Patagonia Tours

Why visit? Located at the southern end of South America, Patagonia is a region shared by Argentina and Chile. From snow-capped mountains to picturesque fjords, stunning lakes and impressive volcanoes, a Patagonia tour really has it all. 
 
While active holidaymakers will be able to give their hiking boots a good work out trekking or horse riding through Torres Del Paine, biking through Valdez Peninsula or skiing down the slopes of Tierra del Fuego, there is also plenty to do for the more slow-paced traveller.
 
Staring at the magnificent views, cruising the Fjords of Chile, or visiting one of the many wineries are just some of the equally exciting but less exertive activities to be enjoyed on a tour across the dramatic, windswept settings of Patagonia. 
 
Greg Carter, co-founder of Chimu Adventures, travelled with his family to Patagonia, read more about their adventures here.
 
How to get there? Access has never been easier for Australians with three top-ranked airlines (LATAM, Air New Zealand and Qantas) providing regularly scheduled services to Santiago and Buenos Aires. 
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Patagonia and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Patagonia tour now with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
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Experience the mystical glaciers, sparkling lakes, wildlife & breath-taking scenery of both the Chilean & Argentinean Patagonia.

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Experience the Mesmerising Spectacle of Perito Moreno

Posted on Fri, 27 Jan 2017

The crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia, Perito Moreno is the glacier by which all others are revered. Colossally grandiose, thunderously alive and breathtakingly unstoppable, Perito Moreno is a visual feast like few others on the planet. A visit here is like taking a trip to the end of the world. And, of course, it almost literally …

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Your Top Guide to Bariloche

Posted on Tue, 17 Jan 2017

Stretched along the southern shores of Patagonia’s Nahuel Huapi Lake, and framed by the magnificent landscape of the eponymous national park, Bariloche is one of the most picturesque cities in all of South America and a place no one can help but fall head over heels in love with. It’s a big call, we know, but we beg you to …

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Secret Wonders: Presenting The Chilean Fjords

Posted on Sun, 25 Dec 2016

The southernmost glaciated inlets in the world, cradled in the remote southern tip of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords of Tierra del Fuego are a spectacular feast for the senses and a true splendour of nature. Stretching for more than 1,600km and encompassing an area brimming with not only fjords but also volcanoes, waterfalls and imposing glaciers, this stretch of harsh …

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Guide To Los Glaciares National Park

Posted on Sun, 11 Dec 2016

Patagonia, the land of fire, ice and a kaleidoscope of colours, is home to one of the most spectacular national parks in all of Latin America, where breathtaking glaciers, granite peaks and stunning lakes engulf you in an ethereal world of startling natural beauty. Our Guide to Los Glaciares National Park is your appetising insight into all that awaits you …

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Parque Patagonia – South America’s Controversial New National Park

Posted on Wed, 23 Nov 2016

Come and discover Parque Patagonia…before everyone else does! The latest addition to the Patagonian hiking scene, Parque Patagonia is just one more step towards the creation of one of the world’s largest protected nature reserves. What started as a mere dream for an intrepid, determined and affluent American couple has turned into a reality that is hard to criticize. But …

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Selk’nam: Tierra del Fuego’s Last Forgotten Tribe

Posted on Sat, 29 Oct 2016

One of the last indigenous tribes to have encountered European invaders was one of the most formidable native groups to have ever inhabited South America. Among laymen, they are mostly known for being part of the ‘human zoos’ which were all the rage in Europe during the late 1800s. Snatched from their native lands and exhibited as curiously rare and …

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Top 5 Treks in Patagonia

Posted on Tue, 22 Mar 2016

To a hiking addict, treks in Patagonia are the epitome drug. A dramatic canvas of snow covered peaks, rugged terrain and indescribable beauty, she delivers a formidable punch to trekkers who love pain and pleasure in equal measure. This southern section of South America comprises regions of both Chile and Argentina, boasts some of the world’s most remote and least-developed trekking region …

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A Puma Encounter

Posted on Tue, 15 Dec 2015

We had been told that sightings of Pumas were rare in Patagonia as they mainly hunt at night and lay up during the day. However we had seen plenty of evidence of their presence with numerous guanaco carcasses (llamas) scattered along the route.

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Torres del Paine – Tierra Patagonia

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015

My trip to Tierra Patagonia didn’t start out the best way. It was unfortunate that I was on the last flight from Santiago to the far southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas. With a stop en route, the flight was over five hours long in total, which meant arriving into Punta Arenas relatively late at 7pm. And although 7pm is …

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Tavelling with kids in Patagonia-El Calafate and Torres del Paine

Posted on Mon, 23 Dec 2013

Looking for the next family trip? Far from the crowds and holiday traffic of the stock-standard towns – you can’t really go past Patagonia. Isolated, desolate and incredibly pristine; this is the perfect destination for those with active and not-so-active tastes.

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Patagonia Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wild windy wonderful Patagonia At last the opportunity to visit those bleak, magnificent places. It's the scenery and the history for me. Great trees, lakes, glaciers, mountains, and the Magellanic woodpecker. The Andes Crossing through national parks in Chile and Argentina by boat and bus is a special experience - particularly if you stay overnight in tiny Peulla. My third trip booked through Chimu whose approach works really well for an independent minded, not young traveller who likes remote places but enjoys the confidence of pre-arranged transfers and accommodation. Most things went well, those that didn't were sorted out. I've recommended Chimu to many friends.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Patagonia Eco camp I must say that our Chimu pickups from airports and hotels was faultless and proved most satisfactory for our entire trip taking any undue stress away regarding travelling to and from destinations. The Eco Camp was fabulous - our guide and staff at the camp were all lovely and helpful and the food was extraordinary good. We loved the wine and pre dinner drinks and our accom was comfy and warm. The trekking was wonderful and we were so lucky to have a mix of weather including strong Antarctic winds, snow, clear blue skies and calm days. The scenery was amazing and we saw flamingoes, condors and guanacos. I loved Patagonia!!
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Patagonia Hotel at El Calafate was not quite up to standard,Patagonia Rebelde.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Patagonia in Chile and Argentina - 6 nights As I was travelling by myself, I was a little apprehensive about making all the road travel connections, just getting the info from the current hotel. However, this worked very well. All the transport was very punctual, clean and drivers were extremely courteous and helpful. There were no adverse issues. I stayed in El Calafate for Perito Moreno Glacier - magnificent, Torres del Paine National Park - an excellent accommodation centre in an area of magnificent scenery. Travelled to Punta Arenas for overnight to catch plane to Santiago. Suggested change - travel to Punta Arenas in the morning, to allow time for a look around in afternoon. We arrived late afternoon so no time to look around the town. All accommodation was good, and people were very courteous and helpful.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Patagonia in Chile and Argentina. Organising for transfers, etc. and choice of accommodation by Chimu were perfect. Las Torres accom, meals, activities all prepaid resulted in spending money going much further for the rest of trip. Las Torres accom. excellent. Would stay there again without hesitation. Patagonia Queen was also excellent accom. in El Calafate and restaurants in main street were great. Perito Moreno Glacier spectacular, as were the 100km/h (?) winds at El Chalten!!!!! Waffleria was wonderful when trekking was hard.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Tour Great overland tour & fantastic cruise of North Patagonia.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tierra Patagonia Well organised - excellent service from lodge staff and guides - very comfortable - I cannot think of one thing in which they could have improved; When the Punta Arenas hotel failed to pass on transfer details which the lodge supplied, Chimu Australia was very helpful in sorting out the problem immediately. I have great confidence in Chimu. They are very dependable and give great attention to detail.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing! Stunning scenery and the Hotel Las Torres was beautiful! The all inclusive package was worth the cost. The excursions offered were perfect. The only negative feedback was the transfers back to the airport. We were put in a van with 2 other couples at 7am when our flight wasn't until 6pm. The other passangers had flights at 1pm so our day was wasted. Luckily we managed to get on an earlier flight.
Date published: 2014-12-08
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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Patagonia ?

Patagonia is shared by Chile and Argentina. On the Chilean side of Patagonia, the unit of currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP). On the Argentinean side, the unit of currency is the Argentinean Peso (ARS). Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Patagonia ?

Spanish is the official language of both Chile and Argentina.

Do I need to be fit to go to Patagonia ?

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Patagonia tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included in your itinerary. Patagonia offers great opportunities for outdoor activities that range from hiking and trekking to rock climbing, skiing, white water rafting, horse riding and ice climbing. The majority of the best treks are to be found in the National Parks and the Chilean Lake District where the trails range from easy to difficult.

Chimu Adventures offers many different tours to Patagonia, and whatever your level of fitness we can tailor-make an itinerary that will allow you to discover the stunning scenery of Patagonia. 

Is it safe to travel to Patagonia ?

Yes Patagonia is a very safe part of South America. Hygiene standards are high in Patagonia and even though it is an area that is remote with much untamed wilderness, it is still a safe place as long as you take the right precautions and make the right preparations, especially if trekking.  

Do I need a visa to travel to Patagonia ?

If travelling to the Chilean part of Patagonia, a pre-arranged visa is not required for citizens of the following countries: Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa.

For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

Australian citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Chile. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for visitors from these countries. It is a fee based upon the fees that Chilean citizens pay for visas to Australia. The fee is subject to change but can be paid on arrival in US$ cash or by credit card.

 

If travelling to the Argentinian side of Patagonia, a pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Argentina for citizens of the following countries: Australia, United Kingdom, United States, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa.

For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

Australian, Canadian and USA citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee" to enter Argentina. This is not a visa, since a visa is not required for visitors from these countries. It is a fee based on the fees that Argentinean citizens pay for visas to these countries. The fee is subject to change but must be paid in advance online. For US citizens, the reciprocity fee allows multiple entries into Argentina for 10 years in accordance with US visa reciprocity. For Australian citizens, the reciprocity fee is valid for multiple entries into Argentina within a period of one year from the date of first entry.

British and European Union passport holders are exempt from Reciprocity Fees.

How long do I need to travel to Patagonia ?

You could spend anything from a few days to a few weeks on your Patagonia travels, depending on whether you plan to explore both the Chilean and Argentinian sides including the Lake District, central Patagonia and the South Patagonia Ice Fields, or just focus on one experience such as Torres del Paine National Park. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

How much should I budget for daily in Patagonia ?

Our Patagonia tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners (if not included) and to cover drinks and tips, we suggest a budget of US$35-50 per day per person. 

Do I need to get vaccinations for Patagonia ?

Although no specific vaccinations are required for Patagonia travel and no proof of any vaccination is required to enter Chile or Argentina, we recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through.

As a general guide we recommend the following:

·         Yellow Fever - especially if also travelling to Easter Island from an infected area or also travelling through northern Argentina

·         Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

·         Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix)

·         Typhoid

·         Diphtheria

·         Cholera

·         Rabies

·         Tetanus

Depending on your travel itinerary you may be required to produce proof of Yellow Fever vaccination when returning to Australia from parts of Argentina.

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need in Patagonia ?

In Argentina and Chile the standard voltage is 220V and standard frequency is 50Hz. Power sockets are of types C and I in Argentina and of types C and L in Chile.

Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What should I pack when visiting Patagonia ?

What you need to pack will depend on the Patagonia tour that you are taking and the activities that you plan to include, as well as the time of year you are travelling. Except for winter sports, most people travel to Patagonia during the summer months (November to March). Even during these months, there can be extreme variations in climate. Days can range from sunny with temperatures in the 20’s (°C), to rain, hail and even snow and so you need to be prepared for all possibilities. Night temperatures often drop down to around 4-5°C.

 

When trekking, temperatures at the highest elevations can be as low as -5°C at night. Generally trek temperatures are 4-8°C at night and 15-20°C during the day. Wind is one of the constant factors in Patagonia and can manifest itself in the form of a constant breeze or a strong gale.

 

If you are on a hotel or lodge based tour then items such as sleeping bags are not necessary. If your tour involves trekking where you will be staying in refugios or camping, then you will need to pack a good quality sleeping bag and clothes suitable for the possible climatic variations.

For a more detailed packing list, please refer to our Patagonia Information Sheet