Southern Patagonia is a vast region of grassland steppe, forests, mountains, ice fields and vivid-coloured glacial lakes. While on holiday here you'll see some of the most dramatic scenery in the world and it is also rich with wildlife.

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  • Spend a morning ice-trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier - one of the few in the world that is not retreating.

Luxury Holidays to Southern Patagonia: the Detail

Picture yourself on a map when you're here and you realise how far south you are; indeed, the southernmost city in the world; Ushuaia, sits at the very southern tip of Argentinian Patagonia, after which the landmass gives way until the start of the mighty Antarctic White Continent.

Around the airport town of El Calafate, Argentina's renowned Los Glaciares National Park contains dozens of glaciers, including giants such as the Viedma, the Upsala and the famous Perito Moreno which delivers its cargo of ice into Lago Argentino.

Northwards, 140 miles and two lakes divide El Calafate and El Chaltén, hiking and trekking capital of Argentinian Patagonia. Two major mountains dominate; Cerros Torre and Fitzroy are tough technical climbs but their slopes are ideal for dedicated walkers; camping is one option, but there are also several excellent comfortable lodges in the area.

Between them, these destinations in South Patagonia offer a wide variety of outdoor holiday activities in beautiful natural surroundings, from trekking, horse riding and mountain biking to boating, kayaking or fly fishing on the lakes, and barbecues at local farms. There's also the chance to see native wildlife such as the guanaco and birds including the graceful Andean condor.


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Enjoying a wee dram of Famous Grouse with glacier ice whilst stood on Perito Moreno.

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A note on price

Like many of its neighbours, Argentina is a large country and so much of the expense in travelling here lies in flying domestically. Hotels, lodges and estancias range from rustic to super-luxe, so it’s possible to arrange holidays catering for all budgets. A two-week trip would start from roughly £3,500 per person including international flights. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 26°C / 78°F
  • Rainfall — 3cm / 1.3 inches
Flight from London

13:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Top picks for Southern Patagonia

Esplendor Hotel El Calafate

Esplendor Hotel El Calafate

Southern Patagonia

Simplicity is the name of the game at this comfortable hotel perched on a hill above the city of El Calafate from which to explore the wilderness and mountains of Patagonia.

Where to stay

Argentina Glacier

Glacier Ice Trekking

Southern Patagonia

Southern Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park stretches parallel to the Andes for over 120 miles, its most famous members being the Perito Moreno, Upsala and Onelli.

What to do

Horse Riding, Argentina

Riding in Southern Patagonia

Southern Patagonia

Although El Chalten is known for its superb hiking and mountain climbing, its pristine wild scenery also lends itself perfectly to some spectacular riding.

What to do

Estancia Helsingfors

Estancia Helsingfors

Southern Patagonia

The Estancia Helingsfors is a traditional and cosy home-from-home in the ruggedly spectacular Los Glaciares National Park of Patagonia.

Where to stay

Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina

Southern Patagonia

Set in the middle of the Glacier National Park, reaching the charming Estancia Cristina is an adventure in its own right involving a four-hour boat ride along Lago Argentino past the vast Upsala Glacier and dodging icebergs on route.

Where to stay

Los Cerros

Los Cerros

Southern Patagonia

Set on a hillside surrounded by dramatic scenery, Hotel Los Cerros overlooks the small town of El Chaltén in Southern Patagonia.

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