Category: Planning & Tips

Aysen Epic Adventures

Where in the world? Test yourself with our Aysen quiz

There are certain buzzwords that come up time and again when people start talking about Aysen in Chile: wilderness, untouched, epic and raw.  These are all great ways of describing the landscapes you can encounter in this little-visited part of Patagonia, but one thing they don’t capture is just how diverse this region is. Aysen […]

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Lake District Planning & Tips

Where to stay in the Argentine Lake District: Bariloche or San Martín?

One question we often get asked at Swoop Patagonia by travellers heading to the Argentine Lake District is where to stay? There are two main options available: in the regional capital of Bariloche on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, or its smaller counterpart to the north, San Martin de los Andes (usually shortened to […]

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Planning & Tips Travel Tips

What’s the weather really like in Patagonia?

If you asked me to describe Patagonia’s weather in one word it would be quite simple — unpredictable. Any experienced local guide would say the same, and might add, “You can experience all four seasons in one day here”, which couldn’t be more true. Although it’s typical for travellers to expect a comprehensive forecast for […]

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Planning & Tips Travel Tips

What to expect in a Patagonian refugio

Refugio is the Spanish word for shelter, and this is exactly what they are to me. A place where hikers from across the globe can meet, share their experiences, eat together and find protection from bad weather. After a long day of hiking, giving your all and carrying a heavy pack, it’s always nice to […]

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Planning & Tips

Why we love Hotel Las Torres

Having worked for many years as a guide in Patagonia during which I visited Torres del Paine more than a hundred times, I thought I was well versed in the different hotel options within and around the national park. But my recent trip back to the area with Swoop was a great eye-opener and a […]

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Lake District Planning & Tips

Crossing the Lake District on the Cruce Andino

When it comes to exploring the Lake Districts of Chile and Argentina, people often think of them as discrete places. You choose to visit one or the other and base yourself in Bariloche or Puerto Varas accordingly. It’s actually easy to include both on your Patagonia trip by road or by cross-border trek, but it […]

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Planning & Tips

Why we love Tierra Chiloé

Sometimes when you’re travelling, the place where you stay is as much of a draw as the destination itself. When you’re really lucky, the accommodation is its perfect complement, with its architecture and setting helping to draw out the sides of a place you never expected. The luxury lodge at Tierra Chiloé is one of […]

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Planning & Tips

The best day hikes from El Chaltén

El Chaltén is a small mountain town in Los Glaciares National Park, the hiking hub of Argentinian Patagonia. It’s a place replete with mountaineering history and carries a slightly funky and hippy-ish vibe that’s a lot of fun to explore.  Los Glaciares is the Argentinian mirror to Torres del Paine in Chile, with all the […]

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