The thing about a trip to Patagonia, is that you can’t just drop in at the base of the mountains with your backpack and get going. There are logistics involved and piecing them all together is not that simple, until now, because we are going to help with that.
Adventurers from all over the world, dream of trekking through these southern South American lands. Patagonia is a home for nature’s unforgiving spirit and unmatched splendor. It does all things in extremes – extremely brutal weather, extremely hard to get to, extremely impressive peaks, extremely awe-striking colors… and as people who embrace the world of extremes, this was just the place for us.
First important thing to know to avoid seeming like a noob… Patagonia is not a country, it is a region. It spans southern Chile and Argentina. Patagonia has many treasures – mountains, glaciers, penguins, lakes, and trails that crave your hiking boots. Both the Chilean and Argentinian sides have much to offer and it is hard to pick a favorite. The infamous “W” trail brings fame to Chile, but there is no peak that rivals Fitz Roy of Argentina in our book.
It is not easy or cheap to get to Patagonia, so we highly recommend making time for both sides of the region if possible. That said, if we HAD to choose, we would go to Argentina because we’d rather stop in Buenos Aires than Santiago and we’d rather see Fitz Roy than just about anything else out there. Chile’s Torres Del Paine national park is more well-known and has more tourists visit than Argentina’s Glacier National Park, but again, these places are both spectacular so go to both and decide for yourself which mountain steals your heart – there are plenty to choose from.