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For many, Patagonia summons up an image of a remote, hostile wilderness, tawny grasslands buffeted by screaming gales, ice-cold lagoons and insurmountable glaciers, inhabited only by hardy rough-haired mammals and scavenging birds. In fact, this region which extends down from the lake district of Chile and Argentina to Tierra del Fuego knocking on the door to Antarctica comprises a world of variety and contrasts.

In the north, snow-tipped volcanic cones are skirted by lush cool temperate forests, meadows and pastures; in the Atlantic east the Valdez Peninsula is home to a cornucopia of wildlife, and in the far south the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks are spiked with icy pinnacles and criss-crossed by hiking trails. Some previously inaccessible parts of the region, such as the fractured land of fjords and islets of Chile’s Aisén province are now opening up to visitors. 

This increasingly popular region is huge enough to absorb the growing numbers of visitors, so that the feeling of being alone with nature is never more than a short stroll away.

Our holidays to Patagonia

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Active Chile - Torres Del Paine

Active Chile: Trek in Torres Del Paine

13 days from £3744pp

Torres del Paine

Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains

16 days from £4883pp

self drive in lake district

Self-drive Chile: The lake district and southern Patagonia

14 days from £3409pp

Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Nandu: Peaks and plains of Patagonia

21 days from £3208pp

Things to do in Patagonia

Cruise across Tierra del Fuego

Australis cruise to Cape Horn

Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Cruise the Chilean southern fjords

Cruise the Length of Patagonia

Cruise the length of Chilean Patagonia

Visit a Penguin Colony

Visit a Chilean penguin colony

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Our insider tips for Patagonia

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

The “W trek” in Torres del Paine National Park, climbs all the way to the top from French Valley, where you'll be surrounded by sky-scraping pillars, cool blue glaciers and a vast amphitheatre of rock.

David Nichols

Taking a boat trip up to the snout of Glacier Grey, a huge wall of ice damming the lake of the same name, with shards of iceberg drifting away.

Places To Visit

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What our experts say

If you have the opportunity to fly south from Santiago to Puerto Montt or Punta Arenas in Patagonia, make sure you book a seat on the left-hand-side of the plane. You’re children will be rewarded with spectacular scenery of glacial lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and granite peaks for the 3-4 hour flight. There is no better entertainment than this view, I promise.


Stuart Whittington

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