Patagonia

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Patagonia Tours

Patagonia is a vast landscape of soaring mountains, glistening glaciers and crystalline lakes that spans both Chile and Argentina.

It is a region of natural wonders, from the stunning Lakes District near Bariloche to sprawling ice fields and the soaring granite spires of Torres del Paine and Mount Fitz Roy further south.

Our tailor-made Patagonia tours explore this spectacular destination, taking in such highlights as the Perito Merino Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, the dramatic Torres del Paine National Park, and the southern icefields and Tierra del Fuego. On both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, you can encounter amazing marine wildlife such as sea lions, elephant seals, penguins and whales, whilst herds of guanacos and the flightless rhea can be seen on the plains.

To find out more about our range of Patagonia tours, please download the specific pages below or click here to download the full Patagonia section of our South America brochure.

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Patagonia Tour Highlights

Los Glaciares National Park

Spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares NP

Argentina’s renowned Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the southern part of the majestic Los Glaciares National Park on Lake Argentino.

This dynamic and stunning glacier advances every winter and retreats during the summer, regularly calving huge chunks of ice into the turquoise waters of the lake. It is one of the most visited glaciers in South America and easily reached from the town of El Calafate. It is possible to take a mini trek across the ice, or view the glacier from a boat on the lake or from the shore. We recommend taking a boat trip further north on Lake Argentino to see two other spectacular glaciers – the Upsala and the Spegazzini.
Mount Fitz Roy

Los Glaciares National Parka & Mount Fitz Roy

Los Glaciares National Park (Glaciers National Park) is a definite highlight of any trip to South America.

The park is renowned for its majestic and dynamic glaciers which are actually advancing – few others in the world are! This is a destination of breathtaking vistas, rugged, towering mountains, huge glaciers and turquoise terminal lakes such as the beautiful Lake Argentino. Most of the park is covered by the vast Patagonian icefield which includes a total of 47 glaciers and is the largest of its kind outside of Antarctica. The southern part of the park, home to the Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers, is best accessed from the town of El Calafate. The northern part with the Viedma Glacier and the towering granite peaks of Mount Fitz Roy is best accessed from the picturesque town of El Chalten.
Torres Del Paine

Stunning Torres Del Paine

Chile’s Torres del Paine offers some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in South America.

Giant granite peaks, carved by nature into spires of stone, tower over beautiful lakes such as Lago Sarmiento, Lago Grey and Lago del Toro. Declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978, the national park is perfect for exploring by road, on foot or on horseback. There are a number of excellent lodges in the area including the Hotel Salto Chico, Awasi, the comfortable EcoCamp and Tierra Patagonia. You can also reach the park by boat along the Ultima Esperanza Fjord, via the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Keen walkers will love the famous W Trek which explores the valleys, glaciers and lakes beneath the Torres.
Peninsula Valdes

The UNESCO protected Peninsula Valdes

If you love wildlife then Patagonia’s Peninsula Valdes offers the chance to see some of the world’s largest marine animals in one small area.

Situated on the wild Atlantic Coast of eastern Argentina, Peninsula Valdes is full of natural inlets and protected beaches which provide shelter for southern right whales, orcas as well as elephant seals, sea lions and Magellenic penguins. From mid February to mid April, the local orcas hunt sea lions, sometimes lunging out of the water and onto the beach to catch their prey. June to December is the best time to see southern right whales but other wildlife can be seen throughout the year. Indigenous species include guanacos, Darwin’s Rhea (related to the ostrich) Patagonian hares and armadillos.
Patagonia Lakes District

The Breathtaking Lakes District

Renowned for its beauty, the Lakes District of northern Patagonia extends from Puerto Varas on Lake Llanquihue in Chile, to Bariloche on Lake Nahual Huapi in Argentina.

You can traverse this string of lakes by boat and bus on the famous “Crossing the Lakes” tour. Alternatively, stay in the picturesque town of Bariloche and ramble, cycle or horseback ride through the stunning alpine scenery. Bariloche has been called the “Switzerland of Argentina” and offers some outstanding accommodation, such as the famous Llao Llao Hotel & Resort and the El Casco Art Hotel. Further north on the Chilean side, stay at the Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, or escape to the quaint island of Chiloé with its unique cultural heritage.
Patagonia Cruises

Patagonia Cruises

One of the best ways to experience the wonders of Patagonia is by cruise ship along the fjords and waterways of the west coast.

In the relatively temperate wilds of northern Patagonia, you can voyage aboard Skorpios II through the island-studded Gulf of Corcovado to the San Rafael Glacier and lagoon. Further south, Skorpios III sails from Puerto Natales through a labyrinth of fjords to visit the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular collection of tidewater glaciers. If you want to go even farther south, board the Cruceros Australis, which takes in the Beagle Channel and the Magellan Strait, before rounding legendary Cape Horn.

Patagonia Sample Itineraries

Our selection of programs in Patagonia includes wilderness lodges, country hotels, estancias, wildlife tours, outdoor adventures, small ship cruising, and overland journeys. Choose from one of our featured itineraries or let us custom design a tour to suit your to suit your interests, style and budget. To find out more about the type of Patagonia experience we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

Explore the wonders of Los Glaciares National Park where the famous Perito Moreno Glacier calves huge chunks of ice into the lake below. Cruise amongst the icebergs and then continue on to the stunning Upsala Glacier. Enjoy 4wd scenic excursions and the opportunity to ice-trek (extra cost).

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Ushuaia City Stay

Situated on the famous Beagle Channel at the southern tip of Argentina, Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city. Against the backdrop of the Martial Mountains, the city is surrounded by nature and is the perfect starting point for wildlife and eco-adventures. Not to be missed is the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which can be reached via the End of the World train.

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Los Glaciares National Park

Explore the scenic wonders of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, home to 47 large glaciers including the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest in South America. Take day hikes through stunning mountain scenery with dramatic views of the towering spires of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

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Patagonia Lakes District

Lakes District

Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District. Referred to as the “Switzerland of Argentina”, the area brims with pristine lakes, snow-capped mountains and virgin forest. Cycle, walk or ride a horse through the wonderful alpine landscapes, retiring each evening to a cosy lodge.

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Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

A 40-acre working farm, Vira Vira offers guests the chance to enjoy exciting activities, view breathtaking landscapes and gain insight into rural Patagonian life. Excursions are graded easy, moderate or difficult according to the level of physical activity required; ride a horse, spend a day working on the farm or tour the cheese making facilities.

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Patagonia Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine

Discover the many natural treasures of magnificent Torres del Paine National Park, declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978, on foot or by boat. The park is threaded with excellent walking trails that can get you up close to the unique flora and fauna of the region.

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Patagonia Cruising

Cruising

Explore the spectacular natural wonders of Patagonia, including craggy fjords, glistening glaciers and jewel-toned lakes. You may encounter seals, penguins and whales as you navigate the many islands, channels and inlets that form this astounding environment.

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Patagonia Overview

Why Patagonia: Located in Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is a natural wonderland of dramatic mountains, giant glaciers, cascading waterfalls, secluded lakes and beech forests. It is also an area rich in wildlife including seals, humpback whales, pumas, condors and guanacos.

When to Go: Summer (Nov – Mar) is the best time to visit Patagonia when the weather is at its mildest and daylight hours are at their longest (18 hours). Bear in mind however, that this is also the windiest and busiest time of year. Winter provides clearer views, stiller conditions and fewer tourists; however temperatures can be extremely cold. Torres del Paine National Park is open all year round.

Combine With: Combine Patagonia with a more in-depth trip through the rest of Chile or Argentina. Alternatively, visit neighbouring Brazil or head further north into Bolivia or Peru.

Getting There: From Santiago, there are short flights to Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Balmaceda or Temuco, whilst from Buenos Aires you can fly into El Calafate or Ushuaia in the south or San Carlos de Bariloche in the north.

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