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Welcome to Patagonia

Travelers in search of wide-open spaces and solitude will find both in abundance in Patagonia, which stretches over Chile and Argentina. The enormous expanse of wild South American land is home to windswept steppes, dramatic mountains, glacial lakes, and one lonely road: the famous RN 40, which runs parallel to the Andes. Explore the Perito Moreno, Upsala, and Spegazzini glaciers by kayak; visit Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, or Tierra del Fuego national parks; or trek on the Patagonian Ice Field. You can also ride the train to the end of the world in Tierra del Fuego, or take a sailing expedition on the Beagle Channel.

Top 10 attractions in Patagonia

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Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

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The beauty of Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia has earned it the nickname of the "Eighth Wonder of the World” in Argentina. It’s the planet's third-largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers, slowly making its way in crackling celestial blue from the granite spires of the Chilean Torres del Paine into Argentina's Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares).More
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Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares)

Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares)

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PaLos Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) protects Argentina’s wild Patagonian expanses of icy glaciers and mountain lakes. With a massive 47 glaciers, the Andean ice cap is the largest outside Antarctica and Greenland. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to several natural wonders, including Perito Moreno Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy.More
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Los Alerces National Park (Parque Nacional Los Alerces)

Los Alerces National Park (Parque Nacional Los Alerces)

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When visiting Los Alerces National Park (Parque Nacional Los Alerces), you’ll have the chance to commune with some of the oldest organisms in the world. Here in this protected swath of land on the mountainous border with Chile, collections of large Alerce trees have silently grown in this rugged terrain for over 3,000 years. Similar in appearance to North American Sequoias, these towering trees can grow two hundred feet and have trunks up to ten feet wide, and many of the trees in the park today are well over 1,000 years old. The park itself was established back in 1937, as a means of protecting the ancient trees that were rapidly being depleted. Thankfully for travelers who like the outdoors, the lakes, rivers, mountains, and trails surrounding the trees were also protected in this stunning national park. Today, Los Alerces National Park spans 1,000 square miles of Patagonian wilderness that’s some of the Argentina’s best. Hire a sailboat to cruise the waters of cobalt Lake Futalaufquen, or hit the trails for views of waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, and lakes. The fly fishing here in the numerous rivers is some of the continent’s best, and it’s even said that Butch Cassidy hid out in this wild escape. For a classic Los Alerces adventure, begin in Puerto Limonao on the shores of Lake Futalaufquen, and begin an excursion by boat and by foot that explores the very heart of the park to trees over 2,000 years old.More
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Tierra del Fuego National Park

Tierra del Fuego National Park

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When travelers make their way to the far southern reaches of Argentina, chances are they’re heading into Tierra del Fuego National Park. The country’s only coastal national park protects the Andean-Patagonian forest, a land of peat bogs, beech forests, glistening lakes, remote beaches, and snow-capped peaks ideal for outdoor adventures.More
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End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)

End of the World Train (Tren del Fin del Mundo)

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For the ultimate end-of-the-earth adventure, ride the world’s southernmost train to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Leave from outside Ushuaia and follow the historic convict train route, passing beech forests, peat bogs, and reminders of the timber-felling worksites of Ushuaia prisoners from 1901 to 1941.More
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Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino)

Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino)

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Encompassing a colossal 566 square miles (911 square-kilometers), Argentino Lake (Lago Argentino) is the largest lake in the country. El Calafate, the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier, and the Upsala Glacier are all perched on its shores, so the lake serves as the gateway to some of Patagonia’s most impressive glacial landscapes.More
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Beagle Channel

Beagle Channel

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The narrow Beagle Channel, separating Argentina's island chain of Tierra del Fuego to the north from remote Chilean islands to the south, serves as a waterway for the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. It’s also one of the most important bodies of water in South America.More
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Estancia Harberton

Estancia Harberton

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Overlooking the icy waters of Beagle Channel, Estancia Harberton offers a glimpse into the history and wildlife of Tierra del Fuego. The oldest residence in the area, the still-working property dates back to 1887 when it was established by English missionary Thomas Bridges and remains in the hands of his descendants.More
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Mt. Fitz Roy

Mt. Fitz Roy

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Mt. Fitz Roy, the highest mountain in Los Glaciares National Park, rises 11,171 feet (3,405 meters) above the snow-blown landscape of Southern Patagonia to a granite peak that only serious climbers should consider. This recognizable landmark was named after Sir Robert FitzRoy, who once guided Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle.More
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Laguna de los Tres

Laguna de los Tres

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A trip to Laguna de los Tres near Mount Fitzroy in Los Glaciares National Park is in a word, memorable. The lake is accessed only by hiking, which can be split into two days or rolled up in one somewhat more challenging day. Tent camping is available at nearby Campamento Poicenot.For the two-day trip, the campsite is a steep, five-hour roundtrip hike from El Chaltén. Many people make camp here to set out early to Laguna de Los Tres for a glimpse of the early morning sun on the turquoise lake set among the mountains. You’ll want to allot time to spend at the lake enjoying the view. To make the trip in one full day, set out early from El Chaltén for an eight-hour hike. This option skips the early morning views of Mount Fitzroy from the campsite.More

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Top activities in Patagonia

Full Day El Chalten

Full Day El Chalten

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Recent reviews from experiences in Patagonia

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Incredible views of the Andes.
Julie, Feb 2020
Full Day Chalten Soft
El Chaltan is a must for travelers to see the Patagonia region.
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Good to see the animals from Patagonia
Jackeline_G, Mar 2019
Half-Day Boat Trip to Penguin Colony from Ushuaia
That is a good oportunity to see the animals from Patagonia.
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No tour in Patagonia falls short...
Oswaldo, Nov 2017
El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch
No tour in Patagonia falls short from being exciting and this one was not the exception either.
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I am so happy I took this excursion...
Corinne S, Mar 2017
Kayak Tour in La Leona River from El Calafate
I truly feel I got to see the area in ways I otherwise may not.
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Excellent experience. Patagonia is...
William J, Jan 2015
13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks
Patagonia is an amazingly beautiful place and this tour gave us a great mix of locations and activities.
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This tour is of particular interest...
John T, Feb 2018
Puerto Madryn Shore Excursion: Private Tour of Trelew and Gaiman
One of the main attractions in Gaiman is to visit a Welsh tea room which, of course, tend to open in the afternoon.
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The tour itself was great and an...
Andrew_P, May 2018
Kayak Tour in La Leona River from El Calafate
The tour itself was great and an amazing and unique way to see this part of Patagonia the guides were all friendly and helped us get ready and suited up in all the gear necessary and provided great commentary in English and Spanish during the tour.
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The Good: El Chalten is a must...
Ubi, Dec 2017
El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch
Aside from the logistic shortfall, everything else was fantastic.
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Really enjoyed this tour...
Janine T, Jul 2017
Peninsula Valdes Tour from Puerto Madryn With optional Whale Watching
Our guide was personable and knowledgeable and it was a huge help that he spoke such good english.
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This was a really interesting tour...
Pamela S, Feb 2018
Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Peninsula Valdes from Puerto Madryn
We were lucky to see pretty well all the animals on the national park leaflet.
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Nesrin Y, Apr 2017
13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks
Planet Patagonia was sloppy and unorganized the evaluation form they gave us to evaluate the day's activities was already used by someone else.
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My wife and I purchased this 5-day...
Charles C, Sep 2016
5-Days Discovery Ushuaia and El Calafate
We did all the excursions included in the 5-day itinerary: Tierra del Fuego National Park, Austral Feuguino train, Beagle Channel boat ride, Pertio Moreno glacier, and the Punta Bandera boat trip to see Upsala glacier.
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Such a great day! Picked up from our...
Bandit, Dec 2016
Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari
The glacier itself is so impressive - a once in a lifetime experience to visit something like that.
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We were picked up and taken to the...
VLMD94, Oct 2014
4-Day Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires with Perito Moreno Glacier
There are walk ways that allow you to see different views of the glacier which are not strenuous and very doable.
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My daughter and I took the 13-day best...
nesyoung, Jan 2017
13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks
My daughter and I took the 13-day best of Patagonia tour with additional activities like the kayak tour in La Leona River and Walking with the Penguins at Martillo Island.
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I booked this trip for my wife and...
david.kennington, Nov 2015
13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks
You are practically guaranteed to see a piece break off and fall into the lake.
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