There are many ways to discover Chilean Patagonia. It all depends on the kind of experience you seek. Are you traveling without time constraints? Would you like to see more than just southern Chile’s main tourist attractions? Do you want to disconnect?
If your answer is yes, we can tell you about alternatives that let you travel at another pace and discover landscapes that seem to be reserved only for the area’s inhabitants.
Here are three ways to tour Patagonia at another pace:
Patagonia is extensive and traveling overland can be a great challenge. In addition to taking the right route, you need to consider that the distance between cities is long (even days apart), and many roads require a 4X4. The end of the world is the place to have adventures.
For those who want to explore corners that not all tourists visit or just live a more daring experience in contact with nature, there are alternatives such as overland tours. These trips are done in off-road vehicles; a kind of motor home that lacks great luxury but counts on basic amenities. Accommodation is provided in campsites and hostels. Visitors need not concern themselves with anything except enjoying the tour. This is how tourists from all over the world experience the Carretera Austral, Torres del Paine or Tierra del Fuego.
In summary, it is a good option for those who are unfamiliar with the area, do not have time to organize the trip, or want to experience Patagonia in a different way.
There is nothing better than enjoying a destination calmly. Especially if it is a place like southern Chile where there are countless natural wonders and never enough time.
If you plan to travel through Patagonia by car or on foot, a ferry is a great alternative to comfortably move around. Navigating through the fjords and channels gives a completely different perspective of the area. In the case of Navimag, the trip is done on board a 1970s ship, similar to the one used by Jacques Cousteau in his travels. It will allow you to discover areas that are not accessible by any other means.
There are two routes: the first from Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco and the second from Puerto Montt to Puerto Natales.
Bicycle or motorcycle
For the most adventurous, it is also possible to tour Chilean Patagonia by bike or motorbike. Although it takes more time and requires greater physical effort, it is possible, since certain stretches can be crossed by boat.
The documentary Transpatagonia gives a taste of what it is like to do a long bike tour in Patagonia. It shows the journalist and adventurer Guilherme Cavallari traveling almost 6,000 kilometers through Chilean and Argentine Patagonia in six months.
For this experience, we recommend that you decide your route ahead of time. It should include details such as stopping places, gas stations, type of road and also information about repair workshops and places where you can buy spare parts. As we said, distances in Patagonia are huge and it is possible not to see anyone for many kilometers.
At the same time, prepare your clothes, which should be made to withstand the extremes of the Patagonian climate...
Chilean Patagonia can be experienced in many ways. It will all depend on your time, budget, companions and travel style. Independently of how you get to know the region, do not forget to make this trip suit you personally and enjoy the destination in your own way.