Senior Travel to Patagonia

Mar 25th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Well seniors… ready for a really long trip south?  I mean way way south to the tip of Argentina. The Argentine part of the area is Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Patagonia: a word that transports the reader to a magic, fascinating territory. As vast as it is unknown, it is conjured up in our imagination in many different ways. It has always been a land of conquest and colonization, ever since Fernando Magellan discovered the Patagonian coast and the Strait that bears his name. In Spanish the Estrecho de Magallanes, channel linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, lies between the mainland tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego Island. 

Ready to see a million penguins?  I can’t believe that someone actually counted them…can you? Anyway they come to Patagonia each year, along with the warm and longer days of spring.  They arrive along the Patagonia coasts. Punta Tombo is the most important Magellan Penguins colony within Patagonia. Half a million of them populate this place every year in order to breed. The first ones arrive in September and stay there up to mid March.

An ideal option in order to master two of southern Patagonia’s major sites: first, a visit to the majestic Glaciers with their magical, blue ices (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and finally, Tierra del Fuego, the uttermost End of the World. Descubre Patagonia provides good information on cities, activities and recent news on the area. 

Its geography is divided by the Andes Mountain Range, which runs almost equal in two perfectly defined regions; it features in the north area a plain scenery and has Rio Grande as the most important town. To the south the mountains reign with their valleys that get into the ocean: here you will find Ushuaia. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, on the shores of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Islands Province, and its superlative location allows you to enjoy sea, mountains and forests at the same time. Besides, it is a great place for shopping: the whole island is a tax free zone, thus you can find lots of imported goods along with regional products.  

I know from experience that a good map is always an asset and this one will help you to locate Ushuaia and the area.  Chile is very near to this area and in fact Tierra del Fuego is split in two by Chile and Argentina. Tierra del Fuego (tyĕrä dĕl fwāgō), [Span.=land of fire], archipelago, 28,476 sq mi (73,753 sq km), off S South America, separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan. It consists of one large island,  five medium-sized islands, and numerous small islands, islets, and rocks separated by many inlets and channels. The Andes extend through the western part, and the plateau of Patagonia continues into the eastern section. Read more:

Before you take off on a tour, be sure to check out the weather as the seasons are different in the southern hemisphere.  I remember well spending a month in northern Argentina in July and it was darn cold.  This is an excellent site for knowing what it will be like during any month of the year. 

If you know some Spanish, this site might be fun for you to read all about Patagonia as it provides lots of useful information.  PS…you may just want to pack your earmuffs too.  jeb

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