Top 14 Best Patagonia Tours & Trips
Patagonia, as the southern cone of South America is known, is where nature grows wild and untouched, leaving a diverse and incredible landscape to be discovered by travelers around the world. On one of our Top 14 Patagonia Tours, visitors engage with the vast area of Patagonia, including the Andes Mountains, deserts, grasslands, and pampas shared by both Argentina and Chile. After gaining travel inspiration from one of our sample Patagonia tours, create and customize your dream itinerary hassle-free with the help of an Expert Travel Consultant.
Torres del Paine Tours
The best Patagonia tours are not complete without a visit to the iconic Torres del Paine National Park. The picturesque granite peaks and surrounding Magellanic forests can be seen on a day excursion from Puerto Natales, Chile. Though to do this stunning national park justice, spend a few days trying to spot Andean Condors, Magellanic Horned Owls, Chilean Flamingos, South American gray foxes, South Andean deer and much more from a lodge within the park. On one of our Torres del Paine tours, such as the Santiago and Torres del Paine Tour, experience all of this while inhaling fresh air and marveling at the breathtaking scenery during a walk or challenging hike.
Recommended Patagonia Tours
We love all of our Patagonia trips, but that doesn’t stop us from having favorites. Venture to the greatest depths of Patagonia on our Patagonia Deluxe Tour. This 14-day itinerary gives travelers a taste of everything that Patagonia offers, including stays aboard an exploration cruise, evenings inside luxurious lodges, and daily visits to the most popular national parks, Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, and Tierra del Fuego.
Usually, Patagonia vacation packages include parts of both Argentina and Chile. It’s easy to combine the two countries into one fantastic multi-country trip. You can even travel on a four-day cruise from one country to the other taking in some of Patagonia’s best scenery on the way. For contrast, consider including Buenos Aires, Argentina’s sophisticated capital. Chile’s Atacama Desert is a great addition for nature lovers or the Iguazu Falls on the Argentina-Brazil border. Patagonia can also be paired with Antarctica. Add-on an Antarctica cruise after experiencing the great wild of Patagonia for an otherworldly vacation.
Custom Patagonia Tours
Experience the wonders of Torres Del Paine National Park, guided treks of Perito Moreno Glacier, and stand in awe below Fitz Roy. Venture to El Calafate, hike the trails of Los Glaciares National Park in El Chalten, or simply relax by the fire in a cozy Patagonia Lodge. You can even embark on a Patagonia Cruise ship and see the End of the World in Ushuaia. From the best treks of Patagonia like W Trek and O Circuit, we’ll add hidden gems and guides to make your Patagonia vacation package one to remember!
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Things to Do in Patagonia
On one of our Patagonia trips, travelers will be able to truly escape the world. Patagonia adventures include trekking one of the thousands of lesser-known hiking trails in the region or lounging at your accommodation where the forests, wildlife, and crystal waters surround you. In the more southern region, there are immense glaciers and icebergs dotting the waters. At the tip of South America or the end of the earth, visitors can experience the closest thing to Antarctica. Wildlife viewing is a must here, from the massive whales to cute penguins. Beyond nature, visitors can experience the local culture while enjoying some fantastic food at a traditional Patagonian asado (barbeque).
Patagonia Travel FAQ’s
Thinking about a Patagonia trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Patagonia Vacation Planning page for in-depth Patagonia travel tips.
When is the best time to visit Patagonia?
Winter (June – August) is the low season, experiencing way fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Though a wonderful time to truly connect with nature, many activities, lodges, and cruises may not be open at this time. Finally, spring and fall are the shoulder seasons (September – October/ March – May). To us, this is the best time to visit Patagonia, as there are fewer crowds and vibrant landscapes, with fresh blooming flowers or autumn’s orange leaves.
Where is Patagonia?
Is Patagonia safe for travel?
When should I go to Patagonia?
Is Patagonia a country?
Patagonia is not a country. Instead, Patagonia is an extraordinary region in South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. Patagonia is south of Bariloche and Puerto Varas – two cities connected through the famous Lake Crossing. On the southern Argentine side of Patagonia, you’ll find the famous Perito Moreno Glacier near the town of El Calafate and Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town and starting point for most Antarctica and Patagonia cruises. On the southern Chilean side of Patagonia, find the famous Torres del Paine National Park.
What is Patagonia famous for?
Patagonia is famous for its jaw-dropping landscape. From the Lake Region in the North to the glaciers (Perito Moreno Glacier), charming towns (El Calafate and El Chalten), and vast national parks (Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park), Patagonia has everything you need to disconnect with the tech-filled world, and reconnect with nature.
Patagonia is also famous for its rare wildlife; many tourists travel to Patagonia with the hope to spot a puma amidst the mountainous terrain.
What are the best Patagonia tours?
Cruising the Lake Region in Patagonia is a must, but also consider taking the cable car up to Tronador mountain in Bariloche. Then, of course, experience the lake crossing between Chile and Argentina. Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier is very much sought after. So is the Train to the End of the World from Ushuaia. The best hikes in Patagonia are close up to Mount Fitzroy from El Chaltén to the Laguna de los Tres. Within Torres del Paine, there are many different hikes! Typically travelers need to stay 3 / 4 nights in Patagonia for a complete hiking experience. Also, do not forget to consider an excursion to the marble caves!
How much does it cost to go to Patagonia?
Quite a bit. Consider how far Patagonia is to the rest of the world. Any flight from the US or Europe takes around 36 hours because a stop-over in either Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile is required. Also, everything (food, drinks, etc) needs to be brought or imported to Southern Patagonia. That kind of operation makes everything expensive. And yet, on the other hand, due to this, the infrastructure of hotels and tourism is excellent!
How do you get around Patagonia?
When traveling between southern and northern Patagonia, it is best to fly! Some people feel attracted by driving the unpaved Highway 40 along the Andes mountains, but flying saves time on transportation and allows more time to ultimately explore Patagonia.
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