Southern Patagonia

Why you should visit Southern Patagonia

  • Patagonia offers perhaps the most unforgettable adventure to the remote and wild 'End of the World'
  • Stunning carved valleys, electric blue glaciers, aquamarine rivers, ancient wind blasted beech trees, the colours, the silence, the space and the incredible scenery
  • See the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier which lies in Los Glaciares National Park
  • Drive from Calafate to El Chalten to trek in the Fitzroy National Park 

Our specialists 'Must Do'

Trek alongside the Perito Moreno Glacier where on one side you have lush forest and small waterfalls and on the other side the impressive and huge chunk of ice which seems to go on beyond the horizon. Walk over the shimmering blues, reds and greens of the ice field with crampons attached and for the ultimate adventure, try your hand at ice climbing up the side of the glacier - an incredible experience.

Our Argentina specialists headed on the 'Big Ice' expedition, crossing crevasses, and they loved walking through vibrant turquoise pools of melted ice that sparkled in the sunshine. 

A little more about Patagonia

When thinking of Patagonia, Chile's Torres del Paine National Park springs to mind but Argentina offers some incredible Patagonian steppe of its own to explore.

El Calafate is surrounded by majestic peaks and is the gateway to some incredible places to visit in the nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Try some typical Patagonian food, delicious mutton stewed in the blue-black Calafate berry, purchase local handicrafts, or prepare for outdoor activities - trekking, fishing and exploring this incredible terrain.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is a dramatic 60 metres high with a front of around 5 kilometres. Our Argentina specialists would suggest taking a boat up to the front of the Perito Moreno Glacier and also from Punta Bandera across to Onelli, Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers before disembarking at Estancia Cristina for the night. From here you can trek up to the Upsala viewpoint, a great place for an incredible photo which you can see on our Classic Argentina holiday page.

Activities from Calafate include spending time at a lodge or estancia for a typical Patagonian asado (grilled meats), a trip to Viedma Glacier and lake fed primarily by its melting ice, trek FitzRoy National Park staying at FitzRoy Adventure Camp. Walk along the Perito Moreno Glacier's board walks or take a boat to the glacier front with a glass of whisky!

When to go

Patagonia is best visited between November and March for the warmer temperatures, however Patagonia can experience four seasons in one day throughout the entire year. It is possible to visit El Calafate year round, although hotels in El Chalten and the surrounding area tend to close for the winter season.

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