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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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Atacama desert

Signature Chile: Atacama Desert to Patagonian glaciers

Private journey

13 days from £4,118pp

Torres del Paine

Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains

Private journey

16 days from £5,360pp

Signature Southern Chile, Argentine and Brazil: Natural Wonders of Patagonia

Signature Southern Chile, Argentina and Brazil: Natural wonders of Patagonia and the Iguazu Falls

Private journey

16 days from £4,932pp

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Private journey

15 days from £4,984pp

Things to do in Patagonia

Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Cruise hidden fjords and glaciers

Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Cruise the Chilean southern fjords


Cruise across Tierra del Fuego

Australis cruise to Cape Horn

Visit a Penguin Colony

Visit a Chilean penguin colony

Weather: when to go

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Essential information

Language

Spanish.

Time difference

GMT -4 hours.

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Our insider tips for Patagonia

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

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.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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.

David

David Nichols

Hiking guanaco trails in the wilderness of back country Tierra del Fuego, where many of the unexplored mountain peaks have not yet been named.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Catching sight of a southern right whale breaching, spy-hopping or flicking its massive tail in the bay off Puerto Madryn in the Valdez Peninsula.

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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.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

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