Patagonia map: Ushuaia, Argentina, Puerto Natales, Chile, South America.
A map of Patagonia shows our adventure itinerary in Argentina and Chile, from February 3 to March 11, 2005. We flew 1500 miles from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, on the Argentina side of the island archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. We cruised 12 days round trip through the Beagle Channel and across the rough 400-mile Drake Passage to explore the frozen Antarctic Peninsula. A short airplane flight took us from Ushuaia to working-class Punta Arenas in Chile, where a hired van drove us to the tourist town of Puerto Natales. We hiked the W Route to admire striking mountain scenery in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. We bused into Argentina to the bustling tourist town of El Calafate, where day rental of a car let us visit the spectacular Moreno Glacier on our own schedule. A bus took us to the fun frontier village of El Chalten where several day hikes explored the awesome Mount Fitz Roy area. A flight from El Calafate returned to Buenos Aires. In Chile, Patagonia includes the territory of Valdivia through Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Spanning both Argentina and Chile, the foot of South America is known as Patagonia, a name derived from coastal giants ("Patagão" or "Patagoni" who were actually Tehuelche native people who averaged 25 cm taller than the Spaniards) who were reported by Magellan's 1520s voyage circumnavigating the world.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download