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Chilean Patagonia Travel Guide

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With its aura of remote romance, wind-whipped Chilean Patagonia attracts those travelers with an eye for beauty and a zest for adventure. Icy glaciers plunge into emerald lakes; wild fjords snake through hardwood forests; and the Andes' dramatic peaks ascend into swirling clouds and mist. It's hardly surprising that Chilean Patagonia's fabled lands have lured Magellan, Darwin, and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Spend a day getting acquainted with the quirky ... continue»

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When to Visit Chilean Patagonia

The best time to visit Chilean Patagonia is November to early March (summertime in the southern hemisphere). Although you'll compete with heavy crowds during this peak season, the weather is ideal for exploring Torres del Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego. September, October, and November (spring) welcome colorful blooms, while March, April, and May (fall) usher in autumnal hues. Both times of year experience mild temperatures and fewer crowds. Avoid visiting between June and August (winter), when most attractions close and Southern Chilean Patagonia empties out. No matter when you visit, remember to pack layers and a sturdy windbreaker to shield yourself from Patagonia's chilly year-round winds.

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Getting Around Chilean Patagonia

The best ways to get around Chilean Patagonia are by car or plane. You can explore most areas by car, but you'll end up spending most of your vacation on the road. Unless you plan on visiting for a week or longer, you'll have to pick and choose your destinations within Chilean Patagonia. Numerous airlines allow you to easily hop between cities. You can also sail between cities on a ferry, but sea journeys are often attached to a hefty price tag. Conversely, buses are an affordable way to get around, but they're difficult to navigate and don't reach some must-see attractions.

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