If you’re an adventurer at heart, you’re in the right place.
The Patagonian region that stretches between Argentina and Chile is a gold mine of some of the most impressive mountains, lakes, forests, glaciers and wildlife in the world. In such a large and beautiful region, it’s definitely tough to decide on the best parts of each country and the region as a whole. But if you’re looking for a breakdown of the area, check out the best adventure trips in Argentina, Chile and Patagonia.
Argentina: Hiking at Tierra del Fuego National Park
Love to hike? Then you’ll love hiking in the Land of Fire, also known as Tierra del Fuego, an archipelago at the end of the world. The diverse landscape in the park has been maintained to remain as natural as possible, and the views you’ll get of the sea and the Andes Mountains are absolutely pristine. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the eccentric and colorful vegetation thriving in the unique Patagonian Andean forests. If you’re feeling truly courageous on your adventure trip in Argentina, hike up to the Cerro Guanaco Peak. You’ll be amazed at how drastically the temperature will change as you ascend; at the top, do not be surprised if you’re surrounded by snow! Your reward: an astounding view of Argentina and Chile, as well as the historic Beagle Channel. This is Argentina travel at its best!
Chile: Paine Circuit at Torres del Paine National Park
Don’t let the name scare you off. The gorgeous natural landscape you’ll be exploring on this 62-mile hike is more than worth whatever minor pain and exhaustion you experience along the way. Surreal vistas of jagged mountains, impressive glaciers and uniquely beautiful forests help to make this 8 to 10 day long trek the best adventure trip in Chile. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting wildlife, such as the Andean condor and the guanaco. Surely one of the circuit’s most unforgettable sights is that of the Torres del Paine, a set of three majestic granite summits. Note: A shorter, 5-day version of the circuit known as the “W” is available as an option for travelers looking for a slightly less intense version of the best adventure trip in Chile.
Patagonia: Trekking at Los Glaciares National Park
This is a tough one, but after much deliberation, we’ve nominated Los Glaciares National Park as the site for the best adventure trip in Patagonia. The phenomenal mountains and glaciers here are gorgeous from a distance, but the truth is that, like most beautiful things, they’re best appreciated firsthand. Arrange a trek with a professional guide that can lead you on your adventure over Cerro Torre glacier and up Mt. Fitz Roy. You’ll need crampons to stabilize yourself as you meander over the enormous glacier. Another can’t-miss site in the park is Laguna de los Tres, a lovely deep blue lagoon surrounded by an impressive spread of mountains. Although day-long treks and hikes are certainly available, we recommend that you spend as long as you possibly can on the best adventure trip in Patagonia to experience all the different natural wonders the park has to offer. Depending on your level of daring, you can arrange adventure trips that last anywhere from 1 to 10 or more days.