FAQs about Patagonia
When is the best time to go to Patagonia?
Argentina’s summer is from December-February, so the best time to travel is throughout this period as well as the ‘shoulder season’ – roughly from the end of October to start of April. Because it’s so far south in the Southern Hemisphere, the weather is really unpredictable so we really only recommend travelling during this period. Winters (June-August) in Patagonia can be extremely cold and windy.
What is accommodation like in Patagonia?
Patagonia is an area of small towns that give access to the great outdoors, so the accommodation here is all very well-located. Travellers to Patagonia are after a comfortable night’s sleep in accommodation that makes the most of its surroundings, and this is exactly what our accommodation in Patagonia offers.
What should I pack for a trip to Patagonia?
Patagonia’s weather is erratic, so packing for all weathers is essential. One day it can be clear blue skies from start to end, while the following day the winds could bring the clouds rolling in. A windproof, waterproof jacket is a must-have, along with walking poles for the hiking. Comfortable walking boots or shoes are necessary, and sunglasses, suncream and lipbalm with sun protection will all come in handy. In the evenings, comfortable, casual clothes with a warm fleece or jumper are perfect for going to the local restaurants. You don’t need anything fancy or smart with you – everyone in Patagonia dresses for the outdoors and the elements, so comfort is key.
What are the best hikes in Patagonia?
By far the most famous trek in Patagonia is the W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park. This five-day trek is arguably the most mind-blowing and scenic trek in Patagonia - each day is full of glaciers, snow-capped peaks and emerald lagoons, with constant views of the granite spires – or towers - that give Torres its name. Aside from the W Trek, you can’t escape incredible scenery in Patagonia, with the Fitz Roy Massif in Chalten giving Torres del Paine a run for its money. Here, the classic trek to Laguna de los Tres is the most well-known hike, taking hikers to the emerald lagoon of Los Tres at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy. Another shorter but equally iconic hike is a trek on the ice of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This enormous natural masterpiece calves off at an incredible rate - hiking on the ice itself is a unique way to get up close.