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 treks around towering peaks and ancient glaciers. And 10 or 14 days are perfect for enjoying a best-of-Patagonia adventure that includes highlights like El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Mount Fitz Roy, and hiking in Tierra del Fuego.
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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 circuit through Torres del Paine, or step just outside of Patagonia to southern Chile's incredible Lake District.
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 will love visiting the famed Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. For wildlife, head to Punta Arenas and visit an island home to a colony of Magellanic penguins. Learn more about your options in our roundup below.
If you have one week with the family in Patagonia, you should focus on 2-3 regions. Buenos Aires offers culinary workshops for aspiring chefs and interactive museums for curious kids. Active families can choose from outdoor activities such as kayaking on Lago Gutiérrez, cave tours in Torres del Paine National Park, a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier, and hiking around Cerro Tronador. Those keen on wildlife can encounter penguins at Isla Magdalena, whales at Puerto Pirámides, and dolphins at Agua Fresca Bay.
With eight days in Patagonia, you can split your time between El Calafate and El Chaltén and explore Los Glaciares National Park on a hiking-focused trip or head to the "End of the World" and spot penguins, whales, and more on a trip to Puerto Madryn and Ushuaia. If the W Trek tops your bucket list, opt for a Chilean Patagonia adventure and spend four days hiking between refugios, while wildlife photographers will love a trip focused on capturing shots of pumas, penguins, and Andean condors.
With nine days in Patagonia, you can hike and boat your way around Argentina on a highlights tour of El Chaltén, El Calafate, and Ushuaia, or focus on Chile and discover the beautiful landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. Those looking for a mix of urban and off-the-beaten-path excursions will enjoy sandwiching time in Ushuaia and El Calafate with stays in Buenos Aires while hiking enthusiasts shouldn't miss a trekking tour featuring five days on the W Trek.
With 10 days in Patagonia, you and the family can visit 2-3 regions. Animal-loving kids will be thrilled to walk with penguins on Isla Martillo and visit an alpaca farm in the Aconcagua Valley. Outdoorsy families can hike in Torres del Paine National Park and kayak the Marble Caves, while those with older and physically fit children can go whitewater rafting on the Río Petrohué, caving at Cerro Benítez, and ice trekking at Perito Moreno Glacier.
With 10 days in Patagonia, there's enough time to tick off the must-see landscapes of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks on a highlights tour. You can also focus your time on Argentina, which allows you to include Bariloche on your itinerary, or hit the trails of Chile and spend eight days conquering the epic O Circuit and W Trek. Alternatively, opt for a more leisurely tour featuring a multi-day fjord cruise in Tierra del Fuego.
With 11 days in Patagonia, you can focus your time getting deep into Patagonia's dramatic landscapes during adventures in Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine, and Los Glaciares national parks on an outdoor adventures trip or minimize the travel time and explore Los Glaciares National Park from all angles. For those looking for a more relaxing trip, opt for an itinerary that includes the Lake District, while those keen to get well off the beaten path will love spending time at the "End of the World."
With 12 days in Patagonia, you can explore the highlights of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks on a highlights tour or get deeper into the landscapes and hike between W Trek "refugios" on an ultimate Patagonia trekking adventure. Those who prefer to explore with a paddle in hand should opt for a Chilean Patagonia for kayakers trip. Meanwhile, those looking for a more well-rounded itinerary will delight in an active Patagonia experience that encompasses Santiago, Puerto Natales, El Calafate, and El Chaltén.
Cover four destinations with 13 days in Patagonia, plus added locales of Santiago and Buenos Aires. Adventurers will enjoy kayaking and ice trekking, while others may focus on wildlife and hiking on both the Argentine and Chilean sides. Hikers will be interested in including the five-day W Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park. You can also base yourself in EL Calafate and El Chaltén to enjoy day hikes to glaciers and mountain scenery. Or, split your time between nature and the cities by adding Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.
With two weeks in Patagonia, you could stick to one side—Argentina or Chile—or visit both. First-timers can hit the highlights in southern Patagonia, including Los Glaciares National Park. Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy bird-watching in Alerce Andino National Park and searching for cougars in Torres del Paine National Park. Experienced hikers can escape the crowds on the "O" Circuit, and travelers eager to visit the "End of the World" (where you'll find penguin colonies and glacier hikes) should head for Ushuaia.
With two weeks in Patagonia with your family, you can visit 4-5 regions. Active families can trek in Torres del Paine National Park, ice hike at Perito Moreno Glacier, and kayak to the Marble Caves. Those keen on culture can experience gaúcho life on a Patagonian ranch and treat their aspiring chefs to a Santiago tasting tour and Buenos Aires cooking class. Animal-loving kids will enjoy the penguin walk at Isla Magdalena, dolphin-spotting at Agua Fresca Bay, and bird-watching in Alerce Andino National Park.
With 15 days in Patagonia, you can conquer the bucket list W Trek and enjoy numerous day hikes from El Chaltén on a well-rounded hiking itinerary or focus on Chile's and Argentina's unique marine life on a wildlife tour. Those looking to include cultural excursions should spend time in Buenos Aires, while experienced hiking enthusiasts will love an ultimate trekking adventure featuring both the Cerro Castillo Trek and the W Trek.