Patagonia is a distinct geographical region in the southernmost area of South America, shared by both Chile and Argentina. It is comprised of roughly 1 million sq. km. and stretches nearly 2000 km, terminating in Tierra del Fuego, the "Land of Fire" at its southern extremity.
Though occupying close to one third of Chile and Argentina's total land area, Patagonia is scarcely populated. Less that 5% of either county's population actually live in Patagonia. Chilean Patagonia has one of the lowest populaton densities in the world, with less than 1 person per square kilometer. This extremely low density allows the region to remain one of the last pristine reserves on earth.
Chile and Argentina have set aside much of Patagonia as national parks and reserves. Along the entire length of the Patagonian Andes, more than 20 parks and reserves protect the awe inspiring alpine and magnificient coastal wilderness areas. Complete with cool temperate rainforests, perfectly shaped volcanic cones, alpine lakes, and snowcapped, glaciated peaks, Patagonia is a trekkers paradise.
Patagonia is becoming increasingly popular among travelers and trekkers from all around the world. They value the outstanding natural and scenic beauty as well as a safe and hassle free environment inhabited by wonderful and friendly people. It is a peaceful and tranquil place, perfect for learning Spanish!v