Where is Patagonia? And other questions…

Where is Patagonia? And other questions…

WHERE IS PATAGONIA?

The sometimes difficult-to-define region known as Patagonia is usually considered to begin at the 40th Parallel South at the bottom cone of South America.  Patagonia is as much an idea as it is an officially designated region. On the Argentine side of the Andes Mountains, Patagonia is the land south of the Rio Colorado.

Chile’s definition of Patagonia is evolving. Traditionally, it refers to the deep south regions of Aysen and Magallanes. However, recent marketing efforts are now including the Lakes District of Chile as well under the Patagonia umbrella.

HOW DO I GET TO PATAGONIA?

The easiest way to access both the north and south of Patagonia is via Buenos Aires for the Argentine side and via Santiago for locations like Puerto Montt, Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park.

HOW FAR IS IT?

Patagonia is a long way away from just about every part of the planet. From Buenos Aires, it’s 1600 km to the north of Patagonia and 2,700 km to the hub of the south, El Calafate.

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE?

The seasons in Patagonia are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer runs from December through March. Winter, which is often cold and snowy, runs from late June through early September. Wind is always a factor in Patagonia. Much of the region is covered in the dry Patagonian Steppe.

HOW DO WE GET AROUND?

It depends on how much time you have, but generally our guests travel by plane between the major hubs of Patagonia (Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate and Bariloche) and via private vehicle within each zone. Distances are vast an roads often sub-par. Renting a car is a good way to explore as well.

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Just email us at info@patagoniatravelco.com! We’re happy to help.