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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.

Experiences

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.

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.

Adventure in Patagonia

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

Discover Yendegaia National Park

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

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.

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.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

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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James Armitage

James has travelled down the length and breadth of this extraordinary country, but has found that his heart lies in the quiet and remote Carretera Austral, a stunningly wild and beautiful frontier part of the nation.
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James put together what proved to be a fabulous itinerary in Chile. We were slightly concerned that with 11 flights in 3 weeks we might be overdoing it, but the experiences in each location more than justified the travel, and James's first-hand experience proved invaluable.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

Paul created an itinerary that perfectly suited our interests, and we were particularly impressed with the properties that he selected for us. Thank you for recommending we visit the Atacama Desert, which we hadn’t even thought of visiting, but which turned out to be the highlight.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you and your team for looking after us so well! Who could have foreseen electric storms (according to the locals in Buenos Aires – the worst in 10 years!) and the civil unrest in Chile.  You couldn’t have looked after us better if you had been on the spot! We had an AWESOME adventure – your advice and suggestions were bang on the nail every time. Each hotel was better than the next and the cruise was FANTASTIC, the scenery throughout the trip was amazing!

Destination: Argentina & Chile
Travel Expert: Paul

What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

I would especially mention the positive and really helpful advice of James, who even met with me to chat face to face before putting together a bespoke trip that really met all of our expectations. As a result, our time in Chile was a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten.

Destination: Chile
Travel Expert: James

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