Want to do some alternative traveling? Try Patagonia

If you are traveling without a checklist in hand or purpose to have a different look at the destinations that you visit, the alternative trip through Patagonia is for you.

Patagonia never ceases to amaze. Its unique natural landscape and tourism offer a wide range of activities to live an adventure, rest or simply live day-by-day like a local.

Outdoor sports, gastronomy, camping for the more adventurous and hotels for all budgets are a few examples of what this southernmost region has to offer.

It is also a special destination for solo travelers. There are many ways for them to discover Patagonia; by car or motorbike, staying at a farm or eating at a restaurant, practicing sports or by simply enjoying a ferry ride on its winding channels.

Any alternative traveling is possible in Patagonia. We tell you how to live it to the fullest.

- Already visited Patagonia? Here are 5 reasons for you to return!

Tips for touring Chilean Patagonia by car

How to experience agritourism in Chilean Patagonia

How to visit Patagonia on a low budget

Continue your yoga routine while traveling through Chilean Patagonia

Three non-competitive sports you should practice in Patagonia

- Help protect Patagonia from the comfort of your home

- Traveling by motorcycle through Chilean Patagonia

Discover four gastronomic options in Chilean Patagonia

 

Already visited Patagonia? Here are 5 reasons for you to return!

Already visited Patagonia? Here are 5 reasons for you to return!

If you've been lucky enough to visit southern Chile, you should feel really privileged.

You know what we are talking about: landscapes endowed with unique forests, towering mountains that leave you speechless due to their size, and thousands of kilometers of ice and glaciers only found in the remote south, allowing you to experience the real power of nature.

Perhaps you've had the chance to travel around the region's 1,240 kilometers. Maybe not. This is why we are giving you five reasons to go back to Patagonia, but with a completely different itinerary to your first visit.

The aim is for you to return and enjoy every second without rushing or restrictions, and at peace with yourself.

Here are 5 reasons to return to Patagonia and relive its magic:

1. Chacabuco Channel:

Let yourself be carried away by Aysén Region’s main port, which surprises by the beauty of its surroundings, and by Puerto Aguirre, a quaint town with narrow fjords and hills that roll down to the water’s edge. If you haven’t already visited, you will be captivated by its charming streets covered in seashells.

 

2. Carretera Austral:

Go back to Patagonia and immerse yourself in the colors and magic offered by this remote Southern Highway, which is one of its kind in the world. If you have already toured the Carretera Austral, we recommend that you return by bicycle to be able to enjoy every spot and stop as many times as you want to sit and meditate, breathe and experience the unforgettable scenery.

 

3. Castro, the largest city on Chiloe:

Fall in love with the lifestyle of this magical city. Explore for a second time its attractions, such as the famous “palafitos,” or houses on stilts, or the craft markets at the San Francisco church, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Connecting with local people and discovering their customs and the mythology that surrounds this place is another reason to return to Patagonia.

4. Return to Torres del Paine:

Feel the power and strength of the enormous natural sculptures that this unique place features. Following a well-signed trekking trail and admiring the spectacular landscapes is an ideal recipe for returning to The Torres del Paine Natural Park. Keep the memory of the scenery and energy alive in your mind because even the best camera won’t be able to convey the emotion and reconnection you will feel when you return!

 

5. Exploring Patagonia by ferry:

Instead of making the trip by plane, cruise through Patagonia, taking in the beauty of the fjords and their incredible flora and fauna. Get inspired to return to southern Chile but this time with your family or friends, exploring every spot in a leisurely and relaxed fashion, navigating and enjoying the landscape from close up and in a more pleasant way.

We hope that with these five reasons you won’t think twice about returning to this beautiful corner of the world, with its unique and unmatchable landscapes that you’ll never forget. 

Already Convinced? Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your trip to Patagonia by car. Start your engines!

 

Tips for touring Chilean Patagonia by car

Tips for touring Chilean Patagonia by car

Traveling by car provides greater autonomy and flexibility. It allows you to experience that wonderful feeling of visiting places at your own pace, without rushing and having the freedom to stop and look at whatever catches your eye.

However, this type of adventure requires more organization and research about the destination than you might think.

Traveling through one the most southern spots in the world is an unforgettable experience, but it is not as simple as getting in the car and setting off.

The area stands out for its wild and pristine landscapes, making it necessary to think about its remote and rustic conditions, its infrastructure and services. So, if you are thinking about this possibility, the following tips will help you organize your trip to tour Chilean Patagonia by car.

 

1. Plan your route

  • You must determine several issues that will shape your trip: time, budget, vehicle type and traveler profile, among others.

    Where will you start your tour? Patagonia is a large area, but there are options to save time. For example, you can fly to the city of Puerto Montt and rent a car or motorhome there. You can also begin the road trip in Santiago and drive over a 1,000 kilometers from the capital city to the very start of Chilean Patagonia.

    Part of the road that runs through Patagonia is the Carretera Austral, the so-called “Southern Highway,” which is a route that goes from Puerto Montt to the town of Villa O'Higgins. It may surprise you to find that it is not actually a highway as many stretches are unpaved; the gravel roads are sometimes so narrow and tight that a vehicle can barely pass.

    If your goal is to reach the city of Puerto Natales to visit Torres del Paine National Park, you will need to consider details such as connectivity, since Chilean Patagonia begins to break up into fjords, meaning you have to plan your route ahead of time. To get from Villa O'Higgins to Puerto Natales, for example, one of the most common courses is a detour through Argentina.

    There are alternatives such as the Navimag ferry, which shortens the road between Puerto Montt and Puerto Natales. This is an option allows the driver to rest during the voyage.

    With whom will you travel? This point is fundamental when making travel decisions especially when the destination has a more outdoor profile like Patagonia. For example, if you are going with children or people with mobility issues, we recommend you do not drive long distances and identify places to rest and stay before you set off again.

 

2. Decide the places you want to visit

If you are short of time, it is essential to define the main points of interest. This is one of the most important factors when deciding your route.

Seeing all of Patagonia’s attractions would take months. The best is to make a list of your Top 10 unmissable spots, find them on a map and estimate the time you need to move from one place to another. This will give you a quick idea of whether your itinerary is compatible with your time and budget.

If you want to work out a rough budget, it is worth knowing that in addition to the price of tolls, fuel, accommodation, and food, you must include the entrance to parks or national reserves where the tourist attractions are. You can find a price list here.

 

3. Anticipating unforeseen events

It is always good to have a contingency plan in case something happens to your car or to any of the passengers. This planning may include:

- Use an odometer: every time you pass a sign to a town or a reference point activate it, so you know how many kilometers you are from that spot.

- Likewise, although the roads are in good condition, some stretches are gravel. That's why we recommend a 4x4 drive. Also, try to slow down while driving on these areas, as you can find animals or people on the road.

- It is a good idea to have a GPS or a downloaded map because in many areas there is no telephone signal or Internet.

 

4. Reserve accommodation in advance

Although you can travel to Patagonia all year round, it is best to visit between October and April when the climate is more stable. 

Remember that it is high season in Chile between December and February, doubling the number of visitors and increasing demand for attractions and accommodation.

Also, keep in mind that there is a limited hotel supply in the more isolated areas, so we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance. If you want to camp out, prepare your equipment ahead of time also. Not every tent works in this hostile climate. Make sure it is resistant to wind, snow, and rain, has a double skin and is light (if you are going to carry it for several days).

 

Conclusion

If you are prepared well, touring Patagonia by car can be a magical experience.

Although improvisation can be part of the charm of the adventure, we recommend that you plan for inclement weather and unforeseen events. Planning is not incompatible with taking a trip at your own pace.
 

If you prepare properly, traveling Patagonia by car can be an enriching experience by itself and give you access to unparalleled experiences, such as agrotourism.

 

How to experience agrotourism in Chilean Patagonia

How to experience agritourism in Chilean Patagonia

If you are not the type to travel with a checklist in hand and who always seeks to experience places from a different perspective, this kind of adventure is for you.

Because Chile is the ideal country to try agritourism, especially when it comes to Patagonia.

In recent years, rural tourism has evolved into a travel tendency worldwide. It is a different way of discovering an area through activities that mainly take place on a ranch or in the countryside.

The idea is for you to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the place and get to know its traditional farming systems, production processes, and way of life.

Southern Chile is an ideal destination for this type of tourism because it offers diverse excursions and experiences to connect you with the land and its people.

Here we recommend some agrotourism alternatives to try out on your next trip to Patagonia.

 

1. Estancia Cerro Negro

An option to experience something 100% local is the Estancia Cerro Negro, a ranch located between the city of Punta Arenas and Torres del Paine National Park.

The ranch is on land that belongs to a family of Croatian immigrants who came to Chile at the beginning of the 20th century. It takes its name, Cerro Negro, (“Black Hill Ranch” in English), from the color of the hill behind it following forest fires.

It is the ideal spot to spend the day, rest and disconnect. Here you will be able to enjoy as a delicious family lamb roasted over an open fire or take part in typical Patagonian activities, such as sheep shearing led by an authentic “gaucho,” or cowboy.

The ranch has around 3,000 sheep, 400 cows and some horses that wander freely over 6,000 hectares of land. The aim is to maintain the customs and traditions of the area’s colonization period. Its history goes back to the 1940s when the Kusanovic family needed to supply butchers, s it set up in Punta Arenas.

Today, the place still preserves all the furniture and decoration of the time, including beautiful lamps, a German piano, and financial records from long ago.



2. Campo Santy

In Patagonia, you will find agricultural activities that last half a day to stopovers of several days in traditional lodgings. It is the case of Campo Santy, on Carretera Austral, 34 kilometers from Puerto Montt.

Here, you can live like a typical local from southern Chile. The house is close to the Alerce Andino National Park, between the sea, river, and mountains. The owners, Fernando and Santy, run the place, organize various activities, and make delicious homemade food.

The option is to stay in the house or rent a cabin if your family is large; cabins are equipped with a kitchen, hot water, and a wood-burning stove for heating.

You can buy local products here which make perfect souvenirs such as wooden chopping boards, bed runners, and benches made from mañío (a podocarp tree species) among others things.


3. Ruka Kimun Kuikui

If you want to leave the beaten track and find out about the medicine, culture, and gastronomy of the Huilliche Indigenous people, an excellent alternative is Laura Montalva’s Ruka Kimun Kuikui, part of the Coñimó Indigenous community in Ancud.

At first, the “Ruka” (traditional Mapuche dwelling) was aimed mainly at the cultural interchange between Indigenous communities, but over time it has opened to tourists and private groups that became interested in the area. Now they offer new services and activities related to agritourism.

Here, visitors get to know Huilliche medicine, culture, and gastronomy, the “Kimun” (knowledge of the land) and attend talks on these topics and other expressions of this culture.

You can also try dishes prepared with old recipes with rituals included. As a reminder of this experience, the owner offers handcrafts made from woven plant fibers and knitted woolen textiles.

4. Estancia Mercedes

Located 35 kilometers from Puerto Natales, Estancia Mercedes is one of the few ranches in Patagonia that has an extensive coastline of untouched beaches.

The place is run by the great-grandchildren of José Iglesias Díaz, the founder of Puerto Natales and one of its first inhabitants. Here, comfortable horse rides are replaced by the “bagualeo,” the hunting of wild bulls on horseback.

If you want to disconnect, this is the place, as getting here is not easy; you have to cross a channel. It is a rustic place where the main thing is to enjoy nature. Water comes from a spring, electricity comes from wind power, and wood fuels both the heating and the kitchen stove.

At Mercedes, activities depend on the season. In summer, the time is spent collecting mussels and drying “charqui” (jerked beef); in winter, on construction and collecting wild fruit.

Conclusion

Chilean Patagonia is the perfect place to experience agrotourism. These are just a few of the agricultural activities you can enjoy in the region as the choice is much broader. So dare to enjoy this destination from another perspective.

Chilean Patagonia offers a wide range of incredible experiences at a low price. You just have to search well and make good decisions.

 

How to visit Patagonia on a low budget

How to visit Patagonia on a low budget

Do you want to visit Patagonia but need to do it on a low budget? Good news! There are many ways to save money to make this trip accessible.

Here we give you the best tips to travel through Patagonia on a budget.

Patagonia is a spectacular place, but it is not known for being exactly cheap.

Although it is not unaffordable, Chile does not shine as one of the cheapest countries on the continent. In fact, renowned travel blog Trip Savvy mentions it as one of the most expensive destinations in South America.

But don’t be put off by this! There are several options to experience this adventure at an affordable price. You only need to talk to people who really know the area and make the right decisions.

As the successful travel blogger Kristin Addis points out in her blog Travel Muse, in a place with so many opportunities - from luxury hotels to remote campsites - it is possible to travel on all kinds of budgets.

To help you on this quest, we spoke with two of our Patagonia experts, who shared some of their best tips to travel in the region on a lower budget.

Roque Cotorás has been working for Navimag for three years. He lived for 26 years in Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica region and worked six seasons as a tour guide, both in the city of Punta Arenas and in Torres del Paine National Park.

Roque 

Base Camp

“Establishing a base to move around from reduces costs. Perhaps in the city of Puerto Natales, for example, where there is a reasonable supply of hostels and guesthouses. With Puerto Natales as a base, you can visit Torres del Paine, Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and other nearby areas.”

 

Accommodation

"Check if you can cook in your accommodation because this greatly lowers the overall cost of your stay. All of the excursions that are offered by local tour operators include the option of a lunchbox; you can reduce this expense by taking your own food bought in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas (where it is cheaper)."

 

Clothing

“There is a duty-free zone in Punta Arenas where you can buy well-priced, good-quality outdoor clothing, as well as some imported food products that provide good alternatives for rations required by people when trekking.”

 

Itinerary

"It is best to plan your trip in advance. It is imperative to align schedules with the regular buses that go from Punta Arenas airport to Puerto Natales to save money. Also, from May 1, entrance fees to national parks are cheaper although you need to take into account how many hours of daylight there will be when visiting the area.”



Fabián Bórquez comes from Puerto Natales and has visited Torres del Paine since he was 18 years old. He is an English teacher, although he has been linked to the world of tourism for many years now. He was a trekking and full-day tour guide in the national park.

Fabián

 

Base Camp

"There are many hostels, cabins, and campsites in Puerto Natales. The cheapest alternatives are usually further from the center, but this is a city where everything is within a 15-minute walk. It is worth bearing in mind that the Rodoviario (bus station) is not in the center, which means that it may be better not to stay downtown."

 

Accommodation

"Hostels cost approximately 10,000 Chilean pesos per night for a shared room; cabins or apartments start from about 25,000 Chilean pesos a day, and campsites (something new in the city) for about 5,000 Chilean pesos. They provide showers and restrooms. These are all reference prices. Some have Wi-Fi and allow the use of a kitchen. "

 

Transport

"There are several options to get to Torres del Paine. Regular buses leave every morning at 7.30 am and every afternoon at 2 pm. The cost of a roundtrip from the bus station is roughly 15,000 Chilean pesos (depends on the season). These buses are mostly taken by tourists who wish to make the "W" or "O" trekking trails. Reservations must be made beforehand in shelters or campsites."

 

Tours

“Full-day tours to Torres del Paine leave every day at 8 am and pass by the Milodon Cave, Grey Lake, etc. They cost about 35,000 Chilean pesos with pick-up and drop-off at the client's accommodation, but it will depend on the season. The Torres Base Trek leaves every morning at 6.30 am. It is an uphill hike to the lookout at the base of Torres del Paine, the only way to see the three “peaks” up close. It takes four hours to hike up and the same to come down. This also costs 35,000 Chilean pesos and includes transport to and from the client's accommodation. If you are traveling in a group, renting a car may be an economical option."

 

Eating

“If we are talking of restaurants, La Picada de Carlitos and Patagonia Food are two of the most popular eateries due to the variety of dishes, size of portions, and prices. In the afternoon, the trendiest place at the moment is Baguales; they make their own beer and also Tex-Mex food.”

 

Camping

"Do not leave reserving shelters or campsites in Torres del Paine until the last minute. If you want free camping, the only option is offered by the National Forestry Corporation (Conaf) at the Paso and Italiano campsites. All others are paid for and must be booked in advance with Vértice or Fantástico Sur."

 

Conclusion

You do not need a big budget if you want to visit Chilean Patagonia. However, you should plan ahead and get price estimates for several alternatives.

These tips can make a difference if you want to make the most of your budget. There are no better advisers than those who know the destination.

Remember that this is one of the southernmost corners of the world and you have to adapt to its climate. So take note of the clothes and other accessories that you should bring to Patagonia.

In Patagonia, not only can you travel with a minimum budget. There is also room for habits and routines that make you feel well. 

 

Continue your yoga routine while traveling through Chilean Patagonia


Continue your yoga routine while traveling through Chilean Patagonia 

If you practice yoga and plan to travel to Chilean Patagonia, find out about how you can keep practicing your asanas and conscious breathing during your visit.

In Chile’s far south you can practice yoga. And not only self-practice, as many have done until now, but enrolled in classes with a teacher and snow-capped mountains and Antarctic beech forests as an extension to the classroom.

Perhaps you have never done a yoga pose in your life, but Patagonia’s landscape will inspire you, no doubt. There are currently several alternatives for travelers to pack their conscious and healthy lifestyles in their suitcase.

If you are interested in other slow travel alternatives, read this blog about the experience of Navimag trips to Patagonia.

  

All included

If your final destination is Torres del Paine, the Patagom Lila school in Puerto Natales offers programs of up to 10 days that include a trip to the national park, daily yoga classes, detox food plans, Tibetan bowl massages, and other activities such as horseback riding and trekking.

Can you imagine starting the day walking through beautiful woods until reaching the dome where you will have your first yoga class in the southernmost corner in the world? Once inside, you will be able to enjoy picture postcard views of the Gulf of Almirante Montt at sunrise, while you start doing basic yoga poses to warm up your body.

Later, chai tea will be a perfect complement to a healthy and southern breakfast that they'll prepare during your excursion to the Milodon Cave, the Dorotea Hill or even an all-day trip to Torres del Paine, which includes a lunchbox, a pause to meditate or a relaxation class with Tibetan bowls.

This experience will give you not only a complete rest but also an opportunity to improve your yoga practice due to the contact with nature and possibility of practicing in an extreme climate.

 

Yoga in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park

An alternative trip is provided by Ecocamp Patagonia, located inside Torres del Paine National Park, which stands out for its sustainable architecture and design inspired by the Kawéskar culture, an indigenous Patagonian people.

The dome where you can practice yoga from Tuesday to Saturday, from 6 am to 8 pm, has active classes and other more restorative ones. In all of them, you can stop and see the flight of condors, passing hares, and also rain, rainbows, and sunsets, in one of the world’s most extreme and beautiful places.

In anticipation of a day full of excursions, the morning yoga teachers offer active poses, while classes from 6 pm in the evening are designed to end the day in a more relaxing way.

And if you decide to stay resting in your cabin, you will have alternative yoga practices that range from Hatha to Kundalini.

 

Company by vegetarian food

If you are going to Puerto Natales, you will find several eating options, specially designed for people who do not eat red meat or who want to try local and traditional products. Take note of them and include them in your itinerary.

- Afrigonia

Magallanes 247

+56612412877

A fresh seafood restaurant where the key attractions are its Calafate Sour cocktail drink, the oyster paella with cream and basil, and mate ice cream.

- Baguales

Carlos Bories 430

+56612411920

www.cervezabaguales.cl

Artisanal beer, hamburger, and Mexican food restaurant, with a sandwich and vegetarian taco options.

- Mesita Grande

Pedro Montt 196

+56612411571

www.mesitagrande.cl

Pizzeria and trattoria that offers the best fresh pasta in Puerto Natales; also desserts such as pannacotta and tiramisu.



Conclusion

Have you already decided to travel to Patagonia? Although you are going to the end of the world, you do not have to abandon your regular yoga practice. 

Quite the opposite. You will enjoy an unbeatable environment to practice your favorite poses alongside the Patagonian cold in the morning, the extraordinary experience of living in the midst of nature, the rain under the dome, and the countless stars at night. Now, breathe.

If sports are your thing but you want to take it easy, we tell you about three unique non-competitive outdoor alternatives you can practice in this region.

 

Three non-competitive sports you should practice in Patagonia


Three non-competitive sports you should practice in Patagonia 

Patagonia never fails to amaze. Its second-to-none natural landscape, together with its well thought-out tourism options offer a wide range of non-competitive sports allowing you to enjoy adventure and relax at the same time.

Outdoor activities, gastronomy, and camping for the more adventurous and hotels, are just a few of the attractions that southern Chile has to offer.

Here are three non-competitive sports we recommend you to practice in Patagonia.

 

1. Trekking

One of the most popular outdoor activities, the main idea is to walk independently in remote areas. You choose where to start the trek and whether to go with or without a guide as the trails are well signposted and secure.

Here is a list of what you need to bear in mind before planning this adventure:

- A good pair of shoes, ideally with ankle support to avoid sprains, good grip and waterproof due to wet terrain.

- Comfortable sports clothing and something to keep you warm (temperatures tend to change). Accessories such as sunglasses, sun cream, and a hat .

- A map or compass.

- Water (there are especially-designed light hydration packs that hold enough water), light food

- A knife or pocket knife, backpack, flashlight and first-aid kit

Now for the most critical question: Which trail to take?

There are thousands of options to choose from in Patagonia. If you are an experienced trekker, the best trails are in the Torres del Paine National Park. There are several circuits, but the best known are the O (7-9 days, medium-high difficulty) and the famous W (4-5 days, medium difficulty).

Other outstanding places to practice this fantastic sport are Cape Horn, Magallanes National Reserve, Laguna Parrillar National Reserve.

Take a look at this video to be inspired by the two most challenging treks in Patagonia.

 

 Source: Yeti Adventure Films

 

2. Fly fishing

The south of Chile is unquestionably one of the best destinations for fishing lovers.

Fly fishing is a method that uses a rod and artificial lure, or bait, called a fly. Fishermen make this lure themselves in an artisanal way, using feathers, threads or hairs to mimic the insects that fish eat.

Unlike other types of angling, fly fishing is considered a recreational activity, it’s not competitive, and does not harm the environment given the fish is then returned to their habitat.

You need the following sports equipment for fly fishing: a fishing rod, hooks, reel, lines, flies, and backing. Besides, special clothes for water; waders, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses are required.

The right rod is essential for the experience to be successful. At the very least, one should have the following equipment:

- Fishing rod No. 5 or No. 6, 9 feet

- Sinking line reel, 150 grains

- Leaders, 5 to 6 feet, 2x for streamers

- Floating line reel

- Leaders, 9 to 12 feet, 3x for floating

- Tippet 2x and 3x

- Streamers No. 6 and No. 4, predominantly black, brown and green with a big head like Egg Sucking Leech

- Dry foam flies like Chernobyl or Fat Albert, in black and orange No. 6

- Stonefly Caddis, Mayfly, Hare’s Ear and Copper John nymphs, No. 14 to No. 6

- Wader

- Wading boots

 

Where to fly fish?

Tourists’ favorite spots for fly fishing in Patagonia are Puerto Montt, Aysén, and Chaitén. The main reasons for this is the variety of fishing lodges and more accessible prices found in these areas.

Bonus: until recently, Melimoyu was an unexplored area of Chilean Patagonia, and it is undoubtedly a privileged place due to its location and geographic conditions. It has three distinctive attractions that give it a wild and challenging identity: the Melimoyu volcano, the temperate rainforest, and the Queulat hanging glacier.

There are a large number of places to fish at Melimoyu, all close at hand. Its pristine and crystal clear waters offer the opportunity to be alone in the midst of nature and see species such as brown and rainbow trout primarily. You will also find steelhead, brook and perch trout as well as Chinook and silver salmon, among others, for recreational fishing.

Watch this video to be inspired to do this entertaining and matchless sport:

 Source: AITUEHD 

 

3. Scuba diving

This sport is not as easy as the ones mentioned above. You must be over 12 years old, have taken a diving course and training previously, and have certification from the General Directorate of Maritime Territory if you want to dive with compressed air.

It is also necessary to be in good physical condition and emotionally prepared.

There is no doubt that the best place to practice this spectacular sport is the Strait of Magellan in Punta Arenas. There, you can see vessels that shipwrecked more than a hundred years ago and now lay motionless underwater, surrounded by seaweed and marine life. You will also listen to a long and fascinating record of anecdotes and legends about these shipwrecks.

This area of Patagonia has a unique marine flora and fauna, due to the influence of the Cape Horn current, making it an entirely new, unique, and forbidden world, meaning we can only view it with the proper equipment and training.

To dive in these waters, It is essential to be accompanied by a certified instructor who knows the area. The right equipment to start the adventure are:

  • Fins
  • Isothermal wetsuit
  • Mask
  • Air tank
  • Depth gauge
  • Water clock
  • Decompression tables
  • Regulator
  • Knife
  • Pressure gauge
  • Boots
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Tube or snorkel
  • Float,
  • Basic knowledge of diving sign language

 

The best time to do this activity is between December and March, when there is more sun allowing visibility of up to 15 meters deep.

This video will help you imagine what it is like to visit the depths of the ocean in Patagonia: 

Source: Concha 'e Loco Divers

Conclusion

If you still have not had the chance to visit southern Chile, or have visited but not yet dared do these unusual outdoor activities, we invite you to enjoy one of the most exceptional experiences, in contact with the endemic flora and fauna of the south of our country.

We hope that this guide to non-competitive activities will inspire you to plan an unforgettable trip.

You can contribute to the conservation of Patagonia while traveling the southernmost region of the world or from the comfort of our computer at home.

 

Help protect Patagonia from the comfort of your home


Help protect Patagonia from the comfort of your home 

From buying items made with recycled materials to donating money to help create new national parks. Find out how you can do your bit to protect Chilean Patagonia. And all online.

Chilean Patagonia hosts one of the most substantial diversity of landscapes, climates, cultures, and ecosystems in the world. You will be sure to notice this when you visit any of its attractions between the Gulf of Corcovado and Cape Horn.

For this reason, tourism in the area is characterized by exploring its different natural wonders, as well as conserving its geography, geology, ecology, and history. How? Through a series of initiatives that contribute to protecting this unique territory.

Even if you have no plans to travel to Patagonia but still want to collaborate, here are three ways you can support its conservation from the comfort of your own home. Take note!

 

Buy recycled products made in Patagonia

If you like original objects or giving gifts with meaning, while providing work to people in the northernmost part of Patagonia, the company Vivo en Pass recycles waste by making products and souvenirs that range from pictures made from pallets to mandalas made with canvas remnants.

The initiative is led by Pamela Silva, a young entrepreneur with years of experience in waste management and known in the area for taking recycling to new limits, such as giving a new use and value to worn objects. Given the lack of a formal recycling market in the Los Lagos region, she decided to dedicate herself to treating plastic waste.

This project not only allows Puerto Montt’s craftspeople to make crafts but also to exhibit their creativity in shops in this city and in Puerto Varas. The products are also available online for dispatch throughout Chile, packaged in 100% recycled materials.

 

Support Futaleufú Riverkeeper

In its effort to keep the planet’s waterways totally clean and defend the right to a healthy environment, NGO Futaleufú Riverkeeper has been protecting the Futaleufú watershed and surrounding area for six years.

This foundation belongs to an international conservation network and is responsible for informing and mobilizing community leaders to defend their rights to clean water and protect the Futaleufú River, famous worldwide for its Class V rapids, turquoise waters, and perfect fly fishing conditions.

If you support its cause, you can like its Facebook page, which will keep you up to date on all its activities and other initiatives to protect the area’s natural and cultural heritage. If you want to do more, you can donate money to the organization through a bank transfer.

 

Contribute to the creation of a new national park in Patagonia

Thanks to the land donation US business tycoon Douglas Tompkins’ foundation (Tompkins Conservation) to the Chilean state, the government is set to create a total of five new national parks in Chilean Patagonia and will expand three more.

Together with Pumalín National Park, the Patagonia National Park is another emblematic nature reserve which is already open to the public with 263,000 hectares dedicated to protecting one of the wildest places left on Earth. Nonetheless, environmentalists behind this significant initiative are calling for more people to participate in what they call a unique opportunity in life.

The foundation welcomes volunteers who want to join the restoration program through internships, taking on specific project tasks, as well as followers who talk about its work and progress, donors, and those who support its public campaigns through platforms such as Facebook.

 

Conclusion

The Internet provides different ways to support a mission as noble as the conservation of Chilean Patagonia. Better still, donating money is not the only way to help; it is enough just to have a little time and a willing disposition.

And if you still haven’t been to this corner of the world, visiting is an excellent way of contributing to its conservation. So get inspired and get tips on the best way to plan a trip to Patagonia.

Another way to explore Patagonia is by bike, an adventure that attracts thousands of travelers from different nationalities to the end of the world.

 

Traveling by motorcycle through Chilean Patagonia


Traveling by motorcycle through Chilean Patagonia 

Traveling by motorcycle is a challenge at the best of times but even more so if the destination is southern Chile (or the end of the world). In this case, you need to take into account inclement weather, poor road conditions, lack of services and vast distances between cities, among others.

Although you have to be more prepared to make this trip, thousands of travelers prefer exploring an area this way.

 

What attracts motorcyclists to experience this adventure?

How can one prepare for a motorcycle trip? Motorcycle expert Hagai Yardeny gave GQ magazine several tips including being reasonable with the luggage, studying the weather beforehand to avoid surprises, and finding a reliable bike rental place.

But when it comes to Chilean Patagonia, you should take twice as much care. All the same, there are several ways to make a trip on a motorcycle; you can organize it independently or leave everything in the hands of expert agencies.

One of Chilean Patagonia’s must-see spots is Torres del Paine. So if you want to get there from the cities of Santiago or Puerto Montt you will have to travel long distances and, on many routes, you’ll have to take a ferry to cross fjords and channels.

 

From Portland to Tierra del Fuego

On their first date, US citizens Tara and Ernie talked about traveling to Patagonia by motorcycle. Sometime later they did. They toured from the city of Portland, Oregon, to the region of Tierra del Fuego to see the Magellanic penguins.

The Navimag ferry was one of the highlights of their trip. It allowed them to rest and see landscapes they would never have seen on another route.

What was the experience like? Why did you want to discover Chilean Patagonia in this way?

 


Conclusion

There are many ways to discover Patagonia. For those who ride a motorcycle, this destination is a great alternative to experience the freedom that travel gives and to enjoy nature.

If you are worried about distances and getting tired halfway, sailing on a Navimag ferry allows you to rest while continuing on your journey.

If you travel to taste the Patagonian flavors, be sure to take your stomach to one of these new gastronomic bets. 

 

Discover four gastronomic options in Chilean Patagonia


Discover four gastronomic options in Chilean Patagonia 

Visiting Chilean Patagonia means taking a total break or daring to experience an adventure.

 

But it’s always important to relax after a full-day excursion. And what better way than discovering one of the visitors’ four favorite restaurants in the country’s southernmost region?

 

Here’s a list of the unmissable places to eat out that are the locals’ best-ranked new gastronomical options.

1. For those who love tradition but with a modern touch

Are you looking for dishes made from fresh vegetables and herbs from an organic garden? Then don’t miss the Saltos del Paine Hotel and Restaurant. Fernando Valenzuela is the chef at this exclusive restaurant in Puerto Natales.

It’s the ideal place for exacting people who like a novel, fresh dishes, with a modern touch but which are still traditional. Also, if you don’t want to move too much after dinner, you can stay in the hotel and get a good night’s sleep in a quiet, cozy place close to the center.

 

2.- Aysén’s new Patagonian cuisine

If you want to try a restaurant where the accent is placed on local produce and which, since 2007, has created true works of art regarding flavor and color, you should visit Restaurant Dalí in Coyhaique.

 

This place is characterized by its new gastronomic offer using local products prepared with a creative personal touch, in which eating becomes a real experience. Also, the restaurant stands out for providing an ideal atmosphere to relax in good company with personalized and exclusive service.

Restaurant Dalí in Coyhaique

Source: Patagonia Por Descubrir

 

3.- For fans of good beer and generous portions

It is one of the best restaurants in southern Chile with regards to quality and price. We’re talking about the popular Restaurant Villarrica in Villa Cerro Castillo.

The service is quick and attentive, and the best thing is the big portions, including the Churrasco Patagón (steak sandwich) and the Lomo a lo Pobre (steak, chips and fried eggs). It is best to wash it all down with beer.

After a hearty lunch, we recommend that you do an excursion to the spectacular surroundings of Cerro Castillo.

 

4.-Where Africa and Patagonia meet

Located in the city of Puerto Natales, Afrigonia is a fusion-type restaurant where Patagonian ingredients are mixed with the incredible flavors of Africa, such as Ceviche Malindi – made from salmon, coconut milk, mango, curry, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger - or lamb with mint sauce accompanied by Tsavo potatoes.

The owners are Chilean Nathalie Raffer and her Zambian husband, Kamal Nawaz. It also offers alternatives for vegetarians and vegans and gluten-free food.

The restaurant is characterized by having a select menu for demanding palates, as well as a mixture of flavors that turn out to be delicious. It also has a games room in the bar, another unique aspect that makes this place a must-see in Patagonia.

 

Afrigonia

Source: Official Facebook page of Afrigonia, Puerto Natales

Chilean Patagonia offers a wide variety of gastronomic options, specially prepared by chefs who search far and wide for the best ingredients to enchant their guests.

Patagonian cuisine features different types of proteins, fish, and seafood, flavors brought out by the freshest and finest herbs.We hope these gastronomic temptations are a good excuse for visiting southern Chile. 

 

Conclusion

Patagonia offers unique opportunities to discover it as a solo traveler or someone looking for alternative traveling. If you want to live something different, dare to live the experience of exploring this remote corner of the planet.