Places to Visit
Argentina has protected its most beautiful spots in Patagonia with Parque Nacional status. There are 10 National Parks in Argentine Patagonia and they include:
Lanin National Park
The Lanin Volcano at 3,776m dominates the landscape in this National Park and for many hundreds of miles. It's possible to climb the volcano between the months of December and March. Lanin is accessed via San Martin de Los Andes and Junin de Los Andes (about 3 hours north of Bariloche)
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi is the largest of the National Parks (approximately one third the size of Wales) and the first National Park to be established. It includes several vast lakes and the mighty Cerro Tronador (a 3 day ascent), and offers numerous trekking, kayaking, MTB and horse riding opportunities. Nahuel Huapi is accessed via San Carlos de Bariloche.
Los Alerces National Park
Los Alerces National Park, named after the Alerce tree, is an hour away from Esquel and offers some stunning boat trips on its lakes deep into the park as well as several different walking routes (from day hikes to a 3-4 day trek).
Los Glaciares National Park
Los Glaciares National Park borders the South Patagonian ice Cap which feeds the glaciers that give it its name. Most notably it includes the Perito Moreno glacier, the dramatic peaks of Cerro Torre and Cerro FitzRoy. It's mainly accessed via El Calafate and El Chalten, from where you can embark on several wonderful day hikes and expeditions onto the Ice Cap itself.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego National Park. The end of the world, and famous for its wild and remote landscapes, as well as its history and cultural heritage. There are some great hikes out of Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city, as well as longer expeditions in the Cordillera Darwin and kayaking opportunities in the Beagle Channel.
Things to Do
Argentina is famous for many things including its steak and Malbec, the Tango and of course horse riding and Estancias. If horses aren't for you then there are trekking opportunities for a range of different levels, as well as mountaineering, kayaking, mountain biking and white water rafting.
El Chalten Hiking
El Chalten is the epicentre of Los Glaciares National Park, a winter wonderland of glaciers (some of which are still advancing), and home to the granite spires of Mount Fitz Roy…
Argentine Lake District
Combining shimmering lakes, jagged peaks, white water rapids and biking trails, the Argentinian Lake District has something for everyone. Just a stone's throw away are the wide …
Patagonian Ice Cap Expeditions
If you're in good shape, keen to don ice-axe, crampons and snowshoes and aching to get deep into the Patagonian Wilderness, then this is the one for you.
Patagonia Road Trips
Perhaps the best way, perhaps even the only way, to fully appreciate the vastness of the Patagonian wilderness is to go on a classic road trip. You, your friends, and …
Popular Trips in Argentina
The trail of trails. An expansive experience of some of Patagonia's most famous hikes in two of its most iconic areas. A dramatic Zodiac boat approach into Torres del Paine follows exploration of the three major Fitz Roy routes, all…
Hike two of the main trails of Los Glaciares in just a few days with only one night of camping. All transport and activities are planned and guided from your arrival in Calafate, with ice hiking on Perito Moreno and…
The epic Ruta 40 runs alongside the Andes for over 5000km in total. This expedition takes in everything from hanging glaciers to ancient cave paintings and gives you the chance to try horse trekking from remote estancias or rafting on…
A spectacular voyage north from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, through remote channels of the Patagonian fjords. Walk among Magellanic penguins, land at glistening glaciers, sail through the famous Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Wulaia Bay, and have the chance to…
How To Get There
All flights to Patagonia Argentina go via Buenos Aires - and what a wonderful city to see en route. Within Patagonia Argentina there are several airports you can use, including: (from north to south) Neuquen (NQN), San Carlos de Bariloche (BRC), Esquel (EQS), El Calafate (FTE), Ushuaia (USH).
See our guide for more information on flights to Patagonia and the airports in Patagonia.
If you're coming from Chilean Patagonia and travelling by car/bus the most popular crossing points are:
- The Dorotea Pass (connecting from Puerto Natales to Rio Turbio (and on to El Calafate) and a common trip for people wanting to trek around El Chalten AND Torres del Paine). It's a 5 hour bus journey from Puerto Natales across the border to El Calafate.
- The River Jeinemeni Pass (from Chile Chico in the Aysen region to Los Antiguos and the town of Perito Moreno (not to be confused with the glacier, some 500km to the south)
- Futaleufu Pass connects Futaleufu in Los Lagos region of Chile to Los Cipreses (and on to Trevelin and Esquel)
- The Cruce Andino provides a great option for connecting from Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas to Bariloche, using the Perez Rosales pass
- The Hua Hum Pass (connecting from Panguipulli to San Martin de Los Andes) is the chosen pass for a number of mountain biking and horse-riding trips that take people into both Chile and Argentina.
Combining With A Visit To Chilean Patagonia
There are some excellent ways to visit Chilean and Argentine Patagonia in one trip, and many of our clients find themselves flying to one country and out of another.
Torres del Paine and Fitzroy Hiking
These tours combine our two favourite trekking spots in Patagonia: the Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks. They involve either the classic W-Trek or…
Patagonia Adventure Cruises
Adventure cruising is a great way to discover Patagonia's dramatic coastline and sail through its channels and fjords which are only accessible by sea. On the way you'll witness…
With 15 years' experience in Patagonia, we’re experts at creating bespoke itineraries. We'll work with you to design a 2-3 week - or…
Horse Riding in Patagonia
The vast and rugged landscapes of Patagonia have been explored on horseback for hundreds of years, and horses are still preferred by the gauchos today. Visitors to Patagonia, …
Map showing key landmarks in Patagonia Argentina
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