Patagonia is a nature destination for the bucket list. The region, which can be explored coming from the Argentinian or Chilean side, is brimming with stunning natural treasures and wonders. Breathtaking glaciers, wildlife, the dense old forests, and awe-inspiring towering peaks and mountains are just some of the best things you can find while exploring the area. If you are thinking of traveling to Patagonia, here are just some of the unmissable sights and places you will want to see with your own eyes.
1. Cueva de las Manos (Cave of the Hands)
Where: Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Why go: The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its cave art, which dates back from 13,000 to about 9,000 years ago. Some of the art that can be found in the caves include the paintings of human hands.
2. The Dinosaur Route
Where: Northwest Patagonia
Why go: Follow the footsteps of dinosaurs that have once walked in the area where paleontologists say their skeletons are buried. Some of the route’s must-see sights are the Plaza Huincul located near where the fossil of the biggest dinosaur was unearthed, Lago Barreales and Lago Barreales Paleontological Center among others.
3. Punta Tombo National Reserve
Where: Chubut Province, Argentina
Why go: Home to a colony of hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins, Punta Tombo National Reserve is also a great spot to watch the birds of Patagonia including Black oystercatchers, rock cormorants, and more.
4. Torres del Paine National Park
Where: Chilean Patagonia
Why go: Torres del Paine National Park is an outdoor lovers’ vast playground with plenty of beautiful hiking trails and outstanding nature scenery. Some of the area’s best natural treasures and not-to-be-missed sights are the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Cordillera Paine, Grey Lake, Lake Pehoé, Nordenskjöld Lake, Salto Grande, and W-Trail.