Swoop's Map of Patagonia
If you add up all the trips, I must have spent about a year in total in Patagonia and I don't think I've seen more than 10% of it. You don't ever get used to the scale of it. Every time, it takes your breath away because you'll be in a different part, or a different season. It's always new.
Harriet Pike Swoop Expert
Regions and Geographical Landmarks of Patagonia
The major regions for adventure travel, from North to South are:
- The Chilean and Argentine Lake District
- El Chalten, Mount Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno and the South Patagonian Ice Cap
- Torres del Paine National Park
- Tierra del Fuego
Also, see our guide to where to go in Patagonia for more information on these places and other less visited destinations.
The major geographical landmarks are:
- The Patagonian Ice Cap (aka Hielo Continental, or Ice Sheet) - both North and the larger South can be seen when trekking in Patagonia. The Ice Cap feeds nearly 100 glaciers across the region
- The volcanoes of northern Patagonia
- The Magellan Straits and Cape Horn, which are visited on Patagonia Cruises
- The Andes themselves - although they lose some of their altitude as they extend south into Patagonia - lose none of their drama or majesty. Trekking Fitz Roy and El Chalten allows you to behold the wonderful spectacle of Cerro Fitz Roy's 3,375m peak
- The Patagonian Steppe - thousands of miles of semi-arid desert lie to the East of the Andes and in their rain shadow
- The Carretera Austral - the 'Southern Highway' stretches through over 1200km of rugged Patagonian landscape
What Our Customers Think
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