Today, travelling with Pedro, we have Brazilian travel blogger Murilo Pagani, who blogs on Volto Logo (I’ll be back soon). Murilo knows Latin America like the palm of his hands and shares with us his tips on the top places to visit in the Argentinean Patagonia – without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

The world is vast and with plenty of amazing places waiting to be explored. It’s been a while since I realised that so, as a rule of thumb, I decided I’d not return to the same place again. After all, I don’t know if I’ll have the time (and the money) to see everything I want to. But, as we all learned at school, every rule has an exception. And Patagonia is my exception.

None of the places I’ve been to makes me want to return as much as Patagonia. None of them has landscapes so beautiful to make any picture a good one. And no other place can be so desolate and, at the same time, so welcoming that you always want to be back.

You’ll find mountains, lakes, glaciers, sea mammals and birds aplenty. In other words, it’s nature at its best!

Creating an itinerary for an adventure trip to Patagonia can be a daunting task, especially if your time is limited. So, in order to help you plan your Patagonia itinerary, I’m listing here the top places to visit in Patagonia. I hope you’ll find it useful! 🙂

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN THE ARGENTINEAN PATAGONIA

1- TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK

City: Ushuaia

Located only about 10km (6 miles) from Ushuaia city centre, make sure to have at least a full day to explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost point in the Americas.

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

You can get there by public transport, rent a car or visit with a travel agency. If you choose the latter, you can buy a package that takes you on the “Tren del Fin del Mundo” or the “Train of the End of the World”. It’s a replica of the train that used to take the city prisoners to the park. The first part of the itinerary is by train, then you complete the trip within the park by bus or minivan, allowing you to stop for pictures, snacks and for a proper walk in the wild.

2- BEAGLE CANAL

City: Ushuaia

If you sail through the Beagle Canal, you’ll have the chance to see one Patagonia’s most famous postcards: Faro Les Eclaireurs, or simply “The Lighthouse at the End of the World”, which gave name to one of Jule Vernes’s books.

The itinerary usually also includes a visit to Isla de los Lobos (Wolfs’ Island) and Isla de los Pájaros (Birds’ Island). It’s also a great opportunity to see many bird species in their natural inhabitat, as well as sealions.

3- ISLA MARTILLO

City: Ushuaia

The island is a great place for you to watch penguins from a very close distance. For that reason, it’s also known as “Penguinera”.

Only one agency, Piratour, is licensed to offer tours around the island. So I highly recommend you book your tour in advance or, at least, as soon as you arrive in Ushuaia, for there’s a limited number of visitors allowed there every day.

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

These measures are extremely important to stop tourism from changing penguins’ behaviour. These cute animals live on the island from September to April.

4- MARTIAL GLACIER

City: Ushuaia

This is a relatively short tour, but one that will reward you with great landscapes and amazing views over Beagle Canal. Make sure to have one full morning or afternoon to visit Cerro Martial. It’s only a few miles from the city and you can take a taxi or mini-bus to get there.

As the way up is too steep and tiring, I recommend you use the cablecar. Save your energy to walk around the area and for other routes.

5- CERRO CASTOR

City: Ushuaia

If you wish to go skiing in Patagonia, then you can’t miss this place! Opened in 1999, it’s one of the newest ski pistes in South America and it’s only 15 miles from Ushuaia.

There are pistes for different levels, from very beginner to experts. This makes it ever so popular with tourists year after year.

6- PERITO MORENO GLACIER

City: El Calafate

Regarded as one of the most important freshwater reserves in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the south part of the Parque Nacional los Glaciares, 43 miles from the city of El Calafate.

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

From the lookouts, you can enjoy absolutely amazing views and see the grandiosity of the glacier. You can also hire a tour guide from one of the agencies in El Calafate, for the chance to walk on it. The “mini-trekking” tour on the clacier takes aobut one hour.

7- LAGUNA NIMEZ

City: El Calafate

Close to El Calafate city centre, Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez is very important for local fauna. It’s perfect if you want to go on short walks and have contact with nature.

8- ICE BAR

City: El Calafate

El Calafate has caught up with the trend that’s become extremely popular all over the world, and now has its own Ice Bar.

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

Everything there is made of ice: the walls, glasses, tables and there are even some sculptures.

After buying your ticket at the entrance, you will be given some special warm clothing and you can stay in there for up to 20 minutes. Drinks are included in the entrance fee.

9- EL CHALTÉN

City: El Chaltén

Located within Parque Nacional los Glaciares, about 137 miles from El Calafate, El Chaltén has become one of the most saught after places in the Argentinean Patagonia.

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

This small village is the starting point for some of the most beautiful hikes in the whole of South America. Those taht take you to the base of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are only some of them.

El Chaltén is considered Argentina’s trekking capital and has many other options of treks and hikes. The paths are very well signed and you don’t need a guide. All you need is a map of the area, which you can get for freeand the tourist information office.

9+1: PARQUE NACIONAL TORRES DEL PAINE (CHILE)

Even though it’s clearly not in Argentina, it’s just close by. So you shouldn’t go back home without visiting it. See it as a bonus! 🙂

Places to Visit in the Argentinean Patagonia

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile, is one of the most beautiful natural spaces I’ve seen.

The nearest city to visit it is Puerto Natales, approximately a 5 hours’ bus ride from El Calafate, in Argentina. There are two ways to visit the park.

The easiest one and, let’s say, most superficial, is buying a tour from one of the agencies in town. You’ll go on a van and see some parts of the park in a single day.

The other one, more complex and requiring careful planning, is trekking. The treks can take from 3 to 10 days, depending on the one you choose.

So, do you feel inspired to go exploring the Argentinean Patagonia? Have you ever been?

Places to Visit in the Argentinean PatagoniaSince he started travelling back in 2011, one of Murilo’s main desires is to see the world. He left his job in 2014 to go on his first big trip: 10 months travelling and working around Latin America. During this time he created Volto Logo, a blog where he shares travel tips on Latin America. Follow Murilo and his blog on social media!
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18 Responses

  1. Anne

    Amazing looking places! I’m currently working on our big South American trip. It’s going to take at least a couple of years before we actually get there so now is the right time to start exploring. Thanks for this very useful list! I tweeted this and also saving it to my favorites.
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    • Pedro

      Hi Anne, thank you for tweeting it! 🙂 It’s definitely one of the highlights of any trip to South America.

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  2. Hra

    I love this destination!! Beautiful photos and great list ! i definitely wanna go there…

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  3. Anne Slater-Brooks

    I am saving this article for Flipboard. I am always looking for different places to ski and you have just inspired me. I desperately want to go to Patagonia but was trying to figure out when to do it and now I have just the plan. A ski and trek combo for me!

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  4. Sara Broers

    Penguinara looks like my kind of place! I could watch a penguin or two for hours on end. Ice Bars are popping up everywhere, interesting that there is one here, as well.

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  5. Vishal Vashisht

    I didn’t know Argentina was that beautiful. Your post has piqued my interests about visiting Argentina. In particular, I loved the glacier. Thanks for posting such a great article.

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  6. Megan Jerrard

    Amazing! We can’t wait to get to Argentina, we’re heading to Ushuaia in Feb to catch an Antarctica Cruise, and I’m counting down the days to this instead of Christmas 😀 We’ve organized a couple of extra days on either side of the cruise to spend in Ushuaia so we can explore Tierra del Fuego National Park, looking forward to it!!

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    • Pedro

      Hi Megan, I read about your Antarctica cruise and I was soo wishing I could do that, too… Have an amazing time!

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  7. Sandy N Vyjay

    This is the perfect guide for Argentinian Patagonia.
    All these places looks stunning and worth visiting.Specially the view of glacier , it’s so fascinating.

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