03/14/2011 11:52 am ET Updated Sep 20, 2011

Iconic Hikes Of Southern Patagonia (PHOTOS)

With a dirty Kelty backpack and six weeks to spare, I jumped into the back of a rusty bus in Ushuaia -- the southernmost point in Argentina. Mission: a rugged exploration of Patagonia's most iconic treks and landscapes.

I was about to experience Patagonia in its most wild form stretching from Monte Fitz Roy in the north, to the very southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego -- the "Land of Fire." I knew there wouldn't be enough time to cover its entire 386,000 square-mile expanse, but there were a few key spots that I could not miss. And neither should you.

From glaciers to peat bogs, the slideshow below lists our picks for the top treks and landscapes in southern Patagonia.

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Iconic Hikes of Southern Patagonia