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Patagonia Tours & Hiking Adventures

Patagonia Trips

Central & South America

Patagonia Hiking Adventure


  • Duration 8 - 14 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

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Behold jaw-dropping scenery in Chile and Argentina as you hike, bike, and cruise through Patagonia. Find out why everyone raves about the W Trek and take your own enviable photos of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre on this 14-day adventure.

Trip Start: Punta Arenas Trip End: El Calafate

Central & South America

Northern Patagonia Adventure


  • Duration 14 days
  • Activity Level Level 3 
    • Activity Level 3

      Step It Up

      I love an active vacation. Engaging in a challenging activity with a difficult goal, such as reaching a summit, is exactly what I need to unwind in the evenings.

    Read more about the Active Range

You'll fall in love with the relaxed Patagonian culture and picture-perfect landscapes of Chile and Argentina. Hike a handful of national parks, kayak across fjords, stay in comfortable accommodations, and enjoy delicious local cuisine.

Trip Start: Bariloche Trip End: Bariloche

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Patagonia Adventure and Hiking Tours

These are Patagonia Tours you’ve been dreaming about - two awe-inspiring adventures worthy of the top spot on your bucket list.

Nestled between southern Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is a truly legendary destination for adventure travellers. Torres Del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier, and Mount Fitz Roy are world-renowned for their breathtaking beauty and exhilarating treks. From towering mountain peaks to gushing waterfalls to stunning glaciers and fjords, our Patagonia tours offer an unparalleled hiking and kayaking adventures of this most unique region of the world.

What our guests are saying about our Patagonia Tours

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Patagonia Hiking Adventure - April 2023

Patagonia Hiking (Torres Del Paine and Fitz Roy)

"Wonderful experience to Chile and Argentina. Couldn't fault the complete end to end process of… read more

"Wonderful experience to Chile and Argentina. Couldn't fault the complete end to end process of arriving, trip management and guides knowledge and friendliness. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Deeply focused hiking experience of a magnificent location!

"Excellent trip guides throughout the trip. Very informative, interesting, attentive and helpful individuals. … read more

"Excellent trip guides throughout the trip. Very informative, interesting, attentive and helpful individuals. Our group chose to do the W Trek with the backpacking and refugios in Torres del Paine. Completely worth it for the hiking -- just be prepared, refugios are like hostels with food. We rented equipment and it was good quality and condition. Most of the rest of the hotels on trip aren't notable -- they tend to be a mixture of moderate to budget level hotels. However, the experience of Patagonia and hiking (in all types of weather!) was perfect! read less

4 Stars (343 reviews)

K Lynne,

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Spectacular Patagonia Adventure

"No doubt this is a top destination on the "bucket-list" so many of carry around… read more

"No doubt this is a top destination on the "bucket-list" so many of carry around in our heads, but the Active Adventures team made this a truly outstanding experience. Our very patient Trip Leader Gustavo saw to it that we were informed ("OK, Chicos!), prepared, and well-fed before heading out for each day's adventure. The Torres and El Chalten guides clearly love what they do and where they get to work, and shared that with us. Two weeks in Patagonia got away too soon! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Exceeded Expectations

"Totally loved this trip. It was a great combination of tough backpacking for the… read more

"Totally loved this trip. It was a great combination of tough backpacking for the first week and more relaxed day hikes on the second week so it was a great blend. The additional activities of the kayak, walking on the glacier and the bike ride were truly awesome. Guides were great, friendly and worked with us all as there were different levels of fitness on our team. The most surprising item for me was the food....both in the hostels and the Cafe's in town. Food in this part of the world is amazing and the choices of the guides were all excellent. Weather for us was not the best, but thats also a part of the adventure. Its a great part of the world to hike and the nature is amazing. I would highly recommend Active as your trek guides. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Amazing trip

"This was a bucket list trip and it did not disappoint. We selected option B… read more

"This was a bucket list trip and it did not disappoint. We selected option B because we did not want to carry big packs or sleep in refugios. We have done that several times and did not need to repeat. The option B provided great hikes and wonderful views. Our gide were informative and fun to be with. It was a great trip. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023


"Our trip to Patagonia was superlative in many ways. The guides were wonderful, the… read more

"Our trip to Patagonia was superlative in many ways. The guides were wonderful, the food was amazing and the photo ops unprecedented. But we were mostly blown away by the ever present wind! We could hike for miles to get to a viewpoint, have rain obscure the view and then the clouds would blow on by and the mountains would appear. The wind caused cancellation of our penguin boat trip at the beginning of the trip and kayaking in the middle of the trip. It caused our Grey Glacier ferry to turn around and leave the W trekkers stranded at the dock with a 3 mile hike to get to an alternative ferry. As our guide said, "I can give you a great experience but I can't give you good weather." But it WAS a great experience! The trails were interesting and often spectacular. We had enough beautiful days to outweigh the rainy ones. The guides were helpful, knowledgeable, encouraging and good company on the hiking trails. Our main guide knew the best restaurants in every town so we had outstanding dinners every night. Our group of 10 was very compatible across an age range of 34-74. We had a lot of laughs together! Everyone was exceptionally fit and had done a lot of hiking. This is not a trip for a casual hiker! We appreciated the opportunity to see so much of Patagonia, even though it meant spending time in a van on unpaved park roads. Fourteen days was a good length for the trip. We recommend it to anyone who likes to hike. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Active Adventures lives up to its name!

"Patagonia was a great trip! Amazing scenery, great guides, delicious food, and tons of… read more

"Patagonia was a great trip! Amazing scenery, great guides, delicious food, and tons of activity. As always, Active fit a lot in to the two weeks we were there; far more than we would on our own. The packed itinerary and high level of activity can be a bit exhausting but activities are planned thoughtfully with lighter days following really heavy days and later mornings following early mornings so that you aren't too wiped out to enjoy yourself. The weather was pretty wild too, which we had been warned about, and for that reason, I'm not sure I'd do the trip again but I'm definitely glad to have done it once! read less

4 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Wild Patagonia

"The reports that the weather in Patagonia can be wild are certainly true. During… read more

"The reports that the weather in Patagonia can be wild are certainly true. During our visit we encountered heavy wind, rain, sun, sleet, and snow.
Our guide, Cem, did a great job of keeping us on schedule and letting us know backup plans when things needed to change. The tour group size was perfect and we have lots of new great memories from the trip. Bonus, we were active enough that all the great food we ate didn't add any to the scale when we got home! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - March 2023

Patagonia W Trek Experience

"We're older (in early 70's) so W Trek Experience was great for us. Really… read more

"We're older (in early 70's) so W Trek Experience was great for us. Really enjoyed staying several nights in same lodge and going on day hikes. Our guides on both phases of the trip (Chile and Argentina) were wonderful. There is a fair amount of transport time as the distances are significant but the scenery makes up for it. Be prepared for bumpy roads! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)


Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2023

14 Day Patagonia Hiking Adventure

"This trip honestly exceeded all of my expectations. I was the only one in the… read more

"This trip honestly exceeded all of my expectations. I was the only one in the group that came on my own but after the first day I did not feel that way at all. Every aspect throughout this trip was very well communicated and presented to us.
I always felt that my personal comfort and experience was most important. The scenery, geography and history of this part of the world is amazement around every corner. I feel that for the time available we experienced a wide variety of sites, history and experiences. The Refugios and hiking of the W trek were great to experience. It was also nice to get back to the wonderful accommodations and meals that were supplied by Active Adventures when we were not on the W trek for both the Chilean and Argentinian portions of the trip.
The professional and friendly guides and drivers certainly added to the experience with their combined knowledge and ability to work with the large number (13) in our group to ensure that everyone was hiking and moving along at a comfortable pace for them.
Our main guide Gustavo who was with us for the entire 14 days certainly made the trip for everyone.
His relaxed personality and infectious laugh and sense of humour always made everyone feel at ease. His comfortable command of the english language was particularly important with our group as I was the only one who knew any amount of Spanish. Gustavo knew when to keep things light and entertaining but was always there to be serious when needed and to make sure everyones needs no matter how small or large were properly attended to. There were a couple of injuries through out the trip that required outside medical attention as well as smaller situations that were taken care of in house. In either case Gustavo did what he had to do to accompany, assist and translate for those persons to ensure that they got all of the care that they required. I think I can say that Gustavo made everyone feel that he was there for them personally. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone that is looking for a great "Active Adventure" while being treated to some high end accommodations, meals and personal attention at the same time. I would add that the W trek is a great experience and I highly recommend it but is not nearly at the same level as the accommodations and meals supplied by Active Adventures directly. This was also clearly stated in the Itinerary preceding the trip so there was no surprises. For anyone that this part does not appeal to and would prefer to experience this area by staying in a nice Hotel, eating in nice restaurants for all meals and doing day trips should strongly consider the add on option B instead of the full W trek option A. Two members of our group went this route and had a great time as well with their own personal guide for the 5 days. Thank you Active Adventure for a wonderful experience all round. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

James, Canada

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2023


"The head guide on your trip is so important. Our guide, Cem was amazing.… read more

"The head guide on your trip is so important. Our guide, Cem was amazing. He was knowledgeable, caring and for sure wanted us to have the best trip. I feel the staff at active international headquarters could have been a little more in tune to the intricacies of the trip. read less

4 Stars (343 reviews)

Allen, United States

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2023

Amazing adventure at the end of the world

"Everything was more than perfect and super smooth! Thanks to Gustavo that did an awesome… read more

"Everything was more than perfect and super smooth! Thanks to Gustavo that did an awesome job managing all the adventure and was super funny too! Also the local guides (Cristiano of Torres del Paine expecially) were excellent as was very good the hotel choice and the food.
I was really lucky to hike the W Trek with very good weather (even too warm) that allow me to enjoy the amazing views that Torres del Paine offers, but unfortunately the weather didn't allow to hike the Laguna de Los Tres.
The only negative (very small one), is that I would preferred to have more time on Perito Moreno glacier, maybe with the option of hiking in the glacier.
In future I would love to travel again with Active Adventure! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

Federico, Italy

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - February 2023

Patagonia - True wilderness, back to nature!

"My name is Stefania, l am a 55 year old doctor from Melbourne, Australia, l… read more

"My name is Stefania, l am a 55 year old doctor from Melbourne, Australia, l embarked on my trip to Patagonia to escape the pressures of day to day work, recharge and reconnect with nature. I travel extensively for both work and pleasure and my aim with the South American Active Adventures trip was to challenge my fitness and endurance, meet locals from both Chile and Argentina, experience their culture and meet like minded people on the trek. Unlike many in my group this was my very first hike which initially probably stressed my guide, Alvaro, but l endured and made it all the way to the finale!! I enjoy life and ALL my trips but this one will stay with me forever!Starting from the guides Alvaro (all 14 days) and Sergio (who joined us for the W trek) all the way to our drivers, our accommodation, the food and ALL my new friends on the trip, it was simply exhilarating. Alvaro had everything under control. I normally coordinate many of my trips but there was no need here. He was just brilliant - it all just happened without a glitch!! Sergio helped us do the challenging W trek. The expertise of both Alvaro and Sergio were noted as they safely guided us through the rough terrain. Both were extremely professional and knowledgeable. Visiting Punto Arenas, Puerto Natales, hiking the W then moving across to Argentina to El Calafate and El Chalten to hike Mt Fitz Roy were incredible adventures which l was lucky to share with a group that consisted of a multitude of personalities that embraced life and we all escalated the fun to a new level!! So many fun stories to tell: reading signs on the trek and allocating a different meaning to them, dancing Zumba at a refugio, singing and creating RAP songs to narrate our story. What an absolute blast!! Our accommodation was much better than what l expected. I did expect the refugios to be basic and they were. The food was amazing, in fact, it was plentiful and delicious. I am definitely booking in for another trip with Active Adventures as they encapsulate what we all should be doing with our life: STAY ACTIVE for as long as possible and be healthy. Well done!! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

Stefania, Australia

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - January 2023

Patagonia - W-Trek

"World class hiking!! Some the the most stunning views of nature in the world in… read more

"World class hiking!! Some the the most stunning views of nature in the world in a relatively uncrowded destination. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

Torrie, United States

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - January 2023

Patagonia, Chile

"Truly a trip of a lifetime. It exceeded my expectation! read more

"Truly a trip of a lifetime. It exceeded my expectation! read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

Nancy, United States

Patagonia Hiking Adventure - January 2023

Condor Trip - Patagonia 2022

"Trip of a lifetime! While we couldn’t control the weather, we had great days… read more

"Trip of a lifetime! While we couldn’t control the weather, we had great days and also experienced typical Patagonia weather including 50-60mph winds. I can’t say enough positive comments about our guide Jessica. She was absolutely fantastic. Extremely attentive. And went out of her way to make certain we had a great experience. She is the reason we will likely rebook with AA. read less

5 Stars (343 reviews)

Clay, United States

Where is Patagonia

Where is Patagonia?

Patagonia is a distinct geographical region at the base of South America spanning the lower sections of Argentina and Chile. On the Chilean side, it starts in the Araucanía region extending down to the extreme southern tip of the country. On the Argentine side, it begins in the province of Rio Negro and carries on all the way to Tierra Del Fuego.

The vast Patagonia region covers about 777,000 square kilometres (300,000 square miles) of Argentina, which is about a third the country, and another 340,000 square kilometres (131,275 square miles) or nearly half, of Chile.

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Patagonia Hiking - 6 Great Hikes

1. W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine's most famous hiking route is a 74 km (46 miles) hike done over 4 or 5 days. The main highlights include hiking to the base of the Towers, the French Valley and its hanging glacier, and Lago Grey.

2. Torres del Paine Circuit, or O Circuit

This 136 km (85 miles) hike is a longer, tougher version of the W Trek that mixes refugios and campsites that is normally completed in 7 to 9 days.

3. Perito Moreno Glacier

Witness the calving of this famous glacier via the viewing platforms, hop on a cruise or kayak tour, or grab crampons and ice axe for an unforgettable ice hiking experience.

4. Laguna De Los Tres & & Mount Fitz Roy

This 25-km (15-miles) return hike will bring you to the legendary lagoon and De los Tres glacier, for close views of the granite walls of Mount Fitz Roy.

5. Nahuel Huapi National Park

The oldest National Park in Argentina, Nahuel Huapi National Park is an outdoor enthusiast's dream just outside of Bariloche.

6. Lago del Desierto

Situated in Los Glaciares National Park, this 3-hour return hike leads to expanded views on the famous granite peak of Cerro FitzRoy.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Patagonia?

Late December to early March marks the summer, and it's also the best time to visit Patagonia. In the southern region, where our Patagonia Hiking Adventure is focused, daytime temperatures range from 70-80°F (21-27°C) in the sun. Nighttime temperatures in Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s southernmost region, range in the 40s Fahrenheit (4-10°C) and can dip into the 30s on the trail (-1-4°C). The wind chill in the southern Patagonia region can really keep the temperature down, and due to the region’s proximity to two big oceans, and the Southern Patagonian Icecap, you’ll likely see lots of different weather, at any time of year!

In the northern part of Patagonia, where we explore on our Northern Patagonia trip, temperatures tend to be a little warmer, but being prepared for lots of different types of weather is still a great idea.

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Southern Patagonia: home of the Torres Del Paine National Park

At the heart of the southern area of this vast wilderness area is the Torres Del Paine National Park. The 'Towers of Blue', sheer granite peaks rising a kilometre (3,000 ft) into the sky, offer a neck-bending panorama on the world-renowned W-Trek. Perito Moreno and Grey Glaciers are a sight to behold, and there's no better way to soak it all in than with your boots on the ground, a paddle in your hands, or a bike under you.

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Northern Patagonia: untamed landscapes and towering mountains, without the crowds

Northern Patagonia is a vastly different landscape. It is dotted with pristine lakes, dramatic volcanoes, swathes of untouched forest and massive mountains. Add to that more natural hot pools than you could soak in in a lifetime, and you're really onto something. Northern Patagonia is nature as it was intended, without the crowds, and laced with the relaxed Patagonia culture. For the ultimate Patagonia experience combine our 'Condor' in the South, with the 'Puma' in the North. Whether you choose the northern or southern region or both, a Patagonia hiking and adventure tour is an experience of a lifetime.
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FAQs about visiting Patagonia

Is Patagonia a safe place to travel?

While Chile & Argentina are both pretty safe places, we recommend taking the same precautions you would anywhere else - just to be on the safe side! Pickpockets occasionally operate in areas where visitors are found so we suggest you leave any valuables you don’t need with you in the hotel safe (e.g. passports and credit cards). A copy of your passport and any valuables you do need with you should be kept in a passport wallet under your clothes and a small amount of money in your pocket/purse. It’s also a good idea to take a taxi after dark rather than walk.

What are the top things to do in Patagonia?

In the extreme south, the scenery of southern Patagonia doesn't get more dramatic than this - with spectacular vertical granite peaks, immense rivers of ice, wind-swept plains and native beech forest. The Andes of southern Patagonia are covered by the most extensive area of glaciers outside the world's polar regions. The main attractions of this region include the beautiful scenery of the Laguna de los Cisnes and Cueva del Milodón Natural Monuments and the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, home of the Perito Moreno Glacier and world-famous W-Trek Hike.

The Araucanía and Lakes District is the northernmost region of Patagonia, and is characterised by fertile green farmlands, snow-crowned volcanoes, forest and of course, dozens of beautiful deep blue lakes. Small and major volcanic eruptions are quite common in this area, with two major eruptions in 2008 - Llaima volcano in January and Chaiten volcano in May.

What is the W-Trek terrain like?

The four-day W-trek through Torres del Paine National Park will definitely be one of the most memorable aspects of your trip! This amazing trek will take you past sheer granite peaks, snow-clad mountains, glacial lakes and through thick Magellanic forest. While it might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it! The trek is close to sea level, so you won’t be dealing with any altitude factors.

The trails are very well maintained so finding your way is never a problem. If you’ve not done a multi-day trek before and would like some expert advice on how to prepare for one, get in touch!

Is hiking in Patagonia difficult?

As long as you enjoy hiking, you'll love these trails - you'll be hiking about eight miles a day, but there's no rush, you can take it at your own pace. In fact, the slower the better I say, as that way you get plenty of time not only to enjoy your surroundings, but let your body acclimatise to the altitude as well.

We recommend doing plenty of practice before you arrive, as the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy your experience. We suggest you try and get out 3-4 times a week and go out walking. If you have access to some walking trails that go over hills then go and explore, and if you live in a city and don't - then simply walking round the park and up and down stairs (such as in a high-rise instead of using the elevator) works wonders too.

That said our trips are designed for regular active people, so you don’t need to be a triathlete or anything - though if you are you won’t be bored!

Do I need a visa to visit Patagonia?

It is your responsibility stay up to date on the latest visa and entry requirements for your destination. Please use the CIBT entry tracker on our website as a guideline or visit the relevant immigration webpage for more information regarding this.

Do I need vaccinations to visit Patagonia?

For the most up-to-date recommendations please check with your doctor or travel clinic, and always go with their recommendations, as these can often change. We strongly recommend that you see a doctor, preferably one with experience in travel medicine, at least 8 weeks before your trip starts to discuss appropriate vaccinations.

Where do you fly into Patagonia?

The most direct international routes to and from Punta Arenas, Bariloche and El Calafate, are via national capitals Santiago and Buenos Aires. We recommend booking your domestic connections within Argentina and Chile as part of your international fare. It’s more economical that way, and can make life a bit easier if your international flight is delayed. There are a couple of airlines available for getting between Santiago & Punta Arenas, or El Calafate and Bariloche & Buenos Aires. Latam Chile (www.latam.com) departs several times a day and Sky Airline (www.skyairlinechile.com) offer a couple of flights a day.

Can you help me find international flights to Patagonia?

Our preferred Travel Partner Fuzion Travel can assist with you with flights and other travel arrangements. Let them know your preferred travel plans, including any stopovers or extra nights’ accommodation, and they’ll put everything in place for you. They offer a total travel solution and five star service that you’ll want to tell your friends about!

What are the reciprocity fees in Chile?

The Chilean Government has a reciprocal agreement with Australia so for Australian passport holders, you’ll need to pay US$117 on arrival. This must be paid in cash on arrival into Santiago airport, and the one-time fee is good for the
life of a travelers’ passport. You may pay this fee at the airport counter (to the left of Customs) via credit card or US$ cash. There is no fee charged if you’re arriving into Chile by any other means, and holders of other passports aren’t charged anything, in accordance with their agreements. You’re issued with your immigration arrivals receipt on arrival. It’s really important to keep this safe as you’ll need it when you depart Chile. Failure to submit this card upon departure may result in delays until a replacement is obtained.

What's included on your Patagonia trips?


Down in Patagonia you'll lay your head each night in hotels, lodges and the famous 'refugios' in the National Parks. While these may sound basic they have incredible facilities (including electricity), the views are out of this world, they have restaurants and you'll meet an incredible array of people that have travelled from far and wide to visit the bottom of the world.


Your transport will be a mixture of bus, plane, boat, bike and your very own two feet on our trips in South America. All your transport is included from the start of your trip and we'll drop you at the airport at the end. The details are all listed in the trip specific itineraries.


All your meals are included as described in the itinerary except on your free days. We have found that people enjoy checking out what is on offer by themselves sometimes, so you can go and see what's out there! On every other day and especially after any long hikes, we've chosen places to eat that can cater for our hearty appetites, work well with our small groups (they know we are coming) and provide us with an authentic destination specific culinary experience. There are always options for you, so you can either be brave or choose something more familiar. You can be assured that on all our trips we will make sure you are very well fed.

Trip leaders

Our trips are all led by an experienced Trip Leader. Our Trip Leaders are very proud to work with Active Adventures and often lead our trips for many years, for which we are very lucky and very grateful as it means we're able to consistently offer a fantastic level of service. They work closely with our local specialist guides to provide you with a seamless, fun, exciting and memorable trip. They will happily share with you as much or as little as you want to know about the history, culture, social aspects and lifestyle of the country you are visiting. 

Do I need hiking boots or are hiking sneakers okay?

You will need proper hiking boots - trail shoes are not good enough. We'll be taking you to some awesome places where you'll be hiking over a variety of terrain, therefore your boots should have full ankle support and a stiff sole with a high profile tread. It's also important that whichever footwear you decide to bring that it's well broken-in and waterproofed before you come down. If you have good ankles that will be able to cope pretty well with varied terrain, then good hiking shoes should be fine, but if not then hiking boots will give you better support.

What kind of clothing should I be packing?

Once you've booked your trip, you'll have access to a gear list in your portal on exactly what to bring along. The gear list is carefully thought out to provide you with everything you need to be warm and happy, or cool and relaxed, whatever the weather! So it is best to bring everything we recommend along, if you don't bring everything you need, we can't guarantee your comfort.

Can I drink the water in Patagonia?

Tap water in Chile & Argentina is not safe to drink, or brush your teeth in, so you’ll need to use filtered water instead, which we’ll provide, and treat ice and salads with caution. You can also use hand sanitiser, iodine or water purification tablets if you prefer. Active Adventures is promoting ‘Travellers Against Plastic’ pledge, so to reduce single use plastic we encourage you to bring a durable water bottle to refill instead of purchasing bottled water.

What is the food like in Patagonia?

While Patagonian cuisine isn’t particularly spicy or adventurous, it makes up for any lack through the sheer abundance and variety of produce, seafood, wine and meats - especially beef.

Vegetarians should ask for un plato vegetarian (a vegetarian dish) or try saying ‘soy vegetariano/a’ (I’m a vegetarian) just to be on the safe side. Vegan choices may be limited but we’ll do our best to help find things you may like. Fruit is very limited due to our locations and not always available, and breakfast meals are usually quite basic.

Dinner meals are often very late in the evening too as per the local customs.

Vegan and Gluten-free Dietary supplements – If you’re gluten-free or vegan, please bring some of your own protein bars or protein shakes with you, to get enough protein during the 4-days and nights we spend hiking the W-trek. The only bars we have in South America are cereal and sugar-based, and offer very little protein. Being gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian is not common in South America, so sometimes the veggie option at the 4 Refugio’s could just be grilled vegetables and rice, and it’s hard to hike the next day just with a simple meal like that. 

What if I need a special diet?

We are accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • fishatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)

You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in our pre-trip questionnaire. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online questionnaire.

What is the currency in Patagonia?

Chile’s currency is the Chilean peso (CLP) and Argentina’s currency is the Argentinean peso (ARS), however both countries use the dollar symbol ($) to show prices in their local currency.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get local currencies?

Your trip fare includes all transportation, guiding, meals and activities (except any optional activities). Most people like to bring a little extra to cover a round of drinks at the pub, take home some souvenirs, book a tour and eat out on their free day, and tip our guides if they've had a great time. 

ATM’s are available in most towns in Patagonia, although the ones in smaller towns are less reliable – for example it’s hard to get money out of ATM’s in El Chalten and El Calafate, especially in peak season and most ATM’s have a limit of US$200 per withdrawal also. 

Visa and MasterCard are most widely used except in Llancahue (Northern Patagonia) where they’ll not take Visa, although AMEX may also be accepted

Will the altitude affect me in Patagonia?

Altitude isn’t really a factor in Patagonia as we only get up to around 1,100 metres (3,600 feet).

Do I need to speak Spanish?

Spanish is the main language of Chile & Argentina. English is spoken in some hotels, airports and tourist areas but not everywhere. A little would be helpful, especially on arrival and for ordering food in restaurants, but it's certainly not required. Our trip leaders are all fluent Spanish speakers so if you don't have time to learn a little Spanish before arrival you don't have to worry... they will take care of everything.

What time zone is Patagonia in?

Chile & Argentina are in the Chile/Argentina Standard Time. It is -3 hours behind of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What type of plugs and voltage do you use in Patagonia?

Electricity is available in most places in Patagonia – even in the Refugio’s on the W-Trek. Chile & Argentina both operate on a 220V AC system, and Chile uses Type C while Argentina uses Type I.

Will I have access to internet/WiFi?

WiFi is available almost everywhere in cities and easy enough to find in most towns/villages so you can rely on having regular access during your trip. If you have data roaming switched on, then you'll be able to use the internet on your smartphone, but beware of the fees! WiFi is available at some of the accommodations that you'll be staying at, usually for a small cost so check this out at each location when you arrive, though it may be sporadic. There's no WiFi along the W-Trek Hike and cellphone coverage will be minimal.

What is the weather like in Patagonia?

Patagonia’s seasons mirror those of the Southern Hemisphere, so the best time to visit is in the summer between November and April. Late December to early March marks the Patagonian summer. Daytime temperature ranges from 70-80°F (21-26°C) in the sun. Night time temperatures in Punta Arenas range in the 40’s F (4-7°C) and on the trek can dip into the 30’s F (-1°C).
Please note tempestuous weather is normal for this region in any season. With Patagonia so near to the southern Patagonian ice cap and two big oceans, you’ll likely see rain, wind, a bit of snow, cold and hot weather

What books could I read to learn more about Patagonia?

  • In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin - one of the most beloved travelogues of all time
  • Across Patagonia by Lady Florence Dixie - written by one of Torres del Paine's first tourists, an English society woman, who visited Chile between 1878 and 1879
  • Idle Days in Patagonia by W.H. Hudson - written by an Argentinian author of his yearlong adventure in Patagonia
  • Enduring Patagonia by Gregory Crouch - a more recent depiction of the authors seven challenging and rewarding expeditions to Patagonia
  • My Invented Country: A Memoir by Isabel Allende - written by one of Chile's modern literary stars, great for travelers wanting to know more about Chilean culture and homelife from a true local perspective
  • A Line Across The Sky - a great film from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour following Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold and their attempt to complete the Fitz Roy traverse

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