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Southern Patagonia

Visit Southern Patagonia


Southern Patagonia is an untamed region of icy Andean peaks and mighty glaciers. This awe-inspiring landscape straddles the Chile-Argentina border from Fitz Roy down to blustery Tierra del Fuego, at the very bottom tip of South America. Overland Chile tours and luxury coastal cruises are the two best ways to take in the main Southern Patagonia attractions.

Regional highlights include Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, where condors glide on the thermals overhead and trekkers make their way along scenic mountain trails. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Argentina is another popular inclusion in tailor-made Southern Patagonia tours. This spectacular park is dominated by the 370-kilometre-long Southern Ice Cap, from which 13 major glaciers descend into two great lakes. Further south are the towns of Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, from where expedition cruises and wildlife tours can be joined.


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Top itineraries in Southern Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made holiday from £6,405 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 holiday from £4,650 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 holiday from £9,425 pp incl. flights

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.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Landscapes of Chile

12-day tailor-made holiday from £7,595 pp incl. flights

This country-spanning tour of Chile takes you from Santiago’s storied streets to the grasslands and glaciers of Patagonia and otherworldly Atacama Desert. Round things off with a luxury stay in artistic Valparaíso on the Pacific coast.

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Top places to stay in Southern 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.

Patagonia Camp, Torres del Paine

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 Southern 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 Southern Patagonia

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Southern Patagonia articles

The Singular, Puerto Natales

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.

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