The rugged, pristine South American wilderness of Patagonia offers some of the most amazing, Instagram-able scenery in the world. Here is a look at five of our favorite things about Patagonia.
Ushuaia: City at the End of the World
Most Argentines first heard of Ushuaia, the city at the tip of Tierra del Fuego, in 1873, when a penal colony was established there. Many still refer to the prisoners as the city’s first settlers. Today, cradled among forests, lakes, sea and snow-capped mountains, this southernmost city in the world is known for its industry and art.
La Recoleta Cemetery
Widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries, La Recoleta in Buenos Aires is the final resting place of many of Argentina’s rich and famous (18 Argentine presidents, the granddaughter of Napoleon and Eva Perón among them). Laid out like a city, with tree-lined boulevards that lead to striking mausoleums adorned with stone statues, it contains numerous examples of Art Nouveau and Neo-Gothic architecture that are well worth a reverent look.
Walk Among the Penguins
On a small island in the rippling waters of the Beagle Channel, some 3,300 pairs of penguins stand at attention, ready to offer travellers their tuxedoed best. This is Yécapasela Reserve, (or Isla Martillo), their home. Each day, a select number of visitors is allowed to amble through the island on designated paths designed to take them close to the iconic birds without disturbing them. Go with A&K and ramble through the rookery in style.
Stunning Perito Moreno Glacier
The raw power and beauty of Perito Moreno, one of the world’s few remaining advancing glaciers, nearly defies description. Resembling thousands of large crystal palaces abutting one another, the huge glacier, 97 square miles of it, creeps along at up to six and a half feet per day. The movement causes massive icebergs to calve from the glacier’s walls, filling the air — and the ears of visitors — with their tremendous snaps and roars.
The Oldest Farm in Argentine Tierra del Fuego
In 1886, a British-born missionary named Thomas Bridges received a parcel of land from the Argentine National Congress in appreciation for his work with natives and shipwrecked sailors in the Cape Horn area. Naming it Harberton after his wife’s birthplace in England, the farm he founded was the first productive enterprise in Tierra del Fuego. Today the shearing shed, carpenter shop and boathouse still stand, as does Thomas Bridges’ original home.
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Tierra del Fuego photo by Liam Quinn, altered by Abercrombie & Kent under the Creative Commons license.