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Glaciers, spectacular mountain peaks, rivers and endless roads make it one of the most desolate landscapes in the world: Patagonia. The intense silence here is overwhelming and the total emptiness impressive. A tour through Patagonia brings you to the end of the world. That’s why Patagonia is a bucket list destination for many.
The famous Andes mountains, which run vertically through the south of South America, form an important part of Patagonia. Because of the mountains, especially the Argentine part on the Atlantic coast catches a lot of cold wind, which ensures the cold climate. The clouds supplied by the west winds are blocked by the high mountains, so that means there is a lot of precipitation on one side and the country to the east of the Andes is therefore receiving very little rainfall. That’s why the Argentine area is therefore a steppe area where only sheeps survive.
These mountains also provide an always beautiful backdrop: great snowy mountain peaks and breathtaking nature. Patagonia is also home for many animal species such as whales, penguins, sea lions and many species of birds.
The most famous Argentinian cities in Patagonia are Ushuaia, El Calafate, Bariloche and Puerto Madryn. Ushuaia is amazing. Brightly colored wooden houses, wedged between a quiet bay and the snow-covered foothills of the Andes this is a must visit city.
Best time to visit
We recommend to visit Patagonia from November to early March ( this is summertime in the southern hemisphere). This means you will be there in the high season, but the weather is just perfect during these months. Click here for the average weather in Ushuaia.
Where to stayIf you are looking for a great place to stay and you are not on a backpackers budget we recommend visiting Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa. This hotel is designed not just to blend effortlessly into the environment but also to protect it, adhering to the latest standards of sustainable architecture. The building of the hotel itself is made from the rock around Ushuaia and the interior of the whole house is hand picked. There are initiatives to decrease use of plastics and “single-use” cutlery in order to diminish quantities of waste created in the resort. The room's are extremely comfortable and modern with a beautiful atmosphere and you will absolutely love the heated infinity pool while watching the sunset. On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.3.
If you are a backpacker and on a budget you could have a look at the map below: