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Patagonia

Patagonia

San Rafael boat excursion

The most famous region of Chile, Chilean Patagonia offers all the dramatic landscape one would expect from the world's ultimate land's end. Here the South American continent falls away in a dazzling explosion of islands, glaciers, icebergs and mountains. It is one of Mother Nature's grand finales.

Chilean Patagonia consists of sub regions: the northern Aisen Region and, to its south, the Magallanes Region. Aisen is home to Laguna San Rafael National Park and the Austral Road (Carretera Austral). The Carretera Austral has become one of the most important attractions in Patagonia because it allows you to enter into a territory that still is open to discoveries: Northern Patagonia with its large extensions of cold forests, national parks, glaciers, gigantic ice fields, lagoons, fiords, rivers, and lakes.

It is an ideal territory for adventure tourism, fishing, trekking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, and observing flora and fauna in its most natural state. Southern Patagonia hosts the incomparable Torres del Paine National Park. Isolated from the rest of Chile by fierce storms and impassable mountains, Torres del Paine National Park is the crown jewel of the Chilean national park system. In 1978 it was designated Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage. The park is internationally known for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

The Paine Massif is the centerpiece of the park, few places on this plan- et contain so many diverse attractions within such a small area. The park consistently exceeds expectations. "The Paine massif is unrivaled...In its colors and forms it is without doubt one of the most fantastic and spectacular sights that human imagination can conceive." -- Salesian missionary Padre Agostini In the uttermost south, the land is full of beauty and historically renowned places like the Straits of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego and the mythical Cape Horn.

     
North Patagonia   North Patagonia
  The 620 mile long Southern Road crosses the north of Patagonia and, though most of its route is continuous, those traveling along it will have to drive their vehicles on to ferries in order to cross the enormous fjords....
  South Patagonia
  The Torres del Paine National Park has been a World Biosphere Reserve since 1978. In this area are found the colossal towers and horns of granite and rock....