I was able to discover this region thanks to the incredible invitation from recorreaysen.cl All opinions are my own based on my experience.
The Patagonia is a vast area filled with magic. Glaciers, mountains, firjods, rivers, fill the end of the world and in my humble opinion is one of the worlds most beautiful destinations. Chile’s Patagonia is so large that it’s difficult to explore it all if you’re crunched for time. Torres del Paine is the Patagonia’s most popular destination with approximately 250,000 visitors a year. If you’re looking for something a little more isolated or something new, I want to highly recommend exploring the northern part of Patagonia in a region called Aysen.
Here are My 5 Reasons Why:
Number 1: Perfect Road Trip Destination
Who doesn’t love a good trip? Turn up the tunes and explore Patagonia on one of the most iconic routes of South America. Starting in Puerto Montt, the Carretera austral hugs along the mountains and goes through 1240 km of the Aysen region until reaching Villa O’ Higgins. It’s recommended to take about 15 days to do the entire route. This gives you enough time to drive explore different towns. If you’re pressed for time, 7 days will allow you to only explore only one side of the route. Which one is the best? That’s a tough question that only you can only. Each side has so many things to offer and is completely different than one another.
Number 2: It’s Full of Outdoor Adventures
Many of you might already know about the marble cathedrals in this area. While they are beautiful, this attraction is just one of the countless outdoors activities available in the region; trekking, horseback riding, kayak, boat excursions, helicopter rides, fly fishing, natural infinity pools, white water rafting, waterfalls, the list goes on and on.
Number 3: Did I Mention Glaciers?
This region is the beginning point of Chile’s Ice fields which has some of the most breathtaking glaciers that must be seen before they are gone. (Climate change is real people). San Rafael national park is the most popular place to see a glacier up close. However there are several opportunities to see more glaciers in the northern and southern region. You can explore them by foot, boat, and even by helicopter.
Number 4: Southern Hospitality is Out of This World
I’ve found that southern people, no matter where you go in the world, are the most welcoming, friendliest, and warm hearted people on earth. The southern people of Chile definitely has its charm. They are so proud of their region and want to show you everything and go above and beyond to make you feel at home. Don’t even get me started with the food. Want a real southern home cooked meal? This is the place to go.
Number 5: Untouched by Mass Tourism
This region has so many places that haven’t been developed yet by huge corporate agencies. There are so many family businesses that are passionate about what they do. I don’t know about you but When i visit family run business i feel like im treated better, I’m not just another number, the service is much more personalized and I leave the place, tour, restaurante knowing that the money I just spend there goes directly to support that family’s small business and the local people.
Have I convinced you yet? You really need to come to the Patagonia to understand how beautiful this place is. I spent 7 days in the region and I’ve fallen in love. This is definitely a destination that I’ll be visiting more than once in my lifetime.
For more information about this region please check out recorreaysen.cl they have an overwhelming amount of information about things to do, how to move around, and places to stay.