Patagonia Chile

San Rafael boat excursion

Patagonia is the scene of the world’s great adventurers. Even if we know just a bit about the place, the name itself inhabits our subconscious, whispering of an unknown finger of the earth, “El fin del mundo”. We imagine fjords, glaciers, pampas, lonely huasos (cowboys) on their horses herding the sheep, flourishing vegetation, the Andean mountain range and, of course, the world class national park Torres del Paine.

A visit to Patagonia is almost a must for every visitor. Until 15 years ago most of the land was accessible only by air and boat, or via Argentina. This changed with the construction of the Carretera Austral, connecting Puerto Montt with Villa O’Higgins in the south of General Carrera.

Geography has influenced the people of Patagonia. They are independent, refusing to be compared with other Chileans, but are friendly and helpful. If you have a flat tire on the Carretera Austral you can be sure that the next local passing by will stop his car. But you might have to wait a little as only 3% of the whole population of Chile lives in this giant area.

Geographically Patagonia divides into three regions, Chiloé Archipelago, Carretera Austral/Aisen region, and Torres del Paine/Magellan region.

View of Puntarenas towards the Magellan Straits
 Magic of Patagonia 3 nights from $847 pp
Short and concentrated trip to the stunning and incomparable Torres del Paine National Park, spending one night in the park and two nights at Puerto Natales. On private or shared basis, departing from Punta Arenas. more details
Carretera Austral
 Northern Carretera Austral 5 nights from $1533 pp
A stunning self-drive circuit north from Balmaceda towards the beautiful and remote areas of Queulat National Park, emerald Lake Yelcho, and Futaleufu. This still unspoilt region is only accessible by car since the 1980s. more details
Carretera Austral
 Southern Carretera Austral 5 nights from $853 pp
A circuit heading southwards from Balmaceda towards Lake General Carrera and Cochrane, exploring this still unspoiled and authentic region that was only accessible by car since the 1980s. more details
Lake Grey
 Patagonia Highlights Drive 3 nights from $687 pp
The perfect circuit from Punta Arenas: a visit to the surroundings and Puerto Natales, and several days in the awesome Torres del Paine National Park. more details
View of lake in front of Torres del Paine
 Chile and Argentina Patagonia Wonders 6 nights from $1227 pp
A self-drive circuit through Chile and Argentina to Patagonia's two most spectacular places: Torres del Paine National Park and Perito Moreno glacier. more details
View over Lake Grey
 Grand Patagonia Drive 19 nights from $4487 pp
Dream Patagonia self-drive, combining the best of Chilean and Argentina Patagonia. This awesome itinerary covers the Lake District, Bariloche, Futaleufu, Queulat, Lake General Carrera, El Chalten and Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno, and Torres del Paine. more details
View of the Torres
Hotel Explora, stunningly set facing the peaks of Torres del Paine, combines luxury with adventure. Packages for different numbers of nights offer marvelous comfort with a range of exciting excursions within the Torres del Paine National Park. more details
 Torres del Paine Trekking 7 nights from $1693 pp
Enjoy active, but relaxed and comfortable, hiking round the wonders of the Torres del Paine National Park, staying in a mix of hostels and hotels, and visiting the Grey glacier by boat.more details
Lenga and nire trees
Starting in Santiago, this tour gives you an overview of the Patagonia, combining visits to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers, Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno Glacier and ending in the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. more details
Torres del Paine
 Patagonia Marvels 3 nights from $685 pp
A marvellous overview of the attractions of Southern Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciersmore details