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Patagonia (Chile & Argentina)

This is a suggested program to university groups.

Begin the adventure in Puerto Montt, Chile, a charming coastal town known for its lively markets and colorful buildings.
Puerto Montt blends Chilean and German heritage. It has a strategic location for transportation in the Lakes Region and offers access to incredible natural scenery in Patagonia. Its oceanic setting, salmon industry, and historic German roots make it a unique city to explore.

From Puerto Montt, move on to explore the wonders of Argentine Patagonia, starting with the picturesque town of El Chaltén.

El Chaltén is a paradise for outdoor programs. It offers a wide variety of hiking trails, such as Piedra del Fraile and Pollone Lagoon. These trails provide breathtaking mountain views over serene waters, making them perfect for nature lovers. 
One of the highlights of this area is the hike to Laguna de los Tres. There you will be greeted by stunning glaciers and pristine landscapes that seem untouched by time.

Next, travel on to El Calafate, where you will encounter the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier. 
Witness the awe-inspiring sight of enormous ice chunks detaching and plunging into the water below. This captivating phenomenon has a way of igniting curiosity about glaciers and their importance.

To learn more about glaciers, visit the Glaciarium Museum in El Calafate. This modern glaciological center offers fascinating exhibits on how glaciers form, their crucial role in regulating Earth's climate, and their importance in providing freshwater and supporting biodiversity. The museum's interactive displays and informative presentations will leave you with a profound appreciation for these majestic ice formations.

The final stop is Ushuaia, famously known as the "End of the World." 

This remote city invites you to delve into its rich history through visits to notable sites like the Maritime and Prison of Ushuaia Museum. Located in the former Re-offenders Prison of Tierra del Fuego, this museum complex offers a unique glimpse into the lives of the prisoners and the history of maritime exploration in the region. 
The prison, which operated from 1902 until its closure in 1947, housed some of Argentina's most notorious criminals and political prisoners. Walking through the narrow corridors and peering into the cells, visitors can imagine the harsh conditions endured by the inmates. The museum also features exhibits on the history of the Yámana people, the indigenous inhabitants of the area, and their interactions with European explorers.
In addition to the prison exhibits, the Maritime Museum showcases the evolution of shipbuilding and navigation in the region, with a collection of ship models and artifacts. One of the most notable is the reconstruction of a Yámana bark canoe, providing insight into the maritime skills of the indigenous people. 
The museum covers significant events such as the voyages of the HMS Beagle, which brought Charles Darwin to the region, and the establishment of the first Anglican mission by Waite Hockin Stirling in 1869. Exploring these museums brings to life the challenges faced by early settlers and explorers, as well as the cultural and historical significance of the indigenous peoples. 

The complex also includes the Antarctic Museum, which delves into the history of Antarctic exploration and the role of Ushuaia as a gateway to the southernmost continent. This comprehensive exploration of Ushuaia's history celebrates the resilience and determination of those who have called this remote region home.

Another must-visit location in this region is Tierra del Fuego National Park. 
This expansive park, located at the southern tip of Argentina, offers a unique blend of dramatic landscapes and rich biodiversity. As you walk through its lush forests, you will encounter a variety of wildlife that makes this park a haven for nature enthusiasts.

In addition to its natural beauty, the park holds significant historical and cultural value. The End of the World Train, which once transported prisoners, now offers a scenic journey through the park, allowing visitors to experience its landscapes from a unique perspective. The park contains remnants of the Yámana people's ancient campsites, providing a glimpse into the lives of the region's indigenous inhabitants.

Destination Partners specializes in creating exceptional opportunities for academic programs seeking an immersive learning experience in Patagonia. 

There are various possibilities, such as analyzing tourism's impact, conservation in action, and field trips that explore the region's diverse ecosystems.
By participating in these immersive programs, students not only gain academic knowledge but also develop a profound connection with Patagonia's natural beauty and cultural heritage. Our goal is to inspire future leaders and conservationists who are passionate about preserving the wonders of this remarkable region for generations to come.
You should plan a minimum of two weeks to stay in this area in order to thoroughly explore everything Patagonia has to offer. 

Spring (September to November) or fall (March to May) are the best times to visit for pleasant weather and fewer crowds. Planning ahead will ensure a smooth experience and allow for responsible tourism practices and full cultural immersion.

By Luciana D’Andrea


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