Discover 7 Ways to Experience Patagonia

by Heather Howard

July 16, 2019 Adventure Experts

The dazzling glacial waters and cathedral-like peaks of Patagonia beg to be experienced up close and there are a variety of incredible ways to do it. Hike, kayak, horseback ride, and sail through Argentina’s Lake District and Los Glaciares National Park. Explore Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and tackle the fabled Paine Circuit — one of the world’s top 10 treks. See the best of Patagonia on the only cruise ship allowed to sail where the Atlantic and Pacific meet and explore little-known Jeinimeni National Reserve. Take adventure to the next level in the mind-blowing, photogenic landscapes of Patagonia on one of these seven adventures.

Hiker’s Patagonia

On this classic adventure, you’ll explore two scenic national parks: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares. Take daily hikes through breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Be amazed by pristine glacial lakes, iconic snow-capped peaks, and swaying grasses of the desert steppes. At night, sleep in comfortable hotels, cozy cabins and remote mountain lodges. Days: 14 // Activity Level: 4

Adventures in Argentinian Patagonia

This popular multi-sport adventure in Argentina’s verdant Lake District is perfect for active travelers looking for a variety of ways to explore the region. Experience the legendary Fitz Roy Massif and Cerro Torre on treks through Los Glaciares National Park, take an unforgettable walk on the Perito Moreno glacier, kayak across glittering lakes, and ride horses through the Andean foothills at a traditional estancia. Days: 11 // Activity Level: 3

Patagonia Explorer

Blend Patagonia’s scenic fjords and mountains on this ultimate best-of adventure. Start off with day hikes around Torres del Paine and the Perito Moreno Glacier, then embark on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise through the remote waterways of mythical Cape Horn—aboard the only cruise ship allowed to sail there! Days: 13 // Activity Level: 3

Historic Women of Patagonia Adventure

Walk in the footsteps of some of the most important women in Patagonia on this inspiring women-only adventure. Hike to the Mirador del Torres viewpoint for spectacular views of Cleopatra’s Needles, enjoy breathtaking scenery from horseback as you ride across the Patagonian Steppe, and kayak through sounds and fjords surrounded by mountain peaks and native wildlife. Days: 9 // Activity Level: 4

On the Smuggler’s Trail in Patagonia

Trek through the diverse wilderness of Jeinimeni National Reserve and Parque Patagonia, following the trails of mountain pioneers and legendary smugglers. Spend five unforgettable days exploring hanging glaciers and turquoise lakes, overnighting in remote camps and huts. This trip off the radar and off the charts in every sense: scenic, quiet, immersive, and intensely physical.  Days: 12 // Activity Level: 5

Trekking the Paine Circuit or the W Route

Make a complete 70-mile “O” circuit of Chile’s Paine Massif, including the famous “W” route on this much-loved hiking adventure. The jaw-dropping vistas of monolithic rock spires and snow-capped mountains—not to mention the huge expanse of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field—make this one of the most unforgettable treks you’ll ever take. Days: 11 // Activity Level: 4

If you’re short on time, you can also just tackle the 40-mile “W” route section as part of our week-long adventure! It is perfect for those looking to get a full Patagonia experience in an achievable timeframe. Days: 7 // Activity Level: 4

Trekking Los Dientes de Navarino

Experience raw nature on Chile’s Navarino Island, where the jagged peaks of the Dientes de Navarino mountain range rise skyward. Hike through mystical beech forests, cross vast snowfields, and take in amazing views over the Beagle Channel as you push your limits. The rewards of this spectacular journey are well worth the effort! Days: 9 // Activity Level: 5

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