Though I am now back in the United States, I do want to share some leftover photos and observations from my recent Land Rover expedition from San Francisco to the southern tip of Argentina. Today I’ll share some photos from Patagonia.
I feel like I’m cheating when I say that the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina was my favorite area along our South American route. I use the word “cheating” because the region — while beautiful — didn’t feel quite as exotic as the other places we visited, as it bore so much resemblance to the American West (but with fewer people). Chile’s Carretera Austral felt like Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Argentine Patagonia felt like parts of Montana, and Torres del Paine National Park felt a lot like Wyoming’s Grand Tetons. As a result, we spent a lot of time camping and exploring as we drove our way south across these sprawling wildernesses. Here are a few glimpses of the action (each text link clicks into its own picture box):
Rolf aboard the overnight ferry on the Gulf of Ancud.
[The most comfortable place to sleep on the boat turned out to be in our safari tents, which we set up atop our vehicles in the cargo hold.]
DATW Land Rovers offloading from a ferry across the Gulf of Ancud.
[This ferry took us to the beginning of the legendary Carretera Austral.]
“Route J” outside of Ushuaia in the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego.
[This road is as far south as you can drive in the Americas.].