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It may be one of the most sparsely populated regions on earth, but Patagonia is also full of intrigue. It's no wonder, then, that visiting the stunning landscape has become a staple of many South America tours. Covering land in both Argentina and Chile, Patagonia lends an air of mystery to the southernmost tip of the continent, which offers plenty of opportunity for exploration and adventure. There are countless highlights as you make your way through Patagonia, but a few stops in particular will surely stand out from the rest.
Torres del Paine National Park
There's no landscape quite like the one that dominates much of Patagonia, and that is especially true in Torres del Paine National Park. Located in Chile, the park is perfect for adventure seekers and is home to several of the most spectacular treks in the world. Ambitious hikers set off along the famous W route, which often takes between four and five days to complete. The unquestioned highlight of this journey is that it brings you past the iconic stone towers that give the national park its name.
Mount Fitz Roy
Not for the faint of heart, Mount Fitz Roy is located in the southern Patagonian ice field and rises more than 11,000 feet. Despite its challenging climb, Fitz Roy has become a popular trek for adventure travelers. Although the views vary depending on which route you take, and on the weather, one of the best spots along the trek is Lagos de Los Tres, where the majestic peaks reflect against the crystal clear waters.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Not many tours offer you the chance to explore a landscape this far south, and spending time in Tierra del Fuego National Park is sure to leave a lasting impression. The wide variety of landscape on display in this park, which sits on the Strait of Magellan, is truly stunning. Among the best spots to explore is Beagle Channel, which meanders through lush forests, rolling hills and stunning mountains. Other highlights include the aptly-named End of the World Train. Officially known as the Southern Fuegian Railway, this train is believed to be the southernmost operating railway in the world and offers travelers a look at the natural wonders of the region from a unique perspective.
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