Plan your trip to Chile
Swoop work with a network of over 150 local partners in Patagonia: trekking companies, adventure activity specialists, off-the-beaten-track oracles, road trip operators and everything in between. To get on your way to Chile, here are our top questions to consider:
- Are you an independent traveller, or would you rather travel in a group?
- Is ticking of the highlights important, or would you rather go a little off-the-beaten-track?
- A one-week whirlwind, or a slower-paced month of travel?
- Luxurious hotels to soak in the atmosphere, or is the scenery more important than where you rest your head?
Where to go in Chile
Travelling down Chile's long, snaking arm, you'll cross through dozens of different landscapes and regions. Our top places to visit are:
- Lunar desert of Atacama in the North, stretching approximately 1000 km and one of the driest places on Earth.
- Lakes and volcanoes of the northern Lake District.
- Remote Aysen: a land of three contrasting landscapes: the steppe, the glaciated Andes and the coastal temperate rainforest.
- Carretera Austral: a rough road that runs 1,240km south from Puerto Montt, through Aysen.
- Granite peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia. Most famous for the W Trek, it also offers a lot of wilder hiking, horse riding, ice hiking and mountain biking.
Our top things to do in Chile
Hiking in Torres del Paine
World famous trekking awaits in Torres del Paine National Park. Each valley, peak and pass hides its own treasures, be it hanging glaciers, vast pampas, twisted metamorphic rock or…
Adventure cruises in Tierra del Fuego
These are no ordinary cruises. With the emphasis heavily on adventure, every day you'll be out and about exploring the treasures hidden deep in the Chilean Fjords.
Hiking in the Chilean Lake District
This area of Chile offers trekking for all levels from easy day hikes to more challenging multi-day hikes. Hike up smoking volcanoes, climb granite peaks, trek past cascading …
Hiking in Aysen
Dramatic snow-capped mountains, glistening glacial lakes and lush forested valleys make for superb trekking in this unsung region. Explore the fantastic hiking routes in Aysen's …
Kayaking in Patagonia
Patagonia is a top destination for kayakers and white water rafters, who come from all over the world to take advantage of its amazing rapids and rivers. Patagonia also offers some…
Bird Watching in Patagonia
Patagonia is home to over 460 species of birds, making a trip to Chile or Argentina an unforgettable experience for any birder. From the famous and dominating Andean Condor …
Fishing in Torres del Paine
Escape to Torres del Paine's peaceful lakes and waterways. Fish with panoramic views of the park's famous jagged peaks, or on the cool meltwater river that flows right from the …
Mountain Biking in the Patagonian Lake District
Cycling offers an active way to explore the stunning lakes and mountains of the Patagonian Lake District. Immerse yourself in nature whilst covering a large distance in a …
Horseback 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, both …
What our customers think
Flights, cruise and tours could not have gone any better and that is from seasoned world travellers. Congrats Swoop.
Peter Australia October 2017
The people at Swoop were so helpful and had such great advice. The Swoop website has so much information on Patagonia, and Swoop made such a difference in helping us figure out where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see and create a plan to make it happen.
Stuart & Sandra August 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
First-hand advice from people who know the region just makes planning so much easier.
Jenny December 2015
The whole W-circuit in Chilean Patagonia was beautiful. Just stunning. We had refugios and full board booked which made everything very easy and pleasant. All we had to do was enjoy the hiking, views and take photos. The glacier hike on glacier grey was the stand out highlight for us.
Paulette Australia December 2017
Swoop were excellent. When we first decided to visit Chile we had no thought as to some of the things we could do or see. Swoop guided us in this regard, gave us inspiration and arranged all that was required in Patagonia. It is difficult to know if anything different could have been done, other than extend our time in Southern Chile
David Cook United Kingdom January 2019
Swoop was very helpful in helping us build out our plans and our trip, especially because we didn’t know much about the location and had never been there before. Patagonia can be a lot of information for the first-time traveler, and Swoop really helped to zone in on the specific things that we wanted to do and made it less overwhelming to figure out what we were going to do, and how.
Christina Jung United States Of America November 2018
After spending five weeks traveling in Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina, we saw and did a lot in the area. But, this avid hiker's circuit in Torres del Paine was the highlight of our trip! From the beauty of the park to the company of our guide, it was memorable and life-changing on so many levels.
Molly McWhinnie United States Of America February 2018
Six ways to explore Chile
1. Private tours
Our years of experience and extensive network of local partners can help you build your dream trip from the endless possibilities of Chile. We'll talk through your ideas, give you some suggestions, set it all up and advise on travel, kit and preparation, so that you get the Chilean adventure you've always wanted.
We'll be on hand to help you before, during and after your trip; from the moment we've booked it all for you to the moment you return home.
2. Hiking tours
Everyone knows Torres del Paine, and the W Trek and the Full Circuit Trek are some of our most requested trips. They are spectacular, world-class hikes amongst scenery and mountains unlike anywhere else in the world, just challenging enough to be an earned achievement for any hiker.
We love Torres del Paine, but it's by no means alone in Patagonia. The Lake District has some completely contrasting landscapes, with beautifully lush national parks and smoking volcanoes to be climbed. In Aysen, you can hike through the steppe, rainforest and up to glaciers without leaving the region.
3. Group tours
For us, the recipe to a great group tour is the right destinations, the best guides and top activities. Our group tours vary from road trips, wildlife-watching, hiking, or just seeing all the highlights.
Tours range from 10 days to three weeks, have set departures and fixed pricing, and there are often optional adventure activities such as kayaking, ice hiking and biking to get you closer to your scenery.
No matter what you choose, you're guaranteed to maximise the time you have in each area, and to spend your trip learning about everything from history to culture from the encyclopedic local knowledge of your tour guides.
4. Specialist tours
Use Swoop's network of specialist guides to ensure that you have the local expert you need (and any equipment) for a few days or an entire holiday.
Our specialist areas include birdwatching, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding, puma tracking, fishing, climbing, mountaineering and white water rafting - ask us how to incorporate these into your trip.
5. Extraordinary journeys
Spend three or more weeks getting under the skin of Chile, on a trip designed by people who have spent decades exploring Chile's wilder, secret side. These trips are tailored to each individual traveller, designed to help you understand the nuances and variety Chile has to offer.
You can still see the highlights, but may find yourself a few days later in a remote, lakeside lodge that you can only access by boat, or hiking through rainforest to a hidden glacier or clattering along boardwalks in a car-free wooden village.
6. Semi-independent travellers
Tours for people who just want to book one or two bits of their trip with us, but are confident bookings their hotels and flights themselves.
Our best Chile tours
Experience four of Chile’s most dramatically contrasting landscapes: the hustle and bustle of the city; verdant forests, glistening lakes and smoking volcanoes; iconic peaks and electric blue glaciers; and vast desert with erupting geysers, high altitude lagoons and salt…
Our best group tours in Chile
Flights are regular between the regions, and the major tourist hubs tend to have buses and taxis on good schedules. If you're looking to go a little off the beaten track or want more flexibility, consider a self-drive, a group tour, or ask us about private transport.
We're not your average travel agent. We're Patagonia ambassadors, and want you to discover Patagonia because it's one of our favourite place in the world. Here's why we're different:
We know Patagonia
We only help people with extraordinary Patagonian and Polar experiences, because we feel passionately about these regions. We lived and worked in Patagonia long before our Swoop days, and each of our specialists still visits every year.
We work with a network of over 100 local partners
We cover the whole of Patagonia - no other travel agent offers you such variety. We know all our partners' specialisms, strengths, and weaknesses and we can match them up with your needs and budget.
We'll help you arrange your trip in a way that suits you
You can book your entire, personalised trip with us; we can recommend activity partners so you can book trips directly with them; we can help you choose and book a lodge or hotel from which to explore, or we can match you up with a group tour.