Friday 15th December 2017

Peaceful Patagonia, Argentina

Definition of a perfect vacation differs from person to person, for some it’s having fun with a crowd at some hip city or theme park while for others it will be a place of solitude where one can relax and forget at least for the time being about all the worries of life. If your definition of a perfect vacation is close to the second one then Argentina can offer you one of the emptiest landscapes in the world where you will find ample solitude along with some stunning scenic beauty which gives it an impression of a wonderland. It’s the region of Patagonia in the southern Argentina that forms the southern most frontier of the continent.

The area is mostly unspoiled as the human impression here is still pretty low and that will be evident by the silence that has become a trademark of Patagonia. Though the Argentina government is planning to construct a highway that will stretch deep in to the Patagonia region but still you will not find a lot of people in this region. And this has helped in creating the most untouched landscape where you can observe nature at its best without any human interference. The area is fast becoming a tourist hotspot as more and more people are attracted by its magnificent sceneries and unbelievably quite atmosphere.

The main reason behind Patagonia not becoming a famous tourist destination is the lack of infrastructure as roads are mostly gravel and unmaintained and in most parts you will be lucky to even find one. If you are flying from outside the country then the best option will be to take a cheap flight to Buenos Aires and make the rest of the journey by the bus. The whole region is worth watching but if you are on a tight schedule or on a small budget then you should stick to the ones with comparably better infrastructure.

One place you will not want to miss is the Parque Nacional Los Alerces with its spry creeks, snow capped mountains and clear water lakes it will surely provide you with one of the best Andes experience. The park provides some great hiking and trekking paths and has quite decent accommodation facilities if you want to stick there for a little longer than one day. One must see thing in the park is the alerce tree which is considered to be the oldest living specie in the world, as it dates back to around 2000 BC.

Another place famous with the tourists is the 30 km long Glaciar Perito Moreno which is unique in a way that it is fastest advancing glacier in the world. The glacier moves around 2 meters per day causing the huge icebergs to calve from its face. It is located in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciers which is accessible from the Parque Nacional Los Alerces if you have a 4wd. The road leading to it is gravel and will close if a severe snow or rain fall hit the area.