Tag: Patagonia

  • Patagonia – Chilean Lakes

    Patagonia – Chilean Lakes

    This post follows on from: Argentinean Lakes The Google satellite map below (click to enlarge) shows the extensive lakes system in northern Patagonia, stretching from Bariloche in the east (Argentina) to Puerto Varas in the west (Chile).  The snow-capped Andes and various volcanoes are quite apparent. In the west, Puerto Montt is a major port,…

  • Patagonia – Argentinean Lakes

    Patagonia – Argentinean Lakes

    This post follows on from: Glacier Country The Google satellite map below (click to enlarge) shows the eastern section of the extensive lakes system in northern Patagonia. The region is at a similar latitude to Hobart and is surprisingly lush and green, with landscapes reminiscent of the European Alps. We flew into Bariloche (San Carlos…

  • El Calafate – Glacier Country!

    El Calafate – Glacier Country!

    This post follows on from: Torres del Paine Calafate and El Calafate The Calafate berry is symbolic to Patagonia, being indigenous to the region. Around a metre tall, the bushy plants produce edible berries that look a little like blueberries and have a taste that some describe as hinting of black currant, mulberry and/or blackberry.…

  • Torres Del Paine National Park

    Torres Del Paine National Park

    This post follows on from: Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn Patagonia Patagonia is one of those mystery places: we know the name but we don’t really know much about it or where it actually is. Patagonia isn’t a country but a region on the southern tip of South America. It is large – a…

  • Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn

    Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn

    This post follows on from: Four weeks visiting Patagonia, Atacama and Mendoza Ushuaia Ushuaia is at latitude 550 South, the same as Macquarie Island, making it well south of Hobart at 430. Naively we expected a small isolated settlement in freezing barrenness. Yet we found a thriving tourist hub of 60,000 people with good infrastructure, interesting…

  • Four Weeks Visiting Patagonia, Atacama and Mendoza

    Four Weeks Visiting Patagonia, Atacama and Mendoza

    This post follows on from: Cazuelas and Empanadas On the 12th of March 2017, sixteen of us started a four week tour of the southern parts of South America. Everyone in the group knew each other, all friends of ours. It was a private tour organised for us by our Melbourne travel agent, Natural Focus…