Most beautiful places to visit in Patagonia

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Patagonia rhymes with utopia – yes, we’ve noticed. This extraordinary region of sunny domes and caves of ice is heaven-on-earth to those who know it. Journey down to the southernmost tip of South America and you’ll find mountains bejewelled with glaciers that tower over sparkling azure lakes. Take a look at our recommended picturesque spots to visit in the region, but don’t forget your sunglasses. If the bright reflective sunlight doesn’t dazzle you, the natural splendor certainly will.

Torres del Paine National Park

Heralded by many as South America’s finest national park, Torres del Paine encompasses a vast landscape of mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers on the Chilean segment of Patagonia. The namesake Torres del Paine (‘Towers of Pain’) brands the horizon with three fixed granite columns, which rise more than a mile above the mountain range.

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Torres del Paine National Park © johannlourens/iStock/Thinkstock

Lake Nahuel Huapi

If you thought the Lake District in England was impressive, think again. Patagonia is Argentina’s very own alpine lake district, while the pièce de résistance, Lake Nahuel Huapi, is situated at the heart of the country’s oldest national park. This colossal lake was carved out through centuries of glacial erosion, and stretches out for hundreds of square miles from the foothills of the Andes.

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Lake Nahuel Huapi © guido72/iStock/Thinkstock

Mount Fitz Roy

Officially recognized as the highest peak and jewel-in-the-crown of Los Glaciares National Park, you simply can’t miss the striking silhouette of Mount Fitz Roy at two miles on the horizon. These jagged projections of granite rock attract serious mountaineers from across the globe, while the lower regions are increasingly popular and accessible to hikers.

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Mount Fitz Roy © DmitryLityagin/iStock/Thinkstock

Perito Moreno Glacier

Undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural wonders in South America, if not the world, the Perito Moreno Glacier can be accessed by hiking or boating through the dazzling Los Glaciares National Park. What makes this mound of ice so special, and stand out among the 46 others, is that it’s one of the only glaciers in the world that is actually advancing. Be careful you don’t get too close.

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Perito Moreno Glacier © Faabi/iStock/Thinkstock

Laguna de los Tres

If you can’t hack the intrepid heights of Mount Fitz Roy, retreat to the beautiful oasis of Laguna de los Tres that lies immediately below. It’s an arduous trek even to this point, but the view of the dramatic mountain panorama against the sacrosanct tranquility of the glacial lake is nothing short of sublime.

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Laguna de los Tres © jakobradlgruber/iStock/Thinkstock

Peninsula Valdes

Whale-watching fans, listen up: The Peninsula Valdes is a site of global significance for marine biology conservation. It attracts pods of whales, herds of seals and colonies of penguins like you’ve never seen before. Take a trip out on one of the locally chartered boats for some of the best whale-watching opportunities in the world.

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Peninsula Valdes © Pablo Caridad/iStock/Thinkstock

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Most beautiful places to visit in Patagonia was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Elizabeth Gourd
Author: Elizabeth Gourd (61 posts)

Elizabeth suffers from an acute case of wanderlust, which no amount of traveling or adventure can cure. She has lived in London, New York and Berlin, and is currently a writer for Hg2 | A Hedonist's Guide To...