South America Travel/Patagonia
The geographical region of South American called Patagonia is a place of amazing beauty and is mostly located in Argentina and partly in Chile.
The Patagonian-Fueguinos Andes that extend to the west like a huge wall act as a borderline between Argentina and Chile.
With dramatic landscapes of lakes and pines, Patagonia is snow-covered during winter and full of abundant flowers and fragrant scents during summer.
The name of the region came about when the explorer Ferdinand Magellan descriped the people living in the region by using the word "patagon" to signify their giant-like size.
The total land area of this region is approximately 900,000 square kilometers including the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego.
Patagonia is famous for its rugged yet breathtaking scenery which draws hikers and other more adventurous sports enthusiasts.
Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is one of the popular destinations for trekkers. Towards the east is the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches.
A deep blue sea with warm waters comes from Brazil at North Patagonia, and southern Patagonia is populated by penguins, whales and dolphins.
A vast plateau in located in the central part of Patagonia, with high "steps" descending from the Andes towards the Ocean.
Tierra del Fuego, also known as the "Uttermost End of the World" is a place in Patagonia where mountains and sea come together like in no other place in North or South America. This region is also a gateway to Antarctica.