A guide to the patagonia region of argentina and chile

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 MY FAVORITE Patagonia SPOTS

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Isla de Chiloe

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Perito Moreno

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The Fitzroy

Bariloche, argentina

Bariloche was my first stop on my Patagonia adventure and definitely a place I will never forget. Bariloche is nestled in the mountains overlooking the spectacular Lake Bariloche. This city holds some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever had the honor to look upon. It’s a popular destination for college kids to come on holiday, skiers, and, of course, backpackers. The city is very walkable and hitchhiking is one of the most popular ways to get around.

Stay: Design Suites Bariloche

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Puerto varas + CHILOE ISLAND, chile

Chiloe Island is a little spot I have dreamed about for a while and Puerto Varas is the little gem I found on the road there. It took me three boats and four buses to get from Bariloche, Argentina to Puerto Varas, Chile, but let me tell you: it was so worth it! Puerto Varas is a beautiful little city nestled right on the Pacific Ocean. It is beautiful, friendly, and has a lot to offer a young traveler. It's also only about 2 hours from Chiloe Island which made it my ideal location to set up camp! 

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Stay: Hotel Patagonica

Chilo Island. The ferry ride to the island itself was great! Take time to explore the colorful houses of Chacau and then head further down the island to the Punihuil Penguin Colony for the most amazing beach you've ever seen and fun little adventure. Don't forget to visit the fresh markets in Ancud either! I would recommend taking two days to explore Chiloe, if possible. I think the best way to see it would be to rent a car for those days! 

torres del paine, chile

TDP gave me my first "typical" Patagonia experiences. From 125+ winds, watching a bus flip over, crossing rickety bridges, chasing Guanacos in an open field, to experiencing all 4 seasons in a matter of hours - this place put me through the ringer. I loved it.

*A guide is required for most of Torres Del Paine.

Can’t miss:

  • Glacier Largo Grey

  • The W Trail

  • The Falls

  • G Sushi – stop for lunch in Puerto Natales on your way to TDP

Stay:  Rio Serrano Hotel

el chalten, argentina

Nestled below the Mount Fitz Roy, El Chalten is a modest town famed as the trekking capital of the world. I spent a week here and never ran out of hikes to do – plus, you don’t need a guide for any of the trekks! This was the hands down best stop on my Patagonia trip. The weather can be very tricky here though, so I recommend spending at least week to ensure a good chance at getting clear skies.

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Stay: Condor de los Andes Hostel

FYI: Credit cards are not accepted anywhere in the town and there is only one ATM that works about 25% of the time. Bring cash!!

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el calafate, argentina

El Calafate is one of the bigger Patagonian cities known best for the Perito Moreno glacier. Perito Moreno took my breath away and was definitely a highlight on my trip - so much so that I went back again! I would suggest staying in El Calafate for about 2 days. The first to see the glacier and the second to explore the city.

Can’t miss:

  • Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Don Pichon – beautiful water views + apple pie

  • Visit the flamingos in the lake

  • Calafate’s summer concert series

Stay: American Del Sur Hostel

ushuia, argentina

Ushuaia, or as it is better know, "The End of the World," was the last stop on my Patagonian adventure. The city itself is a little quiet (and very cold) but the oppurtunity for adventures are endless! Ushuia is about a thirty minute bus ride from the famed Tierra Del Fuego National Park – full of beautiful hikes and glaciers, and the main attraction to the city. I also highly recommend taking a trip out to Isla de Martillo where you will have the chance to get up close and personal with King, Gentoo, and Magellan penguins! While you’re there, you can also ski, sail along the Beagle Channel, or even jump on a boat to Antarctica.

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Stay: Hostel Cruz Del Sur