There's a dramatic change in landscape as you cross the Straits of Magellan from Chile enroute to Tierra del Fuego in Argentinian Patagonia, the narrow two lane road passing through savannah with cattle ranches and grazing sheep as far as the eye can see. Rolling hills eventually give way to snow capped mountains bordering the sea as you reach the end of the world - el fin del mundo - in Tierra del Fuego, the rustic and beautiful wilderness before Antarctica. 

The main port city of Ushuaia is a quintessential arctic town where historic architecture sits among buildings made from shipping containers, and you can hop a tour or transportation to the area's scenic attractions at the bustling waterfront.

Whether it's gauchos, penguin colonies, sea lions, or the natural world you seek, Argentinean Patagonia should be at the top of your list. 

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.