Founder's Note: This blog post is to celebrate my excitement to go on a long-ish vacation again. It's nothing as crazy as traveling solo in Patagonia but still somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of the city, really. Anyway, all the photos from this blog came from my iPhone or my GoPro. Hope you take time to read this post! :) -Gail
If you’re raring for an adventure, Patagonia is the place to go. It’s a very large region located way down in South America and covers parts of both Chile and Argentina. The region is so vast that it encompasses mountains, volcanoes, flat lands, island groups and ice fields and is also home to various wildlife. Needless to say, all that diverse landscape offers some of the world’s most amazing trekking adventures.
Some of Patagonia’s popular attractions include the Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra del Fuego, Carretera Austral, Cape Horn, Grey Glacier, Mount Fitzroy and Perito Moreno. It can take several days to really enjoy just one of these places, but there are various travel and adventure companies that organize and operate different tours that take travelers through these Patagonian attractions and more, so you can make the most of your travel time.
Here are a few adventure tours that you should definitely check out if you’re considering a trip to Patagonia.
Best of Patagonia Tour
Most travel companies offer this type of tour since it takes travelers through the most popular places of the region such as the Valdes Peninsula, the Los Glaciares National Park, The Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Park. The tour also allows participants to explore some of the quaint towns like El Calafate and Puerto Natales. Be prepared though, this tour can take 9 to 13 days (or even more!) to complete, depending on your chosen itinerary. You can check out travel companies like Patagonia Travel Adventures or Viator for more information about exciting packages like this one.
Torres del Paine Adventure
If you can only explore Patagonia for about a week or less, consider going on a full day tour of Torres del Paine, embarking on a wildlife safari or enjoying guided walks around the park. A whole day tour can give you enough time to see the Salto Grande waterfall and enjoy the park scenery. If you have a couple of days more, visit the waterfall and enjoy a hike to the Mirador Nordenskjold and travel to Grey Glacier.
Patagonia Lakes and Glaciers Tour
If glaciers and lakes are what you seek, there are tours designed to take you to see these magnificent works of nature. Patagonia Travel Adventures has an 11-day tour that takes travelers to the Bariloche and the Lakes Region of Argentina, the Los Glaciares National Park with a trek on The Perito Moreno Glacier, and Ushuaia, dubbed as the End of the World (see Ushuaia-specific tour below). You can also try a one-day sightseeing cruise of the El Calafate glaciers or a day trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park.
End of the World Tour
Travel to the End of the World, also known as Ushuaia, Argentina—the southernmost city on earth. Ushuaia is a small, tourist-friendly town and most Patagonia tours either begin or end here. This family-friendly tour, for example, starts at Ushuaia and takes travelers to nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park as well as Beagle Channel and Sea Wolf Island and El Calafate. This 9-day tour starts in Buenos Aires and takes you through Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate and Ushuaia, where you can opt to embark on an Antarctica cruise.
Patagonia is such a vast and wondrous place that you can travel around it many times and still be taken aback by its beauty. Of course, with your Punchdrunk Panda bag in tow with all the necessary supplies, you'll be ready for whatever your tour has to offer (make sure you bring your camera and strap too!). With various tours for first-time tourists, adventurers, hikers and world-seeing pros, there is a tour for everyone in Patagonia—including you!
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