Adventure cruising is a great way to discover Patagonia's dramatic coastline and sail through its channels and fjords which are only accessible by sea. On the way you'll witness the richness of Patagonia's wildlife (dolphins, whales, seals & seabirds), jump into Zodiac boats & be dazzled by towering glaciers.
Australis cruises are luxury voyages that cover every corner of Tierra del Fuego's fjords and channels. These trips give you the chance to get up close and personal to great glaciers with zodiac boats and mingle with the Magellan penguins and other native wildlife like elephant seals with excursions ashore that also take you to the best viewing points. A great way to experience Tierra del Fuego if you have the time and budget.
Northern Patagonia Fjords Cruise
Explore the fjords and glaciers of northern Chile and experience the stunning forests and fishing villages in the area. You'll discover native flora and ...More details
Glaciers of Patagonia Adventure Cruise
This cruise offers a fantastic way to see a host of stunning glaciers coming down from the Southern Patagonian ice field, visiting the most ...More details
Chile and Argentina Luxury Cruise
This once in a lifetime cruise navigates through the Chilean Fjords starting at Valparaiso. Stay on a luxurious ship whilst spending your days discovering ...More details
Peninsula Valdes on Patagonia's Atlantic coast has UNESCO world heritage status for its significance for the conservations of marine mammals.
Its calm and sheltered waters attract Southern Right Wales for mating and calving from May through to December. Orcas hunt sea lions and elephant seals along the shallow coastline from September through to April.
You can spend two to three days in the area enjoying a whale-watching boat trip, kayaking, and scuba diving, and exploring the Peninsula Valdes natural reserve.
For helping planning and arranging a whale watching trip to Peninsula Valdes please get in touch.
Straits of Magellan
The Straits of Magellan lie at the southernmost tip of Patagonia in Tierra del Fuego. These waters offer a safe resting place and feeding ground for various species of migratory whales, including the humpback. Check out the below trips that take you to these legendary waters:
Cape Horn marks the very end of the world as we know it - the next stop is the alien, polar world of the Antarctic. There are five ways to visit Cape Horn, the most rugged part of the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego.
Tierra del Fuego Photography Cruise
Designed specifically to make the most of the region's dramatic panoramas and distinctive wildlife for photographers, this 8-day, full-board itinerary takes you to the ...More details
Getting there and back
Swoop are Patagonia specialists - our network of on-the-ground local operators means we can create a trip itinerary tailored to your needs - whether you simply want to get in and out of Patagonia, or you want to incorporate it into a broader exploration of the region.
Torres del Paine & Tierra del Fuego
Torres del Paine National Park is the most popular in Patagonia. Many of the above cruises take you between Punta Arenas, a short 5 hour bus journey from Torres, and Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. These cruises are a great way of celebrating after W Trek or Full Circuit adventures in Torres del Paine, or for making your way to the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego for your next trek.
Our great network of local, on-the-ground operators means that we can organise Patagonia tours across the entire region, including and beyond Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. Why not contrast the the glacial fjords of the south with a week or two amid the forests and lakes of Bariloche in the north? Or maybe go on a roadtrip along the legendary Carretera Austral or Ruta 40 highways?
We have shortlists of recommendd places of accommodation across Patagonia to suit all budgets and tastes. Check out our recommendations for places to stay in:
Not a problem! There are many others like you, and we can normally match you up with other solo travellers, helping you avoid the single supplement charges - just let us know about your plans and we'll look for a like-minded cabin-mate to join you and avoid the scarily expensive single supplement charges.
Cruises to Antarctica
Swoop are not only Patagonian experts, but also specialists in Antarctic cruises, too. We'd love to help you experience the Austral summer of the Antarctic Peninsula. From November through February, the region comes alive with a vast array of marine animals: numerous species of unique seabirds, penguins, seals and whales. Antarctic cruises are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and voyages through these ice-choked waters cater to all tastes: whether you want to sit back and enjoy the scenery, or you're more adventurous and want to hike, camp or even go scuba diving around the Great White continent.
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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 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 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!
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 >>
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?
Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>
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.
Find out more about visiting Torres del Paine in winter >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 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!
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.
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:
Tours of Patagonia
One way to see the very best that Patagonia offers is to book a tour that takes you to 2 or more different destinations in one trip. With these tours you'll be able to spend time in a few areas and have all the logistics, transport and accommodation organised for you as you move around Patagonia. See all of our Patagonia Tours, or consider:
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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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.