What is an extraordinary journey?
- 2-6 week itineraries across the full breadth of Patagonia
- Ideal for travellers visiting Patagonia for the second or third time
- Combine the iconic highlights and off the beaten track experiences
- Often includes self-guided hiking, or self-drive road trips
- Intricate day by day planning and detailed travel notes from the Swoop team
5 of our top unique experiences
1. Pumalin & Chiloe
Chiloe is an island rich in history and culture. We love the island for its architecture, especially the unique 70 wooden churches which are UNESCO World Heritage sites, but not many know that the surrounding fjords are also teeming with wildlife.
See dolphins, penguins and seabirds from an adventurous, small wooden yacht, before hopping onto Chiloe to explore. Just across the water on the mainland are secret hot springs and off-the-beaten-track hiking (think rainforest and volcanoes) in a new national park.
2. Kayaking the San Rafael Glacier
Spend 5 days navigating deep into the Exploradores valley, past evergreen forests towards iceberg river and the San Rafael Glacier. You'll wild camp on the shore each night, and will watch the scenery change day by day as you get closer to the glacier wall.
Paddling amongst icebergs in a remote lagoon is just one of the things which makes this trip extraordinary - the other is the whole region this trip is in. Aysen is Patagonia's best kept secret, and exploring here can take you to steppe, rainforest and the ice cap, not to mention a whole host of national parks and hiking opportunities.
3. Torres del Avellano horse ride
Gaucho culture is alive and well in Patagonia. Estancias (or ranches) stand in the same places they've stood for centuries, with families who have roamed the pampa for generations.
Heading out on horseback is a sure way to under the skin of Patagonia, and this trail in particular is one of the most traditional routes in the region. Led by gauchos, you will travel forests and mountains, spending the night in camps eating asados, to finish at the ghost town of Puerto Cristal, now a national monument.
4. Estancia Helsingfors to Estancia Cristina trek
An exclusive small-group trek between historic estancias in Los Glaciares National Park. Leave the crowds behind in El Chalten and venture into the wilderness, wild camping along the way beside lagoons, in forested valleys and beneath imposing mountain faces.
This trek's real highlight are the views, made all the sweeter by knowing how few people get to see them each year. Hanging glaciers, fossil canyons, lakes, rivers, burn forest, swamps and nature reserves, plus unrivalled views of the famous Upsala, Bertacci and Agassis glaciers/
5. Aysen wilderness trek
An off-the-beaten-track trek that's not too challenging, and ideal for families or those wanting to take their hike a little slower and enjoy the views. The Aysen wilderness trek goes through private land, guaranteeing unpopulated trails and very few people except your guides, hosts and gauchos.
You'll carry only day packs, will stay with welcoming families and in campsites along the way with good food and good conversation at the end of each day. During the hikes, look out for swooping condors, glaciated peaks, bright blue lakes, enchanted forests and the Patagonian Ice Field.
These extraordinary trips mix our decades of intricate knowledge of Patagonia with our huge network of local partners. Together, we cover every inch of the region, from famous peaks to secret hikes, the biggest rivers to lost lagoons, to get you to the very best of hidden Patagonia.
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Terra Luna Lodge
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Aguas Arriba Lodge
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Estancia El Condor
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How we can help
- We know that every one of our customers is different and take real pride in designing a trip that is just right for you.
- We know Patagonia... and not just the highlights. We have lived there, worked there, travelled there.
- We have 10 years experience architecting detailed itineraries to the remote corners of the region.
- We have a network of over 150 different local guides and operators covering all the regions on both sides of the border
What our customers think
Swoop were extremely helpful in organising most aspects of our trip, including flights, itinerary, and accommodation, allowing us to make the most efficient use of our limited time, but kept it eminently manageable and thoroughly enjoyable.
Parag UK January 2017
Swoop are worth it and then some. From day one they listened to what we desired and engaged to help us refine and define just exactly what we wished to receive from our adventure.
Nic & Julie October 2016
We really valued Swoop's expertise, and the fact that you had been to the places we were going.
Greg & Michelle December 2015
We took some ideas along to Sally at Swoop, who also made some helpful suggestions, found great places to stay and put it all together for us, so that our month travelling went almost like clockwork (when our Navimag boat was delayed 12 hrs by bad weather, our taxi was still there to meet us). We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Swoop.
Chris & Alison January 2016
Swoop were careful to ask us not just what we wanted from our trip but also what we didn't want, and clearly listened to what we said. The only point of ‘conflict’ with the proposal was the cruise at the end of the trip - Sally persuaded us it was a ‘cruise for people that didn’t do cruises’ and as with the whole trip, she was right.
Peter & Mary March 2016
Swoop were incredibly responsive, with thoughtful and generous advice, honest feedback...we were thoroughly impressed and happy with the service provided.
Ariel January 2016
What a wonderful, mind-blowing, refreshing experience. There are simply not enough positive adjectives to describe our time in Torres del Paine. Thank you for helping me plan one of the best experiences I've had!
Lydia January 2016
How can Swoop Patagonia help you?
Explore the different landscapes of the Patagonian Andes. Challenge your body and mind amongst some of the world's most dramatic peaks and glaciers.
A trip fully supported and tailored to your needs and dates. Great adventures by day and comfortable accommodation each night.
See Patagonia your way, in your time. We'll introduce you to Swoop's guides and partners across the region and will help you make the most of your budget.
Our network of guides will ensure you have the local knowledge, technical expertise and equipment you need for that specialist adventure.
Join like-minded people on a 1-4 week journey across Patagonia, a cheaper way to see the most popular places in the region.
How can Swoop Patagonia help you?
There are so many different ways to experience Patagonia. Swoop has helped over 5,000 people plan and arrange their trip to Patagonia and almost every itinerary has been different.