Lowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
Went there in college, had a great time and would go back in a heart beat. Of course, Continental had DC10's then, so it was a while ago. Mostly I got around via bus, since it was cheap and widely avialable. There is a glacier, whose name escapes me at the moment(begins with a U), but is worth the trip. On the Chilean side, the Torres del Paine are also amazing. Try to go in the fall or early winter. Not as crowded then. Enjoy.
Yu138086 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 days ago) and read 1950 times:
Patagonia is the beautiful heartland of Argentina. There are many sights within Patagonia to see. From Buenos Aires just take a plane or bus to where you want to go. The Perito Moreno glaciar is a sight to behold and its beauty does not come cheap but its simply breathtaking. The seven river (siete lagos) route through the Andes mountains is also stunningly beautuful. Very serene and picturesque. If you want to get away from the madness of industrialisation, this is the place to come. If you're a fisherman, you'll catch some of the best trout in the Patagonia lakes. Hunting is also good game. Here is a link to help you... http://www.travelsur.net/
Quoting PPVRA (Reply 7): No idea what that is. I did a google search and came across a weird whale with legs that lived in Pakistan in pre-historic times.... I figured that's not what you were asking for.
Well, if anyone wants to know the true POWER of the Killer Whale... research the "Walking Whales" of Patagonia:
these b!tches are so intense that they will actually inchworm their way out of the water, sometimes completely onto a beach; to grab seals or whatever prey they may be after. They've developed such overall body-strength that they can compress their internal organs to move around on land, in ways that would strand any other whale/dolphin; even other Orcas who lack the breeding/experience for the maneuver.
I've thusfar only seen this on TV, but it's something I hope to observe in person very soon!
Maybe because Patagonia is shared by Chile and Argentina.
Anyway, Patagonia is a great place. But you should get a guide before planning to come down here, as "Patagonia" is not a very defined region, at least in Chile. Foreign guides say that the chilean Patagonia begins in the city of Temuco, but for us, it begins south of Puerto Montt (you should see a map). The chilean side is completely green, filled with forests, fiords and glaciers (probably like British Columbia, Alaska and Norway). From what I know (I might be mistaken), the argentinian Patagonia that is right beside the Andes, is like the chilean side, but if you go closer to the Atlantic ocean, it gets dryer and also with much less trees, with a "african savannah" look.
Also, the argentinian side is more populated, with bigger cities.The chilean side has almost no population, as it is very difficult to connect cities by road (glaciers in the middle).
If you want to see the "walking whales", you should go to Argentinian Patagonia. But I reccomend you to visit both sides...and visit Torres del Paine National Park, near Puerto Natales, in Chile, because it is amazing.
Marambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1169 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1886 times:
Quoting Derico (Reply 13): There is a glacier in the Province of Santa Cruz called Uppsala, which sounds like a Swedish name or something, maybe after an explorer or pioneer in the area...
The Upsala glaciar is named after the Swedish city of Uppsala. Scientist from the University of Uppsala were the ones who basically discovered the glaciar about a century ago. The city's name was adapted onto a somewhat more Spanish-looking spelling, thus the missing p!
The walking wales:
As far as I know there are no walking wales in Patagonia, at least on the Argentine side. This said, thousands of people congregate every year in the Valdez Peninsula to see the Southern Frank Whale (Ballena Franca Austral), a unique specimen that lives near Antarctica and during the winter months goes up to warmer places to reproduce.
The best place to see the Southern Frank Whales is the town of Puerto Madryn, in Chubut province. Puerto Madryn is a touristic hot-spot, so you will find lots of different kinds of accomodations, restaurants and everything you'll need. The city itself has an airport (PMY), served by American Falcon (WK) and LADE (5U) from Buenos Aires. You may also look for flights to nearby airport of Trelew (REL), which gets daily service from Buenos Aires by Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR), LADE and Southern Winds (A4), although due to its current situation I wouldn't book my flights on the latter. Getting from REL to Puerto Madryn takes no time and it usually is cheap.
Anything else you may want to know, I'll be glad to answer your questions.
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