Start planning your Patagonia nature tour
Picture chattering king and Magellanic penguin colonies, boat voyages through untamed waters, and towering glaciers taller than apartment blocks that create house-sized bergs in icy waters down below. Patagoniais truly astonishing and unforgettable for a nature tour.
What makes Patagonia's nature unique?
From the trails of world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park to the impressive icefields of Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia’s natural parks make this travel destination a hiker's paradise. Vast glacier fields offer excellent opportunities to hike over millennia-old ice, and there’s spectacular wildlife, including humpback whales, penguins, and elusive big cats.
The best national parks and natural sites in Patagonia
If you’re planning a trip to Patagonia, don’t miss some of these truly spectacular sights.
Take the O Circuit through Torres Del Paine National Park
Falling on the Chilean side of Patagonia, the five-day O Circuit hike offers the perfect opportunity to see the enchanting beauty of this spectacular national park. Book in advance, though, as to avoid overcrowding, the O Circuit is limited to 70 hikers per day.
Hike the Huemul Circuit on Los Glaciares National Park
The 43-mile Huemul Circuit affords hikers a four-day trek through the dazzling ice fields of southern Patagonia. Los Glaciares is a protected area, with 17 interconnecting trekking trails that allow you to hike through the park without damaging the natural habitats used by many flora and fauna.
Get the best views in Tierra del Fuego National Park
The scenic views from the Cerro Guanaco trail make the gruelling, eight-hour hike totally worthwhile. When the weather is on your side, panoramic views to Puerto Williams in Chile and the Beagle Channel below make excellent pit stops along the route.
Get active in Doug Tompkins Pumalín National Park
This national park has an adventure for everyone. Doug Tompkins Pumalín offers sport fishing, canoeing, biking, and hiking, making it one of the most exciting parks in Patagonia. Trekking takes you through dense forest and across impressive glaciers. Plus, a campsite network means you can sleep under canvas and see the park by day and night.
See the technicolor patterns at the Marble Caves
A real dream destination for photography lovers, the Capillas de Mármol (Marble Caves) will have you staring in wonder, with their black and white columns mirrored on the blue waters. These isolated treasures are naturally sculpted caves on General Carrera Lake in the heart of Patagonia.
What's the best time of year to experience Patagonia's nature?
Its extreme southern location means good weather windows are small in Patagonia. Snowfall is relatively common in winter (April to mid-September), and brash westerly winds remain an issue year-round.