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Yes, of all the places we have visited, Patagonia has the most stunning scenery. Home to some of the world’s greatest hiking locations, glaciers, volcanoes, stunning blue lakes, mountain scenery, wildlife, and few people.  Food and travel in Patagonia will leave you spellbound. If you ever have the chance to visit Patagonia, take it, you won’t regret it.

Torres del Paine National Park and Monte Fitz Roy boast some of the greatest multi-day and day hiking options in the world. And then you have Cape Horn, with glaciers and fjords further south.

Although it is remote, especially the southern sections, your reward is to view spectacular scenery and it is not overrun with tourists.

And of course there is no shortage of good South American wine to enjoy with your Patagonian meals. Food and travel in Patagonia is truly unique!

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Planning a Trip to Patagonia

 Beautiful Accommodation in Patagonia

Want to view the magnificent lake scenery of northern Patagonia? There is no shortage of beautiful accommodation both on the Chilean side and the Argentine side. The area around Bariloche (Argentina) is just stunning and milder than most parts of Patagonia.  On the Chilean side, try Osorno, Chiloe, or Puerto Vargas for beautiful accommodation options.

Some of the world’s greatest hiking destinations, with scenery to match, provide the backdrop to some very unique luxury escapes offering views with jaw dropping scenery. Torres del Paine National Park (nearest town Puerto Natales) and Monte Fitz Roy (nearest town El Chalten) do not disappoint with a range of accommodation options.  The closest town to the Perito Moreno Glacier is El Calafate, and it has an airport.  If you are after luxury, there are a few small luxury hotels providing stunning views of some of the most remote and unspoiled scenery anywhere in the world.

Further South, Ushuaia (Argentina), known as the end of the earth, provides access to Tierra Del Fuego or Punta Arenas on the Chilean side.

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Transportation: Getting Around in Patagonia

The distances in South America, particularly in Patagonian Chile and Argentina can be vast. Towns are few and far between with few roads when traveling from one place to another. Browse the site and benefit from our experience traveling in South America, and make sure you read the planning your trip to Patagonia post. It includes a lot of great travel tips,including transportation.

Choose from these options for traveling around Patagonia:

  • Bus
  • Private transfers
  • Air
  • Or rent-a-car and drive.

In Patagonia, chances are you will spend some time on a long distance bus. The drivers are safe, buses are modern, run frequently and are very affordable (especially compared to air or renting a car). The downside is the vast distances. This can mean long (22+ hours) spent on the bus. So we recommend bus travel for shorter distances or if you are on a tight budget and have plenty of time.

Private transfers can be very expensive even for short distances; we used the bus instead.

For Car Rental in Patagonia

You can rent a car for parts or all of your trip.  Keep in mind fuel can be expensive and the driving distances can be long.  Also make sure to  check you can take the car across international borders (between Chile and Argentina) if required for your itinerary.

We use and recommend Holiday Autos.  The quoted price includes all fees and extras.  Download our rental car checklist to check your quote.

Flights to Patagonia

Air travel cuts travel times dramatically in the vast and remote areas of Patagonia but it can be expensive.

We flew several legs with LATAM and took the bus for several legs. If it was more than 6-8 hours drive we flew, if not we took a bus. There is an option to purchase a LAN Pass if you fly from an international destination on a One World Alliance Airline.

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Travel Insurance

And don’t forget travel insurance! If ever there is a place for travel insurance it is Patagonia. About Patagonia. All tourist areas in Patagonia are remote. The further south you go (to the end of the world) the more remote Patagonia becomes. Areas such as Torres del Paine and Monte Fitz Roy are remote and rugged with lots of outdoor activities. So, there is scope for injury.

You just never know when you will need travel insurance. And it may not be you. What happens if you have to return home in the middle of a dream trip for a funeral? Are you covered? Can you afford it? This is where travel insurance from a reputable company can be worth its weight in gold.  We use World Nomads for travel insurance.

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Patagonia Travel Tips and Planning Your Trip

Travel Tips for Planning a Trip to Patagonia Patagonia Travel Tips – Everything you need for planning your trip to Patagonia, including bus, flights, visas, travel tips, planning resources and itinerary suggestions. Patagonia Travel Tips and Planning Your Trip Why is Patagonia so expensive? It is a remote area and the distances are vast, population is limited, and these factors help the area retains its charm and beauty. It also means traveling around can be challenging. This is what we … Read More

Patagonian Dinner Party Menu Complete with Wine Suggestions

Today we feature a Patagonian dinner party with matching wines. Torrontes and carmenere, two wonderful South American wines, are matched with scallop and leek empanadas and chimichurri-marinated, high temperature-roasted lamb.  We finish off with a dessert featuring the the quintessential dulce de leche. Sticking with tradition at Compass and Fork, our last food post for a country (or region in the case of Patagonia) is a dinner party. We have featured 4 recipe posts for Patagonia, a little less than … Read More

Patagonian Fish with Leek and Red Bell Pepper Sauce

Thick white fish fillets cooked in a naturally sweet sauce of red bell peppers, tomato and leek.  Easy to prepare and quick to cook.  Today we are featuring Patagonian fish with leek and red bell pepper sauce. Traveling around the southern part of Patagonia, towns are remote, on the coast and long distances apart.  Roads are almost non-existent, meaning you undertake transport by sea or river.  Naturally, fishing is a major industry here in Patagonia (both in Chile and Argentina). … Read More

Ushuaia to Punta Arenas aboard the Via Australis

Cruising Ushuaia to Punta Arenas aboard Via Australis What better way to finish our Patagonian adventure than with a small ship cruise around the tip of South America. Leaving from Ushuaia cruising through the Beagle Channel, around Cape Horn, exploring some remote glaciers and stopping to see the penguins along the way. The cruise is 5 days, 4 nights, terminating in Punta Arenas. We are traveling with Cruceros Australis on the Via Australis. This is the grand finale to our … Read More

Patagonian Scallop and Leek Empanadas

These baked, Patagonian scallop and leek empanadas are filled with scallops, leek, red bell pepper, tomato and green (spring) onion.  The filling is delicately poached in white wine and herbs before being enveloped in pastry, then baked until golden. With little human development in Patagonia, the waters are free of pollution affecting other parts of the world. Seafood from the area is renowned and is naturally a popular staple for the local inhabitants as well as for the lucky tourists … Read More

El Chalten and Mount Fitz Roy: Argentina’s Hiking Capital

El Chalten and Mount Fitz Roy If you are into hiking, El Chalten and Mount Fitz Roy need to be on your Patagonia itinerary. Located just north of Los Glaciares National Park, El Chalten is Argentina’s hiking capital. It was founded in 1985 to cater to hikers in the area. You can day hike from the town or overnight hike whichever you prefer. It is a small town and you can walk to everything. And as an added bonus, the … Read More

Visiting Perito Moreno Glacier: One of Nature’s Wonders

Glaciers, there is just something about them. Visiting Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park is truly awe inspiring. Located in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina it is one of the biggest glaciers in the world and the most visited tourist attraction of Argentinean Patagonia. It is located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) outside of El Calafate. Buses run to the park daily from the town so it is easy to get there (as opposed to some glaciers … Read More

Dulce de Leche Creme Caramel Dessert

If you like caramel, then you will love dulce de leche!  It’s exponentially better than caramel and you will find this sweet treat throughout Patagonia.  Our recipe for Dulce de Leche Creme Caramel Dessert puts a South American spin on the classic creme caramel dessert. After all of that magnificent hiking at Torres Del Paine, you deserve some of life’s pleasures.  Dulce de leche is a traditional Argentinian dessert enjoyed across South and Central America.  Just what you need after … Read More

Torres Del Paine National Park: Hiking the W

There are a lot of options for hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park.  Considered one of the best hikes in Patagonia and definitely one of the most popular, is the “W”, a four-day, four-night, 65 kilometer hike, shaped roughly like a W, thus the name. We had the pleasure of hiking the W and it is definitely one of the best long distance hikes we have completed. Walking through hiking the W day by day in this post, you … Read More

Entering Torres Del Paine National Park via Rio Serrano

Torres Del Paine National Park Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile, is one of the most visited parts of Patagonia. And having been there you can see why. It is stunning. The wildlife is spectacular including condors and guanacos.  The hiking is well marked and plentiful, allowing you to explore even the furthest reaches of the park. When I began researching this portion of the trip, I must say I was confused. It was very difficult to find clear … Read More

Chiloe and Patagonia Roast Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce

Colorful palifitos, pit-cooked curanto, fabulous eco-accommodation, hiking, paddling and delightful meals overlooking the sea.  Sound good?  We are in Chiloe, an island off the coast of Patagonian Chile, not too far from the town of Puerto Montt.  Join us to discover the highlights of Chiloe and Patagonia Roast Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce, an easy recipe celebrating the flavors of Patagonia.   Relaxed, lovely scenery, unique, over-water houses built on stilts (palifitos) and the opportunity to try curanto a unique method … Read More

Visiting Puerto Varas Chile- Lakes, Volcanos and More

Puerto Varas Puerto Varas is a little slice of gourmet food, European influence and fantastic scenery tucked away in the Lakes & Volcano District of Chile. In the most Northern section of Patagonia it is a good place to start a Patagonian itinerary. Located along Lake Llanquihué, Chile’s second largest lake, with the snow-capped Osorno Volcano, Mt. Calbuco and Mt. Tronador all visible, Puerto Varas has a reputation as one of Chile’s most picturesque towns. Puerto Varas is 12 miles … Read More

Exploring the Natural Beauty of Bariloche

San Carlos De Bariloche, or just Bariloche, is a beautiful town in Argentina on the shores of Lake (Lago) Nahuel Huapi. Looking like something from a child’s story book, Bariloche is picture perfect. The lake is a stunning deep blue color, especially when it reflects the sky. The town is surrounded by mountains and the architecture has a definite alpine feel. A destination in all seasons, Bariloche has a lot to offer. With peaks reaching up to 2000 meters, in … Read More

Patagonia Seven Fascinating Facts of Interest

Patagonia is the vast area at the bottom of South America. It is a land just calling out for descriptive adjectives: vast, remote, beautiful, breathtaking, windy, rugged, and wild. If you ever wanted to get away from it all and appreciate nature at its finest, Patagonia is it. And it is a place many of us know little about, so here we go Patagonia Seven Fascinating Facts of Interest. Having long been on our Top 10 Travel Wishlist, we can’t wait … Read More




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