Tag: Patagonia

The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile: Land Animals

August 12, 2014
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After Brazil, Chile has the largest area of protected conservation land in South America. Most of this protected land falls in the rugged and highly untouched expanse of Patagonia. From top to bottom there are a total of 36 National Parks in Chile, all with something a little different to the other, from magnificent volcanic landscapes of Hornopiren to the temperate ‘enchanted’ rainforests and hanging glaciers further South in Queulat. Once inside these parks you can’t help but marvel at the never-ending mountain ranges and beautiful natural wonders that nature has created. It is here that nature has the power to make you feel tiny and insignificant. An important place for wildlife in Chile is the recently rehabilitated Valle Chacabuco, part of which was once a working sheep farm or estancia. Today Chacabuco’s much greener pastures are home to many of the animals that you will find described below. Interestingly,…

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The Wonderful Wildlife of Chile: Oceans and Rivers

July 31, 2014
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Welcome to the wonderful world of Chilean wildlife; a huge, magnificent and surprising collection of animals inhabiting one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world. Chile is a land of extremes; from the driest desert in the world to the cold archipelago at ‘the end of the earth’ and even an isolated pacific island in between. With so much bio-diversity, it’s easy to see how Chile became the place where Charles Darwin made some of his most vital observations, those that would influence his theories on natural selection. Volcanoes and mountains line the interior border with neighbouring Argentina and are home to some very resilient and well adapted land mammals, while birds of all shapes, colours and sizes fill the skies thrilling any visiting bird-watcher. Chile is, in short, a nature lover’s paradise. Today the focus is on fish, mammals and amphibians that exist in the fresh water…

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Expocom 2013 in Patagonia, Chile

September 19, 2013
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Chile

Last week Martin from Latin Routes was lucky enough to be invited to Expocom 2013 in Patagonia Chile, find out about his adventures. Expocom is a showcase of Patagonia’s best hotels, attractions, tour companies and suppliers which is now in its 4th year. Organised by several government bodies from Chile my invitation came from Turismo Chile who essentially operate as the Chilean Tourist Board. The 6 day programme organised was designed to showcase the best things the region has to offer. So without hesitation I headed off on my long 32 hour journey to the end of the world! The expo was held in Punta Arenas which many will only know as the gateway to the region. Most people normally by-pass the town to head off for the bigger attractions in Puerto Natales and the Torres Del Paine National Park. The town has an attractive square from which the town…

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Patagonia, Argentina

September 11, 2013
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Argentina, Chile, News, Wildlife Week

A young South American Seawolf pup in Patagonia. Thinking about visiting Patagonia? Feel free to Contact Us It’s Wildlife Week at Latin Routes! Keep yourself updated via our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and WordPress pages.

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Patagonian Wildlife

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Patagonia is most widely known for its spectacular Torres Del Paine – three peaks of rock jutting out of the earth – which form one of the most spectacular vistas in the world. However, it is also a fantastic spot for spotting some rare animals. The Condor and the Puma are two animals native to Patagonia, along with the Huemul and Guanaco. Tours can be organised specifically to track certain wildlife, which can be exceptionally rewarding if you are a wildlife enthusiast, photographer or are just looking for an unforgettable experience. The Andean Condor is notable for a number of reasons – it has one of the largest wingspans of any bird (at 3.2 metres), surpassed only by a few species of Pelican and the Great Albatross. It is also one of the heaviest birds of prey at approximately 11kg, making it an impressive sight soaring above the Torres Del…

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Pumas in Patagonia

August 13, 2013
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Chile, News

Are you a keen wildlife photographer or just want to experience some outstanding natural beauty? Tierra Patagonia have the trip for you… Pumas are one of the more elusive creatures in the natural world – inherently solitary and reclusive, they are rarely spotted and mostly avoid human contact. However, there are an estimated 50-100 pumas in the Torres Del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia, making it one of the best places to start if you’re trying to track these elusory beasts. Photographing these creatures can be an exceptionally rewarding experience – the difficulty of locating and tracking Pumas makes the excitement of actually finding one even more tangible. Furthermore, their beauty and effortless movement make for some truly stunning photos. The Tierra Patagonia offers a tour specifically focused on locating and tracking a variety of wildlife in the Torres Del Paine National Park, including the Puma. Guided by Pia…

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