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Patagonia & Torres del Paine Travel Guide


The fabled region of Patagonia refers to most of southern Chile and Argentina covering a large unspecified area. The origin of the word Patagonia is widely attributed to Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer, who used the word patagón, meaning giants, to describe the indigenous people he encountered whilst on an expedition to the area in 1520. Spectacular Torres del Paine is Chile’s most famous national park and one of Latin America’s most beautiful corners. Dotted with old estancias, traditional sheep farms, epic glaciers, temperate forests, unique wildlife and famously unpredictable weather, this is a wild but captivating region.

The giant mountain peaks, glacier lakes and vast landscapes of Patagonia and Torres del Paine will live long in the memory of anyone who travels to this wild southern region.

Best months to visit Patagonia & Torres del Paine

The weather in Patagonia and Torres del Paine is notoriously unpredictable and can change at any moment. You can expect to experience four seasons in one day, even in the summer months. The best time to go is between September and March with the peak period from December until February when lodges get booked up well in advance. The autumn colours are on display in March and April although during these months it will be becoming increasingly colder and wetter.

Our hand-picked hotels in Patagonia & Torres del Paine.

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Patagonia & Torres del Paine.

Best reasons to visit Patagonia & Torres del Paine

Perhaps Chile’s most spectacular destination, the high, imposing mountains and wild scenery of Patagonia and Torres del Paine are a highlight of any trip. Here are our highlights of the region.

Trek to the viewpoint at the base of Las Torres mountains

Tackle the Los Cuernos hike

Discover the famous Mylodon cave

Take a boat trip to Grey Lake to see the Grey Glacier up close

Navigate the icy fjords on a trip to the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers

Weather Averages for Patagonia & Torres del Paine

Other destinations in Chile

Read more about the diverse destinations we offer in Chile with our useful guides by using the links below.

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