Torres del Paine National Park, Laguna, Chile

Chilean Patagonia

Patagonia covers the tip of the South American continent, shared by both Argentina and Chile. The area is about the same size as Britain but with less than one person per square kilometre.

In the north of the region lies Aysen, a stunning mountainous area with lakes, forests, glaciers, snow-capped mountains and glacial-fed streams.

The Aysen region is perfect for self-driving, the 1,240 kilometres long Carretera Austral winds its way through this area giving access not only to amazing scenery but also to world-class fly fishing, trekking, ice climbing and kayaking. This region is home to Chile’s newest national park, Patagonia Park, an unspoilt wilderness that richly rewards travellers’ with the inclination to explore this little known region of Chile

Guanacos, Patagonia, Chile
Guanacos, Patagonia, Chile

About Chilean Patagonia

Southern Patagonia is home to Torres Del Paine National Park, probably the most iconic and well known park in Chile. There are not only the mighty granite towers but also meandering rivers, turquoise lakes, glaciers and endless hiking. Wildlife in this area is also abundant with condors, foxes, guanacos and puma all found in the park. The nearby town of Puerto Natales is an alternative base to staying in the park itself, a colourful place on the edge of the Senoret Channel. A great trip from Puerto Natales is to cruise along Ultima Esperanza Bay and view the imposing Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers.

Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan is the jumping off point to visit the wilderness island of Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, Cape Horn and also Antarctica.


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King Penguins in Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Chile

Observe King Penguins

Visit colonies of comedic king penguins in Tierra del Fuego, one of the only places to view the species outside of Antarctica.

Carretera Austral Lake nr Cochrane, Aysen region, Patagonia, Chile

Self-Drive in Patagonia Park

Hit the road and journey to remote parts of the majestic Patagonia Park, stopping at vantage points to tuck in to a picnic.

Rafting excuRsion, Nomads of the Seas, Patagonia

Adventure in Patagonia

From hiking and kayaking to horseback riding and mountain biking, the possibilities for uncovering Patagonia’s secluded spots are endless.

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Patagonia scenery, Nomads of the Seas, Patagonia

Discover Yendegaia National Park

Explore the high mountains, expansive grasslands, majestic fjords and temperate rainforests that punctuate this iconic wilderness.

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Pumalin Park, Carretera Austral, Chile

Explore Pumalin Park

Head out to discover the hundreds of endemic species that thrive in this park, including some of the planet’s only remaining millennia-old Alerce trees.

Scenic Road, Chilean Carretera Austral, Patagonia, Chile

Drive the Carretera Austral Highway

Complete one of the world’s greatest and most iconic road journeys down the Carretera Austral Highway in the show-stopping Aysen Region.

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Rachael Tallents

Adventure, discovery and my curiosity for people and the natural world is what drives my love of travelling.  I am grateful for my parents’ desire to explore, and from an early age my eyes were open to diverse landscapes, cultures, and underwater worlds.

For the last 16 years, I have worked for a leading luxury tour operator designing incredible journeys for discerning clients and travelled to some magical places. I am excited to have joined Steppes Travel, and to be working for a company with such strong ethical and sustainable values.

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Paul Bird

Combining the arid Atacama Desert and iconic Torres Del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the dramatic contrasts of its landscapes make Chile one of Paul’s most treasured travel destinations.

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