An immense, wild territory covering over 400,000 square miles of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia spans the entire southern tip of South America, including the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. Its wonders include two World Heritage national parks and the massive Southern Patagonian Ice Field—at over 200 miles long, it’s the second-largest area of permanent ice outside the poles. On his circumnavigation of the globe in 1520, Magellan sailed the strait that now bears his name. His crew claimed to have seen patagón people—a supposedly giant race of indigenous South Americans—on the shores, which likely gave the region its name. Join us on our carefully designed itinerary, deep into this legendary and beautiful realm.
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This realm of rock and ice is home to the great Southern Patagonian Ice Cap and 47 major glaciers—including some of the most accessible ones in the world. Crowning it all is the seven-summited Fitz Roy massif (11,703′), whose granite spires challenge the world’s best climbers to extraordinary feats. The sheer size of this Argentine national park is staggering, and we don’t rush your experience of it. We’ll explore three different sections of the park including the classic trails near El Chaltén. By Lago Viedma, you’ll enjoy trails and incredible views that few other travelers experience, and by Lago Argentino, the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier.
Selected as one of the five most beautiful places in the entire world by National Geographic Magazine, Torres del Paine National Park in Chile has earned its ranking. Here a host of granite spires soar 6,500 feet straight up from the undulating Patagonian steppe, creating one of Earth’s most jaw-dropping sights. Our days are spent hiking along deep blue Lago Nordenskjold, where Paine Grande is beautifully reflected, and along the iceberg-strewn shores of Lago Grey, with impressive Grey Glacier in the distance. Our grand finale hike brings us up the Valle Ascencio trail to the ethereal green lake that lies right at the base of Paine’s sheer towers.
The archipelago at South America’s very tip is a world of its own, named by the explorer Magellan for the many campfires he saw burning along the shores. We’ll hike the wild, windswept beaches of the Beagle Channel, with the Cordillera Darwin’s snow-capped peaks rising 8,000 feet above us—it feels like the edge of the world! From charming Ushuaia, the gateway to Antarctica, we hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park’s native lenga and canelo forests, explore by Zodiac in the channel where Darwin sailed, and watch the antics of Magellanic penguins on Martillo Island.
Our Latin America Specialists know every detail about our Patagonia trips. They will be happy to answer any questions and help you choose the journey that’s right for you. Contact us to learn more or book your trip today!