When it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s sunny and warm in the southern hemisphere. A good way to spend a winter holiday is to drive in Chile and Patagonia (which, incidentally, also extends into Argentina) and explore nature at its best.
You can take part in a W Patagonia excursion and explore the most popular tour of the area with guides to organize your overnight stay and retirement. Another option is the “O” tour, offered by so many Chilean tour operators. However, the best way is to start your own business and explore incredible places that tour operators do not include in the itinerary.
General Carrera Lake Marble Caves
Near the border with Argentina there is Lake General Carrera and here you will find the beautiful marble caves. The experience of boarding a boat and navigating the echo of the marble cave is ethereal and simply impressive.
Visiting the marble grotto through one can reach the Exploradores glacier, perhaps taking a tour of Puerto Rio Tranquilo and making excursions to the glacier and trying to discover new caves. This glacier is the most beautiful for tourists who want to leave in really difficult conditions.
This is one of the quietest places that most tour operators do not include in the itinerary, but it is an oasis of peace. Puyuhuapi is located in the Chilean fjords and is a small village with campsites where it is possible to practice calm waters, fishing or boating.
Queulat National Park and suspended glacier
The W hiking trail leads to Torres del Paine, a beautiful natural park, but the Queulat National Park, about 22 km from Puyuhuapi, can be just as interesting, if not more so. It has the wonderful suspended glacier of Queulat with a cascading waterfall between the column, a view to enjoy. It is not easy to get there because you have to cross the mud, but in the end, the blue water and the glacier can be very rewarding.
The black, blue and white colors are combined in the Cerro Castillo, a very special white glacier, which faces the black rock and leads to a lake with blue water. Easy to do is an experience in itself and if you come here, the view is simply beautiful.
You can do the most visited Hike Patagonia tour in Chile or do more. Of course, a visit to Torres Del Paine is a must, but there are other interesting places in Patagonia that offer so much more. The more adventurous hikers will also receive a visa to Argentina and this will make it much easier to explore this side of Patagonia. However, a week in Patagonia on the Chilean side is more than enough to visit some interesting sites. Save more time and you can find other hidden gems.