Patagonia - From the Andes to the Atlanic Ocean
is one of the most adventurous expeditions, taking you from the civilisation
of Bariloche to one of the most barren landscapes in the country,
the Meseta de Somuncurá. The trip ends at the Península
Valdés, where you can see whales and Orcas which visit the
nature reserve during most of the year.
Leaving Bariloche, we quickly enter into vast open valleys where the
notion of space and wideness takes over from computers, telephones,
television and materialism. Transportation in a strong Ford is part
of the adventure; no minibus, no microphone but dust and bumps!
During this trip, we stay overnight with native Mapuche Indian families,
giving you the chance to experience their traditions and customs,
which are very closely related to nature. For example before drinking
a glass of wine, you throw a little bit on the ground, to thank the
earth for this drink. It is possible to visit communities living in
caves. The Laguna of "Yamnago" hosts a large variety of
migratory birds during spring and autumn.
Usually when we arrive at our overnight destination, we explore the
local area on horseback accompanied by one of the gauchos of the place.
Sometimes we will be lucky to just arrive when the sheep are being
sheared, the cows are being marked or some other special festivities.
After a two-day drive from Bariloche we arrive at the Meseta de Somuncurá,
a highland which over the years has obtained a lot of respect. Before
we enter this very barren area, we even hold a kind of ritual where
every person gives a small offering and in a spiritual way surrenders
to the Meseta. Local belief in the region says that if you do not
do this the Meseta might make your crossing more difficult. Crossing
the Meseta de Somuncurá will take about two days, depending
the state of the roads. Afterwards there are about six hours left
to the coastal town of Sierra Grande. Depending on our arrival time,
we stay overnight here or continue to Puerto Madryn. From Puerto Madryn
we need one full day to visit the nature reserve of Península
Valdés. Here we will be able to see the magnificent Franca
Austral whales, sea lions, sea elephants, penguins and sometimes Orcas,
which come to hunt for these young animals.
From Puerto Madryn there are flight connections to Buenos Aires or
Calafate. One can also take a bus or specially organised tours to
The above-described trip is also possible in reverse i.e. from Puerto
Madryn to Bariloche