This year, our vacation led us to Chile and Argentina. We decided to spend the first two weeks in South Patagonia before heading to Sur Chico (in the middle of long and slim Chile) and Atacama Desert.
Our vacation started in the capital of Chile, Santiago. The city warmly welcomed us with more than 30 degrees Celsius. We took a walk through the city, headed up Cerro San Cristobal and spend an afternoon with friends before we started the real journey. Our first stop was Punta Arenas, where we picked up our campervan (our car and bed for the next two weeks). Then we took a boat to Isla Magdalena to take a one hour walk around the island and admire the thousands of penguins living there. Really cute!
The next day, we started our roadtrip which was gonna bring us through Patagonia all the way down to Tierra del Fuego. Our first stop was Torres del Paine National Park, a real paradise for hiking addicts like us. After that, we left Chile for the Perito Moreno Glacier on the Argentinian side of South Patagonia. We took a little walk around the glacier and totally fell in love with the stunning scenery. We listened to the ice cracking and watched it breaking off and falling down making its way into the water which was an absolutely amazing experience. As we were so excited about our newly discovered passion for glaciers, we decided to do a glacier hike at our destination – El Chalten, home of the famous Viedma Glacier. This was a really awesome experience that is highly recommendable.
After driving 1.000 km through the pampas and nowhere of Patagonia, we arrived in Tierra del Fuego – right on time for new years’ eve. We did some hikes in Tierra del Fuego National Parks – it is a rather new park with only a few trails but it is really nice.
Our next stop was Sur Chico, a region south of Santiago that is packed with lakes and vulcanos. We spent five days there hiking, bathing and admiring the mystic appearance of the vulcanos.
Our last stop before returning home brought us to the high altitude of Atacama Desert. In two days we visited the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley – and it really looks as we imagine the moon) and the Altiplano Lakes. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our planned visit to the El Tatio Geysir on the last day because of altitude sickness. Nevertheless, it was amazing and we can just recommend everybody going there.
We will be back for sure … for a cruise to Antarctica the latest.