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Patagonia is extremely rich in flora and fauna, encompassing most of the bottom third of the South American continent. For wildlife lovers, one of the best ways to visit this region is on a leisurely cruise through fiords between Punta Arenas in Chile and Ushuaia in Argentina. An enormous range of marine birdlife is one of the best features of cruising, but whales, dolphins, several species of penguin, sea lions and a wide selection of land birds also make it ideal for those keen on viewing sub-Antarctic wildlife. For those looking for a spark of adventure, a luxury retreat located deep in the heart of Chilean Patagonia offers treks, glacier visits, scenic tours or visits to nearby estancias (farms). Patagonia also acts as a gateway for Antarctic expeditions – so you get the best of both worlds!

Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine boasts a rugged and breath-taking landscape with electric-blue icebergs, towering mountain peaks, turquoise waters and diverse plant and wildlife species. Travellers can embark on scenic tours, treks, and glacier visits during a stay here.

Australis Cruising in Patagonia
This scenic maritime route cruises through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego and highlights the splendour and beauty of Patagonia and some of its most important historical sites. These cruises complement land based Patagonian tours perfectly as they take you to remote and beautiful destinations only reachable by sea! And that’s not to mention the incredible array of wildlife spotted along the way.

Pia Glacier
Situated in a secluded area of Chilean Patagonia, the Pia Glacier is a sight to behold while cruising through the Beagle Channel. Visitors can embark on a close up visit to marvel at its enormity aboard zodiac boats.

Visit an Estancia
Wine, horses and traditional barbeques – what’s not to love? On a vacation to Patagonia, visitors can travel to a remote estancia (farm) to experience country life at its best! This is a great option for those wanting to invest in sustainable travel.

Los Glaciares National Park
This stunning national park includes some of the greatest glaciers in Patagonia, including Perito Moreno – a 30km long river of ice that ‘calves’ impressively at its face and is considered by many the most impressive and accessible glacier found outside of the polar regions.

 

The best time to visit Patagonia is in the summer months between November and April when the weather is mild. This also ties in with the Antarctic cruise season making the two destinations a perfect combination.

There are few things better than sipping a pisco sour with a stunning view of the mountains and striking turquoise waters of Torres del Paine National Park. The horn-shaped peaks had captivated me since the day they first caught my eye on a wall calendar back in the 90s. From the moment we landed in Punta Arenas and I was battered by wild gusts of wind, I knew this was my type of place. Later, I watched more wind whip through the grassy pampas, along with the fur of the guanacos that gather in herds throughout the park. I was struck by the vastness and an overwhelming feeling of emptiness – but in the best possible way! Days were filled with gorgeous scenery, whether it be through a window, on foot, or on horseback – complete with a magnificent condor soaring just overhead. Remote estancias were the perfect place to spend the evenings, with traditional Patagonian style asado (barbeque) and generous glasses of rich red wine. Across the border in Argentina, the Perito Moreno glacier takes your breath away. Quite literally, in fact – I found myself hurrying along the boardwalk and stairs every time I heard that distinctive cracking sound, in hopes of spotting a huge chunk of ice calving off the face of the glacier. I’ve met many a beautiful glacier in my lifetime, but never one that felt this alive!

Dorothy Chambers – Travel Designer

  • The number of penguins residing here is nearly equal to the number of people
  • Patagonia has wild horses that roam free in the mountains
  • It’s the home of Argentinian gaucho
  • Patagonia means “Land of the Big Feet”
  • You’ll find some of the world’s best whale watching spots here
  • It’s a gateway to Antarctic expeditions
  • The second longest living species on earth lives here – the Alerces Tree
  • Patagonia has its very own community of Welsh residents
  • The largest dinosaur on record is from Patagonia

 

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Antarctic Explorer Cruise:  Discovering the 7th Continent

Antarctica,South America 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of...

Antarctic Express Crossing the Circle
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Antarctica 11 Days / 10 Nights
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Simply combine the Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition itinerary with a direct round-trip flight from Chile to your polar-ready ship, to get our Antarctic...

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Antarctica 8 Days / 7 Nights
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The fastest way to get to Antarctica is by air, affording some spectacular views during the flight and avoiding the two-day crossing in each...

Australis Cruising in Patagonia
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South America 5 Days / 4 Nights

This scenic maritime route cruises through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego and highlights the splendour and beauty of Patagonia and some of its...

Buenos Aires & Patagonia
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South America 10 Days / 9 Nights

Combine Argentina's bustling cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires with the vast and beautiful southern landscapes of Patagonia, a remote land with jagged peaks and...

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South America 7 Days / 6 Nights

Explore South America's southern frontier, Patagonia, a vast, beautiful and remote land. With jagged peaks and pristine lakes, you'll be in awe of the...

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South America 4 Days / 3 Nights

Discover the wilderness of Patagonia from the luxurious Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa. Perfectly positioned to offer magnificent views of the Torres del...