Patagonia is a truly beautiful region with awe-inspiring sights in all directions. Spent as much time as we could spare on both the Argentinian and Chilean sides.
It was interesting to see the contrast of mood in countries - we were in El Calafate when the Argentinian election results were coming through, and it was a celebration of honking car horns and signing and dancing around the town and in the bars that evening, after the new President's speech.
While we ended up only transiting through Santiago Airport, the other parts of Chile seemed OK in terms of safety, however there was definitely a tension in the air. In La Paz, we had to stay in our hotel due to the political unrest in Bolivia, and would hear sirens, shouting and what sounded like gun-shots going off in other parts of the city. Had to scramble to get a flight out of there after our planned bus to Uyuni was cancelled without warning. Again, the rest of the country seemed OK in terms of security. We did hear stories from other travellers that had to barricade themselves in their hostel as windows were smashed during the protests though - that sounded scary.