Patagonia is one of the most beautiful natural places on earth. With a population of 2 million, and covering an area of 1 million km squared, the region covers the bottom third of both Chile and Argentina and is home to many mountains, glaciers, beautiful lakes and lagoons, and many exclusive natural fauna. Please see below for a selection of photos and facts about the Patagonia region which you may find interesting.
Patagonia – Paradise in Pictures
“The condor is the biggest flying land bird in the world. It has a wing span of 10.17 feet which is second only to the sea bird, the Albatross. You see many of them on windy days, because they need strong winds to be able to fly, because they are so heavy. They are scavengers, usually eating the remains of a pumas kill.”
“This is the Lesser Rhea, also know as Darwin´s Rhea. It is a large flightless bird measuring up to 100cm tall. There are many of these in Torres Del Paine, they are native to Patagonia and the Altiplano in South America. It is from the same family as the Ostrich.”
“This cave, known as the ´Cueva del Milodon´ is one of the largest in Chile. It was formed by the sea splashing and wearing away against the soft sediment in the lower part of the hill. This happened after a lake formed from a glacier that melted after the first ice age. It is over 200 metres deep and took 3000 years to form. It´s now over 10,000 years old.”
“The is a statue of the Milodon, which was a giant sloth that became extinct over 5,000 years ago. It was a peaceful animal. Some of it’s remains were discovered here in the Milodon cave in 1895 during an expedition of the German explorer Hermann Eberhard. Some bones were discovered, and a seemingly fresh piece of fur, which were preserved due to the cold conditions in the cave. This is an example of one the many extinct Megafauna of the area, but we have some which are not yet extinct, such as the Puma and Lesser Rhea.”
“These three granite peaks are some of the most famous mountain peaks in the whole world, and have been formed by glacial erosion in the last tens of thousands of years. Many people come from all over the world to see these three glorious peaks that make up the Torres mountain range.”
“This is the black-chested buzzard-eagle eating it´s kill at the road side.”
“This is a Gnuanaca. They are a relation of the camel and llama, and are a grazing animal. They are hunted by the puma. When there are no Guanacas at a grazing spot you know it is likely that a puma is close. They can hop fences so many wild Guanacas can be seen in other areas in Chile.”
Some of the local Andean people celebrate Chiles national independence day at a local fair in Puerto Natales.
Unknown waterfall / cascade in Torres Del Paine
The Salto Grande waterfall in Torres Del Paine
“This is Lago Grey. It is at the bottom of a glacier, and as large chunks of ice melt and break off the glacier, they float here into the beach.”
The Southern Lights appear after a few days of extreme wind and rain conditions in Puerto Natales.
Beautiful Landscapes on the hike up to see Cleopatra´s needles in Torres Del Paine.
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