Best Patagonia Tours

Ramiro Rodriguez
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How to arrange the best Patagonia Tour?

Patagonia is a must when you visit Argentina and Chile for a first time.  It´s one of the highlights with a wide variety of attractions to be discovered by the international tourist. A good itinerary to visit Argentina should include Patagonia, and the same for Chile. So, let me start with a map with the destinations I think your itinerary should include in Patagonia:

 

Patagonia Tours: Destinations you should include in the tour itinerary

Of course, the number of destinations to visit and the duration of the stay in each place depends on the time you have to enjoy your trip. So, the next map is an overview of the main destinations in Patagonia:

 

best tours in patagonia map

 

 

I think it´s a nice map isn´t it? Now, Patagonia is a vast area and offers many other destinations to see. It´s just a guide to see what you should include in your perfect itinerary to visit Patagonia. If you have plenty of time, the answer is clear: all of them. Now, if we have to establish a priority scale, due to the time we have, then we have to choose. And what I suggest is to prioritize the southern Patagonia region.

 

Patagonia Tours
Southern Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, and Southern Fjords and Glaciers

It´s in my opinion, the first trip you have to do if you visit Patagonia for the first time and you have a reduced time. The reason is that these areas focus on a wonderful collection of highlights, it´s wonderful attractions you cannot avoid. Places like the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, or Torres del Paine National Park, the incredible Ushuaia and the magic of the end of the world, and the incredible cruise expeditions to southern fjords, glaciers, and the mythical Cape Horn.

You need at least two weeks to visit this portion of Patagonia and include El Calafate, Ushuaia, Torres del Paine, and any of the cruises available. You also can include El Chaltén if you´re a trekking lover. For sure, if you´re a hiking lover, El Chalten and the Fitz Roy Massif is a must, don´t forget.

We have many tours to visit this portion of Patagonia. With different durations, combinations with  Skorpios Cruises and Australis Cruises, including Buenos Aires and Santiago, and also including other destinations in Patagonia. Take a look at a list of my suggested tours to visit Patagonia:

 

Patagonia Tours: Visiting the Southern area of Patagonia

Check my favorite first, but then a list of other suggested programs to visit southern Patagonia. My favorite is Incredible Patagonia with  Australis Cruise, a Patagonia tour starting in Buenos Aires and visiting Ushuaia, the Australis Cruise to Cape Horn, Torres del Paine, El Calafate, and Santiago de Chile.

 

Incredible Patagonia with Australis Cruise

 

Suggested Patagonia Tours

 

Incredible Patagonia Tour - 15 nights

Incredible Patagonia with Skorpios III Cruise - 18 nights

Incredible Patagonia with Australis Cruise - 19 nights

Southern Patagonia Tour - 9 nights

Southern Patagonia & Cape Horn - 13 nights

Skorpios III Cruise: Kaweskar Route 

Australis Cruise to  Cape Horn, from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Australis Cruise to  Cape Horn, from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

 

 

Patagonia Tours: Aysen and other destinations to add

I think it´s an interesting list of tours, that covers Ushuaia, El Calafate, Torres del Paine, the Southern Fjords and Glaciers, the Cape Horn and El Chaltén. Another interesting point is Coyhaique and the famous Carretera Austral in the area called Aysen. Of course, it´s a great place to visit by land, so an extension of 5-7 extra days should be necessary. But it´s also a great destination to discover with some amazing places like the Marble Cathedral for example.

Now, if you already visited this area in Patagonia, or have more time to add to your itinerary, a good idea is to include the Lakes District in Argentina and Chile with Bariloche and Puerto Varas, and Peninsula Valdes with the incredible sealife, with penguins, whales, sea lions, elephant seals, orcas... Amazing isn´t it?

 

 

 

Patagonia Tours
The Lakes District in Argentina and Chile, and Peninsula Valdes

The Lakes District is a place full of national parks, lakes, volcanoes, mountains, forests... A place with beautiful landscapes, where you can enjoy sightseeing but also an adventure activity to choose between rafting, rappel, canopy, horseback riding, biking, paragliding... A good idea is to visit both sides and link Argentina and Chile with the Lakes Crossing, a wonderful activity that combines boat navigations with bus rides. The Lakes Crossing departs from Bariloche and ends in Puerto Varas and vice-versa. You can take this Lakes Crossing in 1-day or in 2, with an intermediate overnight, to enjoy some adventure activities in Peulla or Puerto Blest. So, you have 5 to 7 nights to visit the area and of course, the other amazing destinations in the northern portion of Patagonia is Peninsula Valdes, to enjoy the incredible sea life. Puerto Madryn is the gate to enjoy whales, penguins, sea lions, orcas, elephant seals, birds... An incredible diversity of marine mammals that can be seen every year in the area. Check our fauna calendar to see when to go, and what to see in each month. The area also offer a rich culture. Gaiman is a local village with welsh origins where you can taste a typical welsh tea, and in Trelew visit the MEF, Museo Egidio Feruglio, one of the most important museums of dinosaurs in Latin America, with an important collection of dinosaur fossils, and the unique Patagotitan Mayorum, recently discovered in Patagonia. It´s the biggest dinosaur in the world!

 

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Patagonia Tours: Visiting the Lakes District in Argentina and Chile, and Peninsula Valdes

We have different options to visit the northern portion of Patagonia. Check the following list of Patagonia Tours, including Peninsula Valdes and the Lakes District in Chile and Argentina

 

Suggested Patagonia Tours

 

 

Argentina and Chile in 12 nights - I:  Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Puerto Varas, Santiago

The Lakes District of Patagonia - 6 nights

1-day Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas

1-day Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche

2-day Lakes Crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas

2-day Lakes Crossing from Puerto Varas to Bariloche

 

 

How to get to Perito Moreno Glacier from Buenos Aires?

 

Patagonia Tours: complete tours to visit Patagonia

Now, if you have time, and what you want is to have a complete experience in Patagonia, we have the most complete Patagonia tours!

 

The Amazing Tour of Patagonia - 25 nights

Visiting Patagonia Tour - 12 nights

Enjoying Patagonia Tour - 12 nights

Complete Argentina Tour - 24 nights

 

 

Patagonia Tours combined with other destinations in Argentina

We have many tours available. Check our complete list of tours to visit Argentina!

 

Amazing Tours to Visit Argentina

 

 

For more information, just contact us at info@ripioturismo.com

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

Ramiro Rodriguez
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