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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
Snap a pic of the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse in the Beagle Channel of Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego National Park
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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Explore Chiloé Island and its famous "palafitos de Gamboa" (stilt houses) on a northern Patagonia experience
3 Weeks in Patagonia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With three weeks in Patagonia, you can savor extended stays in national parks and secluded towns. First-time visitors will find a trip featuring both capitals, Bariloche, and Los Glaciares National Park a perfect introduction. Or, if you're seeking a more relaxed journey, swap in Puerto Iguazú and leisurely nature adventures in the Lake District. Alternatively, conquer the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park and experience ultimate remoteness on a multiday cruise through the southern fjords and channels.

Look out over the snowcapped Osorno from your lakeside lodge (photo courtesy of Hotel AWA)
2 Weeks in Patagonia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks is an excellent amount of time to experience Patagonia's magnificent landscapes while treating yourself to immersive activities and stays at premium accommodations. Join a classic luxury tour to discover Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. Hiking enthusiasts will find El Calafate an excellent base, while the Lake District caters to both leisure and active explorers. Or, for a great escape into the unknown, jet down to the very southern city of Ushuaia.

Mix camping with luxury on the doorstep of Torres del Paine National Park (photo courtesy of Patagonia Camp)
10 Days in Patagonia - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Patagonia on a luxury itinerary, you can experience the natural landscapes and accommodations tucked within Torres del Paine, El Calafate, and El Chaltén on a classic tour. Or, for a sprinkling of cowboy culture and wildlife, jet to the southern city of Ushuaia. Those eager to take the less-trodden trail will find an upscale boat trip across the Lake District an excellent addition, and hiking enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice during an exhilarating tour through Argentine Patagonia.

Patagonia Travel Maps

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2 Weeks in Patagonia - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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
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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
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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 Johanna Fabian
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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
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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

Winter adventure in Patagonia
Patagonia | May 21 - May 28, 2024

Kristen
Kristen P.
Newark, NJ | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2024
We had such an incredible trip to Patagonia! Jimena was terrific to work with, she provided us multiple options for our trip the end of May. Everything was so organized and easy. Great choices in hotels and the public and private transportation was so convenient.
Once we were in Puerto Natales, we wanted to adjust our trip and add a hike to the Torres del Paine towers in addition to most of the W that were already planned, so Nada and Jimena worked their magic and made it happen.
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We had such an incredible trip to Patagonia! Jimena was terrific to work with, she provided us multiple options for our trip the end of May. Everything was so organized and easy. Great choices in hotels and the public and private transportation was so convenient.
Once we were in Puerto Natales, we wanted to adjust our trip and add a hike to the Torres del Paine towers in addition to most of the W that were already planned, so Nada and Jimena worked their magic and made it happen.
Highly recommend Patagonia in April or May! Yes, it’s cold but manageable and you basically have the park to yourselves, including staying at the Refugio’s. Pedro, our guide, was terrific and so much fun. We really enjoyed our time with him.
It was a trip of a lifetime, we couldn’t have been more pleased with everything!

Local specialist: Jimena Pérez
Jimena
Jimena Pérez
Local specialist in Chile and Colombia | Replied on Jun 25, 2024
Hi Kristen and Family!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your incredible Patagonia experience! We're thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic trip. Hiking Patagonia in April or May is a great choice, and we completely agree! The smaller crowds and beautiful fall colors are great. We're happy you were able to enjoy it despite the cooler temperatures. We're especially happy to hear that Pedro made your experience even more special. Having a fantastic guide can truly elevate... Read more

Hi Kristen and Family!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your incredible Patagonia experience! We're thrilled to hear you had such a fantastic trip.

Hiking Patagonia in April or May is a great choice, and we completely agree! The smaller crowds and beautiful fall colors are great. We're happy you were able to enjoy it despite the cooler temperatures.

We're especially happy to hear that Pedro made your experience even more special. Having a fantastic guide can truly elevate a trip, and it sounds like he did just that!

We're so glad to hear this was a trip of a lifetime for you and your family. There's nothing more rewarding than knowing we helped create such a positive experience.

Thank you again for sharing your review!

All the best,
Jimena!

Matias was extremely knowledgeable about the ...
Patagonia | Apr 17 - Apr 26, 2024

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eric h.
Denver, CO | Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Matias was extremely knowledgeable about the places we traveled to and so enthusiastic and helpful in planning our trip to Chile and Argentina! Even for my million questions, Matias always provided timely feedback and was willing to hop on a video call, which made the trip and planning feel that much more personable. Couldn't have had a better experience, the trip was so well organized. We had an app to track our daily activities, pickups, and contact info, and everybody from Matias to the lodging front desk to our tour guides were so well coordinated.

Local specialist: Matias Alemani
Matias
Matias Alemani
Local specialist in Buenos Aires | Replied on Apr 29, 2024

Thank you, Eric, for your kind words and acknowledgment of my work. Planning the trip felt like collaborating with a friend; I thoroughly enjoyed brainstorming and discussing ideas for you and Meghan. It brings me joy to see that our efforts resulted in a wonderful experience. Your kindness and positive energy were much appreciated. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to create more adventures when you visit this part of the world again. Best regards, Matias.

The guide at Perito Merino was excellent whil...
Patagonia | Apr 12 - Apr 16, 2024

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Ravi J.
India | Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

The guide at Perito Merino was excellent while the one at Patagonia was also very good but one step below at Perito Merino

However our driver at Patagonia n the same driver who drove us to El Calafate was not as good - very fussy n not really cooperative n a snob

Overall everything went very well

Local specialist: Erin Wiley
Erin
Erin Wiley
Local specialist in Puerto Natales, Chile | Replied on Apr 26, 2024

Hi Ravi,

Thanks for leaving your review with us! We're in touch with our transportation provider to find out more about what happened, and we are so glad that you all enjoyed your trip to Patagonia. We've sent your positive feedback to both of the guides that accompanied you all.

Best,
Erin