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Patagonia Escorted Tours For Hikers
Avid hikers know the reason so many people plan a tour to Argentina – the region of that country known as Patagonia is famous for its landscapes, forests, national parks, glaciers, and native wildlife. In addition, it remains one of the last remote and untamed wilderness areas in the world! Not to mention the hikes you can take on Patagonia South America tours are unlike any other hikes you’ve experienced.
Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy hiking in Patagonia. The best time to visit Argentina if you want to go hiking is from October until April. While many adventurous travelers plan solo hiking trips throughout the region, booking a guided hiking tour is a great option for other visitors. Many of the best Patagonia escorted tours focus only on hiking, while others are sure to incorporate a hike or two into the group’s travel itinerary! It’s up to you to choose which tour suits you best.
Why Book A Guided Hiking Tour In Patagonia?
When you book a guide to tour Patagonia’s trails, you have the freedom to let them handle all of the logistics of your trip. From planning to accommodations to transportation, a guide will make your tour to Argentina a breeze! Hiking with a local guide can make your trek through Patagonia’s beautiful landscapes feel truly relaxing – you can focus on the flora and fauna without any worries. And, better yet, guides are experienced if emergencies arise and know how to keep you safe on a trek.
Here are some of the reasons it’s worth your time to hire a guide for Patagonia South American tours if you want to get off the beaten path and get hiking:
- Guides can get you there – Argentina’s roads, especially those leading into the national parks, are unpaved. Many are steep and narrow. Although they are meant for two-way traffic, the roads can be intimidating to US drivers. Chilean guides and their drivers are familiar with the roads and can get you into the park you will be hiking at safely.
- You’ll be first in line with a guide – As an unofficial rule, hiking guides don’t have to wait in line for admission into Argentina’s national parks. If you’re with a guide, you get to skip to the front of the line, too!
- Guides know how to spot wildlife – Guides are familiar with the park and know how and where to spot wildlife. Their expertise will pay off when they are able to help you see native animals in their natural habitat during your hike.
- Guides know each park like the back of their hand – Guides have an in-depth knowledge of each park and trail. This experience can help guide you as you evaluate trail conditions and gauge the difficulty of each trek before you begin.
- Pro tip: Guides know where to go outside the park, too! There is so much to see in Patagonia, that it is difficult to know where to start – unless you know a local. Hiking guides often live locally and spend their time outdoors, so they know where to go to explore Argentina if you want to get off the beaten path.
The Best Hikes in Argentina
Patagonia is known for its spectacular glacial landscapes, mountains, forests, and beautiful scenery. What better way to explore this diverse landscape on a tour to Argentina than with a hike? Here are three areas worth exploring for hikers in Patagonia:
El Chalten – The Hiking Capital Of Argentina
El Chatlen is a little town that sits just outside of Los Glaciares National Park. This park features popular highlights like Mount Fiz Roy, Cerro Torre, and Loma del Pliege Tumbado. Accessing the park is easy from El Chatlen, and day treks from the town are very popular with visitors. However, you can connect the day hikes into one long multi-day trek to visit all the highlights during the day and camp under the stars by night. And, if you opt into a Patagonia escorted tour through the park, you will also venture into more secluded areas and explore not-often-seen areas like Los Huemules Reserve, Electrico Valley, Tunel Valley, or the Paso del Viento.
Head North To Bariloche
Bariloche is in the northern region of Patagonia and offers hikers picturesque trekking routes along the region’s many lakes. There are many different options for trekking in Bariloche, from short walks and one-day hikes to multi-day treks. Many of the trails connect to mountain huts along the route that can be used for camping.
El Calafate – A Prime Hiking Location
El Calafate is one of the most popular destinations in Argentina Patagonia. Visitors to this city can enjoy bird-watching, mountain biking, kayaking, and of course – hiking. Many hiking locations are just a quick drive from the center of El Calafate, including the Laguna Nimez Bird Sanctuary. This location is perfect for casual walkers, who can enjoy the easy, 1.5-mile trail through the sanctuary while bird watching. The more adventurous will want to head to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most unforgettable places to hike in all of Patagonia! Hike across the glacier on one of the many Patagonia escorted tours available to adventurers or simply hike around the glacier on the Perito Moreno walkways.
Trekking Across Patagonia
Whether your hiking tour to Argentina is solo or part of a guided group tour, there is no shortage of adventure to be had in the mountains of Patagonia! So, grab your trekking poles, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you summit the region’s majestic mountains!