Embark on a journey to the mesmerizing landscapes of Patagonia, one of the world’s last great wildernesses, boasting remote and dramatic terrains. Often hailed as the ‘end of the world’, Patagonia’s spectrum ranges from the crystal blue ice sheets of Los Glaciares National Park to the red stone of Los Cuernos in Torres del Paine and the deep greens of the southern fjords. Your Patagonian adventure curated by Xplorearth, the luxury travel planner, allows you to pack a wealth of experiences into one trip. Explore the volcano and canyon country in the north, hike the glaciers and peaks of Torres del Paine, and sail the wild fjords of Tierra del Fuego. Witness the majestic Andean Condors and elusive Patagonia Pumas, all expertly planned by those who intimately know this vast land.
With Xplorearth’s tailor-made itineraries, you dictate the pace of your adventure. Navigate the rugged Patagonian landscape with private all-terrain vehicles and expert naturalist guides, ensuring you make the most of your adventure activities while unwinding at luxury properties with spectacular views.
Learn more about the optimal times to visit Patagonia and connect with our travel planners to further tailor your unforgettable journey to this extraordinary region.
Journey to the End of the World
Best time to visit Patagonia
December to February mark the popular summer months in Patagonia. Spring and Autumn are also highly recommended times to travel to Patagonia; just consider your preferred activities and weather conditions when planning your visit. Whether its whale watching in spring, skiing in winter, or relishing fall foliage and trekking in some of the world’s best national parks in summer, no matter when you choose to explore, an adventurous experience awaits you in Patagonia!
Month-by-month guide for traveling in Patagonia
In Atlantic Patagonia, catch southern right whales off Peninsula Valdes and penguins in Tierra del Fuego. Spring is ideal for touring Buenos Aires and Santiago.
With warm days, cool nights, and a chance of rain, Patagonia's Spring strikes a perfect balance for you to embrace the freshness of Spring in Patagonia!
People, food and culture
Although the Patagonian region takes up nearly a third of the land area in Argentina and Chile, it’s home to less than 5 percent of either country’s population! The aboriginal ethnic group, the Mapuches, are the inhabitants of this region. Their main economic activity is sheep and goat raising in the Andean region. For all the meat lovers, the Cordero Al Palo or the Spit road lamb is the region's most popular dish - it is traditionally cooked on an open log fire for hours until the outside is crisp enough. A caffeine-infused drink that is not to be missed is Yerba Mate, and it is generally consumed in a social setting. The average Argentinian consumes five kilos of yerba mate a year! One must also indulge in the Chilean National Drink, the Pisco Sour while traveling in this region. This South American classic is truly one of its kind!
15 days Itinerary to Patagonia
Our sample itinerary of the breathtaking Patagonia!
Want to change the number of days, stay at a luxury villa, add or swap out activities, no problem! Our travel experts will customize your itinerary keeping your interests in mind.
Day One: Arrival in Santiago, Chile
Day Two: Local sightseeing in Santiago and a breather after a long flight
Day Three: Santiago to Punta Arenas. Afternoon boat cruise to Isla Magdalena to experience the Magellanic Penguin colony resident. Overnight in Arenas.
Day Four: Early A.M drive to Puerto Natales, gateway to the Torres del Paine park.
Day Five: Explore Torres del Paine Park – an outdoor mecca for trekking, horseback riding, kayaking or just taking in breathtaking views.
Day Six: Continue the adventures in Torres del Paine Park
Day Seven: AM transfer to El Calafate, Argentina (5hrs)
Day Eight: Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glacieres National Park. Take a boat trip on Lago Argentina.
Day Nine: Day trip hiking in El Chalten and Mt. Fitz Roy region.
Day Ten: Visit La Leona Petrified forest and Cerro Frias on horseback. Alternatively, take a full day trip to Estancia Cristina.
Day Eleven: Short AM flight to Ushuaia, the “End of The World”. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and cruise or kayak around on the Beagle Channel
Day Twelve: Trekking in Tierra del Fuego or early AM photography walks around Laguna Esmeralda
Day Thirteen: Flight to Mendoza wine country and transfer to Valle de Uco
Day Fourteen: Tours of iconic wineries like Andaluna, Fournier, Catena Zapata and Ferer. Take in the bucolic surroundings and enjoy the delicious food
Day Fifteen: Flight back home through Buenos Aires.
The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park grows by 2 meters every day!
One reason you should go here
It is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, untrodden by the masses and with stunning vistas at every turn.
Travel FAQs on visiting Patagonia
Known as a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Patagonia offers a wide range of adventure activities, from trekking and mountaineering to kayaking and wildlife watching.
Overall, Patagonia is celebrated for its untouched beauty, dramatic landscapes, and the sense of adventure it evokes in those who explore its vast and captivating terrain.
The region of Patagonia spans across two countries, Argentina and Chile. The official languages are Spanish and Mapudungun, but English is also widely spoken.
All our guides and naturalists are comfortable in English as well.
US and UK travelers do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 90 days in Chilean Patagonia. However, a reciprocity fee is required for Argentine Patagonia. US citizens must pay online before arrival, while UK citizens can pay upon arrival.
Summer (December to February) and Spring (September-November) are the best times to travel to Patagonia. Check out our month-to-month guide to traveling to Patagonia for more details to help you plan your trip or call our travel experts to help you guide you with your travel plans.
Patagonia is a vast region offering breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders. Some must-see destinations include Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, and the Beagle Channel.
Patagonia invites you to explore a diverse tapestry of experiences, from the pristine wilderness of national parks to the mesmerizing grandeur of glaciers, and the charming allure of port cities. To make the most of your Patagonian adventure, consider partnering with an experienced travel advisor. Their expertise ensures a tailor-made journey, that will let you explore the best of Patagonia based on your interests.
The fauna in Patagonia is distinctive due to its geographical diversity, extreme weather conditions, and large open isolated landscapes, thus harboring various birds, land animals, and marine life exclusive to this part of the world.
The region is home to a variety of distinctive wildlife, including pumas, guanacos, foxes, Andean condors, whales, and penguins, showcasing its rich biodiversity.