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

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Simply said: Excellent

    We’ve booked our trip with Active Adventures from NZ but ended up with Galakiwi Adventures as the implementing party. A bit confusing at the beginning but it turned out quite well.
    Our trip through the Galapagos Islands started in San Cristobal, followed by Floreana, Isabela and ended in Santa Cruz.
    We booked an all-inclusive trip and it turned out to be a very good decision. In fact we realized only after a few days how convenient is was to have everything organized for you and how much time you can actually safe. Starting with swimming gear that is provided as part of the package. Transportation to the ferry, getting on & off, having the transportation ready when you arrive, all those organizational aspects are taken care off which makes travelling from island to island very easy and smooth. Then hotels are ready, check in & out done super fast, luggage’s pick up etc. all organized. Lunch and/or dinners arranged in advance to maximize the vacation time and reduce wasted time to a bare minimum. What else to say besides that the organization was simply said excellent!!!
    Then we had Zambo our tour guide, a fantastic & very knowledgeable person.
    Not only questions from adults were not a problem for him, our kids and the other families kids who were also part of the group constantly came up with all sorts of questions and somehow, Zambo always had an answer.
    All of this made it a great vacation; we enjoyed it a lot
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    – Sai Kung, Hong Kong
    Tortuga, April 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Best trip ever!

    Wonderful 30th anniversary trip to the Galapagos -- so glad we were able to explore these amazing islands. A true adventure for two biology majors! We really got a sense of the strong environmental preservation efforts underway there, and were in awe of the amazing land and sea creatures we encountered. Plus a terrific local guide and fun group of co-travelers made this a trip of a lifetime!
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    Tortuga, March 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Loved the trip

    The trip to Galapagos was wonderful. I loved the tortoises, snorkeling, kayaking, volcanoes.
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    – Ohio, United States
    Tortuga, August 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    Everything I hoped for

    This was my bucket list trip and it did not disappoint! As a biology major, the main draw was the wildlife, the natural history, and scientific significance of the Galapagos but it was also so much more. Our guide, Pepo, led our small group on a journey of discovery while sharing his expertise and great sense of humor. Our fellow adventurers were so much fun and we bonded over great food, once in a lifetime experiences, and fun in the sun. I highly recommend Active Adventures and will most likely book another trip with them soon!
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    – Oregon, United States
    Tortuga, November 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16211 reviews)

    It rocked!

    Awesome group trip, especially from someone who likes to do it on their own. Guides, travel arrangements, ease of it all was incredible-- perfect.
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    – Florida, United States
    Condor, January 2017

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