Patagonia is fast becoming one of the leading trekking destinations in the world, and it’s easy to see why! Soaring rock formations, colossal glaciers and stunning forests make Patagonia a trekker’s paradise.
Lying on South America’s southern frontier and covering some 400,000 square miles, Patagonia is a wild landscape that is both barren and beautiful. The spaces are large, the granite spires high, and the rivers pristine. The open landscapes are wind-swept and empty, and you’ll have many of the trails to yourself as you explore this vast and stunning area.
Patagonia is without doubt a land of extremes. In the west the land is home to some of the most beautiful temperate rainforests on the planet whilst the east experiences some of the most ferocious winds in the Americas. Patagonia is also home – quite surprisingly – to the world’s seventh-largest desert.
For trekkers, the headlining acts include Torres Del Paine national Park, Teirra Del Fuego National Park, the Chilean Lake District and, of course, the famous Mount Fitzroy. Each area is a spectacle in natural beauty and all offer both multi-day treks and short day hikes. Favourites include W Trek in Torres Del Paine and the Fitz Roy Trek.
Almost all major treks in Patagonia are on well worn trails and there is very little chance of getting lost. Ranger huts are dotted along the bigger trails and you’ll find a fair amount of free campsites throughout the region. Remember though, the more popular routes often limit the amount of trekkers and you’ll need to book early to avoid disappointment. Campsites also book up early and you’ll often need to prove you have a booking to obtain a permit – this is only necessary on certain treks, particularly in the Torres Del Paine region.
On this page of the website we have provided a comprehensive overview on everything you’ll need to know before trekking in Patagonia.