The Far North is one of my favourite regions in Chile. I adore the amazing landscapes and the intense meetings and exchange that take place in the heart of the villages situated in the Altiplane. I feel captivated after each of my stays there. This area starts at the border of Peru and Chile and extends crossing the Desert of Atacama - well-known for its driest land and also for having great part of it without rainfall throughout the year. The one that provides humidity every now and then is the fog. Apart from the cities in the coastal region, the oases are populated as well.
Some of the most breathtaking landscapes can be seen at Lauca National Park, which was declared a World Biosphere Reserve and has amazing volcanoes as well as one of the highest lakes. In this protected area several typical species of animals and plants can be found such as pink Chilean flamencos and wild ducks besides llamas, vicuñas and guanacos. Within the park is located the lonely town of Paranicota and further away it can be found the immense altiplanic attraction of Salar de Surire.
You will be able to taste a number of local products like olives, goat cheese, quinoa, the Aymaras’ pop corn, mango and guava juice, and many others that will tempt you for sure. Travelling around these lands will make you feel as if you were on the roof of the world...
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!