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Tours to Patagonia

A spectacular land of fragmenting glaciers and teetering icy peaks, southern Patagonia feels like nowhere else on earth. Encompassing the southern part of the Andes mountain range, Patagonia is split down the middle into Chile and Argentina, and is flanked by oceans on three sides.
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Why visit Patagonia with Explore?

Covering 1 million km2, the national park of Patagonia is a vast UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its spectacular scenery and diverse wildlife. The jewel in the crown is the Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive mountain areas on earth. Taking its name from the Tehuelche word Paine, meaning ‘blue’, the park encompasses stunning scenery, with constantly-changing views of peaks, glaciers and icebergs, vividly-coloured lakes of turquoise, ultramarine and grey, and quiet green valleys filled with wild flowers.

On our Adventures in Patagonia trip, choose between a comfortable wildlife hike or a more challenging 22km trek to one of the park's most impressive lookouts. Keen walkers will relish the moderate-to-challenging Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine walking tour, which travels through the heart of Los Glaciares National Park to the magnificent Fitz Roy Massif, and includes the iconic 'W Trek'. 

Our Patagonia tours

Trek Patagonia - Fitzroy and Torres del Paine

Argentina, Chile Walking and Trekking Trip code TPF
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14 Days From AU$7910 without flights

Adventures in Patagonia

Argentina, Chile Discovery Trip code PA
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14 Days From AU$6040 without flights

Adventures in Patagonia + Iguazu Extension

Argentina, Chile Discovery Trip code PAI
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17 Days From AU$7250 without flights

Atacama to Paine

Chile Discovery Trip code TDP
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13 Days From AU$7330 without flights

Patagonia Solar Eclipse

Argentina, Chile Eclipse Trip code PAE
10 Days From AU$5770 without flights
19 Days From AU$14630 without flights

FAQs about Patagonia

When is the best time to go to Patagonia?
Argentina’s summer is from December-February, so the best time to travel is throughout this period as well as the ‘shoulder season’ – roughly from the end of October to start of April. Because it’s so far south in the Southern Hemisphere, the weather is really unpredictable so we really only recommend travelling during this period. Winters (June-August) in Patagonia can be extremely cold and windy.

What is accommodation like in Patagonia? 
Patagonia is an area of small towns that give access to the great outdoors, so the accommodation here is all very well-located. Travellers to Patagonia are after a comfortable night’s sleep in accommodation that makes the most of its surroundings, and this is exactly what our accommodation in Patagonia offers.

What should I pack for a trip to Patagonia?
Patagonia’s weather is erratic, so packing for all weathers is essential. One day it can be clear blue skies from start to end, while the following day the winds could bring the clouds rolling in. A windproof, waterproof jacket is a must-have, along with walking poles for the hiking. Comfortable walking boots or shoes are necessary, and sunglasses, suncream and lipbalm with sun protection will all come in handy. In the evenings, comfortable, casual clothes with a warm fleece or jumper are perfect for going to the local restaurants. You don’t need anything fancy or smart with you – everyone in Patagonia dresses for the outdoors and the elements, so comfort is key.

What are the best hikes in Patagonia? 
By far the most famous trek in Patagonia is the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. This five-day trek is arguably the most mind-blowing and scenic trek in Patagonia - each day is full of glaciers, snow-capped peaks and emerald lagoons, with constant views of the granite spires – or towers - that give Torres its name. Aside from the W Trek, you can’t escape incredible scenery in Patagonia, with the Fitz Roy Massif in Chalten giving Torres del Paine a run for its money. Here, the classic trek to Laguna de los Tres is the most well-known hike, taking hikers to the emerald lagoon of Los Tres at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy. Another shorter but equally iconic hike is a trek on the ice of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This enormous natural masterpiece calves off at an incredible rate - hiking on the ice itself is a unique way to get up close.

Is the water in Patagonia safe to drink?
Water is safe to drink in most places in the park. If you’re worried, we always recommend travelling with a Water-to-go bottle, a reusable bottle with a filter that eliminated over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source. Look after your health, and protect beautiful Patagonia from single-use plastics. Win-win.

Is Patagonia a good destination for solo travellers?
Patagonia is a great destination to travel solo with a small group. And on an Explore trip you’ll be in great company – around 50% of people on our group trips are travelling solo. Our trips attract people from all over the world who love to explore, discover and share their passion for travel. The experiences you share and the friends you make along the way are the reasons why so many solo travellers travel with us again and again.

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