Patagonia is the name of the vast sparsely-populated southern regions of South America, spread over Chile and Argentina and is one of the most popular region's for overland travel with Dragoman. The region encompasses many different landscapes, including the serene alpine lake districts and coniferous forests of Bariloche and El Bolson, the haunting desolate beauty of the moorlands and plains along Argentina's infamous Ruta 40, and the awe-inspiring fjords, glaciers and mountains of southern Chile.
The whole region is arguably one of the most stunning places to travel through in the world and there are countless natural highlights to be seen which are truly off the beaten track, such as the active Villarica volcano in Pucón, the Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate and the incredible Mount Fitz Roy near El Chaltén.
The jewel in the crown of Patagonia is the fantastic Torres del Paine National Park in the very south of Chile. The approach to the park and seeing the mountain ranges getting closer and closer as you approach in your Dragoman truck is an unforgettable moment to be really savoured – the gnarled mountains almost look like gigantic petrified flames across the horizon, providing a vista that takes your breath away anew each morning. It is one of the most photographed massifs in the world, but seeing the mountains in real life gives you a sense of their impressive size much more than any photograph can!
Torres del Paine is a trekker's paradise, featuring a beautiful walk along the lake shore to the vista of the Grey glacier, a climb up the stunning French Valley where you are surrounded by the mountains on three sides, and of course a climb up to the viewpoint of the famous monoliths known as the 'three towers'.
The classic W Walk route in Torres del Paine
On Dragoman's trips to Torres del Paine, we include a 'base package' of guided walks to the Grey glacier and the three towers. We spend 5 nights in the national park, which provides the chance to extend this into the entire 'W-walk' along the whole southern edge of the massif, or to go out horse riding or on a boat trip on one of the lakes. If you're very very lucky, you may even spot a wild puma lurking around in the moors... It's a place that you'll feel very sorry to head away from, and definitely worth braving the wind for!
We visit Torres del Paine on the Santiago to Ushuaia (ZSU) and Santiago to Buenos Aires (ZSB) trips.