How to combine destinations in Southern Patagonia?

El Calafate

I´m sure, you will visit Patagonia if you´re going to South America. It´s one of the most fascinationg destinations in South America, but  in the world. And it´s a vast region, so a good idea is to organize your trip to combine the different destinations you can find in this remote area of the planet.

What to see in Southern Patagonia?

Southern Patagonia is a region of an amazing natural beauty located at the southern tip of South America, primarily encompassing territories in Chile and Argentina. It is renowned for its rugged landscapes, vast glaciers, towering mountains, and pristine wilderness areas, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

In Chilean Patagonia, one of the most iconic destinations is Torres del Paine National Park. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is famous for its towering granite peaks, turquoise lakes, and diverse ecosystems, offering a wide range of outdoor activities such as trekking, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting. Nearby, the southern ice fields of Chilean Patagonia are home to numerous glaciers, including the massive Grey Glacier. In the area, Puerto Natales and the rich history of Punta Arenas are also interesting points to be visited.

Across the border in Argentine Patagonia, visitors can explore the legendary Los Glaciares National Park, which boasts some of the largest ice fields outside of Antarctica and Greenland. Here, the highlight is the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing. Travelers can witness the spectacle of ice calving into the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino, or even take a boat excursion to get up close to the glacier’s towering walls.

In the sourhern portion, Ushuaia is the city of the end of the world. The area offers a national park and also a wonderful collection of activities to enjoy the nature and learn more about the history of this amazing city.

Southern Patagonia is also home to remote and pristine wilderness areas such as Tierra del Fuego, known for its rugged fjords, ancient forests, and abundant wildlife. Travelers can embark on expeditions to explore this remote corner of the world, encountering penguins, seals, and seabirds along the way.

Combining destinations in southern Patagonia offers travelers the opportunity to experience the full spectrum of this wild and untamed region, from the towering peaks of Torres del Paine to the icy expanses of the Southern Ice Fields and the rugged beauty of Tierra del Fuego. Whether hiking through pristine wilderness, cruising among towering glaciers, or simply soaking in the awe-inspiring scenery, southern Patagonia is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.

Now, how to combine these amazing destinations in Southern Patagonia?

Trekking to Cuernos del Paine in Torres del Paine

How to combine destinations in Patagonia?

Combining destinations in Patagonia have to be studied in detail. Distances are vast and usually there are many options and activities to do in each area. Start by identifying the destinations you want to visit in both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Consider factors such as travel time, transportation options, and must-see attractions. For example, if you´re a trekking lover, you must include El Chaltén and Torres del Paine. In the other hand if you´re a traditional traveller that prefer sightseeings, Ushuaia, Perito Moreno Glacier and visiting Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales would be a good idea.

As I informed, Patagonia is vast, and traveling between destinations can take time. Decide whether you’ll travel by bus, rental car, or domestic flights, keeping in mind the distances and road conditions. For example, you must know that you will need to fly from Ushuaia to el Calafate.

Allocate your time wisely to each destination based on your interests and priorities. For example, you might spend more time hiking in Torres del Paine National Park but allocate a day or two for an ice trekking in Los Glaciares National Park and even trekings to the Fitz Roy Massif in El Chaten.

A good idea is to book activities in advance, especially for popular attractions like ice trekking tours, glacier cruises, or wildlife excursions. This ensures availability and allows you to make the most of your time in each destination. Remember, that Patagonia’s weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adapt your plans accordingly. Have alternative activities or indoor attractions in mind in case of inclement weather. Bring comfortable clothing for this amazing remote areas.

Some ideas about how to combine destinations in Southern Patagonia

If you fly from Buenos Aires, a good idea would be to fly to Ushuaia, spend there 2-3 nights, then fly to El Calafate to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, make some good boat navigations, may be the ice trekking and then, you can continue by land (bus or rented car) to El Chaltén to do the amazing trekkings in the Fitz Roy area, or cross to Chile and visit Torres del Paine (or both, I mean El Chaltén and then Torres del Paine).

Another good idea is to fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, visit the southern most city in the world and then take a cruise to disembark in the Cape Horn and other remote areas of Patagonia with the Australis Cruise. This excellent option finalizes in Punta Arenas, so from there you can continue to Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, and finally cross to Argentina again to visit Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate and even if you want to extend your visit, El Chaltén and the Fitz Roy Massif.

If you arrive to Patagonia from Chile (may be from Santiago or Puerto Montt), you can start from Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales, enjoy Torres del Paine and cross to El Calafate to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and El Chaltén, and then you can fly to Ushuaia, to visit the “city of the end of the world” and fly to Buenos Aires from there.

Even, you can arrive to Patagonia from Santiago, and visit Torres del Paine, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, embark in the Australis Cruise to arrive to Ushuaia and then from there, fly to Buenos Aires.

How to combine destinations in Patagonia


Include a cruise expedition and enjoy remote landscapes

A great idea is to include one of the most amazing cruises expeditions available in the area. We have two main options: The Skorpios III Cruise, and the Kaweskar Route and the Australis Cruise Expedition to Cape Horn.  Australis Cruise and Skorpios III Kaweskar Route offer distinct yet equally captivating experiences for travelers exploring the southern regions of Patagonia.

Australis Cruise navigates through the pristine waterways of the southernmost tip of South America, offering an immersive journey through the legendary fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn. With its fleet of modern expedition ships, Australis provides passengers with unparalleled opportunities to witness the breathtaking beauty of this remote and rugged landscape. Expert guides lead excursions ashore, where travelers can hike through ancient forests, observe diverse wildlife, and learn about the region’s fascinating history and indigenous cultures. Each day brings new adventures and discoveries, making Australis Cruise an unforgettable exploration of the southern frontier.

On the other hand, Skorpios III Kaweskar Route offers a unique voyage through the pristine waters of Chilean Patagonia, exploring the remote fjords and islands of the Kaweskar Route. The Skorpios III vessel provides passengers with a comfortable and intimate setting from which to experience the stunning natural scenery and abundant wildlife of this lesser-known region. Guided excursions allow travelers to disembark and explore remote islands, visit traditional fishing villages, and marvel at majestic glaciers. With its focus on cultural immersion and off-the-beaten-path exploration, Skorpios III Kaweskar Route offers a truly authentic Patagonian adventure.

While both Australis Cruise and Skorpios III Kaweskar Route showcase the rugged beauty of Patagonia and provide unique opportunities for exploration and discovery, each offers a distinct perspective and experience, ensuring that travelers can choose the itinerary that best suits their interests and preferences.


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A round trip to visit Patagonia

An amazing option to enjoy a complete tour to visit the most amazing destinations in Patagonia, is our tour called Round Patagonia II tour, a 14-night program that combines the most important poings in Southern Patagonia. It´s around trip and the program can start in Ushuaia, El Calafate or even in Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas.

Let me invite you to embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Patagonia with the Round Patagonia II vacation package. Starting in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you’ll explore the awe-inspiring landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park before venturing to El Calafate, home to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. Next, discover the charming town of El Chaltén and trek amidst the breathtaking Fitz Roy Massif. Then, cross into Chile to experience Puerto Natales and embark on an adventure in Torres del Paine National Park. Finally, conclude your expedition in Punta Arenas, where you’ll immerse yourself in the city’s rich maritime history and vibrant culture. With an Australis Cruise to cap off your journey, this comprehensive itinerary promises an unparalleled exploration of the wonders of Patagonia.


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Ramiro Rodriguez

25 years working in travel market, as Sales & Marketing Manager in RipioTurismo, Marketing Manager in Nuevas Ideas Travel Consulting Group. Writer and travel lover.

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