Southern Patagonia is mostly a cold windswept steppe, well known for its extensive pebble beaches as well as for the deep-water lakes and vast glaciers in the Andes foothills along its western border with Chile.

One of the most amazing wonders of nature can be found here: The Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few glaciers in the world which is still advancing. This glacier lies in the National park Los Glaciares, a beautiful park with many glaciers and beautiful hiking places. The hiking haven of the south is El Chalten, from which the famous peaks of the Fitz Roy mountain can be admired.

In the southern tip of Patagonia we can find Ushuaia, also known as the end of the world. Ushuaia is famous for its Beagle canal, but besides that penguin colonies, glaciers, estancias and a national park can be visited.

What to do:

Ice-trekking on one of the many glaciers, visit the Perito Moreno, hike the National Park los Glaciares, go kayaking, horse-riding, take a 4wd tour through the National Park of Tierra del Fuego, visit the beavers, fare the Beagle Canal, stay on an estancia.

Best month to travel:

El Calafate/Perito Moreno from October – March. During these months all hotels are open and all activities can be undertaken. In the winter months some places close down and some excursions do not run.

Ushuaia: all year through, the wintermonths are good for skiing.

Travel Time & distances to El Calafate:
  • Travel time bus: n/a
  • Travel time plane: 3hs20m
  • Distance from Buenos Aires: 2082km
Travel Time & distances to Ushuaia:
  • Travel time bus: n/a
  • Travel time plane: 3hs35m
  • Distance from Buenos Aires: 2356km
Cultural Highlights
  • End of the world
  • Estancia live
Natural Highlights
  • Perito Moreno glacier
  • Upsala glacier
  • National Park Los Glaciares
  • Beagle Canal
  • National Park Tierra del Fuego
  • Torres del Paine (Chile)