The last part of mainland Chile is Southern Patagonia, where visitors can marvel at the millennia-old glaciers, the deciduous Magellan forest, the vast, and often bleak, Patagonian steppe buffeted by the wind, life on the estates and farms, unique flora and fauna, and national parks such as the Bernardo O’higgins National Park and Torres del Paine National Park.
These spectacular landscapes can be reached by a direct flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas, the world’s southernmost regional capital and the only city in Chile where the sun sets over the Andes and visitors can look out over the famous Strait of Magellan from the southern part of town.
Visitors cannot miss a trip to the Torres del Paine National Park, which can also be accessed from Argentina. Located in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, It is one of the country’s most important and largest parks in Chile. It stands approximately 70 miles (112 km) from Puerto Natales, and is home to mountains, valleys, rivers, lagoons, glaciers and the mythical shaped towers.
The city of Puerto Natales is located near the Sound of Last Hope, a scenic landscape that joins the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. The city is located 150 miles (247 km) from Punta Arenas.
Southern Patagonia can be visited all year around, although the weather is best between October and April.
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