Patagonia Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip

It’s best to have a plan of action before you embark on a great adventure to an untamed region like Patagonia. You’ll want answers to the most frequently asked questions, and you should know the best times to visit Patagonia. Moreover, you’ll want insight into the best off-the-beaten-path locales as well as those areas with the greatest highlights.

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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 here differ greatly with respect to crowds, prices, and wildlife. Read on for more about whale watching in the spring months, winter skiing, fall foliage photography, and summertime treks in some of the world's best national parks.

Magellanic penguins of Patagonia.
Map of Top 9 Highlights 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.

Going Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia: 5 Places to Know
Going Off the Beaten Path in Patagonia: 5 Places to Know

Come for the whale-watching and national parks, stay for the charming Welsh towns, little-known hot springs, and far-flung marble caves. Patagonia is huge, and while the classic attractions shouldn't be missed, there's plenty to see and do off the beaten path, from hiking to ancient cave art to sleeping beside a glacier.

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, glaciers, and near endless expanses of steppe grassland. There's a lot to see and do here—read this FAQ to get your questions answered.