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Encompassing the southernmost reaches of South America across two countries -- Chile and Argentina -- Patagonia is a rugged, remote, extraordinarily beautiful region of mountains, glaciers, rivers and lakes, laced with hiking and trekking trails in Chile's Torres del Paine and other parks. You can also tour Patagonia by small-ship and expedition-style vessels, crossing through the Beagle Channel, stopping at the world's southernmost towns, and perhaps even landing on Cape Horn, the "end of the world" at the tip of the continent.

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Patagonia Trip Reviews


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Patagonia Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
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4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Excellent trip! October 2018

5.0

Discover Chile

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Chile is such a beautiful country. It has a very varied landscape from
deserts to lakes to glaciers.
I loved the flamingo lakes. I felt I was on another planet and could have
stayed there all day.


Jaime Maynard was superb. I think everyone loved him. He was knowledgable,
friendly, laid back and had a great sense of humour.


Definitely pack for all weathers. We experienced temperatures from near
freezing right up to 30 degrees.


Take your binoculars. I forgot and regretted it.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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What an amazing Trip! Really appreciate all of the work September 2018

5.0

Torres del Paine W Trek Self Guided – 5 Day Package Lodging in Refugios

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
What an amazing Trip! Really appreciate all of the work that went into making this trip run smoothly and how everything was organized and efficient from the moment we arrived in Puerto Natales. We (my roommate and I) booked this trip hoping for a great experience, and it definitely delivered.
We were met at the beautiful hostel in PN by wonderful staff members who had our room ready and offered great advice on things to do that night. The next day, we met up with Laura, owner of the tour company, at their office and were provided with all of the passes, maps, information and tips you could ever need for the O-Circuit hike. We met our guide, Carlos, who has over 9 years of experience hiking in Patagonia. He answered all of our questions and made us feel ready for the trip. The next day, we took the bus to the park entrance and then the ferry to the first campsite. The hike is BREATHTAKING, and worth every blister, ache or sore you might experience during the hike.
I would definitely recommend the O-Circuit, as it gives you the full experience of how large Patagonia is. It was a perfect mix of hiking on our own for the first 4 days at our own pace, and then having the guide to lead us on the north side of the circuit, which is definitely not as well marked and has harsher climates and hikes. During the whole trip, all of our lodging, entrance fees, campsite fees and logistics were handled and delivered smoothly. All we had to do was hike our gear from one site to the next, show our passes and passports, and drink some delicious Austral.
This was a trip of a lifetime, and definitely worth it to have all of the logistics, including all of your food on the hike, already taken care of and planned out for you. We’re very thankful to Keteka for helping organize all of this, and would recommend this trip to anyone!
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Operator Keteka

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Viaje Al Fin Del Mundo August 2018

5.0

Across South America Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was planning to travel to Patagonia for years but due to heavy work schedule, I had no chance to realize this Patagonia trip until my retirement.


I found Across Argentina Travel Agency from internet and a young hard working man Sebastian Southwell worked very hard to fix an itinerary. He offered me a different payment plan that made me pay easily. When I arrived at Buenos Aires, Ms Carolina Simonian took care of me and she always got in touch with me during my 16 days of travel all over Patagonia.


Regarding my trip, I was highly satisfied with the selection of Point of Interest, hotels selected were very comfortable and all showed me a high degree of hospitality. Local tours I participated were selected carefully, but I like to point out one point regarding with local tours, guides were good but they were giving information in Spanish longer than English then English speaking guests needed to ask questions to clarify subjects, this to be corrected.


As a final words Across Argentina and their talented employees, Carolina and Sebastian made this trip ONCE IN A LIFETIME. I would like to thank Across Argentina and employees so much
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Operator Across South America

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Great trip organised by the team! July 2018

5.0

Culinary Delights & the Patagonian Outdoors

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great trip organised by the team! From the first moment, the team has been very responsive to our emails and the way the tour was setup exceeded our expectations. The help from the experience manager was very crucial in many circumstances (best example was that she organised to have a purse delivered from Argentina to Chile!!). All in all totally recommend Across South America for your next trip to Latin America!
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Operator Across South America

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Across South America were first class July 2018

5.0

Culinary Delights & the Patagonian Outdoors

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Across South America were first class as they really listened to what we wanted and put together a truly wonderful trip across Argentina and Chile. This was no mean feat as our ‘wants’ included tango lessons. hiking. fly fishing and kayaking. The accommodation found for us was just perfect and we had the most amazing time. It was just so relaxing to know that everything was being handled for us. Read more

Operator Across South America

Patagonia Tours and Travel Guide


Patagonia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Encompassing a vast 400,000 –square- mile region of southern Chile and Argentina at the tip of South America, Patagonia is a land of jagged peaks, sprawling glaciers, pristine lakes and rivers, thick forests, remote villages, uninhabited wilderness, wind-swept steppes, and bountiful marine and other wildlife.

One of the earth’s last true frontiers, a world away from the urbanity of Buenos Aires or Santiago, it’s both an adventure traveler’s dream – for trekking, glacier walks, horseback riding and much more -- and one that can be explored by less strenuous overland tours or small-ship cruises.

Even for most world travelers, Patagonia is a place that exists more in the imagination than reality. It’s remote, harbors immense swaths of wilderness (mountains, deserts, steppes, forests), and seems to defy easy categorization.

Yet if you’re fortunate enough to go there, you’ll encounter outstanding adventure travel opportunities, surprising cultural discoveries, and a remarkable variety of landscapes and natural wonders, including some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

To start to make sense of it all, it helps to split the region up into two distinct sections, Chilean and Argentine Patagonia.

Chilean Patagonia

Chile has a much narrower and somewhat shorter slice of Patagonia than Argentina, but the Pacific Ocean coastal scenery is stunning, ranging from snow-capped peaks to snaky fjords and inlets, deep blue lakes to sparsely populated islands, ice fields to forbidding forests. The best way to see the length of it is via small ship cruising, but there are also plenty of opportunities to go trekking, kayaking, and rafting amid the region’s mountains, lakes, rivers, and national parks.

The best known recreational spot is mountainous Torres del Paine National Park, located about two-thirds of the way down Chile’s Patagonian coast.  Besides mountains, the park features glaciers, icebergs, lakes, grasslands, and the chance to spot guanacos (similar to llamas) and condors. A four-day trekking circuit loops through the park. You can also take puma (cougar) tracking trips here and view the granite towers that gave the park its name.

To the north, Chiloé Island is a good place to view penguins and whales, as well as a number of 18th-century wooden churches built by Jesuit missionaries, some of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Small-ship cruises that explore the coast leave from the towns of Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas. You can sail through the Magellan Strait and Beagle Channel into Tierra del Fuego and possibly land at Cape Horn on the tip of the continent. Landings there are problematic because of the fierce winds and high waves that have confounded sailors for centuries, but if you can land you’ll find a remote Chilean military outpost occupying a gorgeous patch of hilltop greenery; souvenirs are sold.

Argentine Patagonia

While Argentine Patagonia dwarfs that of Chile, much of it is grassland and sheep and cattle country where you expect to see gauchos riding across the plains. Perhaps surprisingly, then, you’ll also encounter huge glaciers, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries, and even scattered communities where descendants of Welsh settlers run tea houses and B&Bs.

In Argentina’s northern section of Patagonia, the standout attraction is the wildlife reserve on the Valdés Peninsula, known for its massive Magellanic penguin colonies and marine life including right whales, elephant seals, orcas, fur seals, and sea lions. The peninsula – a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- is also home to guanacos and vast numbers of seabirds. The town of Puerto Madryn, he base for trips onto the peninsula, is one of several picturesque Welsh communities first settled here by emigrants from Wales in the mid-19th century.

Several towns are of note as you head south into Argentine Patagonia, either along the inland highway that skirts the Andes or the coastal routes.

Inland, Esquel serves as a gateway to the northern section of Parque National Los Glaciares, which attracts flocks of trekkers and mountain climbers annually. In Cholila, you can visit the ranch once occupied by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid after they escaped to South America following careers as colorful outlaws in the U.S. Old West.

Cholila is near Parque Nacional Los Alerces, named for a type of tree that survives as long as four millennia. Another natural site with a human twist is Cueva de Las Manos, a cave that features rock art nearly 10,000 years old depicting guanacos and human hands.

Along the Atlantic coast, Puerto San Julian was the site of explorer Ferdinand Magellan’s landing, when he encountered the indigenous Tehuelches and named Patagonia after them (they reminded him of a literary work).

The town of El Calafate in southern Patagonia serves as a base for trips to one of the world’s most famous glaciers, Perito Moreno. Located in the southern section of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Perito Moreno is a comparatively rare glacier that’s actively growing, and which calves huge icebergs into Lake Argentino. Hiking on the glacier is a popular tour activity.

In the far south, the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, serves as the embarkation point for most Antarctica cruises and flights, as well as adventure trips into Argentina’s mountainous section of Tierra del Fuego.

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