My Top 10 Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia was one of my favourite places in South America, with national parks that never end, fjords and forests that intertwine and mountain chains that become ice fields and glaciers.
These are my top 10 highlights from travelling through Patagonia for 2 months, ordered from North to South Patagonia.
1. Hiking Volcano Villarrica
We're talking hiking into the crater of a volcano with actual lava in it. ACTUAL lava! LAVA!!!
PLUS we got to hike on ice, and then slide down the snow on the way back down. This was a pricey trip for us but so challenging and worth it.
2. Rafting & Hiking Futaleufu
Futaleufu is a magical town at the start of Patagonia, nestled amongst mountains and woods, and famous for its white water rafting.
When I was floating along the crystal clear Futaleufu River, surrounding by mountain peaks and endless woods, I truly thought "Yes, this is the Patagonia I've been dreaming of."
3. Hitch-hiking the Carretera Austral
The Carretera Austral is an infamous Chilean highway that winds through some of the most remote mountains, glaciers and fjords of Patagonia.
Hitchhiking the Carretera Austral is a Chilean rite of passage. The way is long, remote and beautiful, full of friendly people, gravel roads and little surprises.
4. Pizzas and Craft BeerS
Can I get an amen for BBQ Chicken pizza.
Patagonia was full of culinary surprises with fresh flavours and awesome local beers, made from the pure and delicious Patagonian glacier water. I don't know if the water actually was more tasty or if it was the sweet taste of placebo, but I loved it.
5. Kayaking the Marble Caves
The 'Marble Caves' are a set of caves being carved by the glowing blue waters of Lake General Carrera.
I was literally kayaking in a dream.
6. Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Chile Chico
The most epic hitch-hike I've done.
Insane views of Lake General Carrera from the back of a horse transporter truck, made all the sweeter by the 2 days of painful waiting it took to get picked up haha.
Holding on for life as wind and dirt whipped our faces.
7. Climbing & Hiking El Chalten
8. Glacier Perito Mereno
Perito Mereno is one of the biggest and most visited glaciers in Patagonia. It is pricey but, oh man, I could have stayed here all day. You'd think you'd get sick of looking at a glacier after a few hours but NO! ALL DAY, I could have stayed here.
9. Torres Del Paine 5-Day W-Trek
The W-Trek was seriously 5 days of non-stop beauty. I don't even know one hike could have this much non-stop beauty. I could barely keep walking because I kept getting distracted by how beautiful everything was.
I don't even know who that guy is. It was just too beautiful to NOT take the shot.
10. Mountain biking Puerto Natales
I'm not going to lie, I was in pain for much of this 5-hour ride. Please get padded seats if you ever go. Also I'm terrible at uphills, I feel like they suck my soul.
But the beauty!!! Now that the pain is a distant memory, I can safely say this was actually one of the most beautiful places I've biked.
Plus, a dog started following us! It was so magical watching the mountains fly by as he ran by my side. I felt like I was in a movie, besides the fact that the dog actually ran faster uphill than I could bike haha....
And that's a wrap!
Please do go to Patagonia, if you were ever considering it and love nature and mountains. In actual fact, I just called this post "Top 10 Patagonia Highlights" because I thought that was an easily-digestible title but really the list is basically just my entire Patagonia trip because everything was a highlight haha.
If you have any questions, just let me know! Thanks for reading, my favourite website readers in the whole world.