Ted’s Travels – Why travel to Patagonia
Patagonia covers a vast area of southern Chile and Argentina. Geographically, Patagonia starts at the Lakes District from Bariloche in Argentina and Port Montt in Chile and finishes way down south at the tip of Cape Horn. From there the next stop is Antarctica, approximately 1000 km away.
The word “Patagonia” comes from “Patagones”, which was the name given by the Portuguese mariner Fernando de Magallanes to the native people found on that part of the world during his expedition in 1520.
Can your clients travel in winter to this region? Yes they can. I visited Paine National Park in July, it was beautiful but quite cold! The nicest time to visit this region way down south is from mid-September to the start of December. Why? Because the wind drops, so it might be cooler but it will be less windy to discover this incredibly beautiful scenery. Also, there are fewer crowds at this time, December and January are always the busiest time for the Patagonia in both sides of the border, which limits the accommodation options. Another perk of traveling in that time is that with less people your clients will have the chance to see more wildlife, maybe be lucky and see a puma or a huemul deer!
Your clients will be wandering around the many tracks where they will see a display of alpine flowers with vivid colours against the granite of the Torres del Paine. They will be the first ones to walk along the park trails as they reopen for spring time.
And last, but not least, travelling at this time is the best to find some good deals just before the high season takes over! Call us today to get the best deals in the hotels and lodges, you can even gram camp or enjoy the safari camps that are great fun for the kids!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au