From late December 2012 to early January 2013, my wife and I spent 3 weeks backpacking in southern Chile and Argentina. While the landscape was out of this world, the wildlife and plants of the region were equally stunning, with fascinating bio-geographical histories. We first traveled to Punta Arenas, Chile, where we spent a day observing penguins (and other wildlife) at a breeding site on the Otway Sound. We next traveled by bus to Torres del Paine National Park, where we completed an easy 5 day backpacking trip amidst lakes, mountains, and Nothofagus forest. Finally, we headed to Argentina to do an obscure backpacking loop around Cerro Huemul in Glaciares National Park. We both agreed that this loop was one of the best backpacking circuits we had ever done. We encountered stunning plants and animals and some of the largest glaciers outside of Antarctica and Greenland.
Below is a PDF of a slideshow presentation on the natural history of Patagonia I gave at the PoE lunch series, featuring my photographs from the trip. The aerial photos at the end of the presentation are not mine, however. I’m sorry that not all of the photos are labeled–you just had to be there!
Click here for the PDF (fast connection recommended).