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.

"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." -Flora 

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Featured Patagonia Trips & Deals

CRUISE  From 1,895

Launching in January 2018, embark on adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) aboard the Ventus Australis, through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery.

GROUP TOUR  From 10,390

Take a premium overland trip Patagonia from Santiago to Ushuaia. Designed for 40-70 year olds, an adventurous itinerary with all the creature comforts.

Patagonia Tours

6 NIGHTS From 3,380

Discover some of Patagonia’s most beautiful features on this 7-day journey, including the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

8 NIGHTS From 2,820

Savour the very best of what Chile has to offer. Visit bustling cities, picturesque villages and the iconic Osomo Volcano.

6 NIGHTS From 2,318

Discover the Carretera Austral and explore the stunning landscapes of the Futaleufu Valley and the majestic Queulat Hanging Glacier on this 7-day journey.

6 NIGHTS From 2,000

Trek the famous Perito Moreno glacier on this adventure tour option south of Patagonia.

3 NIGHTS From 2,520

Patagonia Camp, near Torres del Paine & Puerto Natales, is a luxurious camp that invites you to see the wonders of Torres del Paine & its surroundings.

3 NIGHTS From 1,350

Live like a local in Estancias in Los Glaciares National Park on the shores of the southern arm of Lake Argentino.

5 NIGHTS From 10,205

Pure Patagonia Premium Photo Adventure is an amazing experience into Torres del Paine’s unique wildlife, led by photo & wildlife professionals.

4 NIGHTS From 2,015

Travel to the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy guided treks, wildlife excursions & gaze up at the star-filled sky through your dome ceiling.

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Experience the mystical glaciers, sparkling lakes, wildlife & breath-taking scenery of both the Chilean & Argentinean Patagonia.

Articles On Patagonia

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Posted on Fri, 18 May 2018

Buck the trend and pack like a professional: discover the 5 items people always forget to take to an Antarctica expedition. Packing for an Antarctica expedition is both exciting and exasperating yet with the sheer amount of packing guides out there (including our own comprehensive Antarctica packing guide) you should get a fairly good idea of what will be useful …

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Press release: Visit the most remote destination on the planet on a Chimu cruise to East Antarctica

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

Sydney, Tuesday 15 May 2018 Following the adventure of their 2017 voyage which saw travellers sail 4025,1 nautical miles; identify eight species of penguins; spot thirteen mammal breeds; experience air temperatures of -6 Celsius and cross the Antarctic Circle no less than six times, polar specialists Chimu Adventures invite those who want the ultimate Antarctica experience to get involved in …

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What Not to Pack When Travelling to South America 

Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

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Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

June marks the start of winter in most of Latin America and this month offers the most varied array of attractions and highlights. A month where you can really do it all: ski in the south, hike in the centre and snorkel in the north! And although this is also the start of the high tourist season in the continent, …

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The Arctic’s Inuit Culture

Posted on Mon, 14 May 2018

Shaped and influenced by the forbidding landscapes they’ve inhabited for thousands of years, the Inuit culture of the Arctic region is one of the most fascinating on the planet. Hardy, resilient, mysterious and immensely ingenious, the Inuits of the northernmost regions of the Americas, Europe and Russia have not only survived on some of our planet’s harshest environments but indeed …

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Quito International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 08 May 2018

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Posted on Fri, 04 May 2018

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Posted on Thu, 03 May 2018

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Fascinating Facts to Help You Celebrate Earth Day 2018

Posted on Sat, 21 Apr 2018

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Press release: Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award

Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …

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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 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 Amazing!!!!! Patagonia was incredible. Enjoyed our stay at Tierra hotel. Well worth it. We wish we had of stayed more time. Excellent guides and the good was excellent considering how remote the lodge was. The perfect place to get away from it all.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well worth all the preparation and training If walking the W track go west to east, the wind is at your back, in the main your are walking with the gradient, the best of the spectacular scenery is to the east. Two walking sticks make the walk a whole lot easier.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for our needs Great to be able to visit TdP with a partner who was fully into the hard treks but for me to be able to do some 'easy' walks on the same day.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Tour Great overland tour & fantastic cruise of North Patagonia.
Date published: 2015-04-06
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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