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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.

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.

Patagonia Travel Insights

Mt. Fitz Roy looming in the distance
Patagonia: El Chalten - 7 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, El Calafate
Best of Patagonia - 9 Days

Go on 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.

A hiker surveys a valley in Argentinian Patagonia.
Best Treks in Patagonia

The mountains, forests, glacial lakes and pampas of Patagonia offer tremendous long-distance trekking opportunities. Both Chile and Argentina are represented here, as the treks sometimes meander over the border of these two countries. In addition, a number of trails in Chile’s national parks are part of the Sendero de Chile, a network of trails that spans the length of the country. Below are the best treks in both Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.

Laguna Torres - El Chalten
Adventure in Patagonia - 15 Days

Patagonia's vast unpopulated areas, impassable ice fields and history of exploration make it one of the most fascinating, legendary, and beautiful regions of Argentina. On this two-week long trip, you can discover all of the region's incredible landscapes at your own pace, making it an unforgettable experience for true pioneers.

Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park
Hiking in Southern Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego - 16 Days

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego — the names alone spark intrigue and adventure. This 16-day itinerary takes you to some of the most jaw-dropping locations in both areas as you trek into the backcountry along the spine of Chile and Argentina. Hikes in this region are challenging but rewarding and will test your body and lungs. In between treks you'll see massive glaciers, wildlife and unique cities located in at the edge of the world.

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 stretches of pampas (steppe) hint at boundless adventure, while the country’s remote and scenic Ruta 40 is Argentina’s ultimate road trip.

Patagonia Travel Maps

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Patagonia: El Chalten - 7 Days
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Best of Patagonia - 9 Days
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Best Treks in Patagonia
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Patagonia
Travel specialist Erin Wiley
active 4 hours ago

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 Jessica Taylor
active 7 hours ago

Jessica Taylor

I always knew I wanted to go and explore! I spent my childhood wandering the countryside or reading about brave people venturing to fantastic places. After finishing my degree, I set out to do...

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Travel specialist Oxana Protchenko
active 4 hours ago

Oxana Protchenko

My name is Oxana - I am a travel agent and Head of Sales and part of Ecochile Travel team. We love to travel, but more than that we enjoy bringing unique and unforgettable experiences to our...

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Travel specialist Agustin Orso
active 10 hours ago

Agustin Orso

My name is Agustín, born and raced in San Pedro, Buenos Aires state. I have worked in the tourism industry for the past 6 years and 8 in the Hospitality industry. After getting my degree, I...

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