5 reasons to visit in March

  • It won’t feel as busy in the refugios or campsites 
  • Enjoy having fewer people to share the National Parks with
  • Better chance of wildlife spotting as many of the region’s quieter animals have the space they need to break cover
  • Notice a golden tinge to the landscape as Autumn/Fall begins to creep in 
  • Unique photography opportunities as the whole landscape changes before your eyes

Hiking in Patagonia in March

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
W Trek Glamping Highlights

Hike Torres del Paine's famous W Trek in a dynamic manner with expert guides, whilst basing yourself in unique accommodation in the heart of the park. Trek the stunning French Valley, to the base of the iconic Towers and visit…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,015
The Original Torres del Paine W Trek

Hike the original W Trek and experience the highlights of this unique region. Trek to the best lookout points for stunning views of the Torres del Paine and explore the French Valley surrounded by hanging glaciers. Follow this with a…

  • 5 Days
  • $2,595
W Trek, 3 days

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W Trek, 3 days

This trip fits Torres del Paine's highlights into a short timeframe. Trek up close to the famous granite towers, the mesmerising French Valley and the shimmering blue ice of Glacier Grey. Expert guides, deluxe tent accommodation, pre-arranged transfers and meals…

  • 3 Days
  • $1,795
Ultimate Chaltén Trek

This complete El Chaltén trekking experience combines the highlight trails around Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre with the challenging Huemul Circuit in the south of the park. Enjoy dramatic mountain views, hanging glaciers, peaceful forests and windy mountain passes…

  • 8 Days
  • $2,580
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
  • $3,495
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
Self-guided W Trek

Hike the original W Trek independently and experience the highlights of this unique region at your own pace. Trek to the best lookout points for stunning views of the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park without the worry of having…

  • 5 Days
  • $1,795
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
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
Los Glaciares Wilderness Trek

Trek between two historic estancias across the untouched wilderness of Los Glaciares National Park. A challenging trek through tough terrain, suitable for experienced hikers only. If you want to experience glaciers, rivers, mountains and rock formations in a remote and…

  • 7 Days
  • $2,575

Cruises in March

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
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
  • $2,520
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
Cape Horn & Glaciers Cruise

Voyage north from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas on a small-ship expedition cruise and experience the incredible wildlife, fascinating history and breathtaking scenery of Tierra del Fuego. Step foot on Cape Horn, visit historic Wulaia Bay and walk amongst thousands of…

  • 5 Days
  • $3,165
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
  • $4,455

Group Tours in March

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
  • $6,299
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
  • $2,050
Patagonian Odyssey

An upmarket cultural and scenic group tour adventure from Santiago to Buenos Aires. Along the way visit the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine, the dynamic Perito Moreno Glacier and Ushuaia in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Always accompanied…

  • 14 Days
  • $6,345
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
  • $11,093
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Chloe says

I adore Patagonia in March because the days are still long enough to enjoy to the full, the winds tend to be calmer than in the height of summer, and leaves begin to turn gorgeous shades of red, yellow and gold which makes for stunning photos.

Chloe O'Keeffe Patagonia Specialist

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What Our Customers Think of Patagonia in March

March was a lovely time to go with the leaves starting to change and we had fantastic weather. We were very lucky. However be prepared for all weather. The wet weather gear was great protection against the wind and cold, especially up high and at the glacier. Read the full review

Travelled: March 2023

Tamsin Travers - Australia

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The wildlife was surprisingly abundant and all around us, from Guanacos, Pumas (spotted while on bus!), Andean Foxes, Condors, Carpintero Gigante, Caracara, Flamingos, Ibis, Falcons which followed us to Grey Glacier, and the ubiquitous Southern Lapwing.

Travelled: March 2017

Andy - UK

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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”.

Travelled: March 2017

Mark - UK

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The scenery is breathtaking everywhere: high jagged mountains covered with hanging glaciers, fantastic pinnacled ridges, from which huge screes fall to the timber line, imposing rock towers, enormous rounded granite bluffs, vast alluvial valleys with braided rivers, blue lakes and lagoons, precipitous gorges and water-courses.

Travelled: March 2017

Mark and Katie - UK

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Highlights of Aysen...the San Raphael glacier approached by boat on a day of swirling mists, ultimately bright sunshine and dead calm was incredibly atmospheric. Carlos the Condor doing a close fly-past as we approached Laguna Cerro Castillo.

Travelled: March 2017

Sarah and Charles - UK

The French glacier and Mirador Brittanica were the highlights of the W trail. Saw a surprising amount of wildlife like foxes, hawks and small forest birds. At the refugios, which were almost too comfortable, met fellow hikers and had a cosy place to chat and unwind after a long hard day of trekking.

Travelled: March 2017

Naveen - Netherlands

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