Advancing glaciers, gushing waterfalls, snow-topped granite pillars…it’s no wonder Chile and Argentina both stake a claim over this beautiful slice of South America. Where else can you hike past herds of guanaco, hear giant shards of ice crash into the sea, sail the Beagle Channel past unique flora and fauna, and drop by the world’s southernmost city? If anywhere makes you feel small, it’s Patagonia. Adventure to the end of the world and appreciate our planet at its most wild and spectacular.
Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).
However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.
Patagonia is a geographical region located at the southern tip of South America. It spans the lower sections of Argentina and Chile and is governed by both countries.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.
Patagonia is much cooler than the rest of South America. With diverse terrain ranging from glaciers to mountains and coastlines, the region sees extreme variations in weather. Average temperatures range from 9-18°C in summer and 0-6°C in winter, but sub-zero temperatures are common. The weather can be unpredictable at any time of year, and it feels much cooler when there are strong winds. Snow is possible towards the end of autumn (May), and continues into the winter with heavy snowfall down south and in the mountains.
October to March (spring/summer) is considered to be the best time to visit Patagonia; this is when most of our trips run. During this period, daytime temperatures average up to 22°C, but it's a chilly 4°C at night. Rain and strong winds are possible at any time of year and can make the temperature feel much cooler.
Tipping in Patagonia is common, but only when you’re satisfied with the service. Aim for 10-15% of a bill at a restaurant or cafe as a general guide (if it’s not included already). It’s also common to give hotel porters, drivers and other staff a small tip.
You can find Wi-Fi in most hotels, cafes and restaurants in large towns and cities, but it can be harder to find as you venture to more remote areas. You may wish to buy a local SIM card if you want to stay in contact with folks at home, but mobile signal can still be patchy in remote areas.
Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in Patagonia. It’s a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser, as they’re not always provided. Just note that while the toilets are modern, the plumbing isn’t and can clog easily, so you may see signs asking you not to flush toilet paper and use the bin provided instead.
ATMs are available in larger towns and cities but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas. Argentina uses the Argentinean Peso, while Chile uses the Chilean Peso. It might also be worth bringing some US dollars.
Credit cards may not be accepted in small towns and rural areas. Make sure to carry enough cash when visiting these parts in case credit cards are not an option.
Below are the essentials you'll need to bring for an active adventure in Patagonia. Please check your Essential Trip Information for a complete list of packing suggestions for your itinerary.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is an essential and necessary part of every journey.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
In Patagonia, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.