Patagonia Travel Guides

Patagonia refers to a region of both Chile and Argentina known for glaciers, penguins, jagged mountain peaks and more. It should certainly be on your bucket list if you love outdoor adventure!

A few of the best things to do in Patagonia include hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park, visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in El Chalten and exploring the towns of Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas.

In my opinion, the best way to explore Patagonia is by going on a Patagonia road trip, whether you rent a car or travel via bus. There is a lot to see, and some of it is quite spread out. Read my Patagonia travel guides to help plan your trip!

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When to Visit Patagonia

Patagonia is in the Southern hemisphere, so winter in the United States occurs at the same time as summer in Patagonia. Therefore, I recommend visiting between October and April for hiking. The best time within those months tends to be December through February.

Patagonia Travel Tips & Resources

A line of people hiking straight up a ridge of ice on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Be prepared for a wide range of weather during your visit, the weather can be unpredictable in the mountains. Pack layers, a windbreaker, gloves and a hat, even in the summer.

  • Patagonia can be quite remote. Download offline maps so you’ll be able to navigate without service.

  • You’ll want an international phone plan to get around. An eSIM is an easy and affordable way to use your phone while traveling abroad.

  • The vast majority of places in Patagonia will accept credit cards and some will also accept USD.

  • If you plan to cross the border between Argentina and Chile, you’ll need a special permit provided by the rental car company.

  • Spanish is the official language in Patagonia. It helps to known some Spanish, however, most people also speak English.

  • If you're hiking in Patagonia, I recommend the All Trails Plus Membership! This will allow you to download offline maps and take advantage of other features that will help keep you safe.

  • Compare rental car prices in Punta Arenas using Discover Cars. If you plan to cross the border in Argentina, be sure to contact your rental car company ahead of time.

  • Search for hotels in Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, El Calafate or El Chalten using

W Trek Travel Guides

If you're considering hiking the W Trek in Patagonia, I have you covered! This epic trek is worth the effort, but requires some planning.

More Patagonia Travel Guides

Check out my Patagonia itinerary and guide to renting a car in Patagonia to help plan an epic road trip.

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