Mount Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park… the highlights of Patagonia’s National Parks roll off the tongue like a roster call of South America’s most impressive natural spectacles. Of the thousands of National Parks across the globe, you would be hard pressed to find any with landscapes more beautiful than those you will find in Chile and Argentina’s Far South.
Trek across South America’s most impressive glaciers, fly-fish lonesome streams, horseback ride through serene valleys, and savor the sheer magnificence of “impossible” Andean peaks. We take great pleasure in introducing you to the most wildly scenic and extraordinary experiences in Patagonia’s National Parks.
Our local guides have deep roots in this distant frontier. Ranging from mountaineers to glaciologists, our trip experts and guides bring Patagonia’s National Parks alive with their unparalleled local insights into the area. From Tierra del Fuego to Nahuel Huapi, we deliver the premiere guided adventures available in Patagonia’s National Parks.
Los Glaciares National Park
Home to three of South America’s largest glaciers, Los Glaciares National Park is a must-visit destination for all first timers in Patagonia. Here you can feel the earth rumble, as enormous chunks of ice break free from the Upsala Glacier. Or, strap on the crampons and embark on an ice trekking excursion across Perito Moreno crystal blue surface. The glacial excursions in Los Glaciares National Park are limitless.
Once you’ve gotten your fix of ice, head to El Chaltén to hike beneath Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, stunning mountain spires that make the Rockies look like mere foothills. Perhaps you could hike to the famous Laguna de los Tres from El Pilar, or trek to Pliegue de los Tumbado for panoramic views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
Torres del Paine National Park
Situated on the extreme southern end of the Andes, this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is an aesthetic wonderland featuring impressive glaciers, untarnished lakes, and the colossal Paine massif reigning above the park. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parks in South America, Torres del Paine has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with award-winning luxury lodges and world-renowned treks such as the W-Loop and the trek to the base of the towers.
The menu of excursions in Torres del Paine is a lengthy one because the landscapes within the park are incredibly diverse and there are so many adventure opportunities for visitors to choose from. Here you can hike through the French Valley to admire the varied blue and grey hues of the so-called “horns” of the Paine massif. Or embark on a journey of photographic discovery, capturing photos of Torres del Paine’s sun-tinged “towers” from your private verandah at an all-inclusive Patagonia eco-luxury resort.
Though Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine capture the most ews and ahs of all the Patagonian National Parks, there are other amazing, seldom seen national parks in Patagonia that are beyond magnificent.
While these Patagonian National Parks are well deserving of their international acclaim, our experts also introduce you to smaller, lesser-know natural areas and parks that remain off the everyday Patagonia travelers radar. It is this unwavering emphasis to creating and delivering the ultimate experience that separates our Patagonia itineraries from the norm.
World-class Patagonian National Parks that we recommend visiting:
Chiloé National Park
Surrounded by mussel farms, fjords, and remote island communities, this densely forested Pacific park is a jewel that few travelers discover during their trip to Patagonia.
Los Arrayanes National Park
Named after the rare cinnamon-colored arayán trees that lie within, the small, heavily forested, and nature-rich Los Arrayanes National Park makes the perfect day trip from Villa la Angostura.
Nahuel Huapi National Park
Acclaimed by National Geographic as one of the most scenic parks in the world, this spectacular area of the Lake District teems with hiking, biking, trekking, kayaking, and other adventure opportunities.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Accessed via Ushuaia, the largely uncharted Tierra del Fuego National Park allows travelers to visit Magellanic penguin colonies and explore rugged Andean backcountry via 4 x 4.