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.
  • Remote Aysena 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.
What are the highlights of Chile

Our top things to do in Chile

Hiking in Torres del Paine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Let us help you get that great deal on a W Trek, a more challenging multi-day hike across the Dientes de Navarino range, or an adventure cruise through the Chilean Fjords. The rest? That's up to you.

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Our best Chile tours

Our best group tours in Chile

Swoop Says

Why Swoop?

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 

Ready to plan your Patagonia adventure?

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Whatever your budget, group size, length of stay, preferred activity or appetite for adventure, we can help.

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