In my opinion, this part of the world is nature’s best creation ever. The three main kingdoms – Vegetable, Animal and Mineral – made an alliance to sublimate and grow apart from the humans…
The South of Chilean Patagonia landscapes
This part of Patagonia is mainly made of ice caps from the “Hielo Continental Sur”, mainly in Chile, which is the third largest ice formation in the world after the South Pole and Groenland. It is a gigantic field which suffocates the mountain, goes beyond Argentina to the East and falls into the Pacific Ocean to the West. This is a unique witness of the last ice age that will amaze you.
It is the rough and magical Patagonia. It is the end of the world like any adventurer would dream of. Life is tough, often cold and rainy, but always beautiful. Nature surrounds you with its thousand years old giant trees. Patagonia is known to be a windy region. It is very true. Some days in the year, it is even impossible to walk outside because of the wind’s strength. The only solution is to wait for the wind to calm down. South of Chilean Patagonia is also well known to be a rainy area. Rain can pour during days and weeks.
To the extreme south of Patagonia, between the 40th and 50 th parallels, the famous Roaring and Furious, two oceans are fighting under the Cape Horn. They melt into Beagle canal, the Pass of the Strait of Magellan. In this mythical navigation area, no one ever settled down in this place…
The main touristic attraction is the Torres del Paine National Park, with snowy mountaintops, lakes and glaciers that will give you one spectacular performance after another. The vision that offers the Paine Mountain, at the south of Chile, is breathtaking. It is a real miracle of nature, famous in the entire world, along with the endless expanse of the steppes of Tierra del Fuego.
However, many other surprises are waiting for you like penguin colonies, panoramic cruises on sea canals from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas, Gauchos (cowboys) keeping their cattle like their fathers and grandfathers did, fishing or more simply, just enjoy the perfect feeling that you are at the end of the world.
A trip to Patagonia, will challenge your imagination, these distant lands which confuse us and which leave us perplexed as to knowing if: “Is it the end of the world? Or is it the beginning?”. This quote from Bruce Chatwin is a food for thoughts:
“I sleepily watched the rags of silver cloud spinning across the sky, and the sea of grey-green thorn scrub lying off in sweeps and rising in terraces and the white dust streaming off the salt marshes, and, on the horizon, land and sky dissolving into an absence of color”