Five Hikes in Patagonia: The Ultimate Mecca for Hikers

JOIN THOUSANDS OF ADVENTURERS JUST LIKE YOU

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Five Hikes in Patagonia: The Ultimate Mecca for Hikers

JOIN THOUSANDS OF ADVENTURERS JUST LIKE YOU

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.
Angelaliggsblog2

There are a seemingly endless amount of hikes in Patagonia, and I’ve included five incredible options in this post. Patagonia is the ultimate mecca for hikers, adventure lovers, and photographers. It’s a region that spans two countries, Chile and Argentina, and is filled with jagged mountain ranges, desert landscapes, epic coastlines, and more.

I traveled to Patagonia in April 2019 (their fall season) and spent 2.5 weeks in both countries—and I’d go back in a heartbeat. Here are five epic hikes in Patagonia that you need to experience.

Laguna de Los Tres

  • Distance: roughly 21 km/13 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation: roughly 1,010m
  • More information on AllTrails

This hike starts in the town of El Chaltén—which is the starting point of many hikes in Patagonia. Laguna de Los Tres is one of the most popular hikes in the region because of the iconic peak, Mount Fitz Roy. My friends and I backpacked and camped at a campground just below the lake and made our way to the lake in the morning for sunrise. Most of the elevation is at the end but it’s well worth the climb.

Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Distance and elevation: depends on tour/excursion

My friends and I had a great experience exploring the Perito Mereno Glacier in Argentina—one of the only glaciers in the world that isn’t receding yet (it gains 2m of ice per day). We went on a tour that allowed us to see the glacier from several viewing platforms, hike on the actual glacier, and even inside an ice cave. It was a great experience overall. We bought a tour from a tour company in the town before going.

Lake Pehoe

  • Distance: roughly 2.3 km/1.4 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation: roughly 190m
  • More information on AllTrails

Lake Pehoe is one of the first landscapes I saw on my trip to Patagonia and it’s one that blew me away the most. It’s in Torres del Paine National Park and there are loads of ways you can view the lake. I’ve linked to a hike called Condor Lookout that is a great (and easy) spot to go. I suggest driving around the park and admiring the views, walking around and exploring as you go. We pulled over where there were a couple of cars to see what people were up to and found the boardwalk in the above photo. Have fun exploring and don’t forget to ask the information/ticket center at the entrance for suggestions, too.

Photo by Journey Latin America at Condor Lookout

Laguna Torre

  • Distance: roughly 18 km/11 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation: roughly 550m
  • More information on AllTrails

This is one of the best hikes in Patagonia because getting to the base of these dramatic peaks isn’t as difficult as you’d think. The hike starts in the town of El Chaltén and is on the longer side (in terms of length) but the elevation is minimal and there are incredible views all along the way to keep you distracted. My friends and I camped at the campground before the lake and woke up for sunrise. This is a must-do hike in Patagonia.

Mirador las Torres

Photo by Angella Lee
  • Distance: roughly 21 km/13 mile roundrip
  • Elevation: roughly 901m
  • More information on AllTrails

I, unfortunately, wasn’t able to complete this hike on my trip to Patagonia but my oh my is it a good one! It is the main attraction of the W trek—the start of a multi-day hike in the Chilean side of Patagonia that can be done in one day if you don’t feel like doing the whole trail. You start at the Torres del Paine Welcome Centre where you have to show to show your park pass. Make sure to double check what time the lake closes at because I had no idea it closed at all and my friends and I got turned around by rangers. If you enjoy camping, there’s also a campground that is close to the base of the towers that you could look into.

All photos by Brendin Logan and myself.

JOIN THOUSANDS OF ADVENTURERS JUST LIKE YOU

Leave a comment

7 Comments

  1. Morocco Excursion on March 15, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful article! Thanks for sharing your lovely words.

    • Angela Liguori on March 17, 2022 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Emily on November 2, 2022 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for this post! Which tour did you use for Perito Moreno? I’m looking into booking for my trip in January!

    • Angela Liguori on November 23, 2023 at 11:27 pm

      I booked it through Venture Patagonia!

  3. Breena on January 29, 2023 at 6:02 am

    What would you say is the best way to get to Patagonia from Vancouver?

    • Angela Liguori on November 23, 2023 at 11:22 pm

      I flew from Vancouver to Puerto Natales then taking a bus to either the Chilean or Argentinian side of Patagonia.

  4. Vlad on December 12, 2023 at 9:29 am

    Fethiye activities appeal to all kinds of people and allow you to have fun moments during your holiday in Turkey.

Leave a Comment