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Chilean Patagonia

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Introduction

Patagonia is one of South America's most inspiring wilderness regions. This vast and sparsely populated plateau covers much of southern Argentina and Chile, and is a hugely popular destination for trekking, watching wildlife and luxury cruises. Much of Patagonia is treeless, flat and windswept, but as you travel south and west the terrain becomes far more dramatic. Here the landscape is blessed with towering Andean peaks, fjords and glaciers, and straits and sounds frequented by penguins, whales and seabirds.

Patagonia has long held an allure for explorers, naturalists, writers and other travellers. Charles Darwin, Ferdinand Magellan and Bruce Chatwin are a few of the famous names associated with this part of South America. It was Magellan who first used the name Patagonia, deriving from the word patagon - in reference to the native Tehuelches people, whom he believed to be giants. As then, Patagonia retains an almost mystical appeal for many travellers and so often features in tailor-made Chile tours.

 

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Special offers in Chilean Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,475 pp incl. flights

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offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £910 pp
Book by: 30 December 2019

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Chile & Argentina: Patagonia's Glaciers & Fjords

17-day tailor-made journey from £7,225 pp incl. flights

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Patagonia cruise discount, valid for travel period Sep-Dec19 – Save up to £405 pp
Book by: 31 July 2019

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.

Top itineraries in Chilean Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Patagonia and the Carretera Austral

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,165 pp incl. flights

Combine an adventurous drive on the Carretera Austral from Balmaceda to Valle Chacabuco with a stay in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This two-week tour also includes a stay, and guided tour, in Chile's capital, Santiago.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,375 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Guanaco, Chile

Highlights of Chilean Patagonia

11-day tailor-made journey from £4,415 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Chilean Patagonia on this tailor-made tour to the Lake District town of Puerto Varas, mysterious Chiloé Island and the imposing granite spires of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,475 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £910 pp
Book by: 30 December 2019

Witness the best of Chile's stunning natural world, from the vast expanse of the Atacama Desert to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south, staying throughout at some of the country's finest hotels.

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Top places to stay in Chilean Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia, Puerto Natales

Historic hotel

Located just outside Puerto Natales on the edge of Last Hope Sound amid the spectacular landscapes of Chilean Patagonia and 100 kilometres from the Torres del Paine National Park, this stunning lodge offers guests an experience to remember.

Explora Patagonia, Torres del Paine

explora Patagonia Lodge, Torres del Paine National Park

Contemporary lodge

Escape from the distractions of the outside world at Patagonia’s original design hotel, where modern technology takes a back seat to natural wonders of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Tierra Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia, Torres del Paine National Park

Contemporary lodge

Opened in late 2011, Tierra Patagonia is the newest luxury kid on the Torres del Paine block. With no further hotels permitted in the park, it squats inconspicuously on the eastern perimeter, a fluid structure of local wood on the shore of Lake Sarmiento.

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa, Chiloe Island

Tierra Chiloé Hotel & Spa, Chiloé Island

Designer hotel

See Chiloé’s natural and historical sights from this design hotel, which effortlessly combines cutting edge design, a wonderfully relaxing spa and a full complement of island excursions.

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Where to go in Chilean Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is Chile's finest national park, noted for its spectacular, sprawling landscapes and the majestic granite spires that give the park its name. Take it all in on hikes and horseback rides, or simply enjoy the views from a range of stunning hotels and ultra-luxury lodges.

Puerto Montt, South America

Expedition Cruising

Expedition cruises in Northern Patagonia are a memorable way to take in some of Chile's most impressive waterways. The country's stunning Lake District can be accessed from Puerto Montt, one of the main cruise hubs in Patagonia.

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the beautiful glaciers, fjords and towering peaks of southern Patagonia. The town is a base for adventure travel, as the jumping off point for two of Chile's most spectacular national parks - Torres del Paine and Parque Nacional Bernardo O'Higgins.

Magellanic penguins, Magdalena Island, off Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

The southern Patagonian city of Punta Arenas has led a varied existence since its foundation in 1848. At one time or other it has served as a whaling station, penal colony, military base and a centre for sheep farming.

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When to go to Chilean Patagonia

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Chilean Patagonia articles

  • Luxury lodges in South America: the ultimate guide to explora

    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.

  • An insider's guide to The Singular Patagonia

    Wexas Travel commercial director David Warne heads south to cast his expert eye over one of Chile's most popular luxury lodges – the spectacular Singular Patagonia.

  • Why book a cruise to Latin America?

    Latin America is spectacularly varied and unimaginably vast, from rainforests in the Amazon to glaciers in Patagonia. We explore why cruises are of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes of the region.

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