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Best Things To Do in Chilean Patagonia

With picturesque trails and verdant forests on the slopes of the Andes, Patagonia's untamed frontier is an adventurer's playground. Its attractions include everything from horseback riding to white-water rafting. Venture to Isla Magdalena to admire the Magellanic penguins that mingling on the shore before heading farther south to explore Torres del Paine National Park. Just don't skip out on strolling through Southern Chilean Patagonia's quaint fishing towns or sipping on a glass of the local vino as you gaze at the striking scenery.

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  • #1
    Southern Chilean Patagonia
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    Occupying the southernmost area of the country, Southern Chilean Patagonia (SCP) draws visitors looking to admire the breathtaking landscape. Most visitors flock to Chile's southernmost province—also known as Magallanes (named after 16th-century conquistador Ferdinand Magellan)—to admire Patagonia's breathtaking landscape. From Magallanes' capital city,Punta Arenas, you can journey toTorres del Paineto

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    Torres del Paine National Park
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    Exulted as one of the most scenic hiking venues on the planet, Torres del Paine National Park draws admirers from far and wide. You'll marvel at jaw-dropping vistas at nearly every point along the trails—aquamarine lakes, lush forests, glistening Glacier Grey, and, of course, the soaring granite Cuernos del Paine

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    Tierra del Fuego
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    This enchanting triangular archipelago is separated from the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia by the Strait of Magellan and has captivated the minds of explorers, scientists, and curious wanderers. Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan first arrived here about 500 years ago, cruising through Tierra del Fuego's remote straits on a quest

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    Cape Horn
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    #4 in Chilean Patagonia
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    Notorious for welcoming guests with strong gusts of wind, icebergs, and rocky waters, Cape Horn's dark black cliff (known as the "Horn") has enchanted travelers since the 1600s. This alluring cape just south ofTierra del Fuegoonce served as the gateway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Before the Panama Canal

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    Punta Arenas
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    Skirting the Strait of Magellan, this bustling city serves as the central base for exploringSouthern Chilean Patagonia's premier attractions. Here, you'll spot throngs of intrepid hikers gearing up for exploringTorres del Paineand wildlife-enthusiasts flocking toIsla Magdalenato mingle with Magellanic penguins. 

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    Coyhaique
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    Perched below an immense basalt cliff and enclosed by rolling hills and emerald lakes, Coyhaique boasts dramatic vistas from almost every angle. From November through May, fly-fishermen congregate here to cast their lines in the Simpson and Coyhaique rivers, which are known for their trout and salmon populations. While exploring

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    Porvenir
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    Porvenir (meaning "future") is a beautiful settlement inSouthern Chilean Patagonia, located on Chile's sliver ofTierra del Fuego. As a former port for European immigrants during the 1800s gold rush, Porvenir has played host to a diverse mix of residents. Today, however, its population is primarily comprised of Croatians and northern

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    Isla Magdalena
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    Over 120,000 Magellanic penguins flock to Isla Magdalena's Monumento Natural Los Pingüinos. Located about two and a half hours northeast ofPunta Arenasby boat, Isla Magdalena features a well-marked trail that visitors can take to follow the path of the penguin colonies. These playful penguins entertain visitors as they call out

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    Puerto Natales
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    This coastal town perched above Seno Última Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) serves as the base for exploringTorres del Paine National Park. The town itself may not seem all that exciting, with only a small collection of restaurants and wooden shack-like homes. But take a closer look and you'll discover this

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