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is a Hot Ticket
Standard dome tent at EcoCamp
Patagonia, where AdventureSmith
Explorations clients stay while
Bruce Chatwin's best-selling book, "In Patagonia," may have
triggered the stampede of travelers to this part of the world. More
likely, however, the newfound popularity of Patagonia is just a
credit to the discovery of its timeless landscapes of glacial lakes
and towering peaks, its spectacular parklands and diverse flora
and fauna. More timely is the arrival of luxury lodges in the middle
of nowhere and paved and/or all-gravel roads to connect them,
making the Patagonian wilderness experience comfortable as well
as memorable. Patagonia is indeed a many-splendored place, one
that can be customized to travelers' expectations in many ways.
patagonia by chile
Scenically an excursion to rival any in South America is the trip to
the southern tip of Chile's Patagonia, a region of pristine forests,
snowcapped mountains, glaciers, fjords and national parks.
Overland, this frontier wonderland is linked south from Puerto
Montt by the Carretera Austral, a 700-mile gravel and dirt road
that ends at the ice fields. The major air gateway is Punta Arenas,
located on the Strait of Magellan. It's a windswept, red-roofed
town that welcomes travelers in some lovely hotels and serves as
a comfortable base for excursions to see colonies of Magellanic
penguins. Visitors can either head south from town to Seno Otway
or ferry out to Magdalena Island. Punta Arenas is both the jumpoff point for inland travel to Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine
National Park, as well as the Pacific port for luxury ships that cruise
round the tip of the continent to Ushuaia in Argentina. Additionally,
weekly air service from here connects Chile to the Falkland Islands.
Puerto Natales sits on the gorgeous shores of the Ultima
Esperanza (Last Hope) fjord, 100 miles from Punta Arenas. This
Patagonian outpost is a modern mecca for adventurers, who set
out to ride the ranges of nearby
ranches, hike in the mountains,
On recommend.com, you
cruise on the fjords, and take day
can learn about Patagonia's
trips to Torres del Paine National
Atlantic coast, including a
Park. Just outside town, there
tour sample with
are now top-of-the-line lodgings,
Borello Travel & Tours.
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complete with heated pools, spas, good restaurants and a full
menu of regional excursions.
By far the most stunning and dramatic site in the south is the
Torres del Paine National Park, crowded with glaciers, lakes and
gnarled Magellanic trees. While inhabited by few people, the park
is full of wildlife, including guanacos, flamingos, rhea and condors.
The signature park feature is the "towers" of Paine, needle-like
formations of gray granite, dusted with snow, enveloped in mists.
They form the dramatic backdrop for beautiful Lake Sarmiento
and Lake Grey, two of many glacier attractions. There's a handful
of excellent lodges and luxury tented camps in the park-explora
Patagonia, Hotel Rio Serrano, Hotel Las Torres Patagonia,
and Patagonia Camp for glamping-offering guided trekking
and horseback tours, as well as 4x4 vehicle touring. For travelers
driving from Punta Arenas, the trip, with a stop in Puerto Natales,
is close to five hours.
TOUR SAMPLE: AdventureSmith Explorations focuses on
Torres del Paine National Park in its 7-day Patagonia Wildlife
Safari, starting in Punta Arenas and driving to EcoCamp
Patagonia in the park. During the 5-night stay, there are daily
excursions ranked either "easy," "active," or "mountain bike."
"Easy" includes a full day on the Fauna Trail at Lake Sarmiento
to Laguna Azul with BBQ lunch; "active" options include a Trek
Towers Base; and "mountain bike" could mean cycling to Laguna
Azul with a BBQ lunch, among an array of other options for all
categories. Priced from $1,365 pp dbl with Standard dome tent.
patagonia by argentina
Patagonia occupies the southern third of Argentina, whose
major air gateway to Los Glaciares National Park is El Calafate,
the town on the edge of 566-sq.-mile Lago Argentino, where
black-necked swans and flamingos ply the icy waters. During the
optimum travel season, between October and March, the most
popular excursion indeed leads to Los Glaciares, a million-anda-half acres of ice, water, mountains and virgin forests; declared
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, it is one of 18 national
parklands in Argentina.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend November 2015
Hotel Desk: Hilton
Tour Talk: What’s New
Cuba for Everyone
Cruising Asia’s Waterways
Why Vietnam Now!
Canada: Road Tripping Through Ontario
Cool Patagonia is a Hot Ticket
The Art of Cooking
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