Where to start in Patagonia: San Carlos de Bariloche

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If you have just one week in Argentina then Patagonia is the perfect location. And for the best place to start in Patagonia look no further than San Carlos de Bariloche, commonly known as simply Bariloche. Part of the Patagonia Lake District, it is ideally located to start any Patagonia adventure. Bariloche, in the north of the region, functions as a gateway to Patagonia in Argentina and Chile. Continue reading

Puerto Madryn: the Welsh town of Patagonia

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If you love wildlife and beautiful scenery then Patagonia is the place to go. However, one area offers something a little different. Puerto Madryn is on the east coast in the north of the region and, like many of the surrounding area, there is so much wildlife. What sets it apart from the others is the language. Not only will you see and hear Argentinian Spanish, but also plenty of Welsh. Continue reading

Torres Del Paine: The Big W

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With my preparation complete it was time to head to the national park. Torres del Paine is about 2 hours drive from Puerto Natales. It normally costs 18,000 Chilean Pesos to enter (about £15-20), however that day was free for everyone! After signing all of the forms to enter the park, everyone boarded shuttle buses going to the three starting points; Las Torres, Paine Grande or Administración. I decided to go West to East, so I could finish at the famous towers, which also involved a ferry (and an extra 15,000 Pesos). The long wait for the ferry made me think twice about camping. It was about 11am and I was already freezing! Eventually we travelled across Lake Pehoé and I got my first taste of the spectacular scenery I would be treated to over the next five days. Continue reading

Torres Del Paine: fail to prepare then prepare to fail

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One of the areas I really wanted to visit when I went to South America was Patagonia. I didn’t know too much about it, but from speaking to other travellers I heard about a five day camping trip in the Torres del Paine National Park. This sounded like a great idea. However, after getting distracted by random places on the way it was already mid-April as I entered Northern Patagonia, meaning further South was pretty cold and I wasn’t even sure if the campsites and trails would still be open. Continue reading