Patagonia is a vast region spanning over 1,000 miles from top to bottom, with the Pacific as its western boundary, the Atlantic on its East and the wilderness of Antarctica to the south. There is disagreement as to exactly how the region's boundaries are defined, partly because it sits across both Chile and Argentina, but Argentine Patagonia starts south of the Rio Colorado and extends down to the Southern tip of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.
Here we'll help you understand the different areas of Patagonia and its major geographical landmarks. We also have a selection of regional and activity-specific maps, as well as our map of Patagonia.
Places to go Patagonia
Swoop's Interactive Google Maps
Regions and Geographical Landmarks of Patagonia
The major regions for adventure travel, from North to South are:
- The Chilean and Argentine Lake District
- El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno and the South Patagonian Ice Cap
- Torres del Paine National Park
- Tierra del Fuego
Also, see our guide to where to go in Patagonia for more information on these places and other less visited destinations.
The major geographical landmarks are:
- The Patagonian Ice Cap (aka Hielo Continental, or Ice Sheet) - both North and the larger South can be seen when trekking in Patagonia. The Ice Cap feeds nearly 100 glaciers across the region
- The volcanoes of northern Patagonia
- The Magellan Straits and Cape Horn, which are visited on Patagonia Cruises
- The Andes themselves - although they lose some of their altitude as they extend south into Patagonia - lose none of their drama or majesty. Trekking Fitz Roy and El Chalten allows you to behold the wonderful spectacle of Cerro Fitz Roy's 3,375m peak
- The Patagonian Steppe - thousands of miles of semi-arid desert lie to the East of the Andes and in their rain shadow
- The Carretera Austral - the 'Southern Highway' stretches through over 1200km of rugged Patagonian landscape
Swoop's Google Map of the Highlights of Patagonia
Our interactive Patagonia Map shows our top recommendations for places to visit in Patagonia, from the most spectacular glaciers to the best spots to see wildlife:
Maps of Patagonia from across the web
Here are a selection of maps that we thought were helpful from across the web:
Regions and towns
This one is helpful because it shows most of the major towns, and the political regions.
Source: Quest Connect
This, from National Geographic, gives a good sense of the major geographical landmarks.
Source: National Geographic
Satellite Map of Pataognia
And this satellite image, taken towards the end of Patagonian winter, gives a great sense of the Ice Cap and the snow-covered peaks in the West, and arid Steppe in the East.
Printed maps of Patagonia
We no longer sell maps, but anyone is welcome to call into our office in Bristol to look over the maps with an expert.
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