How to tour Patagonia

How many travel days do I need to tour Patagonia?

Travel to Patagonia is a big trip. The most recommended is to plan your trip for no less than 15 days.

This allows you to explore the Patagonian region at an adequate pace and will even give you time to make a trip to some of the northern destinations such as the Iguazú Falls .


You also have to keep in mind that airport transfers take time since many of them are more than 30-50 km from the city where you stay, and the check-in process is not as quick as in Europe.

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And if you also add that internal flights can last up to 4.5 hours, you come to the conclusion that when you take an internal flight in Argentina or Chile that day you will no longer be able to take any excursions. You won’t have any more time.

That is why we also recommend you to stay a minimum of 2 nights in each destination.

How to tour Patagonia by plane

To get to Patagonia from anywhere in the world you must take a long flight from your point of origin to Buenos Aires or Santiago de Chile.

The two capital cities of Argentina and Chile have international airports with air connections to the main cities of Europe and Latin America.

It is important when planning your flights to look at options with the flag carriers (Aerolineas Argentinas and Lan Chile) because they offer packages that combine international and domestic flights at a better price.


And in parallel, look at other international airlines since it may be convenient for you to buy the international flight separately at a better price and the domestic flights with regional low cost airlines.
If this is the case, you should know that these tickets are not connected to each other (since they are different airlines), therefore it is always convenient for you to have a margin of hours or even days between flights to avoid the risk of missing a connection for some reason. backwardness.

Touring Patagonia by air or by land…

From Buenos Aires to Patagonia by plane you have between 1.5 hours ( Peninsula Valdés ) and 4.5 hours of flight ( Ushuaia )
And from the Atlantic coast (Peninsula Valdés) to the glacier area (El Calafate) you have an average distance of 1,600 KM.

Table of distances between the main tourist destinations in Argentina:

distance cities argentina

We recommend that you take at least two round trip domestic flights on your Patagonia trip.


On the other hand, keep in mind that in Patagonia the distances are immense , for example, to go around the Valdés Peninsula and visit the wildlife reserves, you will need a full day since you travel about 480 KM away.

You will need a means of transport to be able to move or hire local excursions.

We recommend you do it with a guide/driver in private since it has the advantage that you can manage your time (eg: stop to take photos in landscapes) and also during the trips you learn many things that the guides tell details of the geographical settings, the fauna, stories, pioneers… In addition, we all speak Spanish… And we Argentines speak a lot 😉