The Andes mountain range shows
its beauty in the Patagonian provinces. Millennial silent forests with
native vegetable species are extended along the shores of glistening
waters. On top of the mountains, nature overflows with granite peaks and
ice fields spreading their glacier tongues into lakes of unsurpassable
Imposing mammals and sea birds,
half-way between real life and fantasy, spend certain seasons on the rough
coasts of Patagonia where they complete part of their life cycle. Seals
colonies play on the islets and sandbanks. The world’s most important
southern elephant seal continental colony is located in Peninsula Valdés.
Every year, southern right whales come to Nuevo and San José gulfs to
breed. Patagonian hares, “ñandúes” (South American ostrich) and “guanacos”
run about the steppes, and the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in
the world is located in Punta Tombo. This life cycle repeated since time
immemorial, unfolds itself in front of the astonished visitors’ eyes.
In the south, Tierra del Fuego
and the World’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, are the gateway towards the
vast and mysterious Antarctica.
Tourism. Trekking in Lago Puelo and Los
Alerces national parks. Rafting in rivers Carrileufú and Corcovado. Diving
in Puerto Madryn.
La Hoya winter resort is 13 Km away from Esquel, and open from June
fishing. Salmon and trout fishing in lakes
and rivers. Deep-sea fishing in Mar Argentino.
marine life. On the Atlantic coast, you can
see whales, orcas (killer whales), birds, seals, and elephant seals.
and traditional confectionery. Gaiman and
Trevelin are typical Welsh communities where you can have Welsh tea with
traditional sweets and confectionery.
Places to visit
HUGE AND ANCIENT LARCHES (Alerces).
Los Alerces National Park preserves this type of trees, which can be more
than 60 meters high and are more than 3,000 years old.
ANIMAL PENINSULA. In Peninsula
Valdés, you can visit sea bird colonies, as well as sea lions and elephant
seals from the South, and the Southern right whale (ballena franca
SEALS AND ELEPHANT SEALS. An
important colony of 800 South American sea lions lives below the steep
rocks of Punta Loma, while 1,500 come to breed to Punta Pirámide Natural
Reserve from December through February. Punta Norte reserve shelters the
world’s most important southern elephant seal continental colony. These
animals get their name from the males’ trunk-like nose.
ANNUAL WHALE GATHERING. Gulf
Nuevo and Gulf of San José are the places where Southern right whales come
to give birth and perpetuate their species from June through mid-December.
Whale sightseeing tours depart from Puerto Pirámides.
PENGUINS. More than 1,500,000
Magellanic penguins and other sea bird species, such as skuas, sea gulls,
gaviotines (member of the gull family) and cormorants inhabit Punta Tombo.
Other places of interest:
Bosque Petrificado Sarmiento is a geological reserve formed by the
outcropping of almost 65-million-year-old fossilized forests.