Patagonia Travel

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Patagonia travel will surely take you to a world-renowned place of natural beauty, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Honored as a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this park is always included in land-based Eco Tours. Noted for its majestic mountains, lakes of different colors, amazing glaciers, and interesting wildlife, this park offers many different kinds of experiences for visitors interested in Patagonia travel.

The park is a hiker's dream. The Torres del Paine circuit around its famous craggy mountains is considered a classic trek. With the elevation, hikers have breathtaking views of Patagonia glaciers, rivers, lakes, and forests throughout the park. If hikers opt for the full circuit, it is normally achieved in seven-nine days and is rated moderate in difficulty.

Patagonia Travel and Wildlife

There are many trails and roads within the park; camping is permitted. Hostels are available for lodging, and there are shelters along one of the famous hikes around Paine Massif. Many kinds of birds and wildlife are common throughout the park, including the familiar puma, or mountain lion. The Andean condor can fly as high as 15,000 feet at speeds of nearly 35 miles an hour. Using updrafts, this huge bird rarely flaps its wings, but glides on wind currents high above the earth.

A truly unique creature is the guanaco, a relative of the llama. These animals live in groups and greet one another with turkey gobbles and vomit that consists of semi-chewed grass. The name "Patagonia" means "big feet," and is thought to have been a reference to the height and build of native Indians by European explorers. Although it has no relevance today, the name is permanently affixed to this vast, glorious region that is a premier destination for Patagonia travel.

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