Patagonia - Argentina & Chile
Patagonia is a vast and empty wind-swept triangle at the southern-most tip of South America – the continent’s Southern Frontier. Awash with breathtaking landscapes and filled with expansive lakes, arid plateaus, mighty glaciers, snow-capped mountains and ethereal forests, it is the outdoor adventurer’s playground and wilderness lover’s paradise. Horse riding, white water rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, volcano-climbing and fjord cruising are all on offer and destination highlights include the breathtaking Puerto Moreno Glacier, the lonely island of Tierra del Fuego and the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Cruising from the Valdez Peninsular one can spot southern right whales, orcas, elephant seals and sea lions and an expeditionary voyage from Cape Horn takes you to the very ends of the earth, dwarfed by the primal magnitude of nature. Patagonia is truly a wonder of the world.
Rather than dividing Patagonia ‘Argentinean Patagonia’ and ‘Chilean Patagonia’ it is more logical to think of the region in terms of the north and the south. Covering a great longitudinal range, the landscapes and experiences of both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia are far better defined by geography than by nationality. Passing between the two countries is straightforward and allows you to enjoy a bespoke journey tailored to your interests and sense of adventure, taking in the very best of this wildly beautiful region without compromise.
Northern Patagonia - Argentina & Chile
The Patagonian Lake District runs through the north of both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia and possesses a beauty that shocks the senses and defies expectation. It is more temperate than the south, less rugged, and the experience is water-based and idyllic. Although there is plenty of evidence of a glacial activity the landscape is dotted with turquoise lakes, still fjords and gin clear rivers teaming with trout. Working cattle ranches have tamed the land somewhat yet vast swathes remain wild and untouched hosting large herds of red deer, Andean condors, Guanacos (the wild version of the now domesticated llama) and even the elusive puma.
In Argentina, the alluring shoreline of Lake Nahuel Huapi, a glacial finger lake, will astound, whilst the terrain of Nahuel Huapi National Park, one of the country's most-visited, rises through forest to pinnacles and ice fields of the Andes. The Chilean Lake District stretches 339km from Temuco in the north to Puerto Montt in the south, and is a region of dense forest, verdant countryside, snow-capped volcanoes and glacial lakes. The various national parks in the region, spanning both countries, offers a wealth of activities from hiking, volcano-climbing, rafting, fly-fishing, horse riding and more whilst accommodation ranges from cosy fire-lit lodges to private, family-owned estancias.
Southern Patagonia - Argentina & Chile
In contrast to the north and complementing it beautifully the essence in the South is elemental nature, ice and rock. Astonishing scenery and a challenging climate combine with exceptional hiking and climbing to create unforgettable adventures.
Here you can experience such natural wonders as the Los Glaciares National Park where chunks of Moreno glacier cannonball into a crystalline lake; El Chaltén, billed as Argentina’s trekking capital where jagged Fitzroy peaks loom over the valley village; and El Calafate which spreads along the south shore of Lago Argentino as the poster child for Argentina’s tourism boom and provides the gateway to the Moreno Glacier.
Further still to the south, perched on the coast of Tierra del Fuego and squeezed between dramatic mountain peaks and the blue Beagle Channel, sits Ushuaia. At the terminus of the continent, it's also the gateway to Antarctica – it is both an end point and a beginning. Rugged and weather-beaten, this classic frontier town boasts historic buildings restored and converted to hotels and restaurants and a regenerated waterfront which twinkles with the lights of the yachts during the summer months. Activities here revolve around like hiking, horse riding with gauchos, fishing and skiing but there is also plenty of luxury to be found with first class accommodation, luxury lakeside lodges, exceptional restaurants and boutique shopping.
Why we like it
- Stunning, temperate Lakes District
- Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine, Cape Horn
- An adventurer’s playground
- Orcas, elephant seals, guanacos, condors & puma
- Horseriding, trekking, cruising, climbing & rafting
- Luxury private estancias and exquisite lodges