5 reasons to visit in December

  • Make the most of your time in Patagonia with longer summer days 
  • This is a good time to see elephant seals and sea lions on the coast
  • If you're out on the trails, you can walk long into the day
  • See the national parks at their very best
  • Refugios and hotels have a real buzz about them as visitor numbers increase 

Hiking in December

El Chaltén Highlights

Explore the famous trails of Los Glaciares on this comprehensive hiking trip in the El Chaltén area. Take in stunning views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and hike to the remote Loma del Diablo in a private reserve.…

  • 5 Days
  • $1,530
Chaltén Express: Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

This classic 2-day guided El Chaltén trek visits the most spectacular landmarks in the Los Glaciares National Park. Hike through forests and across log bridges to reach Laguna de Los Tres and stunning views over Mount Fitz Roy. Camp overnight…

  • 2 Days
  • $709
South Patagonian Ice Field Expedition

Test yourself in one of the most difficult environments on Earth on this trek across the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Climb up onto the Marconi Glacier and camp overnight in the dramatic frozen landscape of the ice field. Hike across…

  • 8 Days
  • $3,135
The Huemul Circuit

Explore the forgotten corners of Los Glaciares on this adventurous trek taking in the Viento and Huemul Passes and the vast South Patagonian Ice Field. Wild camp at the Bay of Icebergs on the shore of the sparkling Lake Viedma,…

  • 6 Days
  • $1,365
9-Day Torres del Paine Circuit

Tackle Patagonia's most iconic circuit trail, fully supported with porters and a local guide. Cross the John Gardner Pass, explore the park's remote northern sections, revel in the stunning French Valley and finish at the Towers viewpoint – this itinerary…

  • 9 Days
  • $3,195
Dientes de Navarino Trek

A wild and challenging camping trek on Isla Navarino at the southernmost tip of Chilean Patagonia. Hike through lonely beech forests, over a series of snow-covered mountain passes and to the summit of Mt Bettinelli for superb views of the…

  • 6 Days
  • $3,795
Chaltén Mountain Escape

Trek between four established campsites linking spectacular viewpoints in some of the wildest areas of the park. Hike to Laguna de Los Tres for unrivalled views of Mount Fitz Roy, see Cerro Torre at dawn, climb to the Viento Pass…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,360
Trekking in the Shadow of Lanín Volcano

This stunning multi-day trek in Lanín National Park will take you through ancient, lush forests, up extinct volcanoes, through a variety of landscapes and camping under the stars. Far from the crowds, this guided trek is for the ambitious hiker…

  • 6 Days
  • $2,200
Paine O Circuit with Oggioni Pass

This trip for experienced hikers crosses the largely unknown Oggioni Pass on a challenging, unmarked wilderness trail that cuts across from the Towers of Torres del Paine into the Dickson Valley. This itinerary takes in iconic locations such as John…

  • 7 Days
  • $3,195
The Classic Full Circuit

This route is the fastest way to complete the full Torres del Paine circuit at great value. Trek through the isolated northern side of the park, over the infamous John Gardner Pass with the ice field beneath you and back…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,995

Cruises in December

Southern Patagonia Glaciers Cruise

Get up close to the extraordinary sights of the Southern Patagonian Icefield on this small ship adventure cruise. You'll visit around fifteen glaciers on the only ship to sail this route, including the beautiful Amalia and Herman glaciers. Set foot…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,400
Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn Cruise

Voyage south from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia on a small-ship expedition cruise and experience the incredible wildlife, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego. Sail the famous Strait of Magellan and Glacier Alley in the Beagle Channel. On…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,387
Northern Patagonia Fjords Cruise

Voyage to the most remote and spectacular corners of the Northern Chilean fjords, stopping at tiny villages and hot springs en-route. Visit Chiloé Island, spot penguins and explore the stunning San Rafael Glacier in solitude. This unique small ship cruise…

  • 6 Days
  • $1,740
Humpback Whale Watching Adventure

Humpback whales flock to this feeding ground in the Chilean fjords providing you with numerous whale sightings over three days. Based in the remotest of research stations and accompanied by marine biologists who know every whale by name you'll experience…

  • 3 Days
  • $1,500

Group Tours in December

Infamous Ruta 40 & Carretera Austral

The epic Ruta 40 and Carretera Austral run alongside the spectacular Patagonian Andes. Your road trip takes in the highlights of this stunning region by expedition truck, with a small group of travellers and your driver/guide. Get truly off the…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,053
Patagonian Peaks and Plains

Travel in a small group with an expert tour leader from Santiago all the way down through central Chile to Tierra del Fuego and back up to Buenos Aires. Experience some of Patagonia's best trekking in Torres del Paine National…

  • 20 Days
  • $6,307
Fitz Roy and Paine Hiking Tour

This small group trekking tour combines the best hikes in Patagonia: Torres del Paine W Trek, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Discover Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park by boat expedition. Our tour leader and expert guides ensure…

  • 12 Days
  • $5,495
South America - Wild Patagonia

An epic, in-depth small group tour travelling the length of Patagonia in a kitted-out truck which will take you to places other tourist don't get to experience. Stay in comfortable hotels, visit wineries, volcanic lake districts, estancias, vast plains and…

  • 27 Days
  • $11,108
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What our customers think of Patagonia in December

Around every corner there was another stunning vista! Just be prepared for the four seasons in one day (even in December!). Its all part of the great experience. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2018

Terri Ellis - Canada

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