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Patagonia is a vast geographical region covering over a million square kilometres. It encompasses the southern tip of South America, spanning both Chile and Argentina. The Colorado River marks the northern boundary of Patagonia whilst Cape Horn, part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, is the southernmost point.
The varied landscapes of the region are never more dramatic then those found within the neighbouring parks of the Torres del Paine in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Here, the Patagonian Andean mountains are formed mainly from granite and have been carved by over 12 million years of glacial action into turquoise lakes, tumbling glaciers and spectacular jagged rock towers such as the iconic peaks of Cerro Torre and Fitzroy or the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier - one of the natural wonders of the world. Both parks offer excellent bases for seeing the many wonders of Patagonia, for they combine stunning scenery and plentiful wildlife with many miles of good walking paths and opportunities for other outdoor activities.
Alongside its natural splendours Argentine Patagonia has a fascinating history drawn from the tales of the remarkable first settlers, explorers and mountaineers. And it is the wild, remote and dramatic landscapes, that so challenged these early adventurers, that still appeal today. Argentine Patagonia is also the gateway to the amazing scenery and wildlife of Antarctica, sailing from Ushuaia, through the Beagle Channel into the great Southern Ocean.
Beautiful Tierra del Fuego is an excellent walking destination in its own right but combined with a cruise through the Beagle Channel and round Cape Horn and walks in the Torres del Paine National Park in neighbouring Chile, our Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia holiday is a great way to enjoy the wealth of natural wonders of Patagonia.
You can also discover the stunning landscapes and historic interest of both Argentine and Chilean Patagonia on our Complete Patagonia - Paine & Fitzroy walking holiday, or sail from the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, and experience the majesty of the Great White Continent. We offer three superb Antarctic cruises: Quest for the Antarctic Circle, Spirit of Shackleton and Antarctica ClassicView our holidays here