Patagonia is most definitely a contender for the most beautiful place in the world, boasting stunning vistas at every turn, paths untrodden by the masses, towering snow-capped mountains and a multitude of lakes varying in many colours.
Horseback rides across a rugged landscape
Spend some time with a local gaucho (cowboy) at Estancia Huechahue in Neuquen, Argentina, who will take you galloping across Patagonia’s outstretched land as you sit back and enjoy the views. The cattle ranch’s riding itinerary includes visits to basalt canyons and the burial grounds of Tehuelche natives. The gauchos will also be able to tell you more about the area’s history, flora, fauna and wildlife.
Hike up to the Torres del Paine National Park
The Torres del Paine National Park near Chile’s Puerto Natales will undoubtedly and literally blow you away with its spectacular views and strong, bustling winds. Its rugged green landscapes and snowy, towering mountain peaks offer plenty of hiking opportunities and the turquoise glacial lakes will leave you with rare and gorgeous views.
Not far from Punta Arenas, Chile, is the popular penguin-spotting Magdalena Island where you can see Magellanic penguins waddling around and an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs migrating there each summer to raise their young. The lesser-known Parque Pingüino Rey on the coast of Bahia Inutil is where you’ll find the only colony of king penguins outside Antartica.
Relax in thermal baths
You won’t be feeling any chills when you’re surrounded by forests and wonderful views of snow-capped mountains at Termas Puyuhuapi’s thermal baths. Located near one of Chile’s most important hot springs, its waters can reach temperatures of over 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit), though the resort also has pools for relaxation that don’t exceed 47 degrees Celsius and are filled with magnesium, chromium and zinc to exfoliate and ease you.