Sprawling across Argentina’s southernmost region, Patagonia is truly a world of its own. From spellbinding glaciers to winding, mountain rivers, you’ll never finish exploring this South American gem. Magellan may have been impressed in 1520, but today’s Patagonia is more enchanting than ever. Thanks to 21st century trends in eco-friendly luxury, the region is a hotspot for travelers craving adventure, as well as extravagance.
Patagonia is at your fingertips at the Eolo Lodge, just outside El Calafate, Santa Cruz. With Lago Argentino to the north, La Anita Valley to the east, the Torres del Paine to the south and Mount Frías to the west, guests can take in the sights from every angle. Pick any one of the 12 Superior Suites and you’ll be treated to simple-yet-sleek accommodations that let the outside view speak for itself. The lodge’s water comes from a nearby natural spring, and the hosts are more than happy to share local customs and ancient legends with visitors. Book your Eolo experience at www.eolo.com.ar and find out more about the Lodge’s bird watching, mountain biking and horseback riding excursions.
Make the most of your magnificent surroundings with a luxury adventure tour. With area experts as your navigators, you’re sure to investigate places that the guidebooks have never even heard of. For a world-class trek, team up with the folks at Southern Explorations; not only do they know most of South America like the backs of their hands, they’re also up for anything. Whether you want to try glacier hiking or galloping horseback across infinite fields, the Luxury Patagonia Tour is the time to go wild in the wilderness. Start getting excited at www.southernexplorations.com.
After a rigorous expedition throughout Patagonia, you’ll want to kick back and relax. The Lahuen Co Eco Lodge and Thermal Spa is nestled among the forests, lakes and lagoons of Argentina. For those who are not staying at the lodge, the Day Spa Program is the perfect way to wind down for an afternoon. Enjoy the beauty of Patagonia’s Lanin National Park while participating in a yoga class, guided meditation or Tai Chi. Soak in one of the serene outdoor pools, then indulge in a gourmet lunch and cup of herbal tea. Visit www.lahuenco.com to learn more about the lodge’s eco-friendly philosophy and current offerings.
If you’re looking for solitude, March and April are the perfect months to visit Patagonia – the temperature is cooler, but the crowds are smaller. Although the Argentine peso is the country’s official currency, many restaurants and markets accept U.S. dollars. Not fluent in Spanish? Your Italian and German skills may come in handy, as these languages are commonly heard throughout Argentina. You may not even have to worry about communicating, however, since your surroundings will most likely leave you speechless.
For more travel tips and attractions within Patagonia, check out www.turismo.gov.ar.