Patagonia for everyone: 7 unmissable experiences

Backcountry trekking around Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre in Los Glaciares National Park | Sue Badyari
Backcountry trekking around Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre in Los Glaciares National Park | Sue Badyari

Whether you’re after a remote wildlife experience or a gentle foray, we've selected our most popular adventures in Patagonia to help you narrow down which trip is for you.

The trekking season in Patagonia is in full swing between November and March; a great time to discover this pristine and beautiful part of South America, when mild conditions prevail, and forests are in bloom with fresh growth and flowers.

The region of Patagonia extends across both Chile and Argentina into the southernmost reaches of South America, where you can walk, trek or sail through majestic fjords, World Heritage listed wilderness areas and dynamic glacial parks, while spotting wildlife along the way.

Ready to enter a nature lover’s paradise? Here are our top picks for all types of travellers.

Comfortable day walks: Patagonia Adventure

Duration: 11 days
Grading: Introductory to moderate

The ideal introduction to the spectacular parks of Patagonia, without the need to commit to long walking days. Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous 3,000m spires of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy.

Continue across the border to Chile, take a cruise from Puerto Natales via the Balmaceda Glacier into the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park, where visitors can explore on foot the vast pampas and forests, home to herds of native South American Guanacos. Find out more >

Perito Moreno Glacier's stunning landscape. Photo: Andrew Thomasson.

The classic: Paine & Fitz Roy Trek

Duration: 15 days
Grading: Moderate

Towering mountains, secluded lakes and stunning glaciers set amongst beech forests and rolling grasslands: this spectacular scenery sets the perfect background for a trekking adventure into Patagonia’s most famous national parks, Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine.

Spend two weeks on a fully supported trek getting up close and personal with the granite peaks that have inspired mountaineers throughout the world. Complete the famous W Trek, stay in comfortable iconic lodges, cruise up the stunning fjords to impressive glaciers, and spot a mighty condor soaring overhead.
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Towers of Paine, Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia. Photo: Sarah Higgins.

Self-guided: Torres del Paine

Duration: 8 days
Grading: Moderate

Prefer exploring at your own pace? Our self-guided trek through the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park via the classic ‘W’ route gives you maximum flexibility with a full pack. This renowned trek passes dramatic volcanic peaks and hanging glaciers across the Cordillera del Paine like a giant W.

Take in the three main valleys – the famous Towers, the French Valley and the Grey Glacier – from spectacular view points on foot and by boat. The park is open year-round, however popular seasons are during October through to April. Find out more >

Into the wild: Traverse Patagonia, north to south

Duration: 15 days
Grading: Moderate

Capturing the atmosphere of Bruce Chatwin’s travel classic In Patagonia, this trip travels from Coyhaique in the north to Puerto Natales in the south, mostly on foot and at times by boat.

Not only you will encounter some of the most captivating and untouched national parks in the region, but you will also be among the first to discover the recently opened pass between the shores of Lago O’ Higgins (Chile) and Laguna del Desierto (Argentina), which offers a unique insight to a side of Patagonia rarely seen by other trekkers. Traverse untouched national parks, from the southern ice cap to the towers of Paine, as well as experience the iconic W Trek. Find out more >

Adventure cruising: Patagonia lakes crossing

Duration: 4 days
Grading: Adventure touring (sightseeing and optional day walks)

Want to discover a wildlife pocket of Patagonia few have set foot on? Journey to the remote northern wilderness of Patagonia, visiting the gorgeous lakeside town of Bariloche – home to Argentina’s best chocolate. As you sail across Patagonia’s Lakes District between Argentina and Chile, marvel at the mountainous backdrop of the Andes.

Flowers in full bloom as you sail across the lake.

Cross Lake Nahuel Huapi and head to Puella – and later Puerto Montt – where you can undertake additional activities if you wish. It’s the perfect add-on to a trip for more photogenic wildlife spectacles to add to your photo album. Find out more >

Off the beaten track: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre backcountry trek

Duration: 7 days
Grading: Challenging

Want to move up from your average trek with forays? Hike towards Fitz Roy base camp, along the Rio Blanco valley, camping at the base of incredible peaks which look amazing at sunrise and sunset. Take on a high line river crossing of the Fitzroy River to access the real backcountry and to make the 700m ascent to the Pass of Agachonas.

Picnic among the Laguna Torre peaks before talking a high ridge walk to Mirador Maestri – the main viewpoint of the fabled Cerro Torre and Glacier Grande. Though the hikes are more challenging, with moraine traverses en route, the sweeping views of the Patagonian ice fields deliver a spectacular finale for all your hard work. Find out more >

Climb Patagonia: Summit to Mount San Valentin

Duration: 15 days
Grading: Advanced (mountaineering experience required)

Take your travels to new heights on a mountaineering trip to climb Patagonia’s highest peak, Mount San Valentin (4058m). This unique wilderness experience will take you to one of the most remote and pristine corners on Earth – the centre of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, so expect extreme weather, challenging traverses across alpine environments, and unsurpassed ice cap views.



Led by experienced guide Soren Kruse Ledet, who has completed over 50 expeditions in the Himalaya, this expedition is a tremendous climb but definitely something to tick off your bucket list for a truly remarkable experience. Find out more >

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Which areas of the Patagonia do you want to explore? Let us know in the comments below.

Argentina, Backcountry, camping, cerro torre, Chile, fitz roy, hiking, Los Glaciares, National Parks, Patagonia, sailing, San Valentin, South America, torres del paine, trekking, Wildlife, world heritage sites

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