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Hiking in Patagonia in Chile

The wilderness of Chilean Patagonia is a natural refuge at the end of Earth able to cure the weary soul

Best time: November–March

Hiking in Patagonia
Hiking in Patagonia
Hiking in Patagonia
Hiking in Patagonia
Hiking in Patagonia

It is amazing to find oneself eventually in the natural open space of Chilean Patagonia. The area is covered with world-famous hiking trails embracing every possible landscape including green meadows and temperate rainforests, arid steppes and deserts, the formidable Andes and volcanoes, endless ice fields and glacial fjords, numerous lagoons, lakes, and waterfalls.

Needless to say about its amazing flora, which is best displayed during the fall months when the trees' foliage changes colours, and fauna that features llamas, pumas, foxes, deer, birds, and also sea mammals abound. The most popular treks include Torres del Paine, Futaleufu River Valley, and Monte Fitz Roy.

Generally, sum​me​r from November to March is considered the best time to hike in Patagonia, but autumn is also good due to milder temperatures and less wind than in summer. Keep in mind that the most popular treks get slightly crowded from December on, so you might want to arrive few weeks before the others.

Practical info

When is the best time to hike in Patagonia?

From November to March is the perfect time for hikes in Patagonia, with mild temperatures and minimal rainfall. Autumn and spring can be beautiful, with foliage colors and birdwatching as the native birds mate. Show more

Where are the most popular hiking trails in Patagonia?

Torres Del Paine National Park, Fitzroy National Park, and the Valley of the Moon are the most popular hiking areas in Patagonia. With breathtaking views of glaciers, valleys, and forests, these trails have a wide range of experiences on offer. Show more

What is the average temperature during autumn in Patagonia?

Autumn in Patagonia has a mild daytime temperature range of 0 to 15°C (32-59°F). This mild weather provides relief from the heat in the evening and is considered an ideal time for hiking. The foliage colors are also a significant attraction during autumn in Patagonia. Show more

What kind of wildlife can be spotted during a hike in Patagonia?

Wildlife such as guanacos, huemul deer, foxes, pumas, condors, sea lions, elephant seals, and dolphins can be seen during a hike in Patagonia. The diversity of animals in this area makes it a unique and memorable experience for hikers. Show more

Are there any safety precautions to follow while hiking in Patagonia, Chile?

Ensure safety while hiking in Patagonia by hiring experienced guides, dressing in layers, and carrying appropriate gear like maps, GPS, waterproof shoes, and warm clothing. Weather conditions change rapidly, so it's essential to be prepared for all eventualities. Check the forecast and hiking route regularly to stay safe. Show more

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