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Luxury Holidays in Patagonia

Luxury Holidays: See Patagonia in Style

Patagonia doesn't have to mean camping or hosteling and if you're lucky enough to have a rather large budget and a decent amount of time, you can splash out on your trip to Patagonia visiting everwhere and doing everything.

With the freedom to try out different activities whilst you're there, we'd recommend trekking the national parks, kayaking its lakes and rivers and cruising round Cape Horn or even in Antarctica. For those that want to save on some parts of their trip, but are looking for certain luxuries like a spa and swimming pool at your hotel, we can make several suggestions about this too, skip to our luxury hotels section.

 

Private and tailor-made Tours

If you're on your honeymoon and would like to just spend time together or you want to walk at your own pace without thinking about anyone else, you can request a Private Tour. This is certainly possible in Fitz Roy, the Lake District and on most Full Circuit and W Circuit trips in Torres del Paine, although you may have to spend 1 or 2 nights in a shared dorm in the remote moutain refugios. Once you see a trip you like and book your place on it, your trip date would not be opened up to other clients, ensuring that it would just be yourselves and your guide on the trip. Do bear in mind that making a trip private will involve an added cost for the operator.

Alternatively, you may want us to put together a tailor-made trip from start to finish. This would allow for ease of mind and smoothness of your trip - important if you're looking for that once-in-a-lifetime adventure or honeymoon. Typically we'd talk to you over the phone or face to face about the various components of your trip, put together a day-by-day itinerary and work with our network of trusted operators to ensure we get each part of the trip right.

Why not have a look at our example itineraries and let us know what you're looking for via our How Can We Help You? page.

The Perfect Honeymoon

Torres del Paine

If you're looking for the right balance of active and relaxing for your honeymoon, there's no better way than doing the Ultimate W Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park with the Explora Patagonia, an exclusive luxury hotel based in the park itself, with beautiful rooms, a spa and sauna and open bar, not to mention views overlooking a waterfall and of Los Cuernos in the distance. Your guide will take you to hike the highlights of the Torres del Paine W Circuit; Ascencio Valley (up to the Towers), French Valley and the Grey Glacier but you'll be delivered back to the comfort of your hotel at night where you can swim in the pool and relax. Alternatively, make the most of your rest and relaxation at the boutique spa Hotel Indigo in Puerto Natales. This minimalist, modern hotel is a great place to psyche yourself up for the hike in Torres del Paine or relax after your trek. The outdoor jacuzzis, sauna and treatment rooms are a lovely way to rest your weary limbs, and you can pop downstairs to their tasty restaurant, Mama Rosa's for your evening meal and a glass of Chilean wine or two.

Tierra del Fuego Adventure Cruise

After spending 4 or 5 days in Torres del Paine, why not discover the beauty of Patagonia's less known glaciers and fjords on a 5 day cruise around the legendary Cape Horn. On this Adventure Cruise you'll see Patagonia from a different angle, and discover the parts that few people visit. It sets out from Punta Arenas near the park and stops at the penguin colony of Isla Magdalena amongst other impressive national parks and natural monuments dotted along the Chilean Coast before docking in the southernmost city in the world - Ushuaia.

Patagonia & South America

We can also help you organise your honeymoon in other parts of Patagonia with a couple of days exploring the delights of Buenos Aires, seeing the impressive vistas of the Patagonian Lake District, chilling out in the beach resorts of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar or even visiting places outside Patagonia such as the incredible Atacama Desert in Chile or Iguazu Falls in Brazil. We'll liaise with our partners to make sure that you get the right balance of adventure and relaxation and see either a small but detailed part of Patagoina or as many spots as possible.

Once in a Lifetime Adventure - Antarctica

If you're looking for a holiday in Patagonia and beyond, the ultimate adventure at the top of many peoples list is an Antarctic cruise setting out from the southernmost city in the world - Ushuaia. Antarctica is like no where on earth, and you can see the Great White Continent in 8 to 27 days, depending on your budget and your appetite for adventure. We offer a selection of Antarctic cruises, some of which visit the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and cross the Antarctic circle at 66 degrees south. For those of you that would like to avoid crossing the notorious Drake Passage twice, our operators have put together Fly and Cruise options, which cut out about two days of sailing time, taking you directly to or from King George Island in Antarctica. If you think this adventure is right for you, visit our Antarctic cruises page and get in touch.

If you want to stay in Patagonia, think puma spotting or heli skiing. Or if you're looking for adventure but nothing too scary, why not consider skiing with a difference? We work with operators in both Chile and Argentina, whose programmes see you Ski Touring 5 Patagonian Volcanoes or enjoying some Bariloche back country skiing - essentially skiing down the slopes of several Chilean or Argentinian volcanoes.

Luxury Patagonian Lodges

If you want to escape to the wilderness of Patagonia and immerse yourself in beautiful landscape, one of the best ways to do this is to base yourself in a remote Patagonian lodge and explore the mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers around it. Some of our favourite places for doing this include the Mallin Colorado Eco Lodge in the pristine area of Aysen in southern Chile, where you can enjoy a relaxing stay sampling local food and wine on the edge of Lake General Carrera. This relatively unknown part of Patagonia is perhaps one of the most beautiful and with Mallin Colorado we can organise many activities including horse riding, trekking, kayaking mountain biking.

If you want to live like a typical Argentinian guacho and experience the authenticity of the traditional Patagonian estancia, at Estancia Huechahue you can escape to the foothills of the Andes mountains. In this unspoilt part of the world you'll ride like a cowboy across the endless Patagonian pampas, along mountain ridges, across tumbling streams and rivers and through silent forests (even if you don't have much experience in the saddle). Evening meals consists of the traditional 'asado' (Patagonian barbequed lamb) and a delicious glass or two of malbec. Plus, if you want to give your Spanish a go and get to know the locals, you can sit around the camp fire chatting and sampling mate, a traditional South American drink.

Get in touch to find out more about Mallin Colorado or Estancia Huechahue.

Luxury Hotels

If part of your holiday is about enjoying that luxury hotel room and the services that come with it, we offer a range of luxury hotel options which also act as great bases for day hikes into the national park and some of them are within the park's boundaries.

We work with 5 of the top hotels in Patagonia, including big names such as The Singular and Explora Patagonia.

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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.

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When are you
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January

See Patagonia at the height of the season, when you'll have 18 hours of daylight and feel Patagonia's infamous wind at its strongest. There are just so many options open to you in addition to hiking, why not try glacier trekking, mountain biking and white water rafting on the rapids of the Futaleufu River?

If you want to visit last minute, the key is moving quickly and booking your flights. Availability in Chalten shouldn't be too difficult but in Torres del Paine it's likely that refugios will be fully booked. Don't worry though, it's warm enough to camp under the stars. If you're still in the planning stages of your trip but hope to go this season, it's a good idea to get flights booked as early as possible and make the most of Patagonia's summer before autumn sets in April.

February

February is a great time to trek Patagonia's national parks, in particular Torres del Paine quietens down as Chilean visitors head back to their cities. In Feb you can expect temperatures of between 5 and 19 degrees in Torres del Paine, and this could be a good time to trek the W Circuit independently if you want to save some money to go kayaking for example.

If you want to go in February but you've left it last minute, you may be able to find a late deal on our Exclusive Deals page. Your best bet is finding a Patagonia Tours which tend to have lots of departure dates to join during February.

If you're considering visiting next season, (starting in October), why not getting your flights booked good and early? If you're lucky you may be able to get flights from London to Punta Arenas for £850.

March

March is the tail end of the season for adventure in Patagonia so the infamous Patagonian wind will be on its way out, there'll be fewer people in the national parks so generally quieter on the trails. This is great as you may find prices come down slightly as the locals and tourists leave, but it's more difficult to get a group together, so could be harder if you're travelling alone (although we'll strive to pair you up with someone). However, most longer, multi-location trips run by our global operator partners still run in March and they tend to have bigger groups, but prepare for rain if your trip visits the lake district!

April

In April the season is coming to an end, so try to get there in the first half of the month for more availability and better weather conditions. If you're hoping to stay in the Eco Camp in Torres del Paine or do an adventure cruise round Cape Horn, they finish for the season in early April, so get going! Luckily it's about this time that skiing in Bariloche becomes available in the Argentinian Lake District. Remember that many mountain lodges and estancias close around this time making it hard to do the W or Full Circuit for example. Plus certain services become unavailable such as the catamaran across Lago Pehoe in Torres del Paine and glacier hiking, so it may be a good idea to go earlier in the season if these are on your list of things to do.

Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

May

Winter is getting into full swing now so you may want to try out volcano skiing in the Patagonian Lake District or tailor made tours that take into account the potentially difficult weather conditions. As many operators and lodges wind down for the winter, fewer travellers visit the trails and parks so private departures on most trips are likely. The weather will be a bit like trekking in wales in Dec, are you up for that challenge?

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June

At this time of year, the snow is starting to settle in Torres del Paine National Park and the trees are brown and orange, a very beautiful time to see the highlights. June is also when operators launch their Winter W Circuit and Fitz Roy trips, which vary from the usual itineraries as many refugios are closed and van transfers are required because the catamaran across Lago Pehoe stops. Although days are short and weather temperamental, if you can see Patagonia in winter, it will be serene and picturesque.

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July

Mid winter, July is equivalent to our January in terms of weather. This is a great time to take advantage of the skiing Patagonia has to offer, particularly in the Chilean and Argentinian Lake Districts. Araucania offers off piste skiing, whereas Bariloche is home to the popular Cerro Catedral Resort but also caters for off piste skiing. For adrenaline junkies, you can ski down the slopes of several volcanoes on certain trips. If you're planning a trip for next season, start looking at flights as the sooner you book them, the cheaper they are.

If you hope to visit Torres del Paine this month, find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>

August

This is a great time for snow shoeing in Bariloche, or skiing in the Patagonian Lake District. There are also some winter trips in the Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy areas. Come prepared - cold temperatures, snow and short days means that your trip may not go 100% according to plan, Chalten is known for snow blocking the roads for a day or 2. Alternatively, August is a great time to plan and book trips for the early part of the season ahead, at this time operators will be starting to release availability and rates to help with that.

August is the last month to take advantage of specially designed winter trips in Torres del Paine. If you're keen to see the park covered in snow, find out more about hiking in Torres del Paine in winter >>

September

In September, it's still pretty chilly in Patagonia, with snow and temperatures of 5 degrees in El Calafate for example. If you're hoping to trek the main national parks, you may find that operators don't have any groups heading out, so you may have to go on a private trip with just your guide. The season really kicks off at the end of September/beginning of October with W Circuit and Full Circuit trips as well as estancias and lodges opening their doors to clients.

However, winter trips are still running in Torres del Paine. Find out more here >>

October

Get in before the crowds - you won't see many people on the W Circuit and you'll have the northern part of the park pretty much to yourself on the Full Circuit (you may even come face to face with the endangered Huemul deer). It's still a bit too early for horse riding and rafting trips, you're best off doing these from November onwards. So if you're thinking about visiting Patagonia this season, get your flights and trips booked, as availability really starts to tighten up over October/November.

November

November is a good time to visit: late spring/early summer. Not too busy but a full range of trips and itineraries to choose from. If you want to visit this month, you need to move fast. Refugios are getting booked up until January, but the operator will work hard to fit you in. Don't forget it takes at least a week to organise a tour, so don't leave it too late!

December

Mid summer, 18 hours of daylight and there will probably be days when you're hiking in shorts and t-shirt. Many Chileans and Argentinians will come down to Patagonia for their Christmas break so availability may be tight and you should expect the National Parks to be busier.

It's essential that you get your flights and tours booked asap, as flight prices are also increasing.

About Swoop

We've spent 15 years exploring Patagonia, and arranged holidays for over a thousand customers. We have a network of trusted guides, lodges, and local operators across the region and delight in helping people plan and arrange a great holiday.

You can book directly with our local partners in Chile and Argentina, or with our ATOL certified company here in the UK.

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