Saturday, 11 July 2015

A Travel Adventure To Patagonia In Argentina

There are points in your life when you take stock of what you have and examine your life more closely. This has happened to me recently. Many changes have happened and when major life events creep up on you, you take stock of your life and make resolutions. A death of a close family member which was incredibly sad, and my son hopefully going to University soon, which is exciting but life changing in a different way, are two such events that have changed how I look at life.

I have decided that life is too short and to try and live in the moment and be more spontaneous. To this effect I am trying to be adventurous in my life choices and to explore the World more in my travel plans. I love travelling but I rarely go outside of my comfort zone, preferring Europe and the US to anywhere more exotic. There is so much of the World I have yet to explore before I die.




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This is going to change...

For a while now I have wanted to visit Argentina and specifically Patagonia. What piqued my interest in this country is a TV programme I saw about Patagonia and it's link to Wales. Did you know that in 1865 a group of settlers emigrated to Patagonia from Wales in an attempt to set up a Welsh speaking colony - a new Welsh 'promised land'? The first Welsh settlers lived in caves in the cliff.

Today over 5000 people speak Welsh in a colony called Chubut in Patagonia. It would be fantastic to visit and learn about the Welsh settlers and meet my ancestors. It would also be interesting to explore this diverse natural wonderland that is Argentina.

South Chile Argentina - Copyright Surtrek

Argentina is full of natural beauty, from the stunning Andes mountain to azure glacial lakes and fertile Pampas grassland.

South Chile Argentina - Copyright Surtrek

If I visit a country I haven't been to before I always think a guided tour is a great way to explore. Luxury South America Tours operator
 Surtrek have an Intense Argentina tour that sounds perfect if you like walking and want some adventure in your life. The tour is a shared tour but it can be personalised if you request a private tour, so I could possibly meet my Welsh ancestors one day....

Photos Of Penguins In Argentinean Patagonia - Copyright Surtrek

Some of the highlights are below.

Intense Argentina Tour Highlights

Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires - Copyright Surtrek

The tour starts in the capital of Argentina, known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, exciting nightlife and it's passionate people. Explore the city, snack on coffee and medialuna (an Argentinian croissant) in Cafe Tortoni, known for its bohemian atmosphere, and pay homage to Evita in the presidential palace Casa Rosada. Don't forget to catch a display of the tango too.

Llao Llao Mountain

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After a short flight to Patagonia you will have a half day exploring and hiking to the top of Llao Llao which is an easy trek, taking in stunning views as you walk through a beautiful forest. How can you not fall in love with Patagonia with this amazing scenery?

Glaciers And Serrano River


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This journey by boat along the Glaciers and Serrano River is a circuit that joins two national parks: Bernardo O’Higgins and Torres del Paine. After having walked to the Serrano Glacier, you take a boat connection and sail up the Serrano River arriving at Torres del Paine. The views are breathtaking to behold and so serene.

Tierra Del Fuego National Park


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This national park on the Argentine part of the island of Tierra del Fuego, is in the ecoregion of Patagonic Forest and Altos Andes. It is known for it's amazing and dramatic scenery - forests, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains are all here. As you trek through the area you discover how two different ecosystems live in harmony - the maritime coast and the Patagonia forest.

Escondido and Fagnano Lake

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To hike from Escondido and Fagnano Lakes Panoramic Point would be a dream. Crossing the stunning valleys of Tierra del Fuego, crossing glacial valleys and peat bogs. Arriving at the Garibaldi Pass which is 420 mts above sea level, the real adventure will start, and a hike you will never forget.
Trekking along the adjacent valley of the Garibaldi Pass, passing beaver dams, and the beautiful flora and fauna, the trek will be worth it when you get to the top - a very special view of the Fagnano and Escondido Lakes, surrounded by this landscape. Continuing the tour you will stop at an idyllic place for lunch, whilst on the way back you will go down a narrow path that will allow you to watch the beavers’ work.
As you can see from this trip, from luxury South American tour operator Surtrek, it gives you a taste of the natural beauty that is Argentina and Patagonia, on an adventurous and eventful 19 day tour. It presumes a level of fitness but sounds achievable for those that like walking, and WOW, what an adventure it would be. Something to remember forever.
* This is a sponsored post but all words and opinions are my own
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38 comments

  1. The Serrano river looks stunning such tranquil vistas and is a spot where you can improve your spiritual and emotional wellbeing . You have a great narrative voice it is effortlessly entertaining and you have a good selection of photos http://www.fadedspring.co.uk

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    1. I agree with you about the Serrano river, just beautiful views. Thank you for your kind comments on my writing and photos too.

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  2. Argentina has just been added to my bucket list!! I didn't realise it was so beautiful and your post has brought it to life for me.

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    1. Thank you Nadine, that is kind of you to say so. The photos are so beautiful, I can't wait to visit.

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  3. This sounds like such an amazing experience. What a beautiful place! x

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  4. I too want to be more adventurous with our travels as we grow older. Argentina looks like a beautiful country, the views are simply breathtaking. One place on my adventure list is Antarctica... a work colleague of my husband went there a few years ago, and said it was an amazing experience. x

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    1. Another country that sounds amazing Michelle.

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  5. I have never considered Argentina as a holiday destination but it is now on my list....looks like a beautiful place

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    1. It's the diversity of countryside that makes it so beautiful.

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  6. Ive never thought about going to Argentina, but those sceneries are literally just stunning!

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    1. I am glad it has made you think of going.

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  7. I have got to go visit Chubut as it sounds strange in a good way.

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  8. Wow! - I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Buenos Aires. The photos look amazing, especially the frozen lakes.

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  9. What an amazing place, I love all the photos and scenery , this place is awesome and you are lucky to vivit it.

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    1. The scenery is simply breathtaking. I like how diverse the country is.

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  10. Oh I love to travel and these pictures just make me want to up and go! I love exploring new places and being amazed everyday and Buenos Aires sounds amazing

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    1. It looks like a great place to explore, such a diverse country and beautiful cities too.

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  11. Wow what a beautiful place! - I love the penguins too :) xx

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  12. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing I'd love to go and visit. Mich x

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    1. Hope you get the chance to go one day!

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  13. Such a beautiful country, I would love to visit one day

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    1. Amazingly beautiful and the cities are so busy and lots to see and do too.

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  14. I would love to go this far afield !

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    1. You sound very adventurous, check out the tours by Surtrek.

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  15. This sounds amazing and look at that scenery, this would be a fab adventure

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    1. Really beautiful scenery, and so varied as well.

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  16. You are absolutely right! go and explore the world! Enjoy life! R

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  17. What a stunning looking place to explore - I would love to go myself one day. x

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    1. Hope you do get the chance to go Sarah-Louise one day, it would be a real adventure, wouldn't it?

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  18. I would love love love to visit Patagonia - it's been on my wishlist for years - love this inspiring piece and it's making me want to make real plans to visit

    Laura x

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    1. Let me know how you get on with your plans Laura.

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