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Introducing Patagonia

Discover the best of Patagonia.
“Rock, ice, snow, wind, and water, all warring with each other yet combined against man, here reigned in absolute sovereignty.” That’s what Charles Darwin said about Patagonia when he set foot in Tierra del Fuego over 150 years ago. It’s an apt way to describe the Southern Cone, the last rugged patch of earth before Antarctica and the end of the world. Patagonia is much larger than many travelers realize, and to experience it fully requires time, creativity, and a passion for the untamed wild.

When is the best time to visit?
Patagonia is open for business all year round. When to go depends on your primary interests. If skiing/snowboarding is your passion, then you’ll want to visit during the winter. If you’d like to indulge your inner naturalist and spend your time wildlife spotting, then spring/summer/autumn are ideal seasons. And while you can certainly enjoy mountain trekking in the winter (there’s something primal and rewarding about trudging through the snowy mountains for days on end), summer is a great time to view the sweeping panoramas from mountain peaks. Learn more

Where should you go?
Again, the answer depends on your preferences. For wildlife spotting, we recommend Puerto Madryn and the Atlantic coast. For trekking/camping, it’s all about national parks like Torres del Paine and the peaks near El Chaltén. For glacier viewing head to Los Glaciares National Park, and if you want to experience the least crowded and most jaw-droppingly beautiful places in the Southern Cone, you’ll make a beeline for the fjords, rivers, and Andes peaks of the Aysén region, in Chilean Patagonia.

How many days do you need?
If you only intend to visit one location in Patagonia, then you won’t need more than four or five days. However, to really experience Patagonia (both the Chilean and Argentine sides), requires two weeks minimum, but you can plan a faster itinerary that will allow you to see many places in nine or 10 days as well.

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Patagonia Tours & Itineraries

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Trekkers enjoy exciting views in Patagonia
Map of Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 7 Days
Torres del Paine "W" Circuit Trek - 7 Days

Hike in some of the most stunning landscapes in the Western Hemisphere, located at the extreme of the South American continent. This itinerary will be sure to challenge even experienced hikers, and offers stunning views of sharply-defined peaks, azure lakes, and vast ice fields.

Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate
Map of Patagonia Highlights - 10 Days
Patagonia Highlights - 10 Days

Head south to a trekker's paradise and explore some of the best landscapes in Argentina and Chile. Flexible and suitable for all experience levels, this itinerary will take you across two national parks and one of the most famous mountain ranges in all of South America.

Mt. Fitz Roy looming in the distance
Map of Patagonia Adventure: El Chalten, El Calafate & Perito Moreno - 8 Days
Patagonia Adventure: El Chalten, El Calafate & Perito Moreno - 8 Days

Arrive in the Argentinian Patagonia and experience the wildest landscapes of South America. Journey to Los Glaciares and encounter the impressive and monumental glacier, Perito Moreno. Delight in an expedition with good quality accommodation and appreciate some of the most natural environments on planet earth.

Perito Moreno Glacier
Map of Self-Drive: Buenos Aires to Patagonia - 16 Days
Self-Drive: Buenos Aires to Patagonia - 16 Days

Covering destinations from Buenos Aires all the way to Southern Patagonia, this tour is a great way to discover both Argentina's natural splendor and unique culture while driving at your own pace. In just over two weeks, you will be able to experience some of the country's most iconic destinations through various excursions ranging from quiet retreats and scenic drives to wildlife watching and exhilarating hikes.

Torres del Paine National Park. Chile
Map of Torres del Paine Express Trip - 5 Days
Torres del Paine Express Trip - 5 Days

On this quick trip, you'll get to explore one of the most impressive landscapes on earth, Torres del Paine National Park. You'll enjoy an in-depth exploration of the park's natural beauty, including a hike to the base of the iconic towers, and an up-close look at the majestic Grey Glacier during a boat tour.

Make the Most of Your Time in Patagonia

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
The icy blue waters of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia
How Many Days to Spend in Patagonia

Adventure-seekers with only five days to spare can visit a couple of Patagonia's most famous lakes and mountains. In a week, you can venture deep into national parks for circuit...

Patagonia Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Hiking to Mirador Las Torres in Torres del Paine National Park
Best Time to Visit Patagonia

In Patagonia, as the old saying goes, you can experience four seasons in a single day. It's true that you should pack for sun, cold, rain, and snow—but in reality, the seasons...

Magellanic penguins of Patagonia.
Top 9 Highlights of Patagonia

Argentinian Patagonia is one of South America’s most pristine and splendid landscapes, its mountain ranges and glaciers reminding travelers of the most recent Ice Age. The vast...

Patagonia FAQ
Patagonia FAQ

Patagonia is the dream destination for any outdoor enthusiast. It encompasses 402,700 miles of wilderness in both Chile and Argentina, every inch abounding with mountains,...

Patagonia Travel Advice

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The icy blue waters of the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia
How Many Days to Spend in Patagonia

Adventure-seekers with only five days to spare can visit a couple of Patagonia's most famous lakes and mountains. In a week, you can venture deep into national parks for circuit treks around towering peaks and ancient glaciers. And 10 or 14 days are perfect for enjoying a best-of-Patagonia adventure that includes highlights like El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Mt. Fitz Roy, and hiking in Tierra del Fuego.

Sunset over the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park
Map of Active Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares National Parks - 10 Days
Active Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares National Parks - 10 Days

Trek your way across Patagonia's glacial landscapes on this rugged 10-day journey through the UNESCO-listed Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Starting in the Chilean town of Puerto Natales, you'll follow the famous "W" circuit trail through Torres del Paine's soaring mountains before hopping over the border to Argentina. Spend a day in El Calafate to experience the towering ice walls of Perito Moreno, then base yourself in the village of El Chaltén to discover the vast glaciers and turquoise lakes of Los Glaciares.

Elephant Seals Sleeping
Wildlife and Culture in Argentina - 10 Days

Combining city tours and tango performances in Buenos Aires with treks through Tierra del Fuego National Park at the "End of the World", this trip is an excellent blend of nature and culture. The focus is on wildlife sightings, with whale-watching excursions near Peninsula Vales and visits to the largest sea lion and elephant seal colonies in the region. You'll cruise along the famous Beagle Channel and canoe rivers to reach Lapataia Bay, plus visit regional museums and walk with penguins on Martillo Island.

Patagonia Travel Maps

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Patagonia map: 2 Weeks in Patagonia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Patagonia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Patagonia map: 5 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Patagonia map: 7 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Erin Wiley
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Erin Wiley

Travel simply makes people happy and I want to be a part of that. If I am not traveling myself then I want to surround myself with people who are. Originally from Michigan, I grew up camping...

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Travel specialist Emilce Alonso
active 14 hours ago

Emilce Alonso

I'm from Cordoba, Argentina. I had the opportunity to travel a lot through it and beyond. I really enjoy getting to know new places, like typical food, music and meeting people. I love the...

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Travel specialist Lorena Huidobro
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Lorena Huidobro

I believe that those of us who love to travel tend to have a more open mind and free spirit. Being open to experience new adventures, explore the unknown, see the beauty in the simple things,...

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Travel specialist Jason Kearney
active 16 hours ago

Jason Kearney

I am originally from Ireland. Having being born on a farm I always had a natural inclination for the outdoors. I am married and live in Lima Peru (big city change!) with my family. My first visit...

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Trip Reviews for Patagonia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Exceeded all expectations!
Patagonia | Jan 15 - Jan 24, 2023

Stacy
Stacy W.
Hybla Valley, VA | Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

We planned this trip for our honeymoon and it exceeded all of our expectations! From the beginning, Erin was super responsive and helpful to assist us in designing and tailoring our trip wishlist to include every hike and activity we asked for, affirming all the highlights we wanted to see and do. Even when an activity was cancelled due to reasons beyond their control she helped us move stuff around so we could still have a similar activity/experience included and it ended up being our... read more

We planned this trip for our honeymoon and it exceeded all of our expectations! From the beginning, Erin was super responsive and helpful to assist us in designing and tailoring our trip wishlist to include every hike and activity we asked for, affirming all the highlights we wanted to see and do. Even when an activity was cancelled due to reasons beyond their control she helped us move stuff around so we could still have a similar activity/experience included and it ended up being our favorite excursion (mini trekking on Perito Moreno)! Every guide we had was super nice and helpful and all activities were organized very well. When we met with the Dittmar associate (Nara) upon arrival we were very impressed, everything was laid out for us (vouchers, etc.) and we felt very prepared for our itinerary; and then mostly everything went as outlined and so smoothly which definitely decreased our travel/logistics stress. It was also helpful to be able to contact her while we were there. All the hotels were super nice as well, even ones that apparently were second choices were just lovely! Patagonia is a large area and we realized it would be really overwhelming to plan on our own but they did a great job honing in on our interests and creating truly the trip of a lifetime for us. Aside from staying in Patagonia longer we wouldn’t have changed a thing!

Hotel Reviews
NOI Indigo Patagonia
Puerto Natales

Clean, front desk very helpful, nice views.

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Hotel Lago Grey
Torres del Paine

We got a superior room and let me tell you, the view was incredible!! The bar and restaurant also had amazing views. Front desk was super helpful as well. Loved this hotel

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While we were there they had record heat which I realize is abnormal but the sun had been beaming in our room all day and it was super hot with no AC; no way to prop the window open.
Camping Central
Torres de Paine, Chile

We always camp with our own gear but didn’t have a choice for our trip; was pleasantly surprised at the quality and cleanliness of the tent and sleeping bags. Cafe food was also really good!

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The views
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Kau Yatun Hotel & Estancia
El Calafate

This place was such a gem! Beautiful setting, nice clean large rooms, lovely restaurant as well.

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Chalten Suites Hotel
El Chalten

We loved this place! really loved and took advantage of the jetted bath especially after long hikes. Bed/pillows were so comfy! Views of the mountains a plus. Staff friendly and helpful, when we ate at the restaurant they had told them it was our honeymoon and they sent us dessert, so thoughtful and sweet.

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Activity Reviews
Minitrekking Ice Hike on Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate

Our favorite activity! The guides were awesome and it was just so cool, not every day you get to literally climb a glacier. One of the most awesome things we’ve done in our life!

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Horseback Riding on Estancia Cristina
El Calafate

In general we felt overwhelmed by this experience. Between the amazing views, lunch on a glacier lake in the middle of a beautiful landscape and the excitement of river crossing on the horse we couldn’t have been more pleased with everything. The guide was exceptional and so knowledgeable of the area and rich history, not to mention a great cook!

Quality of Experience
Even though it was our first time horse back riding the guide explained everything and it was easy. Such amazing views and the river crossing were so much fun.
Food
Guide made the lunch from scratch. It was delicious and exceeded expectations.
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Torres del Paine Full Day Private Tour
Chile

This experience exceeded expectations. Our guide was so knowledgeable on the area and asked us for our inputs on things we wanted to see in order to tailor things. We saw tons of wild life, and breathtaking landscapes.

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Grey Glacier Boat Tour
Chile

Such a cool experience to be that close to a glacier and amongst the icebergs floating in the water. The crew was exceptional of providing all sorts of information. The hauling in of a iceberg to make cocktails with the ice was so neat!

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Guided Hike to Laguna de los Tres
El Chalten

This was such an amazing hike. The hike offered nonstop views and thanks to our guide we stopped at all the best viewing spots along the way. The guide was also extremely prepared and knowledgeable about the geological history, wildlife floral/fauna. The guide was happy to capture all the moments for us on camera too! This is a long hike so be prepared.

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Kayak Lago del Desierto
El Chalten
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Trip Briefing at Dittmar Adventures
Puerto Natales

Everything was clear! Felt very prepared with our trip outlined and all docs organized for us.

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Guided Hike to Laguna Torre
Argentina

With our hiking abilities we really didn’t need a guide for this hike but the guide was super nice and helpful explaining the geography and pointing out animals etc, which was a really great addition to the hike.

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Local specialist: Erin Wiley

A perfect 2 weeks in Patagonia: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Los Glaciares, El Chalten
Patagonia | Dec 9 - Dec 22, 2022

Caroline
Caroline D.
Charlotte, NC | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

We had the trip of a lifetime! It's really hard to narrow down our favorite parts of the trip, but one huge positive of using Erin and her team at Dittmar was that they were able to find experiences that were off-the-beaten-path, give us great advice on the better-known hikes and sites, and tailored the entire trip to our exact requests. My husband and I are both extremely busy people, so to be able to tell Erin the major things that we wanted to see, the type of vacationing that we wanted to... read more

We had the trip of a lifetime! It's really hard to narrow down our favorite parts of the trip, but one huge positive of using Erin and her team at Dittmar was that they were able to find experiences that were off-the-beaten-path, give us great advice on the better-known hikes and sites, and tailored the entire trip to our exact requests. My husband and I are both extremely busy people, so to be able to tell Erin the major things that we wanted to see, the type of vacationing that we wanted to do, and let her largely plan the trip from there, was awesome! I also loved that she and her colleagues had experienced all of the excursions, hikes, and many of the hotels themselves, so could give real-time feedback and advice as we were selecting our itinerary.

One of the best days of the entire trip was going to Estancia La Peninsula in Puerto Natales. This was a last-minute addition to the itinerary after our flight from the States to Chile was unexpectedly moved up a day. While nothing will beat the insanely beautiful views of the national parks in both countries, this day was uniquely special, intimate, and fun. We visited the ranch with 4 other tourists and really got to know the owner and staff as a result. We learned a ton about the culture of Chile and the Patagonia region, got to know their life stories, had a DELICIOUS meal, saw beautiful views on horseback, and just generally had such a special day. These are the types of experiences that Dittmar and Erin arrange: ones that truly unique to the region and to working with Dittmar. That said, Erin and team were also great with the more traditional "must-sees/dos." For example, Erin had a ton of great tips for us while on the 3-night, 4-day W Trek in Torres del Paine, and we felt more prepared and were able to really enjoy our time as a result.

We're so sad that our trip is over, but we're recommending it to anyone and everyone we know now that we are back in the US!

Hotel Reviews
The Singular Patagonia Hotel
Puerto Natales

One of the best hotels we've been to yet--gorgeous views, top-of-the-line service, delicious food, and such a unique, historical setting.

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One of the coolest places we've stayed--it's like a hotel within a museum. Like that they've added minimalistic architecture to the existing structure to really preserve the history of the place.
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Gorgeous views of the fjords, quick ride (or long walk) into town, so there was a lot of privacy and serenity.
Staff
Such nice and helpful people that we felt like we got to know!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Great spa area, super cozy bar / restaurant to hang out in after a busy day or to grab a bite
Cabin Los Cuernos
Puerto Natales

The prettiest place I've EVER been. The cabins were well worth the extra cost as a break from the tents, and nice to have a more private bathroom with just the other cabin-goers. I will never forget this awesome place!

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The little cabins were so quaint and cute, while blending in with the surroundings
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Truly the prettiest place, maybe on earth
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Camping Paine Grande
Puerto Natales, Chile
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Bathrooms were not great but everything else was perfectly fine!
Hotel Lago Grey
Torres del Paine

The most amazing night after 3 nights of camping on the W! Such a serene lobby, loved the architecture, great food, and insanely gorgeous views.

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loved that the architecture was so minimalist and let the views speak for themselves. The lobby/bar area is like a living room--cozy and warm, perfect after a long day of hiking
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Such a gorgeous view of Lake Grey and the Cuernos / Paine Grande. What
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Hotel Kosten Aike
El Calafate

Great breakfasts, super nice staff, perfect location!

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Just off the main drag, which makes all of the areas you'd want to see in Calafate accessible, but without too much noise.
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Chalten Suites Hotel
El Chalten

Nicest staff! Great breakfast, beautiful views, perfect location!

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Right on the main street--easy access to the hiking/adventures and all of the cute restaurants and bars in town.
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Activity Reviews
Trip Briefing at Dittmar Adventures
Puerto Natales
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Day Trip to a Patagonian Estancia
Chile

We added this to our trip at the last-minute because we ended up having an extra day in Natales--and we are so so happy we did! Ian and his team were the best hosts. The boat ride, the horseback ride, the lunch, sheep sheering and watching the sheep dogs do their thing--I can't imagine a more perfect day. The views at the top of the horse trail were absolutely gorgeous.

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Everything
Food
Best meal of our trip
Guides, Drivers and Staff
These were some of my favorite people from the entire trip!! The best!
Transport
You get there by boat--so cool!
Grey Glacier Boat Tour
Chile

We have never been so happy to see this boat at the end of our ~50 mile W Trek!! It was so fun--we ended up being with a lot of other W Trek-ers. What a fun way to share stories, all while seeing these gorgeous glaciers with a free pisco sour!

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These guys are pros!! I was amazed by their work
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Kayak Lago & Rio Grey, Return to Puerto Natales
Chile

The guides were awesome--we loved learning about their lives! The kayaking was pretty easy between the current and the wind at your back (which I think it typical coming off the lake). Unbeatable views!

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Admire the Famous Perito Moreno Glacier [Mayo Trek - Alternative Excursion]
El Calafate

Loved seeing the waterfall, forests, and other mountains and glaciers of the park in addition to Perito Moreno. It was also great to see so much of Lago Argentina--the lake itself is so incredible. It looks like the southwestern USA on one end (desert-like), and the other you have these huge snow-capped mountains and glaciers. And in between, rolling green mountains that could be in Hawaii! The water is such a neat color once you are on it, too. We had PERFECT weather, which definitely helped, but I think this experience would have been awesome either way.

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Local specialist: Erin Wiley

Natalia from KimKim was super responsive, int...
Patagonia | Jan 4 - Jan 19, 2023

Louise
Louise R.
Australia | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Natalia from KimKim was super responsive, intuited our needs for accomodation, personal transfers , and overall logistics. We are so grateful to have had Natalia with us on our journey as it made all aspects smooth and stress-free.
EcoCamp is a must and if you are lucky you’ll have Claudio and Nicole as guides, they are exceptional!

Local specialist: Natalia Canónico
Natalia
Natalia Canónico
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dear Louise,
I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to review us and for your kind words 😊
It's been a pleasure to work with you and help you to design this amazing trip.
I'm so happy to read that everything went well and you are taking home great memories of Chile and Argentina.
I wish you a splendid continuation of this adventure and hope you have a wonderful time on the cruise!
All the best,
Natalia