Learn about the towns and cities of Patagonia, both in Chile and Argentina, that act as important gateways to Patagonia's incredible natural wonders.
Ushuia, ArgentinaUshuaia's claim to fame is that it's the world's southernmost city on Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. A scenic spot featuring mountain, ocean and forest views, it's also the launching pad to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Punta Arenas, the main entry point for Chilean Patagonia, is either the start or the end of the world, depending on how you look at it.
El Calafate is an incredible outdoor adventure town on the south shore of Lago Argentino that serves as base camp for exploring Los Glaciares National Park.
El Chaltén is a small resort town at the base of Monte Fitz Roy that calls itself the Trekking Capital of Argentina.
Puerto Natales, Chile
Puerto Natales is 247 kilometres (153 miles) north of Punta Arenas and is the jumping off point for Patagonia adventure tours in the Torres Del Paine National Park. It's a charming little settlement of creatively constructed corrugated iron buildings, nestled between the Cerro Dorotea (which rises behind the town) and the eastern shore of the Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Hiking, ice-hiking, sea kayaking, boat trips and biking can all be done in and around the area.