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Magallanes Patagonia

Torres del Paine

The main attraction of this National Park and Biosphere Reserve is its famous mountains. ...

Antarctica

This continent covered in ice and snow offers an opportunity to see whales, elephant seals, penguins and other birds. ...

Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego is home to virgin landscapes, mountains and lots of fishing spots. ...

The Mylodon Cave

Each day this legendary beast lures visitors into its Pleistocene home, an immense cave with 30-meter-high ceilings. ...

Puerto Natales

Patagonia’s most important national park is a Biosphere Reserve that covers more than 200,000 hectares. ...

Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas is known for its architecture, culture and cuisine and for being one of the world’s southernmost cities. ...

The Strait of Magellan

This has been a magical place whose history is populated by explorers, pirates, naturalists and pioneers since 1520. ...

Puerto Edén

An unforgettable boat trip through the Patagonian archipelago will take you to Puerto Edén. ...

Cruises to Puerto Williams and Cape Horn

These cruises offer the opportunity to sail to the edge of the world, where only albatrosses dare to venture. ...

Dientes de Navarino

Embark on a five-day trek form Puerto Williams to the craggy chain of hills known as Dientes de Navarino. ...

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Experience the Magic of the End of the World

There are still places in the world where you can enjoy a view that seems to go beyond the horizon in every direction and be utterly at peace and at one with nature. More restless visitors to southern Patagonia can try their hand at trekking, bird watching, kayaking, mountaineering, climbing, ice hiking, cycling, horseback riding and whale watching.

The astonishing light is full of contrasts, colors and textures thanks to the region's latitude. Catch a sunrise or sunset in Torres del Paine National Park, where you'll be able to observe condors, foxes, guanacos (a camelid), ostriches and pumas up close. Its paths are well worth the journey- they are some of the finest in Patagonia- as is the sight of the mountains turning red as the sun goes down. Add to this Dientes de Navarino, the world's southernmost trekking route, which is located at the mythical Tierra del Fuego.

Sail through fjords, canals and the Strait of Magellan while gazing out onto hundreds of glaciers. You'll also be able to observe penguin colonies and sail close to dolphins, orcas and humpback whales. Over one hundred of the latter can be seen in Marino Francisco Coloane Park, the only place in the southern hemisphere where they feed besides Antarctica.

Feeling truly adventurous? Travel to South America's southernmost point, Cape Horn, or continue on to Antarctica, a scientific and ecological treasure.

Watch this video of Southern Patagonia

 

Featured Destinations of Southern Patagonia

aAntarctica
bStrait of Magellan
c   Punta Arenas
d   Tierra del Fuego
e   Torres del Paine National Park
fPuerto Natales

 

Tours you can do

Hiking Torres del Paine

The Mylodon Cave
Dientes de Navarino

Magdalena Island
Marino Francisco Coloane Park

Puerto Edén
Última Esperanza - Mariano Glacier


Cruises to Puerto Williams and Cape Horn

 

Getting there

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By Plane
To Punta Arenas: Flights depart Santiago airport daily (4h 15min, depending on stopovers). You can also take a flight from Puerto Montt. All flights arrive at Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Airport.
To Puerto Williams: Daily flights from Punta Arenas (1h 15min).
To Porvenir (Tierra del Fuego): Daily flights from Punta Arenas (15 min).
To the Chilean section of Antarctica: Flights go from Punta Arenas to the Presidente Frei Airbase on San Jorge Island (4 hours). Frequency depends on the climate.
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By Car
Punta Arenas and other parts of southern Patagonia can be accessed through five different Chile-Argentina border crossings. Some tour companies cover the Osorno-Punta Arenas stretch, a 36-hour journey through Argentine territory.

To Puerto Natales: Take Route 9 north approximately 241km (it is northeast of Punta Arenas, where you'll find buses, car rental services and shuttles that make the four hour trip). Also reachable from Argentina through the border crossings.

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By Boat
You can reach Puerto Natales by ferry from Puerto Montt. Boats depart once a week and the journey takes 3 nights and 4 days.
There is also weekly ferry service to Puerto Williams from Punta Arenas (36 hours). The boat departs the Tres Puentes Terminal, which is 5 km north of the city.
You can take a ferry to Porvenir from Punta Arenas (2 and a half hours approximately). The boat departs the Tres Puentes Terminal, which is 5 km north of the city.
Most cruise ships going to Antarctica depart Ushuaia, Argentina. Aerotours to Antarctica can be combined with a boat trip to Ushuaia, Argentina departing Punta Arenas.
 

 

Activities that we recommend

 

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Patagonian Culture Long Days Four Seasons
Patagonia has a fascinating rural culture. Get a glimpse of it by visiting the region's ranches, where you'll can see gauchos (cowboys) at work, enjoy mate tea and spit roast lamb, watch typical activities such as sheep shearing and horse taming and attend traditional festivals with Chilean rodeo and races. Summer days seem to last forever hear. During this season (December to March), the generous quota of 17 hours of daylight facilitates sightseeing and optimal enjoyment of your stay. Despite the area's latitude, the seasons are quite marked here, and distinctive colors and hues can be observed throughout the year. Winter is synonymous with snow, but while it may be quite cold and the days are shorter, the climate is more stable during this season because there is less wind. This is a great time to visit because there are fewer tourists and prices are lower. Hotels remain fully operational year-round.

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The Changing Climate What to Bring
The climate can be so fickle that it is not uncommon to experience rain, sunshine, hail, heat, cold and wind gusting up to 100km/h all in the same day. The good news is that these relentless shifts in the weather make for unique adventures. Make sure you are prepared for the cold, warmth and rain. Walking boots are essential, as are a waterproof jacket, coat, sunhat, warm hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent.

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