Located at the southern end of South America, Patagonia is a territory shared by the countries of Chile and Argentina. The region of Patagonia encompasses the southern section of the Andes mountain range to the southwest towards the Pacific ocean (Chilean side) and from the east of the Andes to the valleys it follows south through Rio Colorado towards the Atlantic Ocean (Argentinean side). It covers an area of around 300,000 sq. mi. (777,000 sq. km.), including some islands of the Argentinean Antartica and South Atlantic, as well as the popular territory of Tierra del Fuego, found on the southernmost tip of the continent.
Big, Bold Argentina
The welcome in Argentina is as big and warm as the country itself. It's landscapes range from the subtropical north to the dry uplands of the Andean mountains. Then there are the vast grasslands of the pampas and mile upon mile of fertile crops where a horse is still the best way to get around. To the west lie the Andes and Aconcagua, South America's tallest peak, and further to the south are the unspoiled lakes and glaciers of Patagonia as well as the penguin and whale watchingspots around Peninsula Valdes. At the tip of the mainland you will find the island of Tierra del Fuego, which has its own bleak charms, and Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town and starting point for trips to Antarctica.
Wherever you travel in Argentina, it is the people you meet who will make you feel most welcome. But nowhere in Argentina is the welcome warmer than in the capital, Buenos Aires. This is where most of the ROAM trips begin. Disputed territories aside, Argentina covers and area of 2.8 million square kilometers. The country is 2170 miles long and 868 miles wide at its widest point. As one might expect, a country covering this much terrain has a great diversity of topography and climate. While most of Argentina lies within the temperate zone of the Southern Hemisphere, the climate ranges from tropical in the north to sub-Antarctic in the south. In general, the Argentine climate is moderated by the proximity to oceans on either side of the continental landmass and the towering Andes.