and dolphins.

* Tierra del Fuego, also known as the "Uttermost End of the World". Here mountains and sea come together like in no other place in America. This region contains the city of Ushuaia, Cape Horn, the Magellan Strait and is also a gateway to Antartica.

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