Patagonia has established itself as one of the premier adventure travel destinations in the world. Perhaps no other place in the world represents pure wildness better than Patagonia. You can feel it in the ferocious wind, the needle granite spires topped by pancake-like lenticular clouds, vast skies and pampas stretching to infinity, huge glaciers calving into turquoise lakes large enough to be seen from space, or in the eyes of a gaucho on a remote corner of a 100,000-acre estancia. Not to mention wild horses, Andean condors, elusive pumas, and their favorite prey, the guanaco.
The Patagonian Ice Cap, from which dozens of glaciers branch out like little fingers, is almost 500 miles end-to-end, the third largest chunk of ice on the planet. Our favorite quote from a newly-minted Patagoniaphile reads, “It’s hard to explain why, but I left my heart in Patagonia.” We couldn’t say it any better.
Our Patagonia Itinerary Samples
Argentine Patagonia has grown and evolved through the last 30 years, as airports have been introduced and dirt roads become paved and easily passable, the entire region has opened up in terms of accessibility. This means what once would require 3 weeks can now be done in 2 or less even! Furthermore, the accommodations throughout the area have evolved as well, and the options for great day hikes in the mountains topped off with a great glass of a wine and nice meal is one that is hard to pass up!
These samples have been drawn up to demonstrate the variety of what is possible in a range of time frames for a range of difficulty levels (from simple day hikes to traversing and crossing the ice cap) - all showcasing the beauty and wildness of this place at the end of the world.
Special Note: Mendoza
Want to pair Patagonia with a perfectly relaxing way to end a trip hiking in the Andes? Think about a few days in Argentina's wine valley (called the "New Bordeaux") Mendoza. You can walk around the vineyards, make your own wine, ride horses or just relax! It's the perfect compliment to time spent on glaciers and in the mountains of Patagonia.