Why you should visit Southern Patagonia
- An adventure to Patagonia offers an unforgettable experience in one of the world's most remote wilderesses
- Stunning carved valleys, electric blue glaciers, aquamarine rivers and ancient wind-blasted beech trees combine to create an epic landscape
- Witness the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park
- Drive from Calafate to El Chalten to trek in the Fitzroy National Park, absorbing the colours, silence and solitude en route
Our specialist's 'Must Do'
Trek a spectacular route, flanked on one side by the gargantuan Perito Moreno Glacier and on on the other by lush forests and small waterfalls. The glacier, a huge chunk of ice that seems to extend beyond the horizon, makes for stunning photography opportunities. Wearing sturdy crampons, plot a route over the shimmering blues, reds and greens of the ice field or, for the ultimate adventure, try your hand at an unforgettable ice-climbing expedition up the side of the glacier.
Speak with our Argentina specialists about their Big Ice Expedition, where they crossed crevasses and traversed vibrant turquoise pools of melted ice that sparkled in the sunshine.
What can you do in Argentinean Patagonia?
The town of El Calafate, surrounded by majestic peaks, is the gateway to some incredible experiences in the nearby Los Glaciares National Park. Here, you can try some typical Patagonian food like Calafate berry stews, purchase local handicrafts or prepare for outdoor activities such as trekking and fishing in this incredible terrain.
Our specialists would suggest that you take a boat to the 60-metre-tall Perito Moreno Glacier (sipping a whiskey cooled by glacier ice!) and spend time at the remote Estancia Cristina, which can only be accessed by water. From here you can trek to the Upsala Glacier for a photo opportunity unlike any other. A trip to the Viedma Glacier is also recommended, as is a trek in FitzRoy National Park.
When to go
Patagonia is best visited from November to March when the temperatures are milder, but it is important to note that this region can (and often does) experience all four seasons in one day. It is possible to visit El Calafate year-round, although hotels in El Chalten and the surrounding areas tend to close for the winter season.