- Ensure your passport is up-to-date and is valid for at least another six months.
- Check if you require a visa or to pay a reciprocity fee for entry into Argentine and/or Chile.
- Ensure you’re covered with insurance for any medical emergencies abroad.
Flights into Patagonia
Argentina: Ezeiza International Airport (EZL) Buenos Aires
Fly from Buenos Aires to:
- Bariloche (BRC)
- El Calafate (FTE)
- Rio Gallegos (RGL)
- Ushuaia (USH)
Chile: Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL) Santiago
Fly from Santiago to:
- Puerto Montt (PMC)
- Puerto Natales (PNT)*
- Punta Arenas (PUQ)
*Flights only operate December through February
Practical Travel Information
When to go
- September-November: Low season; temperatures between 36°F (2°C) and 64°F (18°C); few tourists.
- December-February: High season; temperatures between 41°F (5°C) and 72°F (22°C); accommodations and tours booked up well in advance.
- March-May: Low season; temperatures between 32°F (0°C) and 50°F (10°C); tourist agencies begin to close for the season.
- Argentine Peso (AR$)
- Chilean Peso (CH$)
US dollars can be exchanged throughout Patagonia
ATMs are scarce outside of the main cities
Receive discounts if you pay in cash or dollars
Types of Accommodation
- Camping $
- Alojamientos & Hospedajes $$
- Hostels $$$
- Hotels & Estancias $$$$+
Book online using websites such as I-Escape, Booking.com, Trip Advisor and Hotels.com
Long-distance coaches $
- Book 1-2 days in advance through local tour agencies or at the bus terminal
- Choose from coche semi-cama (140° recline) or coche cama (160° recline)
Car rental $$
- Book 2-3 months in advance
- Pick up your vehicle from international car rental companies such as Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar in large Patagonian towns and cities
Domestic flights $$
- Book at least 3 months in advance
- Argentina: LATAM & Aerolíneas Argentinas
- Chile: LATAM & Sky Airlines
Cruise expeditions $$$
- Book at least 6 months in advance
- Choose from 3-8 day excursions through the Patagonian waters
- Waterproof and windproof jacket: Patagonia has rain – lots of it!
- Fleeces and sweaters: Stave off the chill with plenty of warm outer layers
- Long and short-sleeved t-shirts: Prepare for all weather, both rain and shine.
- Thermal underwear: Temperatures drop at night time, particularly in the far south.
- Sturdy hiking boots: Get ready for one of the globe’s top trekking destinations.
- Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen: Protect your face from the strong Patagonian sunshine!
- Daypack: Be prepared for every outdoor adventure with a small pack for hiking.
- Binoculars: Never miss a chance to spot Patagonia’s unique wildlife.
- Camera with a zoom lens: Get close to the action, be it animals or incredible landscapes.
- Travel plug adaptor: Bring type C and L for Chile and type C and I for Argentina.