It’s the type of environment you’ve potentially had nightmares of being stuck in… barren, desolate and prehistoric. While it might not sound appealing when described like that, if you’re the type of person who craves solitude and to be one with nature, Patagonia should be on your bucket list.
It’s the kind of place that civilisation forgot… in a good way. The region is shared by Chile and Argentina and despite its sheer size, is only sparsely populated.
This southern frontier of South America is wild and vast. Wide desert-like spaces are punctuated by tall ice encrusted peaks which draw hikers near and far.
Crystal clear waters flow through the arid landscape with ease and play home to some of the biggest trout species on the planet. Fly anglers from all over the globe travel here each year to experience the most breathtaking fishing freshwater has to offer.
Other fauna to be admired include the guanaco (think a camel crossed with a llama), the Magellanic penguins, Chilean flamingos and the Patagonian hog-nosed skunk.
It’s no wonder Charles Darwin was so endeared to this place. And to prove Patagonia is the place that civilisation forgot, his account, written some 170 years ago, is still a true description of the landscape that you can expect upon arrival.