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Trekking in the Patagonian Andes

most intensely glaciated

The Patagonian Andes have long been a source of mystery and amazement to outsiders. It is a region of natural wonders such as glaciers, volcanoes, cool temperate rainforests and alpine lakes.

Although it can be shortened considerably at the whim of the elements, the trekking season in the Patagonian Andes lasts a maximum of six months. It begins in mid November and can continue until mid May, by which time the southern winter is beginning to bite. Although each month has its own particular charms and drawbacks, for a balance of convenience and weather, February and March are overall the best two months for a trekking trip to the Patagonian Andes.

The Patagonian Andes are divided into 5 regions;
-The Araucania, which is extremely active vocanically, and offers a fascinating variety of natural phenomena such as many thermal springs, volcanoes and mountain lakes.

Lake District, which contains the greatest diversity of plants and animals found anywhere in Patagonia. The Lake District's outstanding scenery includes large glacier lakes, volcanic plateaus, fresh, clear streams and wild mountain passes, making this area a real delight to explore.

Central Patagonia, this region is remote, often extremely wet and have considerable problems of accessibility. Trekkers adventurous enough to visit this thinly settled region will be rewarder for their perseverence by its wild and untamed nature.

Southern Patagonia, this region is the most intensely glaciated part of South America. Unquestionably one of the world's most ruggedly beautiful places, southern Patagonia includes the internationally renowned Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks. Their towering granite peaks attract thousands of trekkers every year.

Tierra del Fuego. The largest of South America's islands, this is a a southern extension of the Patagonian mainland. As the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia has experienced extremely rapid growth over the last two decades. The small Museo del Fin del Mundo at the corner of Maipu and Rivadavia has an interesting collection of natural and local history.

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