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Buenos Aires - Puerto Madryn - Ushuaia - Calafate - Chaltén - Torres del Paine - Iguazú
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
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Buenos Aires - Iberá Wetlands - Iguazú Falls - El Calafate
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Buenos Aires - Patagonia- Iguazú Falls - Torres del Paine
Buenos Aires - Iguazú - Ushuaia - Calafate
Bariloche, Villa Traful - San Martín de los Andes - Villa La Angostura
Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Ushuaia - Salta - Iguazú Falls
Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls - Mendoza - Bariloche
You can take direct flights to Patagonia Argentina from Buenos Aires or to Chilean Patagonia from Santiago de Chile. There are also international flights and ground transportation to travel between Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia.
The best time is from October to April (our summer). The weather is more pleasant for outdoor activities. However, Patagonia has a variety of activities available all year round!
From north to south, the highlights are Bariloche, the capital of the Lake District, Península Valdés, the most important wildlife reserve of Argentine Patagonia where whales come every year to breed their calves, El Calafate, where people go to visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chaltén, the Argentine capital of trekking and, finally, Ushuaia, best known as the city “at the end of the world”.
Regardless of when you travel, bring warm clothes! Even if you travel during the Argentine summer and are blessed with a beautiful, warm day of sunshine, the winds can come out of nowhere and virtually blow you away in no time. So make sure you wear windproof/north-facing jackets, a hat, gloves, long pants, and scarves. Basically, warm clothes.
Yes, it is important to have the right clothes to enjoy Patagonian nature. The weather can vary a lot on the same day and you can have the four seasons in 24 hours!
The best is to dress in layers, the weather changes a lot and it can be sunny and warm like a summer day, or it can rain, be windy, and even snow all on the same day! Wear shoes suitable for trekking, waterproof shoes are better. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a small backpack, and a water bottle that you can recharge.
When you hear the word “Patagonia” you think of a vast, virgin, and distant territory in the southern tip of South America. Shared by two countries, Chile and Argentina, Patagonia offers beautiful and spectacular landscapes. Although this region shares its name between these two countries, the landscapes are completely different.
Patagonia hosts stunning glaciers, and incredibly diverse wildlife, especially in Península Valdés. The Perito Moreno Glacier, the penguins of Ushuaia, and the most reputed hiking trails of El Chaltén add to the highlights Patagonia charms travelers.
Chile on the other hand is known by the fjords who many have sailed. From Puerto Montt to the archipelagos of Chiloe, Chonos and Aysen, and the mythical city of Castro, Chilean Patagonia offers different landscapes from Argentina. However, there is one place in Chilean Patagonia that overshadows any other destination, Chile’s most famous national park, Torres del Paine. With its three majestic pink and white granite towers guard, the park welcomes hundreds of hikers every day during summer.
To sum up, weather permitting, Patagonia is an all-in-one destination that offers something for everyone! You can choose between active trips, hiking journeys, or even family vacations to discover the best of Patagonia.
Patagonia features different regions and natural attractions. It is divided into the lake district, the coastline of Península Valdés where most of the Patagonian wildlife can be found, and the southernmost Patagonia which comprises Ushuaia, El Calafate, and Torres del Paine National Park.
Known as “the capital of glaciers”, El Calafate, is one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia. It was named after a typical blueberry that grows in the area (the legend says whoever eats a Calafate blueberry will always return to the city). It features the best of Patagonia in Argentina, giant glaciers, icy lakes, remote estancias, and no shortage of breathtaking views accompanying outdoor excursions such as trekking, kayaking, and horse riding. This is a small city, really easy to get around on foot, with beautiful views of Argentino Lake. The nearest airport has good flight frequency, this is the easiest way to reach El Calafate. The city and its glaciers (around 47 in the park) were discovered at the end of the XIX century. Today, El Calafate offers the famous Perito Moreno Glacier boat trips in Argentino Lake, day tours to Patagonia ranches to learn about the rural culture, visits to El Chaltén and Mount Fitz Roy to enjoy amazing views and adventure hikes and other activities.
Founded in 1985, El Chaltén is a little mountaineering village located inside the Glaciers National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Argentine Patagonia. For many years this secluded place remains the unexplored spot for intrepid travelers. Today, though it manages to preserve its little-town ambiance, El Chaltén is visited by many people every year who enjoy hikes of different lengths and difficulty levels. Is in this isolated corner of Patagonia where the famous Mount Fitz Roy can be admired.
Mount Chaltén is another highlight near the village which was named after this colossal and sacred mountain for the Tehuelches, the natives of the region. Its summit, frequently covered by clouds, was called by the Tehuelches “Chaltén” which means “smoking mountain” in their language. In 2015, Chaltén was declared “National Capital of Trekking”, but travelers can also enjoy other adventure activities like kayaking, horseback riding, and sailing.
Puerto Madryn was founded in 1865 by a 150 group of Welsh that established on the area in 1886. Welsh, Spanish and Italian immigrants worked together to build the railway that would connect Puerto Madryn to the city of Trelew. Is in Trelew where today the nearest airport is located.
Nowadays, the railway it’s no longer used, and many travelers fly to Trelew and stay in Puerto Madryn to visit the incredible natural reserve of Península Valdés, the most important wildlife hub of Patagonia. The Southern Right Whale arrives at the coast of the Península (but can also be seen from the very coastline of Puerto Madryn!) once a year, between June and December. On the other hand, from October to April, large colonies of Magellan Penguins can be seen too, making this coastal region a favorite among both wildlife enthusiasts and those in search of a truly once-in-a-lifetime Argentine experience.
San Carlos de Bariloche locates in the Argentine province of Río Negro at the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. In 1903, Francisco Moreno, an intrepid explorer, and scientist donated these lands to create the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the first in Argentina, and thus, Bariloche started to flourish. Few people know that the city is entirely located inside the park, famous today for its stunning lakes and mountains. Plus, Bariloche neighbors the Andes Mountain Range and features some spectacular mountains to be climbed like the Tronador, actually, a non-active volcano.
Therefore, Bariloche is nowadays one of the most populated cities in Patagonia. It is the tourist hub for hiking or skiing, but also to taste the best artisanal chocolate and craft beer. In addition, the city is one of the most essential scientific poles in America. Students come to Balseiro Atomic Center and Institute to follow Physics and Nuclear Engineering studies.
Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, best known as “the destination at the end of the world”. It is the southernmost tip of land in Argentina and a favorite destination for adventure traveling. To clarify, actually Tierra de Fuego is an island, separated from the American continent by the Strait of Magellan. From Ushuaia, you can sail through the legendary Beagle Channel too, and visit Les Eclereurs lighthouse. This is a popular outing because on the way travelers can spot islands covered by sea lions and cormorants. Moreover, you can hike in go kayaking in Tierra del Fuego National Park to enjoy a close encounter with the particular vegetation and wildlife of the region.
Torres del Paine National Park, created in 1959, is one of the most visited destinations in Chilean Patagonia. Its first inhabitants were the Tehuelches, a native community of skilled hunters. With its 227,298 hectares, extended hiking trails, glaciers, lakes, and stunning mountains, the park hosts thousands of travelers each year. In 1978, the park was declared as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, and the 8th wonder of the world in 2013. The “Torres del Paine” name refers to the three distinctive granite peaks of the Paine Mountain Range that soar more than 6,500 feet (nearly 2,000 meters) into the sky. The park welcomes more than 250,000 visitors every year and the 5-day “W” trek is the most famous hiking circuit inside the reserve.
Known as the ‘City of the Roses’, Puerto Varas locates is in the Lake District in southern Chile. It is located on the southwestern shore of the extensive Lake Llanquihue, which offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped and still active Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes. Traditional German-style architecture characterizes the city. Puerto Varas is a great choice for open-air adventures, excellent kayaking and angling are among the many activities this city offers. Renting a bike in Puerto Varas and riding to the beautiful Petrohué waterfalls while enjoying the many lakeside beaches on the way is one of the unique experiences we recommend.
Puerto Natales is the nearest city to Torres del Paine National Park and features a nearby airport. Some of the highlights of Puerto Natales are the Milodón Cave, an archaeological visit that will make you travel 10,000 years into the past. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Ultima Esperanza fjord. In Puerto Natales, you can navigate to see the largest glaciers in Patagonia!
Besides the great landscapes, another best thing about Patagonia it’s the native wildlife. On the Chilean side, the national park Torres del Paine is home to deer, foxes, swans, and solitary but still dangerous pumas that can be found chasing one of the funny-looking “cousins” of the llamas: the guanacos. Also, if you pay enough attention, you might see the Andean condor, known for being the largest bird on the continent.
Meanwhile, don’t think that the unstable weather and freezing temperatures of the end of the world have made it impossible for animals to survive: guanacos, rabbits, and aggressive beavers are all over Tierra del Fuego. The province is also one of the many penguin colonies of the region and if you jump on a boat, you may also get to see some Humpback whales.
Those who can’t stay still for a long time and enjoy playing sports even during their vacations can find great opportunities for enjoying adventure tours in Patagonia. Kayaking through the amazing fjords, rivers, and lagoons of the Lake District, skiing at the end of the world or the breathtaking Chilean volcanoes, horseback riding on the Patagonian steppe, climbing, mountain biking, rafting… the possibilities are endless.
The region is also perfect for calm visitors who enjoy watching and listening to nature for hours without having to undergo a great physical effort. Besides, one of the most amazing points of Patagonia is standing still, waiting for you, and being approachable by boat. Yes, I’m talking about Perito Moreno. Just watching the five kilometers of width and 60 meters over sea level that features this breathtaking ice mass is a once-in-a-lifetime experience impossible to forget.
The region is also perfect to take cruises that cross the fjords and glaciers of both countries. Another interesting option is to grab a car in Chile and jump on the Austral road that ends in the idyllic Lake O’Higgins after getting the most out of the beautiful region of Aysen. Meanwhile, on the Argentine side, one of the best drives is through the Lake District, where the stunning setting will make it impossible to resist not jumping out of the car a thousand times…
For those who are sensitive to cold, looking at the weather forecast can make them want to draw back from their adventure in Patagonia. It’s a huge mistake. It’s true that even if you arrive during the summer months (December-March), the temperatures will still be low and you’ll have to face fierce winds, but it’s worth it because it’s thanks to this unstable and harsh weather that this corner of the world has breathtaking scenery to offer. Besides, there are plenty of places to take shelter and interesting indoor activities, like the Paleontology museum in the city of Trelew, where the dinosaurs will help you warm up. Still, you MUST stay outside as long as you can. Put on your best winter clothes, and don’t forget to cover your feet, hands, and head. I guarantee you: it’ll be worth it.
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We are most thankful for the trip you designed for us, it was a real dream come true. Everyone we met, and all the natural scenic points we experienced was beyond our expectations. Such a privilege to explore Argentina/Patagonia 😊 We nearly panicked about our mandatory covid test to return, but fortunately Say Hueque arranged our tests most easily, we thank you. We so appreciate your response! Although it was all great, we must single out our Half-day Safari Experience with Patagonia Profunda for being such a cool, unexpected terrific experience. The guide, food and small group was sensational! All of the guides were so kind to us too. Believe me the entire trip was life altering, I lost my phone on Laguna les Tres trail, and things have changed forever. How fortunate for me. Thank you Daiana, and Say Hueque for being so attentive to our needs and providing such a wonderful package. We wish you all the best, and would love to return!
Now that we are back I just thought to write to you and thank you for the amazing trip and the organisations you did. First of all Argentina is amazing and I wish, really wish you guys know it despite the financial and political incompetence everyone complained about. About the trip: My background is biology, so you can imagine how excited I was seeing all the biological and geographical diversity in Ushuaia and then in Iguazu... Everything about the tours in Ushuaia and Iguazu was well managed and was great (even one day there was a mix up with the tours in Iguazu but at the end it was sorted and even became super special). We had no issue with the luggages etc.,. Thank you. There was only one small thing that I thought to tell you about: the hotel Mil810. It was a bit annoying, there were several issues with it, one was that the walls that are super thin, so I could hear everything happening in the next door (the snoring, the showering and even when they brushed their teeth, I could not sleep due to the snoring of the man next door :D). The internet was super unstable and even one night we did not have any and also their breakfast was super super basic. Yet these could be temporary issues and also maybe there in Ushuaia internet might be an issue in general but I thought to let you know anyways. But again, all and all it was an amazing trip and everything went smoothly and I hope to be back to Argentina one day again....
We thoroughly enjoyed our Argentine Experience. The trip you designed for us fit perfectly and we appreciate your being sensitive to the energy 2 couples over 70 can maintain for 2 weeks. I put a review on TripAdvisor and hope it helps to attract additional interest in Say Hueque. We greatly enjoyed many experiences on the trip, from the tours in Buenos Aires and the El Ateneo book store to El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier; from the view of Mt Fitz Roy in El Chalten to Ushuaia with the penguins, hike and fresh meal; and Mendoza wines, tour to Mt Aconcaqua and Cristina Brino’s cooking class. Many of the guides were exceptional. Some to mention are Tina in Buenos Aires, Nancy at Nibepo Aike, the guides with Piratour and Tierra Turismo in Ushuaia, Lena in Mendoza and Aixa at Corazon del Sol . It was a wonderful time - you have our great thanks and appreciation. Below are some suggestions for you to consider for future experiences. These are from Bonnie and me, Lois and Mark may have some additional observations. - The trip home on the 25th was a long day and the day before was an open day prior to the cooking class. Something that would have helped the travel would be to go to Buenos Aires the morning of the 24th leaving the afternoon of the 24th and morning of the 25th open for additional touring in Buenos Aires - there is always more to see. This would have eliminated much of the long wait at the airport. - The cooking class was wonderful. Cristina and her staff were great, entertaining presented a meal fit for 3 times the number of people. Unfortunately for us the class was on the Day of Remembrance for the disappeared and taxi and Uber service was limited. Villa Mansa staff had trouble finding a ride for us to Finca Adalgisa and Cristina and her staff had a lot of trouble finding a ride back to Villa Mansa. No taxi was to be found and we finally got a ride with Joaquin, an employee at the hotel that serves breakfast, at almost midnight. I’m not sure what to suggest for the class was a lot of fun. It probably is offered limited days of the week. Thank, Antonella and everyone else at Say Hueque for giving us a wonderful time,
Mauricio was a fantastic tour leader! And the trip was amazing. Not for the weak of heart, but if you're in fair shape, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views. The yurts were gorgeous, and the cuisine was excellent.
We are a group of seven Canadians. We had a fantastic time in Patagonia. Agustin Orso, our agent, has been really helpful. Our 14-day plan was totally tailored to our preferences, with visits in Ushuaia, Puerto Natales (Chile's Torres del Paine), and El Calafate. All of our guides were fantastic and spoke English fluently. We had varied hotel classifications, with Palo Santo in Buenos Aires being the finest, but the others fulfilled our expectations.
This group of people gave me a life-changing experience. Each tour guide offers a leisurely pace. They also discuss the area's history. They arrived at the hotel on schedule. For the Cerro los Cristales hike, I hired a private guide. He's now a lifelong buddy of mine. I strongly suggest it.
My daughter and I enjoyed the 13-day Best of Patagonia tour, which included activities such as kayaking down the La Leona River and walking with penguins on Martillo Island. Patagonia is a fantastic region, and Say Hueque did an outstanding job organizing the vacation. When we arrived, a representative from Say Hueque welcomed us at the airport and guided us through the town, explaining what to anticipate. I strongly suggest it to everyone who like nature and wants to experience some of the world's most magnificent landscapes!
I was on the verge of burnout, so I decided to take some time for myself and go on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to reenergize and regain my strength. I picked Argentina because a good Argentinian friend recommended Say Hueque Tours Services, and I will be eternally thankful to her. Every part of the trip was efficiently addressed, from the immaculate planning and attention to detail (printing out the boarding tickets, for example) to the real aid and attention to my demands (custom travel agenda). Folks, this is true Customer Service at its finest. Bravo!
During our trip to Argentina and Chile, we saw at least five huge glaciers, which was the highlight of the trip! It was the only one that could be seen from land rather than by boat, despite the fact that this tour included both the land tour and the boat ride. We were really satisfied with our excursion, from the hotel pickup to the tour guide's excellent English to the cleanliness and functionality of the bus and boat. And reserving this online was so much easier than waiting till we were in El Calafate to visit the travel agency!
Our trip with Say Hueque was wonderful!All the plans went smoothly, the guides were great, and we had very good weather. We cannot believe how quickly three weeks went by. Patagonia was beautiful! Thank you so much for all your help with planning a truly memorable vacation. All the best, Sally & Oscar
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