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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 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.

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, 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.

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.

Osorno Volcano in Chile's Lake District
Map of Self-Guided Tour in Chile's Lake & Volcano District - 13 Days
Self-Guided Tour in Chile's Lake & Volcano District - 13 Days

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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Patagonia

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Patagonia Travel Essentials

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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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Torres del Paine National Park
Map of An Active Tour of Chile: Santiago, Valparaíso, & Torres del Paine - 9 Days
An Active Tour of Chile: Santiago, Valparaíso, & Torres del Paine - 9 Days

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.

Striking scenery from the roadside in Patagonia
Map of 2 Weeks in Patagonia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Patagonia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

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Map of 10 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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.

Patagonia Travel Maps

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5 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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7 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Patagonia
Travel specialist Erin Wiley
active 2 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 Laura McAfoos
active 17 hours ago

Laura McAfoos

I am originally from the USA, but have been living in Puerto Natales, Chile for the last 12 years. I have been helping people visit Torres del Paine since 2008 and love the park as though it is my...

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Travel specialist Mery Morelli
active 2 hours ago

Mery Morelli

My name is Mery and I define myself as a traveling soul. I really love this beautiful country which has to offer so many highlights such as the North with its Andean culture and colorful mountains;...

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Travel specialist Daiana Andion
active 2 hours ago

Daiana Andion

My name is Daiana, and I am part of the Say Hueque team. I have worked in the tourism industry for the past 7 years. After getting my degree in tourism, I started travelling to different countries...

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Trip Reviews for Patagonia

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Really great trip to Patagonia! · Patagonia - Nov 22 - Dec 1, 2019

Traveler: Melanie G. - Local specialist: Erin Wiley

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

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 these tours were very well run, and the guides provided very interesting information.

The one suggestion I have for the future- unfortunately, due to weather our Penguin tour in Punta Arenas via Solo Expediciones was cancelled. It is very important to have a plan B for this ahead of time, because it seems that the penguin tour is frequently canceled for weather and the “alternate Condor Tour” offered by Solo Expediciones was extremely disappointing.

Thank you to Erin and Julia for your responsiveness and for setting us up with a great trip!

Bariloche & El Calafate Classic Tour - 9 Days · Patagonia - Sep 7 - Sep 13, 2019

Traveler: Barbara K. - Local specialist: Erin Wiley

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

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, Simon, for that portion, was informative and entertaining and spoke great English, and the transfers throughout Glacier National Park were smooth as well. Scenery was amazing.
One tip: don't accept the first room offered by hotel reception staff upon check-in. We traveled at a very slow time of the year and in each case were assigned teeny rooms with no views -- despite the low occupancy rates at that time -- until we spoke up. This was not KimKim's fault at all, but thought they should know. In each case we did succeed in getting much nicer rooms. Squeaky wheels . . . .
I do recommend this company highly and don't know how much time I would have wasted trying to do all the research on my own.

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Erin Wiley, local specialist, responded to this review:

Barbara,

You were SUCH a pleasure to work with and the feedback that you sent us is invaluable, thank you so very much. If you ever make it back to Patagonia for round two, be sure to reach out and maybe we could meet actually meet in person!

All the best,
Erin

Best Treks in Patagonia · Patagonia - May 3 - May 7, 2019

Traveler: Kate D. - Local specialist: Mery Morelli

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 😊

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Mery Morelli, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kate!

Thanks for your feedback! It is great to know that you had a wonderful time in Patagonia and everything went well as planned!

I hope you contact us in a next adventure!
Regards,
Mery