Patagonia 12-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 9 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Patagonia.

Twelve days is enough time to mix and match some spectacular excursions in Patagonia. You could head to Chile’s Lake District and go rafting on rushing rivers that wind around snow-capped volcanoes. Or, take a scenic kayak trip on an unspoiled Chilean fjord followed by a traditional bbq lunch on a Patagonian ranch. If you really want to push things to the limit, head to famous Torres del Paine National Park and take a multi-day trek around river valleys, native forests, and granite peaks followed by an ice hike over a massive glacier.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 12-day trips in Patagonia.

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View of Osorno volcano from Petrohue waterfall
Exploring Chile's Lake District - 12 Days

On this active and comprehensive 12-day itinerary, you will discover one of the lesser-visited gems of South America: Chile's Lake District, where central Chile meets Patagonia. Begin your journey in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago. Next, head to the southern city of Puerto Montt, where you'll visit the mythical island of Chiloé. The remainder of your trip has it all: penguin colonies, kayaking fjords, trekking through native Alajuela forest, hiking up to glaciers, and much, much more.

Boating past Perito Moreno Glacier
Map of Relaxing Adventure in Patagonia - 12 Days
Relaxing Adventure in Patagonia - 12 Days

This exciting 12-day itinerary takes you to the key highlights of Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia. After a day in Chile's capital city, fly south to Puerto Natales. From there, you'll day-trip to a ranch for horseback riding and venture into Torres del Paine, one of the most famous national parks in the world. Spend three days exploring the park, sleeping in a private yurt at a luxury camp. Then cross the border to see the best glaciers in Argentina and enjoy unforgettable excursions by boat and 4WD vehicle.

Ride horses at a ranch in Chilean Patagonia
Map of Ultimate Chilean Patagonia Adventure  - 12 Days
Ultimate Chilean Patagonia Adventure - 12 Days

Experience the best of Chilean Patagonia on this epic 12-day adventure. Take some time to sightsee in the capital city of Santiago at the start of the trip, then travel to the port city of Puerto Natales. You'll ride horses at a remote Patagonian ranch and boat on a pristine fjord before entering Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the next five days exploring the park's spectacular scenery on day hikes and boat tours, then wrap up the itinerary with a day of kayaking and bird-watching on the Eberhard Fjord.

Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park
Map of Torres del Paine & Última Esperanza - 12 Days
Torres del Paine & Última Esperanza - 12 Days

Few places in the world are more coveted as a trekking destination than Torres del Paine National Park. Located in Chilean Patagonia, this protected mountain wilderness is open to anyone looking for outdoor adventure. Accomplish the highlights on this 12-day trip, including waterfalls, glaciers, and enormous peaks. You'll also visit Última Esperanza Sound for fjord tours, kayaking, and a cave with 11,000 years of history.

Famous peaks in Torres del Paine
Map of Trekking in Chilean & Argentine Patagonia - 12 Days
Trekking in Chilean & Argentine Patagonia - 12 Days

Chile and Argentina's far south is a trekker’s dream. This is where Patagonia's craggy mountains, massive glaciers, and rushing waterfalls create countless opportunities for exploration on foot. After a day in Buenos Aires, head to Los Glaciares National Park for some ice trekking on Perito Moreno, a glacier that is actually advancing. You'll then head to Torres del Paine—the crown jewel of national parks in Patagonia—for a multi-day hike through Grey Glacier, French Valley, and the imposing towers of Las Torres.

Explore Torres Del Paine
Map of Lake District & W Trek Adventure - 12 Days
Lake District & W Trek Adventure - 12 Days

This extensive 12-day itinerary covers the major highlights of central and southern Chile: the Lake District and Torres del Paine National Park. The Lake District is justifiably famous for its charming villages, Prussian-blue lakes, and snowcapped volcanoes. Torres del Paine, on the other hand, is the crown jewel of national parks in Patagonia, and here, you'll embark on a multiday hike known as the W Trek. Throw in a visit to a Patagonian penguin colony and a jaunt to the mystical and beautiful island of Chiloé, and you have the perfect recipe for the trip of a lifetime.

Explore the trails near Argentina's El Chaltén
Map of Trek Torres del Paine & Explore Los Glaciares National Parks - 12 Days
Trek Torres del Paine & Explore Los Glaciares National Parks - 12 Days

Explore Patagonia's outdoor wonderland in two national parks—Torres del Paine in Chile and Los Glaciares in Argentina—on this active 12-day trip. You'll begin on the Chilean side, hiking the W Trek and sleeping in shelters along the trail. Then, cross the border to El Calafate and El Chaltén to hike through mountainous landscapes, kayak on remote glacial lakes, and boat to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.

Enjoy the vistas of Monte Fitz Roy and Laguna de los Tres in Argentine Patagonia
Map of Active Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares National Parks - 12 Days
Active Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares National Parks - 12 Days

Boat past glaciers, kayak on a windswept lake, trek in one of South America's finest national parks—all of these outdoor adventures await you on this action-packed 12-day journey around Patagonia. Explore the region's epic landscapes with active excursions on both sides of the border, beginning with Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, then crossing over to Argentina to discover Los Glaciares National Park.

Kayaking on the Río Serrano
Map of Chilean Patagonia for Kayakers - 12 Days
Chilean Patagonia for Kayakers - 12 Days

Lovers of the great outdoors will appreciate this inspiring 12-day journey through Patagonia's spectacular nature. Begin in lakeside Puerto Varas, then kayak through Reloncaví Fjord and savor a traditional lunch with a local family. Move on to Punta Arenas to explore the Strait of Magellan, visiting an island of Magellanic penguins. Finally, head to Puerto Natales to check out the famous Torres del Paine National Park and enjoy several more days of kayaking among glaciers and icebergs.

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