Patagonia Map: regions, landmarks, best maps
Patagonia is a vast region spanning over 1,000 miles from top to bottom, with the Pacific as its western boundary, the Atlantic as its eastern boundary and the wilderness of Antarctica to its south. There's 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 with our own map, as well as sharing links to other maps we've found on the web that we think are good. We'll also review some of the maps of the region that are available in Stanfords and at Amazon.
For more detailed maps, info and which maps to buy for specific places in Patagonia please see: Torres del Paine map, Map of Antarctica, Map of Tierra del Fuego, Map of Patagonian Ice Cap, Map of El Chalten/FitzRoy.
Map showing some of the most popular Landmarks in Patagonia
Regions and Geographical Landmarks of Patagonia
The major regions for adventure travel, from top to bottom in the map on the right are:
- The Chilean and Argentine Lake District
- El Chalten, Mount FitzRoy, Perito Moreno and the South Patagonian IceCap
- Torres del Paine National Park
- Tierra del Fuego
Also see our guide to where to go in Patagonia for more info 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. This feeds nearly 100 glaciers across the region
- The volcanoes of northern Patagonia
- The Magellan Straits
- The Andes themselves. Although they some of their altitude as they extend south into Patagonia they lose none of their drama or majesty. Cerro FitzRoy at 3,375m is a wonderful spectacle for visitors to El Chalten to enjoy.
- The Patagonian Steppe. Thousands of miles of semi-arid desert to the East of the Andes and in their rain shadow.
See our section on flights to Patagonia for a map of Patagonia's airports.
Buying a map of Patagonia
Stanfords stock 3 maps that cover the whole region.
On the wall of the Swoop Patagonia office we have:
deDios Patagonia Argentina & Chile 1: 3,300,000 £10.95
It's at a less granular scale than the other two below (which are admittedly better if you're on a road trip) but it gives lots of information on the different destinations across the region. Good for planning purposes. On the ground it's of a very manageable size and is resilient enough to withstand a few weeks of travel.
A larger scale map, tear-resistant to take with you
infoMAP, 1: 2,750,000 £11.95
Some additional info re: places to go and its laminated and tear resistant. And it enlarges some key regions: Torres-del-Paine + Punta Arenas + Chalten/Perito Moreno; the Lake District around Puerto Montt; Peninsula Valdes.
This is a good option if you're on a road trip
AutoMAPA, 1:1,000,000 £11.95
If you're already out in Chile or Argentina you may also be able to get your hands on:
South Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, 1: 1,000,000
This only the covers the region from El Calafate southwards, but the detail is good, and it has some interesting history and info on the reverse.
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
Geographical landmarks and National Parks
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 IceCap and the snow-covered peaks in the West, and arid Steppe in the East.
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