If you’re looking for a breathtaking and diverse outdoor adventure, look no further than the South America Patagonia region. With its towering mountains, pristine lakes, and lush forests, Patagonia offers something for everyone. Whether you’re an experienced outdoorsman or a complete novice, there’s sure to be an activity to get your blood pumping!
If you’re the active type, hiking is a surefire way to get your blood pumping and enjoy some fresh air while exploring beautiful Patagonia. Within the region, there are four principal hiking trails: the Inca Trail, Camino de la Costa, Laguna San Rafael Circuit, and Cerro Castillo. Each trail takes several days to complete, and you can expect to hike several miles per day.
Camino de la Costa – located on the southeastern edge of the region, this trail takes hikers through pristine forests and along gorgeous lakes. You’ll spend your first day hiking up Cerro Campanario (Mount Campanario) before setting up camp near Lago General Carrera (Lake General Carrera).
Laguna San Rafael Circuit – this trial has four different sections, each of which takes 1-3 days to complete. The first section covers the same ground as the Inca Trail, and hikers can expect another three sections that allow them to see everything from glaciers to lagoons!
Inca Trail – this trail is the most popular of all four, and it stretches for 19 miles through magnificent scenery. The best time to do the Inca Trail is between March and September before the summer rains come.
Cerro Castillo – this trail takes you through dense forests in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine (National Park Torres del Paine).
No outdoor adventure is complete without a few nights spent under the stars, and Patagonia makes it easy to spend a night or two outdoors. Within the region’s many national parks and reserves, there are hundreds of campsites available for you to pitch your tent in style!
Some of the most popular camping locations are the Lago Grey and Laguna Amarga in Parque Nacional Torres del Paine , and Cerro Castillo in Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi.
The vast forests and meadows of South America Patagonia are perfect for horseback riding! Those who have previous experience with horses should challenge themselves by going on an overnight or multi-day trip.
In Patagonia, horseback riding is a great way to see the beautiful scenery up close, and it’s an ideal activity for those looking for a more intimate outdoor experience. Be forewarned though- Patagonia isn’t called “horse heaven” for nothing! Expect to spend several hours on horseback each day throughout your adventure. Some of the most popular trips are:
Horses to Horn – this guided ride will take you through forests and along rivers, and it’s available from March through October. You can expect two or three days of horseback riding at a comfortable pace.
Estancia Harberton – located on Isla Navarino (Puerto Williams), this guided horseback ride is open from November through May and takes you on a journey through beautiful forests and grasslands.
Kayaking & Fishing
If you’re looking to save your legs for the hike, or if water sports are more your speed, kayaking and fishing can be equally rewarding. Andean Expeditions offers great kayaking experiences that allow you to paddle in pristine turquoise waters. If fishing is more your speed, there are several spots in South America Patagonia where you can find world-class fly fishing. Be sure to look into both kayaking and fishing as potential activities before you book your trip.
Patagonia is a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. With so much to offer, you’ll have the time of your life whether you’re camping under the stars, hiking through breathtaking scenery or horseback riding with friends. If you want help planning an unforgettable adventure in Patagonia–whether it’s kayaking on pristine waters or fishing at world-class fly fishing spots–we can make your dream come true!