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About Us

We help people organise adventure travel holidays in Patagonia, just Patagonia. Our exclusive focus on this incredible corner of world means that we've got the knowledge and the relationships to find just the right trip for everyone that we speak to. We take real pleasure in helping people find the best holiday for their own dreams, dates, budget and appetite for adventure.

What does Swoop Patagonia do?


  • We help you plan and arrange your holiday to Patagonia
  • We introduce you to the right local guides in Chile and Argentina to support your trip
  • We find tours, treks, excursions and cruises to fit your dates and travel plans
  • We recommend lodges and hotels, and advise on the best flights or buses to get you in and out

We believe everyone is different and pride ourselves on finding the right itinerary for each and every visitor, all based on a specialist and comprehensive knowledge of Patagonia and its possibilities.

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How do we do it?

As Patagonia specailsts we are able to...

  • hand-pick local guides and operators to support our customers in each national park
  • collect details for every available trip, tour, trek, expedition and cruise across the region.
  • get feedback from hundreds of customers every year about their experiences in Patagonia
  • visit Patagonia twice each year to check on our partners and explore new places


We support independent and self-guided trips, through to fully packaged and protected holidaysWe listen to what we people want to see, do and experience before recommending trips, routes and tours. We work hard to offer suggestions for every age, budget and appetite for adventure.

Who's behind Swoop?

Luke Errington fell in love with Patagonia when he first went trekking in Patagonia some 15 years ago. In 2009 he founded Swoop Patagonia and since then has trekked, ridden and paddled thousands of miles through the Patagonian Andes.

He visits Patagonia twice each year to meet up with our local partners, check out new routes, hotels and services and continue to explore new possibilities across the region.

Back at home in Bristol he's a dad of three, and a keen trail runner and adventure racer. 

On his last visit Luke climbed to within 500m of the summit of Aconcagua and ran a 3 day ultra-marathon around the volcanoes of northern Patagonia. 

We're based in the United Kingdom, in Bristol, and love it when people come in and check out the maps and photos of Patagonia. If you're passing through the West Country then please do get in touch.

Sally is a true lover of all things Latin American with the Patagonian lakes and mountains as top of her list.

Having worked as an English teacher and Tour leader in Chile and Argentina throughout the last 8 years, Sally has a wide and diverse knowledge of Patagonia.

She has hiked and cycled throughout Patagonia for work and pleasure, and also loves nothing more than to end every trip to Patagonia with a juicy steak in the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.

Read more about Sally's experiences in Patagonia, and her recommendations for places to see and things to do.

Kerri Swoop Travel

It seems Kerri was destined to travel to Patagonia. She fell in love with Torres del Paine National Park and her future husband (who happened to be her ice hiking guide) all in the same day!

Kerri lived in Puerto Natales from 2003 - 2011 where she worked for a couple of years as a guide for trekking Torres del Paine, before dedicating her time to helping other people plan and organise their own exciting adventures in this part of the world.

If you asked me where my favourite spots are in Torres del Paine, I would have to say there are many! Each day will surprise you with something different and amazing. One of those favourites is the French Valley with spectacular views all the way along which become more impressive the further you go especially the view from Camp Britanico whereby a great amphitheatre of mountains surround you!

There are few places in the world where you can tack one trip-of-a-lifetime straight onto another, but Susannah can testify that Patagonia is surely one of them.

In 2014, despite her longest journey on a bicycle prior to this being her daily commute to work, she rode a tandem bicycle with her husband down the length of the Carretera Austral and on to Tierra del Fuego. Finding they had time to spare  they thought the most obvious thing to do was to carry on south, and so they booked themselves as last minute passengers onto a ship leaving for Antarctica. 

This life-changing journey also included a chance encounter with the Swoop team in Antarctica and today Susannah is able to bring her knowledge of both destinations to her work helping the press and media understand and share the wonders of Patagonia and Antarctica. Journalists and bloggers can contact Susannah.

How can I book my trip?

If you're planning a trip of 2-3 weeks and would like us to help you plan the perfect trip, including your flights and arrangements elsewhere in Chile and Argentina then you can book with our UK based company Swoop Travel Ltd. Bookings made directly with Swoop Travel Ltd which include flights for UK residents are ATOL protected, as explained below:

All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

>> For some ideas and inspiration for a 2-3 week holiday see: Patagonia Itineraries

 

For more independent travellers, and people on shorter visits, we will introduce you directly to our handpicked local Chilean and Argentinian partners to book your trip. The price you pay for booking these trips is no more or less than if you were to book directly in their office in Chile and Argentina. We help these companies to market themselves and their trips to the international market and when you book with them they will pay us a small commission.

>> Check out our guides to: trekkingPatagonia cruiseswhere to go and tell us which parts of your trip you'd like help with.

What the Travel Press thinks of Swoop

We're very proud to have featured in many of the UK's top travel publications. Find out what the travel press thinks About Swoop Patagonia.

"A British company specialising in all things Patagonian"

"This expert website collates hundreds of tours, trips and guides to Patagonia to help you find an adventure holiday that ticks all boxes"

 

What our customers say?

Karen returned in November 2014 from an eco camp based W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. ‘We LOVED it. Swoop was great, their partner in Chile was great, and the eco camp base was awesome’. Read Karen's review.

Danny returned in October 2014 from a W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. ‘The trekking in Torres Del Paine was amazing, simply outstanding… It’s everything I’ve dreamt and hoped one day I would do.  And I fulfilled my dream 100%.’. Read Danny's review

Julin returned in September 2014 from a Winter Trek in Torres del Paine. 'We had a fabulous trip! Swoop were responsive and gave informative answers during initial contact and set-up.  They were very helpful in figuring out flights and other logistics.  The travel partner they recommended in Torres del Paine was first-rate'. Read Julin's review.

Lauren returned in August 2014 from a Winter Trek in Torres del Paine. 'From the beginning, Swoop was easy to work with and always quick to respond to any questions that we had about planning our Patagonia trip. It was especially helpful to get their insight into the pros and cons of setting up a trek during Chilean winter, and we didn’t feel pressured one way or another.'. Read Lauren's review.

Jeanette and her family returned in July 2014 from a Winter Backcountry Ski trip in Bariloche. 'Swoop helped us find the best trip operator in the area, choose our outdoor adventure activities, and referred us to the best guide company. Read Jeanette's review.

Jeff, a Biology professor from the USA, returned in May from a trip to Patagonia with a group of his students: ‘Our Patagonia trip was perfect...The weather was amazing...both of our guides were terrific...Swoop Patagonia was instrumental in putting this trip itinerary together'. Read Jeff's review.

Matt and Sarah returned in April 2014 from a trekking trip in Los Glaciares National Park: 'Swoop were excellent in every way- we would recommend them to anyone. They offered expert advice and it was clear from the outset that you specialise in this area. They were very responsive, friendly and considerate – we typically travel independently but it didn’t take long to realise the benefits of engaging with Swoop.  I do hope we get the chance to return to the region and if so we’ll be sure to contact you again.' Read Matt & Sarah's review.

Larry and Susan returned in March 2014 from an Independent trek in Torres del Paine and El Chalten, followed by a cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia: 'We have fulfilled one of our dreams as a couple... thank you once again.'. Read Larry & Susan's review.

Valerie returned in February 2014 from a Montes Martial trek in Ushuaia: ‘Swoop looked after all details, all we had to do was pick up our backpacks, sleeping bags and pads the day before the start of the trek-everything else was taken care of! I know anyone who decides to join this trek will truly enjoy themselves.’ Read Valerie's review.

Stacey and her partner returned from a Full Circuit Trek in January 2014: ‘We seriously couldn’t be happier with the whole thing and how it worked out so thanks so much.’ Read Stacey's review.

Ray and his friends returned from a W Trek in December 2013: ‘My friends and I had a blast. Thanks for the excellent service’. Read Ray's review.

Christa vistited Torres del Paine in November 2013: Our trip was wonderful! Swoop were wonderfully accommodating, attentive and solution oriented. Read Christa's review.

Este visited in September 2013: Had it not been for you, this trip would never have happened for me and I am really grateful towards you guys! It really was a trip of a lifetime!!’ . Read Este's review

Thomas visited in July 2013: I loved my time in the park! The itinerary was great, Swoop was great,thanks again for helping me have such an amazing experience in Patagonia. Read Thomas' review.

Mitch, visited June 2013: Thanks again for all of your help. Our family had an absolutely outstanding trip! Read Mitch's review.

Tony, visited March 2013: I would just like to say how pleased I was with your recommendation. The guide they employed was superb his English was excellent, he was flexible in his approach, and could not of cared for us more. We may of paid more than any DIY trip, but the backup thoughtfulness and hassle free experience was worth every peso. I cannot rate this company highly enough.

Wes & Chris, visited March 2013: Just letting you know we completed our adventure in Patagonia in fine form. I am glad you suggested the sea kayaking - it was one of the highlights...So thanks for your role in helping to make this one of the best holidays ever. 

Kay, visited March 2013: Swoop Patagonia made our holiday - without you we would not have done the camp or had such a fun and easy time in arranging both the camp and the cruise.  You were also very patient with me when I kept changing our dates and itineraries. I would definitely recommend your service. 

Ben, visited February 2013: All up Patagonia has been my favourite part of a 7 month journey so needless to say we enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you and your team for all your assistance through the planning. Apologies we didn't book all of it with you this time but I am sure we will be back and I would recommend Swoop without a doubt. All the best.

Adam, visited February 2013: Swoop's service was Great. Was good to speak to you personally and it felt like you really thought through some interesting options for us. The kayaking in particular was a brilliant idea. Thanks again for organising. I think it would be fair to say it was our best ever holiday. 

This is our most recent feedback. See more reviews of Swoop Patagonia and the partners we work with on our blog.

How can we help you?

We are Patagonian specialists, and have helped all sorts of different people arrange their perfect adventure holiday in Patagonia. Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure we're here to help you.

  • Join a group trek or tour
  • Plan an independent day by day itinerary
  • Organise your group's trek, expedition or multi-sport adventure
  • Tailor-made luxury holidays

 

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Guide to Patagonia

Patagonia spans over 1,000 miles north to south and landscapes ranging from forests, to glaciers, to volcanoes and deserts. Read our Patagonia Guide to find out: how to get there, when to go, what to see and how to find the best trip. Or find out about:

 

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Call us on: +44 (0) 117 369 0196 (we're open 9am to 6pm, 7 days a week)

Email us at: advice@swooptravel.co.uk

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