The most southern part of South America, dream for many travellers: Patagonia complete guide will prepare you for the trip.
Patagonia is located at the southern end of the South America Continent. My complete guide to Patagonia in Chile and Argentina will help you to better organise your trip.
Patagonia is shared between Chile and Argentina with two coasts. Chilean part at the western coast toward the Pacific Ocean and ending up at the Easter part, next to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Andres Mountains separate Patagonia between Chile and Argentina. Both parts of Patagonia have different climate.
TRAVEL GUIDE TO PATAGONIA
Things to do in Patagonia?
Torres del Paine National Park in Chile
This unique Park is a must visit for travellers who admire trekking and nature. Torres del Paine National Park is located only 3 hours by bus from Puerto Natales.
Torres del Paine National Park is a challenge of your life. With a lot of exercise, sometimes heavy trekking along the mountains, all the effort will be rewarded with stunning and outstanding landscapes of Patagonia.
On the way, in the Torres del Paine National Park, you will see beautiful and wild guanacos, (Patagonian llamas).
The most popular route in the Torres del Paine National Park is famous W ROUTE. The journey takes around 4 days trekking in the Torres del Paine Park.
Before planning your trip, please check the regulations, click here.
Since October 2016, the entrance to the Torres del Paine National Park is very restrictive.
Visitors are only allowed to enter to the Park, if they have all the campings booked in advance, (you must have it printed with you).
Entrance costs to Torres del Paine National Park
- High Season: 1 October – 30 April
- Chileans: $ 6,000 CLP adults / $ 2,000 CLP children / $ 3,000 CLP seniors
- Foreigners: $ 21,000 CLP adults / $ 6,000 CLP children
- Low Season: 1 May – 30 September
- Chileans: $ 4,000 CLP / $ 1,000 CLP children / seniors $ 1,000 CLP
- Foreigners: $ 11,000 CLP / $ 1,000 CLP children
Foreign residents in Chile with valid RUT (Chilean ID), will pay the same fee as Chilean citizens.
This town, Puerto Natales on the south of Chile, receives travellers and explorers from around the World.
Puerto Natales hosts all the incomers that travel to Chile to visit Torres del Paine National Park.
Here in Puerto Natales, you can find a lot of hotels, hostels, restaurants or bars.
Puerto Natales is a beautiful city, located 247kms. to the northwest of Punta Arenas, has a lot to offer for their tourists.
With amazing panoramic views of Patagonian landscapes, tasty craft beers and every kind of accommodation ranging from economic hostels to luxurious hotels.
Find your accommodation in Puerto Natales here
How to get there?
Since 2017 there are daily flights available from Santiago de Chile directly to Puerto Natales.
If you are already in the South of Chile, you can take 3 hours Bus from Punta Arenas. Remember to book your ticket in advance during high season.
The bus companies also stop at the airport. If you want to take a bus from the airport, you have to book your ticket in advance. I can recommend these bus companies:
Punta Arenas is the capital region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica.
The city of Punta Arenas is beautiful and green but windy. Punta Arenas is considered as the best place to live with the highest quality of life in Chile.
If you are visiting Punta Arenas , you definitely can´t miss these spots:
- Cerro La Cruz (where you can admire the city view), see here.
- El Monumento Hernando de Magallanes, see on the map.
- Cementry of Punta Arenas (El Cementerio Municipal de Punta Arenas), see on the map.
- El Monumento al Ovejero, see on the map.
- El Monumento a Tripulantes la Goleta Ancud and beautiful view od the Estrecho de Magallanes from the coast, see on the map.
- Zona Franca (free tax zone for shopping lovers), see on the map.
- Typical restaurant: Kiosko Roca, where you can eat typical “choripán y leche con plátano!”, see on the map.
This Island is located in the centre of the Strain of Magellan (Estrecho Magellanes), only 35km north to the city of Punta Arenas.
Only here you can find up to 60.000 couples of Magellanic Penguins (Pingüinos Magallánicos), see closer their lives and beauty.
How to get to Isla Magdalena?
Take a boat from the harbour in Punta Arenas. Journey from Punta Arenas to Isla Magdalena takes around 1.5hours.
The boat navigates the same road that that the most famous navigators of the history did: Francis Drake, Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa, Hernando de Magellanes and Charles Darwin.
After you arrive to Isla Magdalena, you have an hour to walk around, admire thousands of penguins, nature, Cormorants and Gulls.
The tour goes at 10AM and 16PM every day only in the period of November to March. The rest of the year, the penguins are not on the Island.
How much does it cost to get to Magdalena Island?
The cost of the excursion: $40,000CLP (65USD). See the itinerary and timing here.
What is the weather like in Patagonia?
The weather from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams varies a lot. It changes from one minute into another. One minute it is nice and sunny but changes quickly into rainy and cloudy.
At the Chilean part the climate is wet with rainforests and endemic trees.
Argentinian part of Patagonia is more dry, largely a broad tertiary plateau of arid with a lot of winds.
Both parts of Patagonia are unique, splendid and definitely worth to visit in the South American continent.
Patagonia is well known for different weather changing, 4 season of the year during one day, sometimes snow, winds, sunny moments or heavy rains.
All the tips for yout trip are based in this guide to Patagonia on my personal experience of travelling to Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.
During your travelling to Patagonia, please visit Glacier Perrito Moreno in Argentina. All the information, guide and schedule you can find out here.
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