Patagonia - custom tailored just for you
Explore the rugged Andes, massive glaciers, and crystal mountain lakes and more!
Patagonia - a vast region
Spanning from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Patagonia is vast, encompassing over 400,000 square miles (over a million square kilometers). Some of the world's wildest landscapes and most remote villages can be found where the Andes stretch south toward Antarctica. This is a land shaped by water, wind and ice, past and present. Glaciers calve into mountain lakes and narrow fjords, waterfalls fill the air with their murmurs and roars, and winds shape trees to their will.
Combine the dramatic mountain scenery of Torres del Paine with Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, or a cruise through the Straits of Magellan into the Beagle channel for the complete Patagonia experience.
Let us piece together a private journey, combining iconic sites and nearby extensions that, together, make an extraordinary trip of a lifetime.
Torres del Paine National Park
Rugged, windswept and wild, no trip to Patagonia is complete without seeing the magnificent Paine massif which dominates the landscape of Torres del Paine National Park. The park takes its name from the three spectacular granite spires that make up the eastern face of the mountain range. The southern face contains two further towers, resembling horns or “cuernos”.
Visitors come to Torres del Paine to hike several iconic trails which collectively are known as “The W” for the shape it resembles. Non-hikers come to marvel at the spectacular scenery, observe wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, condors and possibly a puma if you’re lucky. In addition to hiking, there are opportunities to enjoy horseback riding, more leisurely walks, and a visit to a working ranch.
Extraordinary lodges, each with comprehensive activities provide luxurious accommodations and sumptuous dining experiences to fuel your daily adventures. Torres del Paine lodges »
Los Glacieres National Park
In the heart of Argentina's Patagonia region lie Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, gateway to glaciers and some of the most dramatic mountain peaks in the region.
Perito Moreno, just an hour and a half west of El Calafate, is one of the most accessible of all Andean glaciers. Here you can explore miles of walkways inside Los Glaciares National Park to view the glacier from varying elevations. Alternatively, you can cruise on Lago Argentino to view the glacier at water level, or for the more adventurous, hike on the face of the glacier.
Three hours to the north are Lago Viedma and the village of El Chaltén, the hiking capital for excursions to the dramatic Andean peaks of Cerro Torres and Fitz Roy.
Enjoy these sights in country comfort from working estancias (ranches) from beautiful guest lodges »
The Straits of Magellan and Beagle Channel
At the southern tip of Patagonia, lie the Straits of Magellan, Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel. Retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin as he navigated the majestic passages at the very southern tip of the Americas. Wander through virgin Magellanic forests, and view magnificent glaciers. Weather permitting, go ashore at Cape Horn, the southernmost point of the continent.
Exploring in depth and in comfort aboard small, well appointed, expedition ships »
You may also choose to extend your stay in Ushuaia and explore Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve or Tierra del Fuego National Parks. Hotel options in Ushuaia »
Far from the Andes, along Argentina's wild Atlantic coast lies a completely different aspect of Patagonia—a spectacular peninsula where you will discover Southern right whales and elephant seal colonies breeding in the springtime. Thousands of Magellanic penguins are just some of the many seabirds endemic to the region.
Explore the region from your base at a charming estancia »
Each custom luxury package is unique and tailor-made to your specific interests and preferences.
The overall cost of your itinerary will depend on several factors, such as:
Number of travelers
Time of year
Length of stay
Grade of accommodation
Additional custom options in Chile and Argentina
Extend your stay in Chile with a stopover in cosmopolitan Santiago, discover the Lakes District or relax in the vineyards of the Colchagua Valley. Travel a bit further beyond to explore Easter Island or the Atacama Desert. Explore custom Chile options »
Extend your stay in Argentina with a stopover in sultry Buenos Aires, go white-water rafting or fly fishing in Bariloche, visit the mighty Iguazú Falls, or relax among the vineyards of Mendoza. Explore custom Argentina options »
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to go?
Patagonia is best experienced from October through April. December & January being the most popular times due to the winter holidays and South American summer vacations.
How do I get there?
The two major gateways for Patagonia will be either Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina.
From Santiago, you then fly 3 hours south to Punta Arenas, gateway to both Australis cruises to Ushuaia and Torres del Paine National Park. It’s a five hour drive up to Torres del Paine National Park, however twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) there is a flight from Santiago to Puerto Natales, which will shorten the drive into Torres del Paine to just a little over an hour.
From Buenos Aires, you would fly to the town of El Calafate, your base for exploring Perito Moreno Glacier, and starting point to reach El Chaltén or cross into Chile to reach Torres del Paine National Park. It is a two hour drive north to reach El Chaltén to explore and hike Fitz Roy, or drive five hours across the border into Chile to reach Torres del Paine National Park.
Is this trip for me?
Patagonia can accommodate various levels of activity, from gentle walks & cruising to horseback riding and challenging hikes.
Do I need a visa?
Canadian citizens must pay a (US)$160 visa reciprocity fee prior to entering Argentina. This can be completed online here. US and Australian citizens are now exempt. Visas for Chile are not required at this time. For the latest information, it's best to consult your local Argentine and Chilean consulates.