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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.

Special offers in Chilean Patagonia

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,500 pp

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offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £805 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

Cruising with Jane McDonald: Patagonia Explorer with Silversea

18-day tailor-made journey from £6,295 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Fly free - special offer fares. Book by 30 June
Book by: 30 June 2018

Discover the wild beauty of Chilean Patagonia, from windswept fjords to immense glaciers, on this all-encompassing expedition voyage with Silversea.

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Top itineraries in Chilean Patagonia

Patagonia and the Carretera Austral

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,175 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 14-day tour also includes a stay, and guided tour, in Chile's capital, Santiago.

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made journey from £4,745 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 13-day tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Highlights of Chilean Patagonia

11-day tailor-made journey from £4,485 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.

Spirit of Chile with Tierra Hotels

14-day tailor-made journey from £6,500 pp

Special
offer

Discount if staying at three Tierra hotels – Save up to £805 pp
Book by: 29 April 2019

Witness breathtaking landscapes ranging from the vast expanses of the Atacama Desert in the north, through the verdant central plains and sweeping vineyards of the country's central region, to the lakes, glaciers and towering mountains of Patagonia in the south.

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Top places to stay in Chilean 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.

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.

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.

Patagonia Camp, Nr Torres del Paine National Park

Contemporary tented camp

Positioned just outside Torres del Paine National Park, this luxury tented camp offers eco-friendly yurt-style accommodation, flavoursome seasonal food and a programme of activities that take in the lagoons, glaciers and soaring peaks of its spectacular location.

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Where to go in Chilean Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine is Chile's finest national park, noted for its lakes, waterfalls, forests, glaciers and rocky peaks, and the majestic 2,800-metre granite spires that give the park its name. The Towers of Paine comprises three stunning rock faces on the Paine massif, an eastern spur of the Andes th…

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 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.

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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