Some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in South America
Patagonia, a vast unspoilt wilderness extending from the Lake District in Argentina and Chile, down to the Southern-most tip of South America. A land of breathtaking vistas, glaciers, crystalline turquoise lakes, wide-open spaces and crisp clean air.
Both Argentina and Chile share this incredible region with so much to see and do in each, and our guides will help you see the best of it, from the Perito Moreno Glacier to towering peaks of Torres del Paine or a cruise around Cape Horn. Whatever you prefer to do, horse-riding, trekking, wildlife spotting, fishing, or simply enjoying the wide-open landscapes, we’ll make it happen for you.
Speak to one of our specialists who have lived and breathed Patagonia for themselves. Their first-hand personal experiences combine with long-standing expertise in planning trips to lay the foundations for your trip of a lifetime. We’ll help you explore the most beautiful parts of the region, enabling you to make the most of your time there.
Discover the best wilderness lodges, where personal service and the depth of experience are as important as your comfort. We’ll put together a private, personalised Patagonia tour just for you. Find inspiration below with our list of example trip plans, all of which can be entirely customised to suit you.
I haven’t seen scenery this awesome since Alaska. We spent our first day in the Torres del Paine National Park, enjoying the unbelievable natural beauty of the glaciers, mountains, lakes and rivers. And, as always, we fell in love with our guide, who spent the day teaching us the Patagonia way to live. Delightful. I’ve added another ‘must come back to’ place to my Bucket List. I’ve loved, loved, loved it here. The breathtaking scenery, the long list of hikes and sights and activities and the genuine warmth of the people make this a truly wonderful place. What’s not to like?
Argentina and Chile Patagonia example trips
Our favourite places to stay in Patagonia
Awasi Patagonia$$$$$You wouldn’t think that the spectacular Patagonian region of Torres del Paine could get any better regarding luxurious design-led hotels, but it has, courtesy of the exclusive sibling hotel to Awasi Atacama, and the only one in the area to do tailor-made excursions for each guest. Adding to that, a portion of the proceeds from each guest’s stay helps to support The Awasi Patagonia Conservation Project, which aims to create a natural corridor for wildlife. Awasi guides also help to monitor the puma populations and keep hunters away, increasing the positive impact the property and its guests are able to have on the region. 14 wooden-clad, shipping crate-style ‘villas’, which were inspired by the old outpost shelters, lie scattered over the wind-protected plains of its own private reserve and facing the unfolding scenes of Lake Sarmiento and the three-tower peaks. Inside these, the warming and minimal Scandinavian cabin decor nicely cushions you from the harsh scenes outside, with natural wood interiors, large inviting beds, your own living room with log fireplaces, a hot tub, and with every modern amenity to hand. The master villa, which has two bedrooms, is good for families. The dispersal of these freestanding villas befits the solitude of your surroundings, giving you a pleasing level of privacy but also a heightened experience of the landscape’s isolation. The main house, just a short walk from the villas, features a Relais & Chateaux member restaurant, terrace and living area. Awasi is renowned not only for its style, but for tailoring its tours for each individual guest and for serving delectable gourmet food. Guests can choose whatever excursions they want to do, without having to compromise for the sake of a group.
Eolo$$$$$Eolo sits on a 10,000-acre estancia in the Patagonian steppe between the town of El Calafate and the majestic Perioto Merino glacier. Surrounded by lakes, vast plains and the imposing peaks of the Andes, this is nature at its very best. The hotel has been built to ensure that wherever you are, you can take in these incredible views. Eolo is centred around a courtyard garden, a nifty bit of architecture that means guests can enjoy the great outdoors whilst being protected from the wild Patagonian winds. There are 17 beautiful rooms characterised by pastel colours and simple lines. Nothing is overly complicated here, simplicity is key when your surroundings are so dramatic. There are no televisions in the rooms, instead guests are encouraged to curl up on one of the sofas that are placed in front of the large picture windows. Eolo was inspired by the historic estancias of the area and you’ll find antiques, maps, telescopes and lots of other traditional touches. The food at Eolo is a real highlight. Excellent local, seasonal produce is used to create a dynamic and exciting menu. The views that await from your dining table make the experience even sweeter. This is an area begging to be explored, and there are plenty of activites on offer. Hiking, horseriding, birdwatching and mountain biking are some of the experiences to keep you busy. At the hotel itself there is an area for relaxation with a small heated pool, dry sauna and massage room. All meals and non-alcoholic drinks are included during your stay at Eolo.
Tierra Patagonia$$$$$It’s this hotel’s bizarrely beautiful shape, designed to imitate that of a sun-bleached fossil on the ruggedly wild shores of Lake Sarmiento, which makes Tierra Patagonia such a striking place to stay. In fact, this sustainable lodge is known worldwide for its innovative architecture, which blends naturally into the landscape. The revitalised pampa, where the complex is based, has benefited from great conservation efforts, as well as focus on minimising footprint in this beautiful area. This impressive blonde-wooded, design-led ‘shell’ houses 40 simple yet sophisticated Scandinavian-style rooms. Their exposed timber interiors create a tangible Sauna-like warmth that contrasts well with the views of the desolate pampas outside. There are family apartments of two adjoining rooms available, as well as the extensive Uma Spa, which is particularly welcomed after a hard day hiking the Torres del Paine National Park, which is simple given the hotel’s superb team of guides and the varied activities on offer here. From horse riding to climbing, this great range of opportunities means you really can take full advantage of your truly magnificent surrounds.
Explora Patagonia$$$$$Perhaps the most famous hotel in all of Chile, the Explora Patagonia one of the most stunning settings in the world. Looking quite ‘average’ from the exterior, things could not be more different once inside. There are large picture windows everywhere (even in the bathrooms) to make the most of the stunning vistas surrounding the hotel. Much of the furniture is hand crafted from local wood and slate, and there are many little design touches to make things more comfortable. The hotel also has a large indoor swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzis. All activities are included in the programme as are all meals and drinks. Food is generally of a high standard at the restaurant.
Estancia Cristina$$$$$Accessed by crossing the Cristina Channel of Lago Argentino by boat, Estancia Cristina enjoys a truly stunning setting. The journey to the lodge allows excellent viewing of the Upsala Glacier, one of the largest in the region, and once you arrive you are treated to views of the ajestic Norte, Pfifter and Moyano mountains. 20 rooms are split between five cabins and are appointed with warm fabrics and large picture windows from which to appreciate the particularly spectacular views. Service and food are excellent – the Patagonic lamb, fresh vegetables and homemade breads are a delight. There are many activities on offer to enjoy the spectacular surrounds, including hiking, 4×4 excursions and horseriding. Estancia Cristina operates on an all-inclusive basis with transfers, accommodation, full-board, non-aloholic drinks and all excursions included.
Ecocamp Patagonia$$$$$A wonderful way to experience the outdoor feel of camping in this beautiful area of Patagonia with the comfort of a hotel. Accommodation is in geodisic domes inspired by the traditional constructions of the native Kawesqar people allowing plenty of light and space during your stay. The lodge hosts a maximum of 56 guests ensuring a more personal feel as well as minimising the impact on the local environment. We recommend the ‘Suite’ Domes which come equipped with a private bathroom, wood heated stove and solar power. There are three main ‘Core’ domes. Two of which contain the dining area and bar while the other is a resting dome with a library. The resting dome is also used for meetings before small group excursions.