10 Days in Patagonia: Top 3 Recommendations

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Boasting panoramic landscapes, magnificent glaciers, and charming villages, Patagonia is an ideal destination for fearless spirits. Straddling the borders of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia has a lot to be explored and discovered. Within just 10 days in Patagonia, you can visit some of the biggest attractions of the region, such as the Torres del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. While planning a Patagonia trip, the itinerary can be a daunting task; our top picks for things to do in Patagonia can help make your trip more exciting and hassle-free. Also, check out our Patagonia 10 days excursions, which range in length from 9 to 12 days, offering the most diversified experiences.

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1. Amazing Patagonia: 9 Days in Patagonia

Landscape of the trekking that goes to Fitz Roy mountain in El Calafate.
Take in the stunning views of Fitz Roy Mountain in El Calafate.
Beautiful scenery mountain landscape at Los Glaciares National Park.
Los Glaciares National Park is the origin of 47 major glaciers, 13 of which move eastward into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 1 Get transferred from El Calafate Airport to El Chalten
Day 2 Hike the famous trails of Cerro Torre and Laguna Torre
Day 3 Take a bus journey to El Calafate
Day 4 Explore the Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 5 Take a bus to Puerto Natales and explore the town at your own pace
Day 6 Visit the Milodon Cave and take a trip to Torres del Paine National Park
Day 7 Relax at the shores of Last Hope Sound and see Bernardo O'Higgins National Park
Day 8 Hop on a bus to El Calafate, sample some delicious Patagonian lamb stew
Day 9 Bid farewell to Patagonia

Starting in El Calafate, this Patagonia itinerary takes you to El Chalten for a hike on the iconic Cerro Torre and Laguna Torre trails and back to El Calafate on a picturesque bus journey. Next, explore the spectacular ice-capped Perito Moreno Glacier when you take a trip to Los Glaciares National Park. You will then cross the border to access the Chilean side of Patagonia and Torres Del Paine—a hiker's paradise. After all the traveling, treat yourself to a relaxing day at Puerto Natales before returning to El Calafate. To cap off your Patagonia tour, try some El Calafate's delicious lamb stew and ice cream. See tours.

2. Patagonia Adventure: 10 Days in Patagonia

El Chalten city in Patagonia.
Explore the rugged beauty of El Chalten, where nature and adventure collide in the heart of Patagonia.
Ice collapsing into water in Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia.
Experience the glistering ice and shimmering blue water collide in a mesmerizing display of nature's artistry in Perito Moreno Glacier.
Day 1 Meet your guide upon arrival in El Calafate
Day 2 Join a full-day excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 3 Travel to El Chalten, keeping your eyes peeled en route for guanacos and condors
Day 4 Trek Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres
Day 5 Take in the splendid views of Mount Fitz Roy
Day 6 Head to the fishing village of Puerto Natales after crossing the border to the Chilean Patagonia
Day 7 Enjoy a boat trip to the Balmaceda Glacier and visit Torres del Paine
Day 8 Hike along the shore of Lake Grey, or board a catamaran to see the Grey Glacier
Day 9 Walk to the base of Las Torres, taking in the views of majestic glaciers
Day 10 Return to El Calafate for your flight back home

Begin your 10-day Patagonia journey by visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate. Next, drive to El Chalaten while admiring the magnificent mountain vistas and guanaco and rhea herds. Trek through Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres to see Mount Fitz Roy, on the border between Argentina and Chile. Next, head toward Chilean Patagonia to visit the fishing village of Puerto Natales and take a boat ride on Grey Lake. Make stops at the Black Bridge, the Salto Grande Waterfall, and various overlooks as you walk through Torres del Paine National Park. Walk to the base of Las Torres and return to El Calafate, Puerto Natales, or Punta Arenas to complete your 10-day Patagonia trip. See tours.

3. Patagonian Panorama: 12 Days in Patagonia

Landscape of Torres del National Park on a cloudy day in Patagonia.
Trek the Torres del Paine National Park while exploring the breathtaking beauty of the region.
Day 1 Arrive at Santiago Airport, and enjoy a walking tour of the capital city
Day 2 Explore Santiago at leisure; alternatively, join a trip to Valparaiso
Day 3 Catch a flight to Puerto Varas, stroll through the Coastal Street
Day 4 Explore the island of Chiloe on a ferry, learn traditional cooking techniques
Day 5 Fly to Punta Arenas from Puerto Montt, continue to Puerto Natales by bus
Day 6 Cruise through the fjord of Last Hope, witness the glaciers, Balmaceda and Serrano
Day 7 Trek the Torres del Paine National Park, or join a horse riding tour
Day 8 Travel to El Calafate by coach, embracing the scenic views of Lago Argentino
Day 9 Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park
Day 10 Fly to Buenos Aires, explore the city
Day 11 Join a guided city tour in Buenos Aires, witness an evening Tango show
Day 12 Say goodbye to Buenos Aires

For those who want to spend more than 10 days in Patagonia, this 12-day Patagonia itinerary lets you extend your stay by booking a post-tour accommodation. Start with a free-willed city tour of Santiago and fly to the lakeside town of Puerto Varas to admire its distinct architecture. You can then take a ferry to Chiloe Island to spot Humboldt and Magellanic penguins. Take a trip to Puerto Natales and navigate the fjord of Last Hope on a cruise before embarking on a Torres Del Paine trek. Next, hop on a coach to El Calafate while taking in the beautiful views including Lake Argentino. Witness the Perito Moreno Glacier before flying to Buenos Aires. End your holiday in Patagonia with a traditional Tango show. See tours.

As you can see from the itineraries above, 10 days in Patagonia is enough time to explore the region. See our guide on how many days to spend in Patagonia for more Patagonia itineraries and optimum vacation lengths.

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Patagonia, check our our guide on how to plan a trip to Patagonia. For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Patagonia.

If you're looking to plan your customized trip to Argentina, connect with one of our travel experts in the country and go on your tour to Argentina.

Published by Astha Joshi, updated on February 10, 2023

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