Visitors have a variety of Coyhaique activities to choose from. Still the region’s only true city, Coyhaique has a complete array of services, including fine restaurants, pubs, and travel agencies. The virtual midpoint of the Carretera Austral, it also offers an alternative route into Argentina.
Beneath the Martial range’s serrated spires, on the Beagle Channel’s north shore, the city of Ushuaia is both an end (the virtual terminus of the world’s southernmost highway) and a beginning (the gateway to Antarctica).
For visitors to southernmost Patagonia, the Falklands make an intriguing detour, but an inflexible one. The islands offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities. Colonies of Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Penguins and other sea birds are a must-see for travelers.
The Sierra Colorada’s intensely colored sedimentary summits are the backdrop for the lake-laden, wind-whipped, and wildlife-rich high country of Parque Nacional Perito Moreno, which is possibly Patagonia’s wildest park.
If Patagonia ever became independent, its logical capital might be San Carlos de Bariloche, the highest-profile destination in an area explorer Francisco P. Moreno called “this beautiful piece of Argentine Switzerland.”