PATAGONIA NATIONAL PARK LANDSCAPES
If you want to come to experience one adventure in the true Patagonia that you have always imagine!
Our journey will lead you deep into the one of the last wild places on earth. Traversing a terrain that transitions seamlessly from the windswept steppe to the ancient Patagonian forests, from glacial-alpine expanses to lush wetlands and evergreen forests
These transitions between environments are the essence of our treks, revealing the uniqueness of each facet of Patagonia National Park. Join us as we delve into the character of these remarkable landscapes, where every step is a revelation, and every moment is a connection with the wild.
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In Patagonia a remarkable canvas of nature unfolds: The steppe. These lands, adorned with low, cushion-shaped bushes, create a mosaic of rugged beauty against the backdrop of a variable climate, ranging from temperate to the intensely cold, where even -20 degrees Celsius during winter. During that season snowfall can be severe, and there is almost no frost-free periods.
The goal of the donation of Tompkins Conservation of Chacabuco Valley in the southern section of the Park in Chile was the conservation of the steppe. Ecosystem shared with the northeast section of the park in Chile, on the way to Valle Lunar and the entrance to Jeinimeni Lake. In this vast expanse you will encounter the Martineta Patagónica (Eudromia elegans patagonica), reminiscent of a little hen, gracefully inhabiting this landscapes close to Chile Chico.
Patagonian Andes Deciduous Forest
As you draw near to Monte San Lorenzo or the Jeinimeni entrance in the northern section of Patagonia National Park the landscape change to towering mountain ranges with dense and ancient forests of lenga and ñirre trees. A vast expanse of green canopies covers the landscape, a canvas that transitions into stunning shades orange and red during from march.
Over there just like the best example of theses environments Jeinimeni Lake is nestled in the middle of the mountains, offering stunning reflections of the surrounding landscape. Venture further into the park, and you’ll encounter glaciers, crystalline lakes, and a diverse avian life—from owls, eagles and hawks to the captivating Magellanic woodpecker.
May to October these environments are cold and snowy, offering a experience for those who appreciate the beauty of winter landscapes. While the trees shed their leaves, and the days grow shorter.
Glacial and alpine Terrain
Venture westward from the forest, and the landscape transforms. Here, rugged and rocky terrain dominates, with towering cliffs and scree slopes that lead you to the glaciers of a little ice cap. This is the heart of the Patagonia National Park, where the lifeblood of the region—the Jenimeni, Avilés, and countless other streams originate.
As you ascend and scarmble up the hills up you will pass through alpine meadows and grasslands that dot the landscape, offering a vibrant contrast to the icy surroundings. These areas are home to a variety of colorful wildflowers during the short summer season. Beyond that you will have to put on your crampons to get up close and personal with the glaciers.
Evergreen forests are rare in this territory. While not the dominant forest type in Patagonia, they thrive along the western coast where relentless rains create the conditions for this jungle. Here a huge variety of evergreen trees, including various Nothofagus species, laurel trees, and coigüe trees, create the canopy that covers an immense variety of lush understory vegetation, including ferns, mosses, and a variety of shrubs and vines.
Although the park is far from the coastline, the valleys facing northwest receive tons of precipitation, nurturing evergreen forest pockets in their midst.
Our treks lead us to the highest points of the park, facing those valley and canyons. Descending towards the Renoval Hut, we venture from ancient coigüe forests into the embrace of the true evergreen forest. Trying to find our way through damp ferns and vines, in the most remote section of the park.
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