Patagonia is a vast region - spanning two different countries, over a 1,000 miles north to south, and covering over 1,000,000 square kilometres. You could spend years exploring the region, but if you've got 10 days to 4 weeks here are the places that should be on your itinerary.
Places to Go in Patagonia
Patagonia's Best Regions For...
Patagonia's number one trekking destination is Torres del Paine National Park, famed for its mile high granite towers and glacier-filled valleys. The most well-known trekking routes here are the 4-5 day W Trek and the longer full circuit, but there are plenty of day hikes and off the beaten track trails on offer too.
Los Glaciares National Park is home to Mount Fitz Roy, and from the small trekking town of El Chalten, you can set out on day hikes to the best viewpoints of this dramatic peak, take on a longer trek around the region's mountains and glaciers, or even embark on an expedition onto the Ice Cap.
The wild landscapes of Tierra del Fuego provide a challenging arena for experienced trekkers to really get out into the wilderness.
Further North, trek through the verdant landscapes of the Argentinian Lake District for yet another distinct hiking experience.
In Tierra del Fuego, you can come face to face with King, Magellanic, Gentoo and Humboldt penguins, in one of the many penguins colonies of the region. On an adventure cruise, you also have the opportunity to spot Humpback whales.
Peninsula Valdes is another region of Patagonia which is abundant in wildlife. Come here to see Southern Right whales, Magellanic penguins, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, dolphins and many species of birds.
Torres del Paine is home to many condors and guanacos and, if you're very lucky, you might even see one of the region's rare pumas.
As the name suggests, the Los Glaciares region has more glaciers than any other part of Patagonia. From the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, which can be seen on a day trip from the nearby town of El Calafate, to sprawling glaciers which you can view on a multi-day trek, hanging glaciers which can only be accessed by boat, and others on which you can ice hike, this area has it all if you're looking for glaciers.
In Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost part of Patagonia, you can find many magnificent glaciers on adventure cruise through the Magellan Straits.
Whether you're trekking, kayaking or cycling in Torres del Paine, you can come across some of the region's glaciers, including the impressive Glacier Grey which is found on the route of the W Trek.
There are two major routes for exploring Patagonia by road. The Carretera Austral runs through the remote Chilean region of Aysen, ending abruptly at the northern shore of Lago O'Higgins. Whether you drive yourself, have a private guide, or join a group, you'll witness stunning glaciers, mountains and open expanses along the journey.
On the Argentinian side of the border, the Ruta 40 passes through Welsh Patagonia, and this route offers an equally stunning landscape.
Taking a boat trip through Tierra del Fuego gives you a unique opportunity to explore spectacular glaciers, fjords, and wildlife. On a Patagonian adventure cruise, you can immerse yourself in nature on small Zodiac boat excursions.
In the Aysen region, you can cruise through the Chilean fjords, on a similar style of cruise, and are likely to come across hot springs, hanging glaciers and towering peaks.
Aysen in Chile is one of the most remote and least visited regions of Patagonia. Here, you can explore pristine glaciers and untouched mountains, and it's possible to have trekking and cycling trails entirely to yourself.
Tierra del Fuego is a wild windswept land and here you can get off the beaten track to hike remote demanding trails across the mountain ranges or explore further afield on four-wheel drive excursions.
In the northern part of Patagonia, the Chilean Lake District is home to several impressive volcanoes. It is possible to trek to the summit of some of these to see their vast craters and admire the breathtaking views of the lakes, forests and mountains all around.
In the vast open expanses around the Argentinian Lake District, you'll find working cattle ranches called Estancias. Here you can ride with gauchos for a truly authentic horse riding experience.
Los Glaciares National Park and Welsh Patagonia are also home to these Estancias, which will provide you with great hospitality and accommodation and immerse you in gaucho culture.
As well as offering its own wonderful places to visit, Patagonia is also the gateway to Antarctica. Why not combine your Patagonian adventure with an Antarctic Cruise and truly discover the End of the Earth.
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