Los Cuernos over Lake Pehoe, Torres del Paine National Park
Patagonia: Discover Two Countries In One
Patagonia, a stunning gem in South America stretching from Chile to Argentina, is a must-see destination teeming with fjords, glaciers, deserts, lakes, mountains, and vast untouched nature. This expansive, beautiful region is best experienced from September to February, during the continent's spring and summer.
At its southernmost tip, the resort town of Ushuaia offers a feeling of standing at the world's end. Both the Chilean and Argentinian sides have spectacular areas to explore - let us guide you to the experiences and accommodations that align with your aspirations.
Torres del Paine National Park | Rio Palena Lodge
In Chile, Torres del Paine National Park is the must-see with trails on the famous W-route that can be done as day hikes taking visitors past peaks reaching 8,200 feet above sea level. Day hikes can end with a scenic ferry return -- past mind-blowing glaciers and the Southern Ice fields. The fishing in the region is magnificent, too, expert guides are found at Rio Palena Lodge, a billionaire’s paradise that’s part of the Eleven luxury lodges, nestled in a mountain valley on the banks of the Palena River. (In the winter, the heli-skiing here is unparalleled.)
Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier | EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit Hotel - Relais & Chateaux
On the Argentinian side, explore the Perito Moreno Glacier with crampons, or take in its chilly grandeur from the water on a boat cruise. The village of El Chaltren, found in the UNESCO-ranked Los Glaciares National Park, is where you gear up before hiking closer to the peaks of Fitz Roy and reaching the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint. If you want to extend your stay in this magnificent area consider eco-dome glamping, with panoramic views of Fitz Roy, just six miles outside of town. For a more glam stay, the Relais & Chateaux finery of the 17-room Eolo lodge offers a tranquil escape.
Bariloche | Cerro Catedral Ski Resort
For an urban fix, make the charming four-season town of Bariloche, Argentina, your base. Travel & Leisure magazine recently crowned it Patagonia’s "most charming town." It’s also considered the chocolate capital of the country, so make sure to pick up a few artisanal bars while exploring the main shopping street, La Calle Mitre. Visit July through September if you are a skier - nearby, Cerro Catedral is a large and modern ski resort. Summer visitors can enjoy the natural charms of Nahuel Huapi National Park, where the largest and deepest lake of the region has long lured outdoor explorers.