Wild, Pristine Chilean Patagonia
Collected by Liz Caskey , AFAR Local Expert
Tucked away at the southernmost tip of the Americas, Patagonia is a windswept land of pampas, the last peaks of the jagged Andes before they plunge into the ocean, and a place of epic mystique. Here, the wind howls incessantly with inclement weather, but the vistas of glaciers, fjords, and soaring condors is truly like no other.
Km 5, 5 Norte S/N, Natales, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
If there were ever a hotel with history, it’s the Singular Patagonia. Opened as a hotel in November 2011, the original building once served as a post-Victorian cold-storage factory built by the British in 1915 for the purpose of processing...
Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
Hiking the French Valley is part of the W-trek through Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park. It's about 16 mi round-trip from Refugio Paine Grande to the French Valley Mirador, to see the French Glacier and the Paine Massif as close as you...
Okay, here's the deal: the Tierra Hotels in Chile have an awesome setup, all built around the experiential side of travel. There are two different sister hotels, one in the Atacama Desert in the north and the other right next to/inside the Torres...
Puerto Natales, Natales, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
Puerto Natales is a rambling town of 20,000 residents, founded in 1911 by Scottish and German immigrants who came to export lamb’s meat and wool to Europe. Today, thousands of international travelers come through the town’s tidy streets en route...
Sierra Baguales, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Far from the trodden path near Torres del Paines park, there are no trails at Sierra Baguales, tucked away at the end of the road past the Estancia Cerro Guido. An arid part of Patagonia with a vast pampas and its own mountain range, here the...
Carlos Bories 430, Puerto Natales, Natales, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
Natales first microbrewery was started by California native Chad Horton and two friends who shared two loves: rock climbing and craft beer. They came to climb in the park and fell in love. With the pure water, he saw the opportunity to make a high...
Plaza Francisco Sampaio 678, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
La Marmita is one of the places to go if you're down in Punta Arenas. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was warm, vibrant, and inviting, and they served my locally produced favorite beer, Calafate Ale. :) We ordered the sample platter with...
Agua Fresca, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Pull up to the stables at Agua Fresca in Punta Arenas, and feel like you've stepped into a time past. The horses are healthy and strong, donning thick coats that keep them warm through Patagonia's cold...
Croacia 961, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. Drive 60 km south of Punta Arenas, the southernmost continental city of the Americas, to the remote and seemingly untouched spot where the kayaks will be put in to the Strait of Magellan. With Kayak Agua...
Cerro Guido, Torres de Paine, Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena Region, Chile
In the early months of summer, a clan of gauchos travels to each estancia in Torres del Paine to sheer the sheep. These gauchos don't mess around; this is a job they have been born and raised to do. And boy, do they work quickly. First, they round...
Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa 01855, Punta Arenas, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
Located in the very southern part of Chile, before the country becomes an archipelago that has been cut over millions of years by shifting glaciers, you'll find Punta Arenas, a vibrant city of color and culture. The town sits right on the Strait...
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