ABOUT TRAVELING TO PATAGONIA
Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region is formed by the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts; a western one towards the Pacific Ocean and an eastern one towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia. The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Reloncaví Estuary.
The name Patagonia comes from the word patagón used by Magellan in 1520 to describe the native people that his expedition thought to be giants. It is now believed that the people he called the Patagons were Tehuelches, who tended to be taller than Europeans of the time.
Bariloche, El Chalten Patagonia and District Lakes used to be wild lands of only Gauchos, Horses , Guitars , Fireplaces and few fist fights on drunk guitar nights, dealing for a woman or so!!!
Those days are over, and now for long time we have accommodation of all types for every taste. I recommend the following places:
Buenos Aires Accomodation, Recoleta, Nicest of Buenos Aires with access to everywhere
In the center of Recoleta nice AIRBNB:
Nice Hotel in Recoleta, Nicest of Buenos Aires with access to everywhere
Best deal AIRBNB apartament: https://airbnb.com/h/barilochestudio
Hostel with private rooms- book in advance- excellent to meet travelers and make friends
www.santarita.com.ar-Lake view – nice but basic- Graciela is a sweet person and I recommend this hotel for a simple, relaxing moments without spending too much!
www.hosterialasmarianas.com– Nice cozy family owned hotel in downtown, helpful to hike into town, they speak good english and is hosted by a very warm family.
www.designsuites.com– 4 stars hotel- Nice not too pricey for what you get, but doesn’t have Patagonian personality!
www.soldelnahuel.com.ar– Very nice for the price you pay, with spa, bathtub, lake view, swimming pool in front of the lake! very reasonable price for what you get. Probably the one I ll recommend!
El Chalten accomodation:
http://www.hosteriaelpuma.com.ar/- One of the pioneers **** hosteria. Good style, fancy enough, cozy. Very recommended.
https://en.hotelpoincenot.com.ar/- Smaller cozy Hosteria right in downtown, access to all boulders, restaurants, river. Excellent quality, small hotel
https://ranchograndehostel.com.ar/– The most classic hostel of El Chalten with all facilities, amenities.
http://kaulem.com.ar/en/home/– Best small Boutique Hotel with limited amount of rooms. Cozy , small and very recommendable
http://www.senderoshosteria.com.ar/– Cozy Hosteria, Estancia style. Very good service and amenities
This is unnecessary since everything is double voltage now all around the World! But bring Euro plugins. As you know Patagonia is very European due all the inmigration we had beginning of 1900’s and later after WWII, so yes, we have 220 voltage here.
Spanish with a flirt Italian accent that people loves! So buy an Argentinien for the price is worth it and sell for the price he think he is worth it and you will be rich. Many people speaks fluent english.
HOW TO GET TO PATAGONIA
WHERE TO FLY, WHERE TO MEET?
Depending on the trip we do we meet you in your hotel or we pick you up in the Airport, here some helpful information
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN CHILE OR ARGENTINA:
EZE for Buenos Aires and for Santiago de Chile SCL
Depending on the trip we do you fly to:
Northern Patagonia, Lake Districts: For trips as Skiing Bariloche, Climbing Tronador, Lanin, Nahuel Huapi National Park , airport code is San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC)
Volcanoes Skiing or Andescrossing Bike trips:
For trips as skiing volcanoes in Chile or biking along the Andes, best airports are TEMUCO (PZS) or OSORNO (ZOS)
For trips as Climbing in Patagonia, Fitz Roy area, Torres del Paine, Glaciar Perito Moreno, you fly to (FTE) , El Calafate
Antarctica: You fly to Ushuaia (USH)
Remote Cerro Castillo area: Fly to Balmaceda airport
And for our Mountain porpoises we divide the region in three main areas:
SEASONS IN THE PATAGONIAN ANDES
Summer: From December to March, expect warm temps in Northern Patagonia as 25 celsius, but also windy days, and 0 celsius sporadically. In Southern Patagonia around 10 celsius and the mountains can deliver from sun and warm to very cold temps under 0 celsius.
Winter: From July to end of September, but October is also a good Ski month. Temps in between -10 c and 0 C.
Spring: October to December. Very nice for ski touring volcanoes, Tronador , Lanin , San Lorenzo and all the big mountains
Fall: From April to june- The early fall is amazing for the colors you can find in the mountains, all gets red and shinny. Late fall , may and june is a bit cold and rainy. Not the best season to travel here.
ARGENTINA SKI RESORTS
The most modern ski resort in South America, located 20km from the town of Bariloche.
Small resort with great backcountry terrain on the north shore of the Nahuel Huapi lake. Located 10 km from Villa La Angostura and 90km from Bariloche.
La Hoya Ski Area
Tiny resort with the best backcountry ever. Located near Esquel, 350 km south of Bariloche.
A good medium-sized resort with a nice little town 20 km from San Martin de los Andes.
1500 km north of Northern Patagonia, worldwide first-class Freeride terrain. Could be tricky due to weather, but when it is good, it is awesome! Excellent backcountry access!