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Best Places to Visit in Patagonia South America

We’ve all heard about Patagonia in South America: from the incredible glaciers like the Perito Moreno, to the towering Mountains of El Chalten. From the impressive right whales in the Valdes Peninsula and the End of the World atmosphere in Ushuaia. Let yourself be taken in by this legendary ancient land with Argentina Excepcion, a travel agency in Argentina.
 

El Calafate

El Calafate is one of the most important cities of Patagonia Argentina. It’s the first step for the many travellers who want to discover this exotic land. In this city you’ll find a national airport and many buses to travel through Patagonia. 
 
However, El Calafate is also worth a visit for its beautiful landscapes, the most spectacular of which is the huge glacier Perito Moreno. 
 
This glacier is an unforgettable and unique phenomenon that will amaze your journey in Patagonia South America! It is one of the few glaciers which still moves around 700 m every year. Perito Moreno can be observed from a boat or from a pedestrian bridge. If you feel like an adventurer, you can walk for a short trek on the Perito Moreno within the Patagonia mountains.

For best experience, you might want to rent a car so that you can easily manage your time. If you really want to, you can check out the Auto Europe’s website for more information.

El Chalten

Welcome to the paradise of the trekkers! Located in the Western Patagonia, El Chalten is undoubtedly the place to be for those who like trekking. 
 
El Chalten is the first gate to the Los Glaciares National Park, which contains 47 glaciers and is located at the foot of the Fitz Roy mountain, which towers 3,405 m high. 
 
From El Chalten, many treks are readily available. One of these, the Trek Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, is a one-day trek which gives you one of the most panoramic views of the region: if the weather allows, you’ll be able to see the Fitz Roy in Patagonian Mountains. 

 

Ushuaia

Have you ever heard about the end of the world? As you know, Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world and it is worth a visit for its unique atmosphere. 
Sail across the Beagle Canal and discover emblematic symbols of Ushuaia, like the End of the World beacon, the boats cemetery, or the lovely traditional harbour. 
 
Go to the Isla Martillo to observe the many penguins or to the Lobo Island to see sea lions in their natural environment. Finally, go for a day-long trek in the Tierra de Fuego National Park: between lenguas forests and beaver dams, let yourself be seduced by this incredible site.

Valdes peninsula

Do you like animals? 
The Peninsula Valdes has the most important marine wildlife of Argentina. In Puerto Madryn you can observe the famous southern right whales between May and December (the best months are September and October). 
 
This is the breeding seasons for the whales. Moreover, you can observe many elephant seals and sea lions in Punta Norte, Caleta Valdés and Punta Delgada. 
Finally, the bird lovers will really like this site, which has been designated part of the Humans World Patrimony by UNESCO, and is a protected reserve for birds. Try to distinguish the Magellanic penguins from the cormorants, the flamingo, the bustard or the heron. You won’t be disappointed! 

Verdict

Patagonia South America is located almost at the very bottom of the continent, hence the “end of the world” title. Even it is far from civilization, there are numerous tourist spots that must be visited if you want to have a journey in South America. The place is blooming with unique experience and natural landscapes.
buenos aires travel guide Tristan Libault
About the Guest Author
Tristan is an online publisher for the Tourism Agency Argentina-Excepcion.  Argentina-Excepcion is a Franco-Argentinian agency based in Buenos Aires for 10 years, with offices in Santiago and Lima. It sells customized and individual trips to Argentina, Peru Bolivia and Chili. All photos used in the article are owned by Argentina-Exception

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