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Hike trails or cruise the fjords to reveal Patagonia's immense glaciers, chiseled Andean peaks & temperate forests

For lovers of the great outdoors, few destinations can match the scale and beauty of Patagonia. In both Argentina and Chile you will find towering glaciers, sparkling fjords and lakes, chiseled snow-capped Andean peaks and verdant sub-polar forests. Hike along glorious trails in Torres del Paine. Board an expedition cruise to the Chilean ice fields or the fabled Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego. Explore on foot, by car or with pedal power in the Lake District.

This mythical place is thought to have got its name from the 16th century explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who labelled the large indigenous Tehuelche people he found here “Patagones”, in reference to their big feet. It was, however, once home to much bigger creatures, when the world’s biggest dinosaurs roamed the landscape and whose remains continue to be discovered today. It has been the destination of epic voyages by intrepid explorers, welcomed settlers fleeing from Europe and later provided a haven to the famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. More recently Patagonia has attracted writers, painters and wildlife documentary makers and has inspired beautifully shot films, set against a backdrop of magnificent terrain and lonely roads cutting poignantly through the empty expanses.

Journeying through Patagonia is a treat for all the senses; the crashing sound of icebergs detaching from glaciers, the herby aroma of freshly brewed yerba mate, the succulent taste of tender barbecued lamb and the awesome sight of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery unfolding before your eyes. The evocative names alone are enough to stir up thoughts of epic adventure into the unknown; Land of Fire, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Glacier Alley.

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Perito Moreno Glacier

This colossal glacier is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and verdant forests in Southern Patagonia.

Torres del Paine

Snow-covered mountains, dense forest, turquoise lakes and electric-blue icebergs await in Torres del Paine.

Chiloe

The archipelago is known for its fishing traditions, charming stilt houses, wooden Jesuit churches and penguin colonies.

Puerto Varas & Lake District

The ideal base from which to discover the alpine scenery, German heritage and fishing communities of the region.

Pucón & Lake District

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Bariloche & Lake District

Shared with Chile in Northern Patagonia, the Lake District offers wonderful alpine scenery and varied activities.

Northern Ice Field Skorpios II Cruise

Cruise through stunning fjords to lush mountains, sculptured icebergs, colourful fishing villages to the spectacular San Rafa…

Southern Ice Field Skorpios III Cruise

Follow the Kawaskar route from Puerto Natales through the fjords, bays and immense glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Fi…

Tierra del Fuego & Cape Horn Cruises

Tierra del Fuego embraces the romantic wilderness of Patagonia, a land of glaciers, immense granite massifs, and the barren,…

El Chalten & Fitzroy

El Chalten in Patagonia is a centre for hiking trails to remote Andean lagoons in the Fitzroy mountain range.

Puerto Madryn & Peninsula Valdes

Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia is a great place to see varied sea life, marine birds and Southern Right whales up close.

Estancias

The vast pampa is home to old estancias, where you can relax, ride horses and watch gauchos at work.

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