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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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Overlooking Lake Sarmiento and the majestic granite towers of Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a native lenga wood structure that rises discreetly from the earth at the “End of the World”. Subtly weaved in to the encompassing landscape, the property boasts a truly spectacular aromatherapy spa with a heated pool that enjoys panoramic views through glass walls, and features an enormous open plan lounge and Patagonian restaurant that overlooks the same wild landscape through wall-to-wall windows.

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Awasi Patagonia £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Utterly isolated and bounded by mountains and forests, Awasi Patagonia is nestled within the undulating Tercera Barranca Private Reserve that overlooks Torres del Paine National Park and the Patagonian Steppe. Momentarily excluding the heroic landscape, perhaps the most impressive element of a stay at Awasi Patagonia is the unparalleled freedom and exclusivity that comes as a result of exploring off the beaten track at the “End of the World” with an assigned personal naturalist guide and 4×4 vehicle.

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The Singular Patagonia £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

An impressive national heritage factory building turned remote warehouse-style hotel, The Singular Patagonia rests on the shores of Last Hope Sound and offers a truly unique glimpse of Patagonian history. Despite its distinctly “end of the world” feeling and rather austere exterior aesthetics, the property is startlingly warm and welcoming and doubles as a living museum. A colossal former industrial storehouse now houses a moody restaurant that centres around a crackling fireplace and entertaining open kitchen, and serves some of the most delicious and comforting fare in all of Patagonia.

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Explora Patagonia National Park £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

An inviting and sustainable lodge set within iconic scenery, Explora Patagonia National Park is the only non-camping accommodation in this private nature reserve.

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Mallin Colorado Ecolodge £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Mallin Colorado Ecolodge is a family-run property overlooking the General Carrera Lake in the Aysen Region of northern Patagonia. A great base to explore the Carretera Austral. The property is set within 550 hectares, consists of the main lodge building where homemade meals are prepared using food grown in the gardens. There are six private rooms and four wooden cabins with one to three bedrooms. All the cabins are surrounded by native forest, have huge windows and offer views over the lake.

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Eco Camp Patagonia £££££

  • Chile
  • Wilderness

Located within Torres Del Paine National Park, Eco Camp Patagonia has fantastic views of the majestic towers of the Paine Massif. Designed with the idea of creating additional accommodation in the park without a permanent impact on the surrounding landscape, Eco Camp Patagonia provides a unique and comfortable close-to-nature experience. Accommodation is offered in large domed tents with rustic yet stylish furnishings.

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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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