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Finding Flights to Patagonia

Sorting out Patagonia flights and Patagonia travel doesn't have to be complicated.

International flights can often seem more complicated than they necessarily are, especially to places like Patagonia that are a little further off the beaten tourist track than, say, Peru. The good news is flights to Patagonia needn't cause you a headache, especially if you plan your trip early and go through a travel agent who can find you the best deal. Here is a bit of a run down on flights to Patagonia from North America, Australia/New Zealand or the UK. This is only a broad summary to help get your head around air travel to this part of the world, so for more information contact your travel agent, or check out the airline websites.

Or Contact Darren - he's happy to help you coordinate your plans or if you would like more information on travel to Patagonia.

Torres del paines national park

Insider's Tip!

If you have a stopover in Santiago Airport and want somewhere to relax between flights, there are several lounges within the airport including the Neruda and Mistral Lounges (open to travellers flying with One World affiliated airlines including LAN) where you can wait in comfort. Facilities include internet access, comfortable seats, entertainment and showers!

Patagonia flights from the United Kingdom:

For people travelling from the UK, Patagonia isn't as far away as you may think. Flights can travel via Spain or Brazil, or even New York, and it usually takes a bit over a day and up to 35 hours to arrive right in the heart of Patagonia. Once you're here, the time difference is around four hours (which may vary slightly depending on day light saving), so jet lag isn't a big deal and the crisp mountain air will soon clear any cobwebs from your head after your flight! There are numerous airlines that fly to this part of the world from the UK including TAM (Brazilian carrier), America Airlines, Delta and LAN Airlines. Contacting a local travel agent is a great way to organise flights as they have access to all airline databases and can compare prices and flight routes to get you the best deal.

Patagonia flights from USA and Canada:

If you're travelling from the USA or Canada, you'll most likely fly using one of the Lan Alliance airlines (including Lan Airlines, Lan Peru, Lan Argentina and Lan Chile). Lan Airlines have a great website that is easy to operate and available in English or Spanish. They run regular direct flights to Santiago from Los Angeles, New York and Miami. From Santiago you can transfer on to flights to Punta Arenas. If you're travelling from Canada, you have a little further to come, but you'll still find flights relatively uncomplicated, usually with two or three stopovers. Flights generally take between 15-20 hours. This may seem like a long time but a huge advantage of travelling to this part of the world is there is virtually no time difference, so you don't have to worry about scheduling time aside to recover from jetlag!

Perito Moreno Glacier

Patagonia flights from Australia/New Zealand:

If you're travelling from the Pacific you'll be crossing the international dateline on your way over and on your way back from Patagonia. There are direct flights from New Zealand and Australia to Santiago, Chile and from there it's a short connecting flight to Patagonia (Punta Arenas).

Punta Arenas flights

If you are joining us for the Condor: Patagonia adventure trip, your trip starts in Punta Arenas, Chile. Punta Arenas is the main gateway town to Chilean Patagonia and major airline LAN flies into here. If you are flying into Punta Arenas on the first day of your trip your flight will need to land by 4pm.

Your trip ends in El Calafate, Argentina. You can fly out any time after lunch on the last day of the trip.

Visa requirements

People from the USA, Canada, Britain, Germany and most other western countries are issued with a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival, provided your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
In Chile and Argentina there are reciprocity fees, depending on which passport you are travelling on. Please ask us for further details on these fees.

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 984 reviews)

    Patagonia at its Best

    This was a fantastic trip which was well planned with quality places to stay, eat, and view the wonders of Patagonia. The guides were all excellent and knowledgeable making the trip super informative. Other activities such as kayaking, glacier hike, and mountain biking added to the exploration of a very unique and diverse environment. The transportation from locations was very comfortable. The Patagonia of Chile and Argentina was stunning and the organization by Active Adventures created the perfect experience.
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    – Oregon, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.50 out of 5 (from 1973 reviews)

    Barb's Review

    Our guides (we had 2 because of the split of trail that the team choose to take) were very knowledgeable, attentive, and extremely personable and made the trip wonderful!
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    – California, United States
    Jaguar 2017, May 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 984 reviews)

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

    The Condor trip with our tour leader, Zac, was AWESOME! Our W guide, Cem, was also exceptional. The two of them kept us at a great pace and kept us laughing. You're on this trip for the scenery, and it was breath-taking. A great one word description of the landscape is "rugged". This tour provides a nice balance of longer hiking days and shorter hiking days with just truly stunning scenery including Torres del Paine, French Valley, Grey Glacier, Perito Morano glacier, and Fitz Roy. Definitely do the ice hiking!
    Sandy Landsberg Review Image
    – Virginia, United States
    Condor, February 2018
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 984 reviews)

    This Was an Awesome Adventure!

    The Condor trip was absolutely wonderful. The combination of the itinerary and guides could not have been better. It is definitely at the top of all time best trips. I can't wait for the next trip which my wife is already investigating.
    Wayne Goldner Review Image
    – New Hampshire, United States
    Condor, March 2018
  •   4.48 out of 5 (from 83 reviews)

    Peru and Galapagos Islands

    The two regions of this trip were so different. In Peru, learning about Inca history, seeing the structures that they built with minimal tools and that have survived for centuries and getting to spend time in small towns and interacting with local artisans was fabulous. The Galapagos Islands were a wildlife fest with snorkeling, kayaking and boat rides between islands and viewing sea "creatures" in the shallows and deep water. You also hiked volcanos and saw land tortoises, iguanas and the topography change as you go from lush to lava fields. Wonderful experiences
    Carol Miller Review Image
    – Illinois, United States
    Iguana, October 2016

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