Southern Patagonia’s Glaciers National Park is hiking and horse-riding country with dramatic vistas as far as the eye can see. Despite its stark vegetation, there is plenty of flora and fauna here, from red and grey foxes and cinnamon-coloured guanaco deer to small armadillos and Patagonian hares.
In this dramatic region of Patagonia, you find snowy Andean peaks, majestic deep blue and emerald lakes fed by ice-cold rivers, and never-ending forests home to deer, puma and the Andean condor, making up some of the most beautiful picture-postcard scenes.
From cosy lodges located on the windswept and never-ending vistas of the steppe, you can head out to hike around sparkling blue glaciers or take a journey across the huge Lago Argentino to a hidden estancia reached only by boat where you can find out more about the way of life in these remote farming communities or luxuriate in a beautiful wilderness lodge, enjoying the finest gourmet cuisine and fine wines.
It is easy to cross from here into southern Chile to also visit Torres del Paine National Park with its beautiful fjords and granite peaks, also with a selection of stunning wilderness lodges and luxury camps to relax in after a day spent exploring the park’s natural wonders, or perhaps tracking elusive pumas.
As you venture further north to the pretty alpine-style town of Bariloche you reach some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery where you can kayak on the lakes, take trails through the hills looking for condors and horse-ride from beautiful little estancias where you will become a part of the family. Even the lodge’s dogs know the trails so you can wander the hills to your hearts content and then return to a cosy fire and a glass of Malbec.
You can even ski here in the winter time at Cerro Catedral. From here, voyage across Lake Nahuel Huapi through the Andes to arrive in Puerto Varas in Chile, a stunning journey known as the Lakes Crossing. For those interested in birdlife and native flora and fauna, a unique way of crossing between Bariloche and Chile is to go via Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve.
For those who love to be outside exploring among nature, whether it is on foot, by 4wd or on horseback and who enjoy a landscape of never-ending peaks, lakes and lush valleys, Patagonia is definitely the place to get away from it all.
For more experiences on offer in Patagonia visit What to expect from a holiday in Patagonia.