Patagonia tailor-made holidays
From the alpine splendour of the Lake District to the ends-of-the-earth austerity of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southern regions are some of Latin America’s most spectacular.
Argentina's Lake District
Verdant forests, glacier-fed lakes and several excellent wineries surround the laid-back town of Bariloche, its picture-postcard location on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi a scenic stepping-stone for activities including skiing, fishing, climbing and trekking in the surrounding Lake District. If you’re headed to Chile, the two-day sailing to Puerto Varas is one of the world’s most scenic border crossings.
Glaciers, mountains & national Parks
Move deeper into Patagonia and the towns of El Chalten and El Calafate serve as gateways to the majestic landscapes of the Fitz Roy Massif and the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier respectively. Or, for wildlife, there’s the chance to see Magellan penguins, elephant seals, pods of dusky dolphins, orcas, southern right whales and more at Peninsula Valdés, a barren but beautiful coastal region that includes the Bahia Bustamante, Argentina’s answer to Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands.
Tierra del Fuego
Continue to the continent’s southernmost tip – the windswept Tierra del Fuego – and you’ll enter a region enormous in both its scale and desolate beauty; a place of fast-running rivers, creaking glaciers and jagged mountain peaks, it’s a land unlike any other. The only way south from here is by ship, with cruises departing from Ushuaia across the iceberg-strewn Drake Passage to the frozen wastes and hardy wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Top itineraries in Patagonia, Argentina
Get a taste for tango in the 'Paris of South America' and gaze in awe at the advancing ice of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the thundering power of Iguazu Falls, before living life gaucho style with a stay in an estancia.
This adventure combines an exploratory cruise through Patagonia's channel maze with a private tour to Perito Moreno Glacier and a luxury campsite in Torres del Paine. You'll also stop off in Buneos Aires and enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, open-bar indulgences and expert-led excursions.
This 13-day tailor-made tour takes in all of Argentina's top wildlife-viewing regions, from the whales and penguins of Peninsula Valdés to the caiman and capybara of the Iberá Wetlands and the colourful birdlife of Iguazú Falls.
Top places to stay in Patagonia, Argentina
Spectacularly located on a 4,000-hectare estate amid true Patagonian wilderness, this Relais & Chateaux lodge offers 17 spacious suites, sumptuous meals, superlative service and activities ranging from glacier trekking to condor gazing.
A lakeside lodge complete with decadent spa and gourmet restaurant, this Relais and Câteaux offering is ideal for a picturesque getaway.
On included excursions explore glaciers, mountains and lakes by foot, horse or boat, staying in a historic estancia.
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explora properties offer some of the most luxurious accommodation in South America's most spectacular settings. Expect open bars, full-board fine dining and included excursions that range from archaeological hikes in Peru to bike rides in Patagonia.
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