Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine

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.

Have you ever watched a film that featured such amazing nature scenery that eclipsed everything else? From nature documentaries to movies set in scenic locations, you’ll find plenty of films that will make you fall in love over and over again with nature. And here are just some of them.

A Good Year (2006)

Set in Provence, this British romantic comedy drama showcased breathtaking views of the countryside. The enchanting landscape and picturesque vineyards are just some of the most captivating things that will make you fall in love with the nature scenery in one of France’s beautiful regions.

Into The Wild (2007)

Into The Wild in based on the true story of Christopher McCandless who left his all the trappings of comfort and life behind after graduating from university. He set out on an adventure that eventually led him to the wilds of Alaska.

March of the Penguins (2005)

This nature documentary will change the way you look and feel about penguins. March of the Penguins captures some of the dramatic scenes and real tales of penguins living in one of the planet’s most extreme environments. See the wonders of the natural world and witness some of the things penguins have to endure to survive in the harshest conditions.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

All of LOTR films showcased some of New Zealand’s most stunning nature scenery. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring featured dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views that breathed life to the novels’ Middle Earth.

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries follows the journeys of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his friend as they traveled by motorcycle across South America. Setting out from Brazil and traveling as far as Peru, this film offers a glimpse into the natural beauty of the region.

forest bathing

forest bathing

If you rarely spend time in parks and nature areas, you are missing out on many of the benefits you can get from the experience. Fortunately, it is never too late to start to discover the many good things that can happen when you carve out some time for nature and the wide array of activities you can do outdoors. And the best part about investing time with parks and nature spaces is that you get to gain more from it.

1. Parks provide a space for relaxation, fun, and adventures. Whether you are looking for a soothing place to refresh your mind and body or spend time for fun and play, parks and nature areas offer a wide array of options you can enjoy.

2. Parks promote physical activity. They are among the best places to go for a walk, a run, or a bike ride. The bigger parks likewise offer many trails to explore, lakes to swim in or paddle on, hills or mountains to climb, and more. And the best thing about parks is that you get pursue a lot of physical activities surrounded by nature’s breathtaking beauty.

3. Parks improves mental health. Spending time with nature reduces stress that boosts mental health and overall wellbeing. In Japan, there is a practice called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing that has been proven to have rejuvenating effects to both mind and body.

4. Parks play a crucial role in preventing chronic diseases. Better air quality, recreational areas for physical activities and sports, and tranquil spaces for quality rest are just some of the things that provide the perfect setting for a more active and relaxed lifestyle that could help prevent health conditions like obesity and diabetes.

5. Parks build a sense of community. From small neighborhood parks to vast national parks, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and spend time with those in your immediate community. They provide a space for human connections and offer ways to volunteer for a good cause.