Overview

For many, Patagonia summons up an image of a remote, hostile wilderness, tawny grasslands buffeted by screaming gales, ice-cold lagoons and insurmountable glaciers, inhabited only by hardy rough-haired mammals and scavenging birds. In fact, holidays to Patagonia offer an abundance of variety and contrast; the region extends down from the lake district of Chile and Argentina to Tierra del Fuego knocking on the door to Antarctica. e door to Antarctica comprises a world of variety and contrasts.

In the north, snow-tipped volcanic cones are skirted by lush cool temperate forests, meadows and pastures; in the Atlantic east the Valdez Peninsula is home to a cornucopia of wildlife, and in the far south the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks are spiked with icy pinnacles and criss-crossed by hiking trails. Some previously inaccessible parts of the region, such as the fractured land of fjords and islets of Chile’s Aisén province are now opening up to visitors, making Patagonia holidays richer than ever.

This increasingly popular region is huge enough to absorb the growing numbers of visitors, so that the feeling of being alone with nature is never more than a short stroll away.

The best time to visit Patagonia is between September and March when days are longer and warmer and there is less rain.

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The weather in Patagonia is wide and varied

Patagonia stretches from the verdant mountains of Chile and Argentina’s Lake Districts all the way down to the glacial massifs and remote fjords at the tip of the Southern Cone. The weather in this vast region is renowned for its unpredictability; bursts of rain, radiant sunshine, snowstorms and driving winds can all make an appearance in a single day. However, from the lush, temperate forests of Aisen in the north, to the frozen pinnacles of the national parks in the south, there are discernable seasons which affect when you may like to visit. For the warmest and clearest weather conditions and lush, thriving landscapes, the summer months of December - February are ideal, although you may encounter crowds in popular locations such as Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The shoulder seasons (September - November and March - May) offer the spectacular colours of springtime blooms and autumnal foliage, with fewer visitors. This also increases your chances of spotting some of the region’s cornucopia of wildlife, including ñandus, pudus, guanacos, condors and famously, the elusive puma. During the winter, many outdoor areas and hotels will be closed due to the harsh weather conditions. You may wish to explore the frozen landscapes and icy lakes at their most wild and remote, or try skiing in the fjords of southern Patagonia.

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    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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