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In an area almost as big as France and Texas combined, with pollution and population more on the scale of a desert island, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in Patagonia’s pristine wilderness. Spend nights under the stars after days in huge ranches; lose yourself in geological formations with few parallels in tortuousness and stark beauty; discover the secret paths to Chile across the Andes; find your true self in an isolated cabin; meet and get to know the indigenous Mapuche and Tehuelche peoples; drift across the Steppe and visit towns and villages time has left behind; leave footprints where few have trodden before. In a land which has been fortunate to have missed relentless destruction of ‘civilisation’, Patagonia is as wild today as it was when Darwin visited and as it was one thousand years before then. The forests, mountains and rivers still awe every visitor; the best drinking water is still found in lakes; glaciers still advance and do battle with rivers in their track; local plant species are still harvested for their medicinal properties; the preserved remains of dinosaurs and ancient trees still lie together scattered in stone across the landscape.

 
Description
Duration Base Location
NW
WP
Animal Magic in  Península Valdés. Check out the bird, animal and sea life around the shores of Península Valdés, including stops at Puerto Pirámides, Punta Delgada, Caleta Valdes and Punta Norte. See whales,  penguins, rhea, guanaco, mara, foxes, armadillos. Stroll around the beaches and watch giant (up to 16 feet long and weighing 5 tons) elephant seals guarding their harems. And if you're lucky, you'll see killer whales (orcas) swim up the beach to take sea lion pups.
1 to 2 days East
WP
Jurassic Park. Palaeontological Museum Trelew (MEF) - a great showcase of the dinosaur finds in Patagonia, where new species are being discovered every day.
3 hours East
WP
Stones and Bones in a Lunar Landscape. The Petrified Forest in Sarmiento: see leaves, roots and trunks 65 million years old and Aboriginal art slightly younger.
1 day East
or West
WE
WP
Crossing the Desert. The journey from one side of the country to the other is indescribable. Today's road follows the route of the original settlers along the course of the river Chubut for two hundred kilometres of the 600+ kilometre journey. There is a handful of settlements on the way across and little has changed since the original settlers found their way across and since man first came to this region more than 10,000 years ago. 
1 day East
or west
WE
WP
The Upper Chubut Valley. Continuing on the route of the first settlers up the Upper Chubut Valley through scenery which resembles a combination of Death Valley, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. A 4x4 adventure in a fusion of extinct volcanoes, petrified forests, unexplored canyons and remnants of ancient settlements of Tehuelche Indians. 
1-3 days West
WE
WP
Around Trevelin. A tour of Cwm Hyfryd, the beautiful valley, with visits to a working mill, the spectacular cascades at Nant y Fall, the regional museum and many of the sites of Welsh historical interest.
1 day West
WE
WP
4WD adventure in Ruta Rifleros. An 200 kilometre journey on the rough track followed by the original settlers when they first discovered Trevelin. Through unsurpassable scenery with condors watching you all the way. Returning via Arroyo Pescado (Nant y Pysgod), the site where North American bandits murdered Llwyd ap Iwan, the son of the founder of the Welsh Colony, Michael D Jones. The real hidden Patagonia.
Half day West
WP
Ski Centre La HoyaEnjoy the powder and the views on the outskirts of Esquel where a season's pass cost less a round of Hot Chocolates at St Moritz. The ski season runs from June to October. In the summer, you can just take the chairlift up to the slopes, hike the many trails or just enjoy the strong sun, clean air and a cooling drink.
Half or 1 day West
WP
4WD Adventures down Route 40.  The only route in South America to go down to the end of the Andes; take your time and explore the wonders of the region, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cave of the Hands, the cherry capital, Los Antiguos, the passes to Chile, the amazing towers at Torres del Paine and the spectacular glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park.
2-7 days West
WP
AU
Get away from it all. Spend a day or two (or more) in a hidden valley near Esquel in a picturesque working farm; experience the wonders of night skies with no industrial or light pollution; eat food free of preservatives and chemicals and be disturbed only by the call of the ibis or the shriek of the tero.
2 days West
WP
AU
Luxury Stay at an Andean Estancia. Approachable only via a 20 km track crossed by 3 rivers, this beautiful place is many people's definition of heaven on earth. No telephones or other inconveniences of the outside world to interrupt your enjoyment of trekking, fishing, riding, hunting or just relaxing with your friends and enjoying paradise.
2-4 nights West
WP, NW
Las Alerces National Park. Now part of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this is one of the most unspoilt areas on earth. Explore the area by foot and by boat; see glaciers and lakes of the purest water; gaze at the immensity of trees over 3,000 years old. And in the Park, nature is at its wildest: pumas and eagles still track the native deer and condors still track the pumas to claim their share of the leftovers.
Full day West
WP, NW
Torrecillas Glacier Trek. Enter the Los Alerces National Park by fast boat and ascend to the lake below the roaring and crashing glacier. A trek and visual experience which has few parallels.
Full day West
WP
Patagonian Adventure. Treat yourself to an energetic sporting or adventure day in the Andes (mountain biking, white water, fishing, hiking, 4x4 adventures, hunting, skiing).
Half or 1 day West
WP, AU
Fishing. Fishing deserves a whole section dedicated to itself! There are so many ways to try your luck in the region around Esquel (about to be officially named as the Fly Fishing capital of Argentina). Under Argentinean law, all water is public property and, if you can reach a fishing spot, you can fish it. All you need is to be in Argentina during the fishing season and with a local licence. It is your choice whether you stay in one or more private fishing lodges or whether you just hire local guides on a daily basis or whether you just go it alone with a map, a rod and a positive attitude. But whichever option you choose, practise casting in the wind before you come! And if you are the long-suffering partner of a fishing addict, don’t worry, there are many other things to do while the fish are being caught.
Lifetime! West
WP
Secret Paths to Chile. Travel in a 4x4 on dirt tracks and get a page of stamps in your passport as you cross the Andes and explore the magical Chilean region of Futaleufu. Or spend a few days on horseback exploring the area and sleeping in remote cabins.
Full day West
WP
Condor Spotting in the Andes. Visit the places only accessible in a 4x4 where condors roam the sky.
Half Day West
WP, AU
Mapuche Traditions. A trip to Lago Rosario, near Trevelin, to see Mapuche handicrafts; enjoy a traditional barbecue on a working farm and tour the farm in a 4x4. Earlier this year, a 500lb+ wild boar was shot here. 
Half day West
WP, AU
Floating down the River. Travel on a boat down the placid River Chubut from the Andes to the sea; see all the scenery and sleep under the stars. Relaxation at its finest.
3-5 days West



 
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