Booking Directly - How it works
We listen to your dreams for your trip and talk about your budget
We talk you through the options and help you decide on the right type of activities, trips and/or accommodation
We introduce you, via email, to the partner or partners that we think will suit you best
When you're ready, you'll book directly with our partner(s). Together you'll finalise the details of your trip, then you'll complete a booking form and pay your deposit (between 20-50% of the balance).
You’ll be in safe hands with our recommended partner, but we’ll be on hand to help before, during and after your trip - whenever you need us
Four Types of Adventure
You can book directly with one of our local partners, however you're looking to experience Patagonia.
1. A guided, multi-day activity
A multi-day activity trip, such as a hiking, kayaking or horse-riding trip, can be arranged to fit in with the rest of your plans. Guided trips are typically for small groups of no more than 8 people, but private trips and self-guided trips can be arranged too. We can help solo travellers and couples find like-minded groups to join.
2. A hotel or ship-based trip
We can help you choose the perfect hotel, lodge or eco camp from which to explore the national parks by day and enjoy fine food and wine by night. Expeditionary cruises are also a great way to immerse yourself in Patagonia’s scenery and wildlife from a comfortable base.
3. A group tour
Group Tours are fixed-itinerary trips of around 15 people. With set departure dates and prices making them easy to plan around, they can be either a simple and sociable way for solo travellers or anyone on a budget to fit the highlights of Patagonia into a short time frame, or a great core to a larger adventure. We can help you find the right group tour for you.
4. A 2-3 week holiday
We can help you choose several multi-day activity trips, such as hiking, kayaking or horse-riding trips, and integrate them into your own itinerary. Or, we can plan and arrange an entire bespoke itinerary for you, including flights, buses and accommodation - doing the hard work so you don’t have to.
What Our Customers Think
Harriet was very knowledgeable, it seemed like she knew parts of Chile backwards. She seemed to know the local operators & their worth. She was always on the lookout for what was available & ensured that I could make an informed choice.
Kim March 2016
We had an amazing time in Patagonia - thanks to Swoop for the help planning; you were easy to communicate with and reach, very friendly and knowledgeable, you planned a great trip for us with lots of exciting features and we felt very well taken care of.
Sheila January 2016
I'm not sure I could have booked all this without you guys; it was a wonderful trip - challenging, adventurous and fun! Each of my three treks was quite different, but all with interesting and well informed guides and outstanding landscapes.
Louise February 2016
We were connected with the right people in Chile and our itinerary was extremely helpful and informative.
Jesse and Kevin January 2017
I was not concerned at all about booking directly. The agents were helpful and responsive and the crew seemed experienced. Tom jumped in where we needed some additional information, which was perfect for what we needed.
Urszula January 2017
We were extremely happy with Swoop and their partners in Chile and Argentina. This ranged from the months leading up to our trip, in the planning stage, as well as during our stay.
Parag, UK January 2017
Our more independent travellers often like booking directly with our partners. By the point we've introduced them to our partner, we've talked through all the options, helped them combine trips and chosen the best local guides to support them. Customers often say they like this direct contact as they get to know the people they'll be meeting in Patagonia, as well as the freedom to plan other parts of their trip themselves.
Harriet Pike Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
About our Partners
We work with over 100 different partners (local operators) in Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia, handpicked for their expertise and experienced and friendly guides. We're in touch with them every week to find out about their latest trips, programmes and departure dates. Some are established major operators in their region, others are small family teams who can tailor things exactly to your needs. We're not biased towards any particular partners, so we'll always recommend whichever we think will suit you best.
I would definitely recommend people to book accommodation in advance during high season.
You could theoretically book things like accommodation yourself, but I think I would have struggled to get things right without local knowledge.
Booking Directly: FAQs
We help our partners to market themselves to the international market; so when we introduce you to them and you book a trip, they pay us a small commission. The price you pay is the same as if you’d found them yourself and you'll benefit from our free, impartial and expert advice.
We know Patagonia inside out, so we normally start from scratch. We’ll talk about your ideas and dreams for your trip and take it from there. If you already have an itinerary in mind we can use that as a starting point, but we’re equally comfortable with - and excited by - a blank sheet of paper.
Yes, all of our partners speak English - some better than others! If you have any problems, we’ll always be here if you need us.
Patagonia is a vast and varied region, with a wealth of things to see and do, a range of places to stay and a limited transport network.
Why not let us do the hard work for you? Our team of experts will work with you to design a 2–3 week adventure to your exact requirements, from hiking and horse-riding trips to wine-tasting tours and undiscovered lodges.
We’ll work around your budget and arrange flights, transfers and buses, to create your perfect trip.