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Punta Arenas to Los Glaciares

Punta Arenas to Los Glaciares

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This trip will take you through unbelievable routes across the Patagonian unique scenarios of eternal ice, millenary forests, lakes and amazing flora and fauna. Be amazed by the Argentinian Pampa and the eternal green of the Chilean south. There are so many places to visit you will not believe it! Just take your Wicked campervan and drive in direction to your freedom!!

From Punta Arenas, the starting point of this unforgettable trip, you got to drive northeast, in direction to your very first contact with the wild: Pali Aike National Park.

At this protected piece of native nature, you can go to the Pali Aike Cave (considered as one of the oldest evidence of human settlements in the south of the continent), the “Morada del Diablo” crater (Devil’s dwelling) or the Ana lagoon, where most of the local fauna lives. To go to the Park you need to take a detour from Route 255 to Y-405 road that will lead you to the park. We recommend you to make the same trail to go back to the main route and keep driving to Argentina.

Once you have gone through Integración Asutral border crossing, you need to keep driving northeast through National Route 3 (Argentinian continuation of route 255) until you arrive to Río Gallegos town. But, before going directly to Río Gallegos, you should make a visit to the Cabo Vírgenes Lighthouse, located 133Km south of Río Gallegos; the Cabo Vírgenes Natural Reserve, located near the lighthouse and where you can watch near 90 thousand couples of penguins that have chosen this place to incubate their eggs; or go to the Blue Lagoon Natural Reserve, located 62 Km south of Río Gallegos and famous because of the deep blue color of the lagoon that is actually at the top of a volcano!

Once you arrive to Río Gallegos, One of the greatest experiences you can live there is to fly over the area in a Cessna plane. You will fly over the town, as well as over the blue lagoon, the lighthouse and the Strait of Magellan.

After enjoying Río Gallegos, you got to drive Northwest, in direction to your new destiny: Los Glaciares National Park.

You have to drive northwest through route five and then take route 40, to visit the town called El Calafate. Besides its proximity to Los Glaciares National Park, the city offers different attractions, of course, all of them with reference to the glaciers. There you will find the Center for Glacier Interpretation, the Patagonian Ice Museum and the “Glacio Bar”, the only bar worldwide completely made of glacier’s ice!

Now you know near to El Calafate is Los Glaciares National Park, where you can visit different attractions like trekking routes that will take you to Lenga forests or the trails and balconies over the Perito Moreno Glacier, the biggest of the glaciers you’ll see, with 60 meters tall and up to five kilometers long on its front!

You can go of course with your campervan to most of the places inside the park (for those where you cannot drive you can always take a healthy walk) but if you want it, near the park there’s a small farm from where you can go riding to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

After Los Glaciares, you still have another cool spot to visit. Soon, you’ll be on front of the Torres del Paine. Silent monsters of rock and ice, gatekeepers of the Patagonia, surrounded by wild nature and wrapped on eternal clouds.

Torres del Paine National Park is the home of the famous towers of rock and ice that have the same name, but it is also a place where to do lots of cool activities: There you can feel the vertigo of climbing to the eternal snowed summits, relax doing fly fishing, take a tour through the mountains on a horse, or practice some sports like kayaking, trekking, mountaineering and even hiking in the ice!

The park is known all around the world and there are reasons for it. Besides having one of the most colossal monuments on the planet, it offers the chance for you to be in contact with real nature and have unique moments either alone or with company. There you can even sleep on your Wicked campervan, away from the noise and pollution of the big cities and with nature all around. If you’re looking for big challenges, here’s a really big one. Go and try to climb the towers… if you can.

After Torres del Paine drive to Puerto Natales, a city to chill out for a while, eat delicious food like typical lamb stew, take more amazing photographs, enjoy the bayside and prepare for the road.

On your way to Punta Arenas you can also go to a restaurant where their specialty is the rhubarb juice (that is preferred even more than beer!) and where you can eat octopus pizza or kingcrab pizza.

Once you are back in Punta Arenas, you still have a couple of things you can do: Visit the Fuerte Bulnes (Bulnes Fort) near the Strait of Magellan, sail the Strait and around Cabo de Hornos (Hornos Cape) or visit the Parque Ñandú (Rhea Park) where a couple decided to dedicate their life to the raising of this animal.

And that’s it! You’ve just made a trip along the Patagonia, visiting Chile and Argentina and going through landscapes and places you would never imagine to visit. That’s what we call living the Wicked experience!!

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