Planning you trip: Things to consider
- How much time do you have?
- Do you want to see the highlights or get off-the-beaten-track?
- What's your budget?
- How active are you?
- Do you want to combine several activities or get stuck in to one?
Activities in Patagonia
Hiking in Patagonia
The abundance of world class hikes in Patagonia puts it firmly at the top of most trekkers lists. From the ice and granite pinnacles of Paine and Fitz Roy and extreme of the ice cap of the south to the volcanoes of the north. From the rainforests of the western coast to the wind tortured steppe in the East.
Adventure Cruises in Patagonia
Access areas of Patagonia's rugged, ragged landscape that even the hardiest hiker can't reach. Voyages to the depths of the Chilean fjords or remote Cape Horn run on a range of vessels from four berth yachts to larger liners, with excursions and guides bringing you close to the scenery and wildlife of the region.
Horse 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 novices and experienced riders, can also feel the thrill and excitement of riding through the Andes or across the Steppe.
Kayaking in Patagonia
Patagonia is surrounded by fjords and divided by rivers...what better way to explore the region than from the water. Kayak amongst icebergs in glacial lagoons, through fjords inaccessible by other means, across pristine lakes surrounded by lush forest or Andean peaks, or even take on the white water of some of the world's biggest rivers.
Mountaineering in Patagonia
Patagonia boasts some of the most adventurous landscapes in all of South America for mountaineering. The jagged peaks of the Andes and the remote pitches of the Patagonian Ice Cap have attracted budding mountaineers for over a century.
Rock Climbing in Patagonia
Whether you fancy some sport-climbing in the sun or a multi-pitch mountain route, Patagonia is the place to be. With its towering peaks and iconic mountains, you'll be spoilt for choice with climbing opportunities all over the region.
Ski Touring in Patagonia
Patagonia is fast becoming a top destination for skiers of all abilities with its snow-covered volcanoes, vast ice caps, undiscovered backcountry and reliable snowfall. Stop off at mountain villages, hot springs, and secluded huts along the way for a truly unique alpine experience.
Fly Fishing in Patagonia
Patagonia offers anglers some of the world's best fly fishing, and some of the most beautiful and varied landscapes in which to do so. The water ranges from tranquil lakes and streams to whitewater rivers. Patagonia is most famous for its Trout (mainly Brown Trout), but there's also opportunity to fish Salmon, Carp and the native Perca. Generally the season runs from mid-November to mid-April.
White Water Rafting in Patagonia
As a top destination for white water rafters from all over the world, Patagonia's lush, green Lake Districts on both the Chilean and Argentinian side provide fantastic rivers for this adventure sport. You don't have to be an expert to enjoy white water rafting in Patagonia. We work with a number of operators that provide easy, medium and difficult trips so that you won't feel out of your depth.
Mountain Biking in Patagonia
Cycling can take you to places inaccessible by car, and enables you to cover larger distances than by foot. Plus, for those of you that aren't horse-lovers, you can still cover a large distance in a reasonably short space of time and it means you're still being active rather than just seeing the scenery from a bus.
Road Trips in Patagonia
A road trip is possibly the only way to fully appreciate the size of Patagonia. The Carretera Austral in the western mountains and Ruta 40, that runs through the central plains, are most famous, but there are some shorter routes that link the region's volcanoes or lakes, as well as stunning drives across the Andes.
Ice Cap Expeditions on Patagonia
The Patagonian Ice Cap is the world's 3rd largest mass of ice after Antarctica and Greenland. Today, it is split into the Northern and Southern Ice Fields.
What our customers think
Kayaking the Baker River is something I would never go to Patagonia and miss doing. It's an incredible experience! The logistics were great, planned out and flawless. The food was beyond our dreams! We could not have had a greater time on our kayak portion of the trip.
Julie and Nic Hawaii, USA November 2016
To anyone who feels a quickening of interest at the word “adventure”, a little visceral sense of excitement, and who is willing to take things as they come, we would say “go to Patagonia, go”.
Mark UK March 2017
Hiking in El Chalten was beautiful. Even though we had heard that the hikes we did were very popular, we were still surprised about the sheer amount of people hiking.
Sandra French Polynesia February 2017
Sailing to Cape Horn was excellent, with great landscapes, wildlife, and charming and highly experienced skipper.
Stephen UK December 2016
I loved trekking in Tierra del Fuego, it was so different from Los Glaciares. We saw a bunch of animals and it was nice how remote everything was, it felt rugged.
Carrie January 2017
We could not have planned a holiday like this without Swoop's help. Harriet's intimate knowledge of the routes was invaluable.
Rachel December 2016
Our pick of Patagonian Trips
Join this local operator on a fantastic ride along quiet roads, gravel tracks and earthy roads that skirt immense lakes and pass through sleepy villages. Accommodation is a combination of small hotels, lodges, cabañas and family run hospedajes (South American…