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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: Highlights of Patagonia

Private journey

15 days from £5,076pp

Torres del Paine

Family Patagonia: Glacial lakes and mountains

Private journey

16 days from £6,085pp

Torres del Paine, Chile

Charito: Pure Patagonia

Group tour

12 days from £2,954pp

Active Patagonia: Classic Treks in Argentina and Chile

Active Patagonia: Classic treks in Argentina and Chile

Private journey

14 days from £3,313pp

Things to do in Patagonia

Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Cruise hidden fjords and glaciers

Visit a Penguin Colony

Visit a Chilean penguin colony


Cruise the Length of Patagonia

Cruise the length of Chilean Patagonia

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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 is a spectacular multi-day trek and a great way to see the varied landscapes of Chile's foremost national park. The route climbs all the way from the French Valley and up through ancient forests into the massif itself and, ultimately, to the iconic ice capped sky-scraping granite towers that loom over a cool blue glacial lake and a vast amphitheatre of rock.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Take a boat trip up to the snout of Glacier Grey, which from a distance you can see stretching off into the far distance between the mountains. As you approach the huge wall of bright blue ice that dams the lake of the same name, you'll pass enormous wind-sculpted icebergs as they drift away from the glacier they have broken off from.

David

David Nichols

Setting out from Ushuaia, in Argentine Patagonia, hike in the wilderness along guanaco trails of back country Tierra del Fuego. So remote and isolated is this area that many of the unexplored mountain peaks have not even been named yet!

Ben Line

Ben Line

Catch sight of a southern right whale breaching and flicking its massive tail in the bay off Puerto Madryn, in Argentina's Valdez Peninsula. A bleakly beautiful region, it is crammed with an astonishing array of exuberant and vociferous wildlife. Depending on the time of the year you may see up to 50,000 nesting penguins, gigantic elephant seals sprawled on the beaches and gangs of playful fur seals and sea-lions jostling for position.

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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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