- Visiting the Penguins
What better way to get a glimpse into the marine wildlife of Chilean Patagonia than to head out to the Magellan Strait from Puntas Arenas to see those flightless birds in action. The west coast of Patagonia borders the Pacific Ocean and the seas are rich in penguins and other sea life.
2. Take a Hike
Some of the world’s best hiking trails can be found in Patagonia. There are emerald lakes, glaciers, snow capped mountains, lush forests, rolling hills and much more to keep you company. The hike that tops our list is the hike to Laguna Torre – it lies in the Argentinean side of Patagonia, but the trek is worth it to see icebergs floating across the crystalline lake, pushed by the winds.
Even though hiking is probably the most popular activity in Patagonia, there are many other adventures that can be had. You can choose to go kayaking in one of the many rivers and rapids which can range from the calm to the tempest, depending upon your skill level. If water is your thing, and you want to get a glimpse of Patagonia that only a few can see, try kayaking in the Western coast of Chile where many areas are inaccessible by foot or road. With the large coastline, there is plenty to see and discover by using routes that very few get to see for themselves.
4. W Trek
This is globally recognized to be one of the best treks in the world and it lies in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This should definitely feature on your to – do list, but it requires time. You will need at least 5 days if you’re strapped for time, or you could do the 7 day version. It is hike worth doing because you will leave Patagonia with views of the natural granite towers. If you have the time and are really keen, try out the longer Torres del Paine circuit.
5. Travel back in time
That’s not really possible (for now), but get a glimpse into the life of a traditional Patagonian cowboy and head for one of the many traditional estancia located in Chile. These are typical Patagonian ranches that came up during the 19th century along the open steppes when agriculture started booming. Many of them have been converted into lodgings but many continue to operate as working farms. Some of them even combine both and offer accommodation with horse riding trips.
This is widely regarded to be the southernmost city in the world. If this is not enough for you to put this on your must visit list, then another point in its favor is that it is a great base to explore the surrounding area. There are many attractions to interest the traveler like the famous Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and the city museum.
7. Go for a boat ride in the Beagle Channel
This can be found at the extreme southernmost tip of South America and is a narrow body of water that merges the Pacific with the Atlantic Ocean as well as separating the largest island of Tierra del Fuego from the rest of the other islands. It is also rich in sea life and should captivate your interest as you try to get a glimpse of the sea lions, birds and penguins.
8. Go for a Safari
With abundant wildlife, it comes as no surprise that many visitors are treated to rare sights that would not be possible elsewhere. You can try to spot a puma, but that is a treat that only a few receive. You can increase your chances by taking a Patagonia Wildlife Safari at Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park.