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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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Appreciate views of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park
Map of Explore Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine National Parks - 10 Days
Explore Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine National Parks - 10 Days

Discover some of the most stunning landscapes in Argentina and Chile on this 10-day itinerary around Patagonia. Begin in Buenos Aires, then fly south to El Calafate to see the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Enjoy a scenic drive to El Chaltén, Argentina's trekking capital, for unparalleled hiking through mountain scenery. Finish the trip in Torres del Paine, touring the national park's spectacular natural highlights before the trip comes to an end.

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.

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 of Year 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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Map of Patagonia Escape in Chile & Argentina - 14 Days
Patagonia Escape in Chile & Argentina - 14 Days

A life of adventure is not complete without making the great pilgrimage to Patagonia. This two-week escape begins in Chile's capital, Santiago, and continues south for trekking and outdoor excursions in Torres del Paine—one of the most famous national parks in the world. Then head north to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina, where you'll marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier, hike around the granite pillars of Mount Fitz Roy, and finish the journey with city tours and cowboy experiences in Buenos Aires.

Use Ushuaia, the southernmost town on the American continent, as a base to explore Patagonia
Map of 6 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
6 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you've got six days in Patagonia, it's best to focus on one region. Wildlife lovers will enjoy walking alongside penguins at Isla Magdalena and spotting dolphins in the Magellan Strait. Travelers interested in the natural beauty at the "End of the World" can hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park, while those eager to learn about glaciers should visit the Glaciarium in El Calafate, trek the Perito Moreno Glacier, or cruise to Grey Glacier. Fit adventurers keen on camping can tackle a section of the W Trek.

Marvel at the mountains and lakes of Torres del Paine National Park on this quick six-day adventure
Map of Best of Torres del Paine & Southern Chilean Patagonia - 6 Days
Best of Torres del Paine & Southern Chilean Patagonia - 6 Days

Experience some of the most iconic landscapes in Chilean Patagonia with this six-day getaway for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Land in Punta Arenas to spot dolphins and penguins in the Magellan Strait, then it's off to Puerto Natales for excursions into Torres del Paine. Discover lakes and waterfalls with a private guide, embark on a full-day hike to the park's famed granite towers, and marvel at the glaciers of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, a remote outpost only accessible by boat.

Patagonia Travel Maps

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

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Travel specialist Erin Wiley
active 1 day ago

Erin Wiley

Put simply, travel 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...

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Travel specialist Lorena Huidobro
active 14 hours ago

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 Johanna Fabian
active 26 mins ago

Johanna Fabian

I enjoy slow travel, ideally being in one country for a month where I can really get to know the local people, their way of life and of course their food! I am Peruvian-American and have traveled...

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Travel specialist Jesse Barrera
active 15 hours ago

Jesse Barrera

Hi! I specialize in creating unique trip itineraries for all those keen on visiting the narrowest and longest country in the world: Chile. I believe travelling should be for everyone and can help...

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Trip Reviews for Patagonia

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Lorena helped us plan an amazing trip to Arge...
Patagonia | Nov 6 - Nov 10, 2023

Nancy
Nancy G.
Hunts Point, NY | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024
Lorena helped us plan an amazing trip to Argentina to see penguins, a lifelong dream. Our guides Mery and Fabian were incredibly knowledgeable about the area and shared their love of the culture and natural history. We had a beautiful trip thanks to Kim Kim, thanks! Read more

Lorena helped us plan an amazing trip to Argentina to see penguins, a lifelong dream. Our guides Mery and Fabian were incredibly knowledgeable about the area and shared their love of the culture and natural history. We had a beautiful trip thanks to Kim Kim, thanks!

Hotel Review
Dazzler by Wyndham Puerto Madryn
Puerto Madryn

Really beautiful hotel, friendly bilingual staff and a nice rooftop rest area that was perfect for resting after our day trips. Easy walk to downtown Puerto Madryn.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Central location, great water views
Staff
Very friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Rooms were clean and service was really good.
Activity Review
Visit to a Penguin Colony by land - Punta Tombo
Visit to a Penguin Colony by land - Punta Tombo
Puerto Madryn
Quality of Experience
We were able to spend a good part of the day at Punta Tombo and were not rushed
Food
We really appreciated the packed lunches for the long journey.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Mery and Fabian were so well versed in the history, culture and wildlife of Patagonia. Their clear love of their home was evident and made us appreciate the experience even more.
Transport
We had a slight communication error at the airport, but everyone jumped in and got us to our hotel with a small seat, but every day we were picked up on time and had a great relaxed experience, which is what we wanted. We had some great conversations en route to our destinations, and time seems to go quickly.
Local specialist: Lorena Huidobro
Lorena
Lorena Huidobro
Local specialist in Houston, TX & Santiago, Chile | Replied on Apr 17, 2024

Dear Nancy,
I appreciate you leaving such a kind review and I am super happy your dream of meeting penguins was fulfilled with fantastic local guides. Patagonia is an incredible area on many levels and the place you visited... only a few are lucky to experience. Come back any time to see more of this side of the world!
Best always,
Lorena

Great trip, our trip planners were amazing!
Patagonia | Mar 30 - Apr 9, 2024

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Lakshmanan S.
Los Angeles, CA | Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Great trip, our trip planners were amazing! Very custom experience, and they helped us after hours and weekends with last minute flight cancellations, weather issues, etc. Cannot speak highly enough!

Local specialist: Jimena Pérez

Very responsive and patient. Trip went smooth...
Patagonia | Mar 21 - Mar 29, 2024

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Zinnia S.
Bremerton, WA | Reviewed on Apr 05, 2024
Very responsive and patient. Trip went smoothly and can honestly say worth the money. Excellent local guides. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Highly recommend! Read more

Very responsive and patient. Trip went smoothly and can honestly say worth the money. Excellent local guides. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Highly recommend!

Activity Reviews
Torres del Paine Full Day Private Tour
Torres del Paine Full Day Private Tour
Patagonia

We got Daniel and Andres and could not have asked for better. Super good guys with extensive knowledge on area, history, flora and fauna. Very professional and fun to be around. This guided tour around the national park and the subsequent day hiking to Base Las Torres on our own were our favorite parts of the trip. So Glad we booked this and cannot recommend enough!

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Kayak at Perito Moreno Glacier
Kayak at Perito Moreno Glacier
El Calafate

Fun experience, relaxing. Guides were great.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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