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Hike trails or cruise the fjords to reveal Patagonia's immense glaciers, chiseled Andean peaks & temperate forests

For lovers of the great outdoors, few destinations can match the scale and beauty of Patagonia. In both Argentina and Chile you will find towering glaciers, sparkling fjords and lakes, chiseled snow-capped Andean peaks and verdant sub-polar forests. Hike along glorious trails in Torres del Paine. Board an expedition cruise to the Chilean ice fields or the fabled Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego. Explore on foot, by car or with pedal power in the Lake District.

This mythical place is thought to have got its name from the 16th century explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who labelled the large indigenous Tehuelche people he found here “Patagones”, in reference to their big feet. It was, however, once home to much bigger creatures, when the world’s biggest dinosaurs roamed the landscape and whose remains continue to be discovered today. It has been the destination of epic voyages by intrepid explorers, welcomed settlers fleeing from Europe and later provided a haven to the famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. More recently Patagonia has attracted writers, painters and wildlife documentary makers and has inspired beautifully shot films, set against a backdrop of magnificent terrain and lonely roads cutting poignantly through the empty expanses.

Journeying through Patagonia is a treat for all the senses; the crashing sound of icebergs detaching from glaciers, the herby aroma of freshly brewed yerba mate, the succulent taste of tender barbecued lamb and the awesome sight of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery unfolding before your eyes. The evocative names alone are enough to stir up thoughts of epic adventure into the unknown; Land of Fire, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Glacier Alley.

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