This region is all too often neglected (erroneously of course) by passengers who go directly south towards southern Chilean Patagonia. To them, I can only encourage to venture north.
The north of Chilean Patagonia is more difficult to access, being outside of the conventional Chilean circuits. Tough, beautiful and traditional, this is a great land of mountains and glaciers, of channels and fjords, forests, sheep breeding and thousands of nearby uninhabited islands all perfectly isolated from everything and well beyond the last advances of civilisation.
It is a Patagonia entirely different, varied, and one that I particularly love.
It forms a narrow strip of about 50 miles wide and 800 miles long, located between the Andes and the Pacific. Compressed by the fjords, mountains and ice fields, travelling by land through much of this territory can be difficult.
It is bound to the south by the glaciers and to the north by Puerto Montt, a port that is the gateway to untouched Patagonia.
The region suffers a greater isolation and a major backward movement due to the fact its southern part is cut off from the Chilean mainland by a cruel geography. Indeed, the narrow strip that separates the Pacific Coast chain is compressed by the fjords, mountains and ice fields making journeys by road difficult in much of this territory. In fact, the only routes to this part of the world pass by Argentina. In this part of Chile one also finds the immense "Northern Ice Field" covering 4,400 km².
It is only left to say that this part of Chilean Patagonia has a beauty rarely equalled anywhere else in 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!