Southern Patagonia is one of those rare places where the views seem to extend beyond the horizon in every direction and you can be utterly at peace. If you want to do more than just be at one with nature, you can choose from trekking, bird watching, kayaking, mountaineering, climbing, ice hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and whale watching.
The astonishing light is full of contrasts and colors, thanks to the region’s latitude. Catch a sunrise or sunset (when the peaks turning a dazzling red) in Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll be able to observe condors, foxes, guanacos (a relative of llamas), ostriches, and pumas up close. Visitors can also hike along the Dientes de Navarino, the world’s southernmost trekking route, in the legendary Tierra del Fuego.
Sail through fjords, canals and the Strait of Magellan while gazing out onto hundreds of glaciers. You’ll also be able to observe penguin colonies and sail close to dolphins, orcas, and humpback whales. Over one hundred of the latter can be seen in Marino Francisco Coloane Park, the only place in the southern hemisphere where they feed besides Antarctica.
The truly adventurous can travel to South America’s southernmost point, Cape Horn, and beyond to Antarctica, an ecological treasure.