Discovering PatagoniaOctober 22, 2019 | Places
After covering a few different places from South America in our blog, we are going back to our roots to show you more about who we are, Chester. This time, we are embarking on a lifetime journey through Patagonia. One of the most fascinating places on Earth and a basic pillar for us here at Picanha.
As we leave summer well behind and welcome autumnal and colder days, it is easy for our minds to wander off to Argentina. Being in the southern hemisphere, spring is blooming and summer is just around the corner. This is the best time of year for anybody who wants to experience the wild lands of Patagonia.
What exactly is Patagonia?
Patagonia expands over both Argentina and Chile, being the starting points of these Bariloche and Puerto Montt respectively. From there, you can only go south. In fact, you can go as south as anyone can go. Approximately 3000km south from these starting points, you full find the ending tip of the continent; also commonly known as ‘The End of the World’. Anything beyond that is only open sea and Artantica.
But back on the continent, Patagonia provides striking scenery where silent reigns. Enormous mountain ranges, valleys, glaciers, lakes, and rivers, are the result of huge glaciological and geological transformations that took place millions of years ago, giving birth to this incredible place. Today, it is a destination for the most adventurous.
Must-see destinations in Patagonia
Bariloche is usually thought of as the getaway to Patagonia, and we recommend this place to start. It is famous for its skiing, lakes, and chocolate. Definitely, an Alpine lover’s dream come true.
Another incredibly stunning place is El Chaltén, a must-see destination, often known as Argentina’s trekking capital. With countless waterfalls, forests, and lakes, this place is full of trails, perfect for those who enjoy hiking surrounded by beautiful nature. There, you will find a welcoming atmosphere and laid back attitude from both locals and visitors, along with delicious food and drinks.
No matter where you are while enjoying your time at El Chaltén, you will always be able to see, from almost everywhere, the iconic Cerro Fitz Roy. This famous mountain towers the border between Chile and Argentina, and it is surrounded by glacier lakes, right in the middle of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
But the absolute top attraction is without a doubt the Perito Moreno Glacier, found in Los Glaciares National Park. Being the largest in Argentina, this national park features 48 glaciers and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1981. The Perito Moreno Glacier expands over 250km2 and runs for 30km. It’s not only a spectacular sight, but it is also one of the few glaciers that are still growing instead of receding, despite the effects of global warming.
Eating in Patagonia
But the wonders of Patagonia go beyond the natural formations. Talking about Patagonia is talking about its famous Cordero Patagónico or Patagonian Lamb. We can say without hesitation that this the best lamb in the world. Often enjoyed Asado-style, this lamb is native to the mountains of Chubut and Santa Cruz in Argentina.
Another delicacy that Patagonians master is Alfajores. These are mouth-watering dulce de leche sandwich cookies that you will easily find in local bakeries.
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