SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN PATAGONIA.
Patagonia is the edge of the world—a land of never-ending plains and heart-breaking mountains. It represents both the new hope of immigrants and the ancient domain of the Mapuche and Tehuelche.
—— IMAGE GALLERY
READ IN PATAGONIA BY BRUCE CHATWIN
SIP YERBA MATE
EXPERIENCE RIDING WITH GAUCHOS
Patagonia extends across the southern territory of Chile and Argentina—from Neuquén and Araucanía in the north to Tierra del Fuego in the south, from the Chilean fjords to Argentina’s south Atlantic cliffs.
In the west, granite spears and ice-clad volcanoes loom above pale-blue lakes and primordial forests. East of the Andes, the Patagonian steppe stretches to the horizon.
Nature is alive here. She speaks in the voice of the wind, the song of hopeful birds, and the crack of ancient ice. Come and listen.
LANDED arranges personalized travel in Patagonia and throughout South America. We organize luxury accommodations, private transportation, and tours with expert guides. Speak with a travel planner today at 801.582.2100. We’ll take care of the details.
—— FEATURED POST
Argentine Patagonia is transformative.
AYSEN & MAGALLANES
BARILOCHE & THE LAKES DISTRICT
CHILE TO ARGENTINA CRUISE
CRUISING THE STRAIT OF MAGELLAN
LANIN & SAN MARTIN DE LOS ANDES
ROUTE 40: DEEP PATAGONIA
ROUTE 7: WILD PATAGONIA
THE CHILEAN LAKE DISTRICT
THE VALDES PENINSULA
TIERRA DEL FUEGO
TORRES DEL PAINE
YACHT CHARTERS IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA
—— ALBUMS & STORIES
PATAGONIA PACKING LIST
When should I go to Patagonia?
Weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable, as is the case in many mountainous regions with varied terrain. It is not uncommon to experience sunshine, wind, rain, and even snow on a single day, even if traveling during the months of Austral Summer (December to February).
During South America’s summer months temperatures generally range between the mid-40’s and mid-60’s. Argentine Patagonia has a more Arid climate, while Chile maintains an average humidity of 75% year-round.
Want help sifting through Patagonia’s vast and varied travel options? Overwhelmed by the choices? Speak with one of our Patagonia experts today, at 801.582.2100.
What is the best time to visit Patagonia?
The best time to visit Patagonia is between November and March. Most Patagonian lodges and hotels are closed during the Austral winter months (May to September).
The shoulder months, October, November, March, and April, have fewer visitors and can be a fine time to travel in Patagonia.
Want answers to all your Patagonia travel questions? Would you like a Patagonia travel expert to help you sort through the options? Overwhelmed by the idea of creating and managing the perfect once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Speak to one of our Patagonia experts. We’ve lived in Patagonia, traveled there solo, visited as couples, and taken our children on vacations to Patagonia. Speak with us today, parent to parent, at 801.582.2100.
What language is spoken in Patagonia?
Spanish is the official and predominant language in both Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. English is spoken in locations frequented by foreign visitors or larger cities, but in rural areas and away from hotels, English is rarely spoken. Additionally, there are small pockets of indigenous communities within Patagonia who speak the indigenous Mapuche language known as Mapugundun.
Want help sifting through the options for your Patagonia vacation? Speak with one of our Patagonia travel experts today, at 801.582.2100.
What should I pack for Patagonia?
Great question. Packing for Patagonia is not difficult.
LANDED has prepared this packing list for our clients visiting Patagonia.
You’re adventurous, and we’d love to meet you. The expert travel planners at LANDED have been helping all sorts of clients experience Patagonia since 2006. Have questions? We’ve got you. Speak with one of our Patagonia experts today at 801.582.2100.
Is Patagonia good for kids?
Yes. You knew we’d say so. But that’s not a sales pitch. It’s a realistic appraisal by parents who have traveled to Patagonia with their own children—parents who are experts on travel in Patagonia but who, like you, once took their families to Patagonia for the first time.
Teens and tweens have most of the same options their parents have: hiking, biking, kayaking, puma tracking, and multi-sport outings. Hikes and horseback rides can be adapted for younger children, or we can pair off into groups based on desired levels of activity—one parent and guide per group. Everyone can enjoy cultural interactions, cooking classes, picnics, sailing, wildlife viewing, fishing, and river trips.
Speak to a Patagonia travel expert at LANDED today—parent to parent—at 801.582.2100. When you travel with LANDED you’ll be relaxed and prepared, allowing you to fully enjoy the moments and make great family memories.
What is the recommended age for children to visit Patagonia?
Children of all ages are welcome and can enjoy Patagonia. We’ve helped clients travel throughout Patagonia with teens, tweens, young children, and babes in arms. A few lodges do have minimum ages, but that’s usually for stays devoted to trekking or fishing. More often, you’ll find that some of the activities (technical treks, kayaking, horseback riding) are restricted to travelers who demonstrate the necessary stamina, self-awareness, and body control. Sometimes that means a minimum age of 12 or 14 for those activities.
If you have the opportunity to travel to Patagonia with your children, take it. We’ve adapted active itineraries for families with children as young 5. Some parents have opted for kid-carrier backpacks, allowing the whole family to enjoy a challenging hike.
One other consideration is travel time. Some of the best places in Patagonia have retained their special character in part because they are not so convenient. Drives of 5.5 hours are not unheard of. Where possible, we can limit travel times through airport selection, and schedule drives during a time of day when naps are likely.
At LANDED, we’ve traveled with our own children to some of the top lodges and hotels across Patagonia. We know the territory first hand and by heart. We’ll help you with all the logistics, and assist you in knowing how and what to pack. We’ve got you. Speak with one of our Patagonia travel experts, parent to parent, today at 801.582.2100.
How safe is Patagonia?
Argentina and Chile—the two nations whose territories include Patagonia—are generally quite safe; however, common sense precautions are still important. When you travel away from the urban areas (e.g. Buenos Aires and Santiago) and into Patagonia, you will find that crime rates are virtually non-existent. Still, you should be mindful of your valuables when visiting the region’s larger cities such as Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, or El Calafate.
If you are worried about your health and safety in Patagonia, carefully consider the level of fitness required for the activities you’ve chosen. Even if a cold wind is blowing, consistent hydration is essential. Proper equipment is a must.
Since 2006, we’ve been helping travelers of all sorts (e.g. adventurous singles, honeymoon and empty-nest couples, families with young children, and multi-generational families) explore Patagonia in style.
Most of our clients leave the travel logistics to us. Doesn’t that sound better? Speak with one of our Patagonia experts today, at 801.582.2100.
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