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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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Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

16 days from £4539pp

Fitz Roy

Self-drive Argentina: Patagonia, lake district and Perito Moreno

16 days from £3369pp

Torres del Paine

Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains

16 days from £4883pp

Torres del Paine Chile

Self-drive Patagonia: The open road to Torres del Paine

20 days from £5396pp

Things to do in Patagonia

Cruise the Length of Patagonia

Cruise the length of Chilean Patagonia

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

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.

Jack

Jack Brooker

Places To Visit

A - Patagonia

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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