5 Days in Patagonia: Top 3 Recommendations

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With its legendary volcanoes, mesmerizing glaciers, and rich wildlife, Patagonia is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. From the northernmost reaches of its Lake District to its southernmost point in Tierra del Fuego, there is a lot to explore in Patagonia. But with just 5 days in Patagonia, you can tick off the main highlights of the region, such as the Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park. If you are planning a trip to this region, check out these three to five days’ Patagonia itineraries.

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1. Patagonian Star: 3 Days in Patagonia

Panoroma of glacier Perito Moreno in Patagonia.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is the world's longest glacier in continental movement and one of the most important tourist attractions in Argentine Patagonia.
Laguna Nimez Reserve in El Calafate
Exploring the Laguna Nimez Reserve is a nice leisurely activity to do on a spare morning or afternoon in El Calafate.
Day 1 Arrive at Patagonia and discover El Calafate
Day 2 Explore the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier at the Los Glaciers National Park
Day 3 Bid farewell to El Calafate

If you have planned only three days in Patagonia, this itinerary is for you. You will start your tour at Los Glaciares National Park, home to the striking Perito Moreno Glacier and a Unesco World Heritage Site. Take a guided tour of different walkways featuring the colossal ice wall. After exploring the park, end your tour with an hour-long boat ride along the magnificent glacier wall and between floating icebergs in the Argentino Lake. See tours.

2. Three Nights in Ushuaia: 4 Days in Patagonia

Laguna Esmeralda in Ushuaia
A simple and scenic day hike to take from Ushuaia will lead you from the town to the shimmering emerald lakes of Laguna Esmeralda .
Panoramic view of Lapataia Bay at Tierra del Fuego National Park
Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) was the name given by European explorers who saw bonfires lit in the darkness by the native inhabitants.
Day 1 Arrive at Ushuaia and explore the city on your own.
Day 2 Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and traverse the Beagle Channel on a boat.
Day 3 Explore Tierra del Fuego Island in-depth, see Escondido and Fagnano lakes.
Day 4 Head to Ushuaia Aiport for your flight back home.

If you are looking for an action-packed tour with a blend of different experiences, this itinerary is an excellent choice. Upon arrival at Ushuaia, you are free to explore the southernmost city in the world on your own. The tour starts with a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, including a stop by Lake Rico, Lapataia Bay, and more. You will also enjoy a Beagle Channel boat navigation and visit Sea Lion Island, Bird Island, and Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. Round off your tour by visiting the heart of Tierra del Fuego Island, where you will be greeted by the scenic views and tranquility of Fagnano and Escondido lakes. See tours.

3. The Ultimate Adventure: 5 Days in Patagonia

Blue lake on a snowy mountains with cloudy sky, Torres del Paine National
Torres del Paine National Park is best known as a hiker's paradise with its soaring mountains, and bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers.
Day 1 Arrive at El Calafate, Southern Patagonia.
Day 2 Take a tour of Perito Moreno Glacier at the Los Glacaiares National Park
Day 3 Head to El Calafate and explore the region.
Day 4 Visit Torres del Paine National Park to witness its rich wildlife
Day 5 Say goodbye to El Calafate

This ultimate adventure tour of Patagonia begins in El Calafate, from where you will head for a conventional visit to the famous walkways of Perito Moreno Glacier. Next, head to the Sarmiento Lake viewpoint to catch the panoramic views of the Torres del Paine National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for rheas, condors, and guanacos. You will then travel a short distance down Amarga Lagoon's shoreline to reach Paine Fall, where you can enjoy a lunch al fresco while taking in the sights of Rio Paine and the Towers. This tour is perfect for those who want some idle days in Patagonia to discover the region’s uniqueness at their own pace. See tours.

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Patagonia, check out our guide on planning 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 January 25, 2023

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