Patagonia is a vast area in southern South America, 1,000,000 sq. kilometers with a population density under 2 inhabitants per square km. It has a great variety of landscapes, from the dry stepp of Valdez Peninsula to the spectacular Andean range.
The Atlantic coast is rich in wildlife, especially birds and mammals, like the Southern Right Whale and the Southern Elephant Seal. Glacier carved valleys above timberline are inhabited by the spectacular Yellow-bridled Finch. The southern beech forest is home for some majestic birds such as Magellanic Woodpecker and the delightful Thorn-tailed Rayadito. In the grassland we can find Lesser Rheas and big herds of a native camel, the Guanaco.
At the southern tip of the world, in Tierra del Fuego, some birds we seek are Magellanic and Gentoo Penguins along the coast and Andean Condors in the mountains. The impressive bird list includes species occurring only in this part of the country.
Mammals will also be a focus, especially on the Valdez Peninsula where whale watching and visiting Elephant Seal colonies are top attractions.
The scenery will have many highlights as well, such as Perito Moreno Glacier, near El Calafate, and the beautiful Beagle Channel in Ushuaia. Huge Penguin Colonies, vast pieces of land inhabited by the wild Guanaco, and the surreal trails through the moss-covered Beech forest are all good reasons to visit this part of the world.