The Patagonian Andes are one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western Hemisphere, augmented by fascinating archaeological sites. Numerous large lakes fed by glacial run-off reflect the majesty of the snow-capped peaks. The mountainsides are covered by primeval forests of sub-Antarctic southern beech forests, many of which change colors spectacularly in autumn. A chain of Argentine National Parks protects this natural beauty, having been classified by UNESCO as a World Reserve for the Biosphere in 2007 for its uniqueness and endemism. Lanín National Park to the north and Los Alerces National Park to the south are easily visited from Peuma Hue.
Bariloche is the most important tourist village in Patagonia and represents the second main hub for the air transportation system of Argentina, only after Buenos Aires, also with international connections.
Further south in Southern Patagonia is Los Glaciares National Park, rising steeply above the steppe. The Andes have sharp, un-eroded mountains due to the very recent receding of glaciers. They are still covered by the world’s most extensive area of glaciers outside the polar regions. The Patagonian Ice Field is the third largest ice-covered area in the world. Huge glaciers spill off into enormous turquoise lakes and constitute the main tourist attraction in the region. Of the 350 glaciers sliding down from the Ice Field, the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most famous.
Continuing past the ice fields of Los Glaciares National Park is Tierra del Fuego, literally the end of the line. Tierra del Fuego contains the southernmost cities in the world, and is comprised of a sweeping archipelago divided between Argentina and Chile. Home to stunning landscapes only found at the end of the world. Colonies of Penguins, 20 different species of mammals, 90 plus species of birds, and diverse marine life make this a nature lovers’ paradise!
Spanning southern Argentina and Chile, and reaching from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts and down to the Straights of Magellan, Patagonia is a huge swath of mostly untouched land, ripe for exploration. To the north, the fertile Alto Valle of the Río Negro River offers wineries, orchards, farms and paleontologic sites. With world renowned sites such as the Lake District from Bariloche; Torres del Paine in Chile; Mt Fitz Roy from Chaltén and Perito Moreno Glacier in Santa Cruz province and Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia is the ultimate destination for lovers of adventure and nature alike!