Patagonia Destinations

Learn about the towns and cities of Patagonia, both in Chile and Argentina, that act as important gateways to Patagonia's incredible natural wonders. 

Ushuia, Argentina

Ushuaia's claim to fame is that it's the world's southernmost city on Isla Grande of Tierra del Fuego. A scenic spot featuring mountain, ocean and forest views, it's also the launching pad to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Punta Arenas, Chile

Punta Arenas, the main entry point for Chilean Patagonia, is either the start or the end of the world, depending on how you look at it.

El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate is an incredible outdoor adventure town on the south shore of Lago Argentino that serves as base camp for exploring Los Glaciares National Park.

Los Glaciares National Park

El Chaltén, Argentina

El Chaltén is a small resort town at the base of Monte Fitz Roy that calls itself the Trekking Capital of Argentina.

Puerto Natales, Chile

Puerto Natales is 247 kilometres (153 miles) north of Punta Arenas and is the jumping off point for Patagonia adventure tours in the Torres Del Paine National Park. It's a charming little settlement of creatively constructed corrugated iron buildings, nestled between the Cerro Dorotea (which rises behind the town) and the eastern shore of the Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Hiking, ice-hiking, sea kayaking, boat trips and biking can all be done in and around the area.

Trip Reviews

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    A stellar bucket list trip with outstanding guides. The Peru part of our trip was complicated by a local strike causing havoc with our original itinerary but Zac and the Active Adventures folks were amazing in rearranging the itinerary, lodging, meals, etc. Pepo was super in the Galagagos. Both parts of the trip were great fun and very professionally run. Very active but doable for four of us in our 60's.
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    – Illinois, United States
    Iguana, October 2016
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    7 Day Jaguar Adventure

    I have nothing but positive reviews for this week-long adventure of a lifetime (I would have loved to stay on for the full 14 day experience, but unfortunately work responsibilities limited my time away). As a seasoned solo traveler/hiker, and it being my 30th birthday week, I must rank this trip as my top guided-tour experience. Everything from the Lares Inca Trail experience (with its less crowded characteristics making it a much more attractive alternative to the Classic Inca Trail, at least to me), to the accommodations, the food (which can be catered to most anyone’s dietary needs, at least from what I experienced both first hand and from others in the group...still not sure how the chef/porters can transport all that fresh food and whip up such fantastic meals miles and miles from the nearest town!?), our tour leader Daniel and other affiliated guides and porters...quite honestly above and beyond what my original expectations were for the trip! I met several fellow hikers from around the world with whom I bonded and would now call lifelong friends, and have numerous photos and memories to last a lifetime! I would also like to mention that during our 4 day/3 night hike, we encountered several other hikers along the trail who were with various other tour companies (some of which I had researched prior to booking with Active Adventures), and were told several stories about various mishaps and/or negative experiences they were having with their tour leaders...perhaps we lucked out with our fantastic tour leader, but I definitely do not regret for a second my decision to ring in the third decade of my life with Active Adventures! I can’t thank you guys enough and will definitely keep you in mind for my next hiking adventure, wherever that may be :)
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    – New Hampshire, United States
    Jaguar 2017, October 2017
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    Tapir trip Review

    The Tapir trip to Ecuador certainly lived up to its "active adventure" name with Hiking, Horseback riding, Cycling and climbing through multiple waterfalls. The variety and the excellence of your guide Mauro made this an unforgettable trip and I highly recommend both Active Adventures and your Tapir trip.
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    – Queensland, Australia
    Tapir, January 2018
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    Great guide

    Jessica was wonderful and so was the intern Jessica. Loved the people on the trip. Nice size group - 13!
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    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, August 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16212 reviews)

    See the best of Patagonia and eat like a king!

    Great itinerary to see Chilean and Argentine Patagonia! While many people come to hike Torres del Paine, which is awesome, I thought Mount Fit Roy and Cerro Torre were even more spectacular in Argentina! Wished we could have hiked to more places in Argentina. Also loved the food and the ability to choose your own meals! I ate like a king!
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    – Colorado, United States
    Condor, February 2017

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