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.
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“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Patagonia in style. This tour includes all the highlights of Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park. You'll have a local experienced guide, comfortable accommodation (including a stay in the cozy domes of EcoCamp Patagonia), and some of the best views of Patagonia's natural highlights.
This 13-day self-guided trip will take you to some of Chile’s most spectacular sights. You’ll visit lush biosphere reserves, thundering waterfalls, lava-lined canyons, and forest-covered islands. The region is also known for its lakes and volcanos, and the views along the drive are simply jaw-dropping. Designed for active travelers, this trip takes you along some amazing trails, with ample opportunities for wildlife watching.
With five days, you'll want to focus on one region of Patagonia. Pay a visit to Perito Moreno in Los Glaciares National Park, road trip the Carretera Austral, make a whirlwind...
With a week to spend in Patagonia, it's easy to plan a trip around your interests. Trekkers can hit the trails among the granite peaks of Torres del Paine. Outdoor enthusiasts...
Patagonia stretches over a million square kilometers, but you'd be surprised at how much you can cover in just 10 days. Embark on a highlights tour, visiting the most famous...
With two weeks in Patagonia, you could stick to one side—Argentine or Chilean—or visit both. On these four unique itineraries, you'll trek on glaciers, see penguins in the wild,...
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...
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...
Come for the whale-watching and national parks, stay for the charming Welsh towns, little-known hot springs, and far-flung marble caves. Patagonia is huge, and while the classic...
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,...
January in one of the best months of the year to visit Patagonia and the crowds confirm it. This is peak season for international tourists who come to see glaciers, wildlife,...
With springtime blooms, November is a beautiful month in Patagonia—arguably the best of the year. If that's not enough, you can visit popular sites and national parks while the...
The transition from spring to summer is a spectacular time to visit Patagonia with plenty of sunshine for enjoying the great outdoors. Plus, the first half of the month is still...
Rugged and romantic, Patagonia encompasses the southern cone of South America, including parts of both Argentina and Chile—and each side has unique advantages for travelers....
Explore the best of Chile's urban and natural landscapes on this nine-day adventure. Begin in the capital city of Santiago. Explore modern Chilean culture while visiting the markets, skyscrapers, and parks. Next, head to Valparaíso, the bohemian port town that features bright graffiti and classic architecture. Enjoy a visit to the Maipo Valley to take in its stunning mountain landscapes while sipping Chilean wine. Then, venture south to Patagonia for a visit to Torres del Paine National Park—one of the most famous and beautiful protected areas in the world.
With two weeks in Patagonia, you could stick to one side—Argentine or Chilean—or visit both. On these four unique itineraries, you'll trek on glaciers, see penguins in the wild, dine on fresh seafood in the southernmost city in the world, camp under the stars, and hike in South America's finest national park.
Patagonia stretches over a million square kilometers, but you'd be surprised at how much you can cover in just 10 days. Embark on a highlights tour, visiting the most famous places in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Or plan a ski holiday on the powdery slopes near San Carlos de Bariloche, in Argentina’s Lake District. Learn about your best options with our roundup below.
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Really great trip to Patagonia! · Patagonia - Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2019
I was very impressed with the kimkim platform and Dittmar Adventures! Erin was extremely helpful from the very first moment that I requested information, responded quickly, and worked with me to build a customized trip that fit into my budget and schedule. Not having to manage the logistics on my own made the planning so much easier.
Highly recommend the guided tours of Torre Del Paine, Perito Mereno Glacier, the Estancia and the guided hikes via Walk Patagonia (Pablo was great). All of... read more
Bariloche & El Calafate Classic Tour - 9 Days · Patagonia - Sep 7 - Sep 13, 2019
Erin was super helpful in getting us all that we needed for our trip to Patagonia. She put together a completely customized itinerary to suit our needs. Everyone who was scheduled to pick us up and bring us somewhere was on time, was very pleasant, and the transfers went smoothly, with one exception, upon our leaving Torres del Paine National Park. In that case it was the other company that had some confusion in their paperwork and was expecting to pick up other people. The tour guide,... read more
Best Treks in Patagonia · Patagonia - May 3 - May 7, 2019
All came together well. Guides were very knowledgeable and had a sense of humour which is always a bonus. Mery had everything planned and organized. Thank you 😊