Explorers who arrived in Patagonia some 500 years ago described the area as exotic, wild and infinite in beauty - very little has changed today. The vibrant gaucho lifestyle and ranching history in Puerto Natales contrast against isolated natural treasures such as the Marble Caves and the jagged blue ice of Grey Lake. Alternatively adrenaline seekers are spoiled for choice with numerous watersports, ice field trekking and rafting.
Occupying the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as deserts, steppes and grasslands, Patagonia is blessed with two coasts - to the west on the Pacific Ocean and the eastern side towards the Atlantic Ocean. Populated by Chileans, Argentinians and Patagonians, this is a latino blend of friendly and hospitable cultures, with some indigenous communities speaking Mapuche dialect, but the official language mainly spoken is Spanish.