What to visit in Patagonia in Summer (January and February)

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Patagonia in summer is an incredibly beautiful region full of wonderful places to visit during the summer. Although whale watching is no longer available in Peninsula Valdes, you can still visit the area where you will find Magellanic penguins in Punta Tombo and sea lions in the Peninsula as well as Guanacos, Choiques and Maras (the Patagonian hare).

Once you have visited Peninsula Valdes, you can head towards Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There, you can tour the Beagle Channel and go canoeing in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. You can also visit Estancia Harberton, a historical and cultural site with a wide range of outdoor activities.

From Ushuaia, you can continue your trip to El Calafate to see the famous Perito Moreno glacier and the other glaciers Spegazzini and Upsala. Los Glaciares National Park is one of Patagonia’s main attractions and is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the region.

If you like trekking, you can go to El Chaltén or Torres del Paine in Chile. These places are ideal for hiking and trekking, surrounded by mountains, glaciers and crystal clear lakes.

Finally, when you return to Buenos Aires, you can take a trip to Iguazú. There you can visit the impressive waterfalls and enjoy the natural beauty of the jungle of Misiones.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless, but time and budget are likely to be limited. Everything will depend on your preferences and time availability. The important thing is to enjoy Patagonia, one of the most beautiful and fascinating destinations in South America.

If you travel during the months of January and February you will coincide with the school summer vacations in Argentina, so I recommend you to book your services in advance.

List of places to visit in Patagonia during the summer:

  • Torres del Paine: This national park is located in Chile and is another must-see destination in Patagonia. Here you can hike on trails surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and see the spectacular rock formation known as the Torres del Paine.
  • El Chaltén: This small town located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, is known as the trekking capital of Patagonia. From there you can hike to Mount Fitz Roy and the Viedma Glacier.
  • Ushuaia: This city, located in the province of Tierra del Fuego, is known as “the end of the world” and is the southernmost point of the American continent. From there you can take boat trips to see penguins and sea lions, and visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • El Calafate: This city is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and is famous for its delicious Patagonian lamb and for its boat excursions on Lake Argentino, where you can see icebergs and glaciers up close.

In addition to the places mentioned above, there are other impressive destinations to visit in Patagonia during the summer. One of them is Iguazú, located in the province of Misiones, where you can admire the majestic waterfalls and enjoy the jungle of Misiones.

Another place not to be missed is Bariloche, located in the province of Río Negro, where you can enjoy beautiful views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and practice winter sports at Cerro Catedral during the summer.

Finally, you can’t miss Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, where you can enjoy the culture, history and gastronomy of the country. There you will be able to visit emblematic places such as the Colon Theater, the Obelisk and the neighborhood of La Boca.

In short, Patagonia offers a wide variety of places to visit during the summer, from glaciers and mountains to waterfalls and rainforests. Each destination has its own beauty and charm, so it will depend on your preferences and time available to plan your trip and enjoy an unforgettable experience in Patagonia.

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I am Matias, born in Patagonia, and a lover of my land.

For more than 20 years I help foreign travellers to organise their trip to Patagonia.

I also manage this exotic accommodation on the Atlantic coast.