Patagonia is revered as a nature lover’s ultimate playground, with its towering granite peaks, lakes, rivers and verdant forests home to over 500 species of wildlife. Renowned as a bird-lover’s paradise and also home to a number of larger animals, including whales, penguins, guanacos and ever-elusive pumas, Patagonia is one of the most distinctive and rich wildlife regions in all …READ MORE
Patagonia is all about outdoor adventures in remote and utterly breathtaking landscapes. It is right here, at the southern tip of Latin America, where you’ll discover some of the most enticing – and challenging – trekking routes on the whole planet. Yet as remote and at-times inhospitable as Patagonia is, your chances for stocking up on some essential packing items …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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 …READ MORE
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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.
Spanish is the official language of both Chile and Argentina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Depending on your travel itinerary you may be required to produce proof of Yellow Fever vaccination when returning to Australia from parts of Argentina.
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 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