My Top 10 Patagonia Highlights

Patagonia was one of my favourite places in South America, with national parks that never end, fjords and forests that intertwine and mountain chains that become ice fields and glaciers. 

These are my top 10 highlights from travelling through Patagonia for 2 months, ordered from North to South Patagonia. 


1. Hiking Volcano Villarrica

patagonia highlights - hiking volcano villaricca pucon

We're talking hiking into the crater of a volcano with actual lava in it. ACTUAL lava! LAVA!!! 

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patagonia highlights - volcano villa rica pucon

PLUS we got to hike on ice, and then slide down the snow on the way back down. This was a pricey trip for us but so challenging and worth it. 

 

 

2. Rafting & Hiking Futaleufu

patagonia highlights - white water rafting futaleufu
patagonia highlights - futaleufu white water rafting

Futaleufu is a magical town at the start of Patagonia, nestled amongst mountains and woods, and famous for its white water rafting. 

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When I was floating along the crystal clear Futaleufu River, surrounding by mountain peaks and endless woods, I truly thought "Yes, this is the Patagonia I've been dreaming of."

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3. Hitch-hiking the Carretera Austral

patagonia highlights - hitch-hiking carretera austral

The Carretera Austral is an infamous Chilean highway that winds through some of the most remote mountains, glaciers and fjords of Patagonia.

patagonia highlights - hitchhiking carretera austral camping
patagonia highlights - hitchhiking carretera austral - quelat national park

Hitchhiking the Carretera Austral is a Chilean rite of passage. The way is long, remote and beautiful, full of friendly people, gravel roads and little surprises.  

patagonia highlights - hitchhiking carretera austral quelat hanging glacier
 

 

4. Pizzas and Craft BeerS

Can I get an amen for BBQ Chicken pizza.   

patagonia highlights - cohaique beers and pizza

Patagonia was full of culinary surprises with fresh flavours and awesome local beers, made from the pure and delicious Patagonian glacier water. I don't know if the water actually was more tasty or if it was the sweet taste of placebo, but I loved it. 

patagonia highlights - pizzas and beers cohaique
 

 

5. Kayaking the Marble Caves

patagonia highlights - kayaking marble caves puerto rio tranquilo

The 'Marble Caves' are a set of caves being carved by the glowing blue waters of Lake General Carrera.

 
patagonia highlights - kayaking marble caves puerto rio tranquilo

I was literally kayaking in a dream.

patagonia highlights - kayaking marble caves puerto rio tranquilo
 

 

6. Puerto Rio Tranquilo to Chile Chico

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patagonia highlights - hitch-hiking chile chico lake general carrera

The most epic hitch-hike I've done.

patagonia highlights - hitchhiking chile chico lago general carrera

Insane views of Lake General Carrera from the back of a horse transporter truck, made all the sweeter by the 2 days of painful waiting it took to get picked up haha. 

patagonia highlights - hitch-hiking chile chico lago general carrera

Holding on for life as wind and dirt whipped our faces.

patagonia highlights - hitchhiking chile chico lago general carrera
patagonia highlights - hitchhiking chile chico lago general carrera
 

 

7. Climbing & Hiking El Chalten

patagonia highlights - rock climbing el chalten
patagonia highlights - hiking el chalten
patagonia highlights - rock climbing el chalten
 

 

8. Glacier Perito Mereno

patagonia highlights - glacier perito mereno

Perito Mereno is one of the biggest and most visited glaciers in Patagonia. It is pricey but, oh man, I could have stayed here all day. You'd think you'd get sick of looking at a glacier after a few hours but NO! ALL DAY, I could have stayed here. 

patagonia highlights - glacier perito mereno
patagonia highlights - glacier perito mereno
patagonia highlights - glacier perito mereno
patagonia highlights - glacier perito mereno
 

 

9. Torres Del Paine 5-Day W-Trek

patagonia highlights - w-trek torres del paine

The W-Trek was seriously 5 days of non-stop beauty. I don't even know one hike could have this much non-stop beauty. I could barely keep walking because I kept getting distracted by how beautiful everything was. 

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patagonia highlights - w trek torres del paine
patagonia highlights - w-trek torres del paine
patagonia highlights - w-trek torres del paine

I don't even know who that guy is. It was just too beautiful to NOT take the shot. 

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patagonia highlights - w trek torres del paine
patagonia highlights - torres del paine w-trek
 

 

10. Mountain biking Puerto Natales

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I'm not going to lie, I was in pain for much of this 5-hour ride. Please get padded seats if you ever go. Also I'm terrible at uphills, I feel like they suck my soul.  

But the beauty!!! Now that the pain is a distant memory, I can safely say this was actually one of the most beautiful places I've biked. 

patagonia highlights - mountain biking puerto natales
patagonia highlights - mountain biking puerto natales
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Plus, a dog started following us! It was so magical watching the mountains fly by as he ran by my side. I felt like I was in a movie, besides the fact that the dog actually ran faster uphill than I could bike haha....

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And that's a wrap!

Please do go to Patagonia, if you were ever considering it and love nature and mountains. In actual fact, I just called this post "Top 10 Patagonia Highlights" because I thought that was an easily-digestible title but really the list is basically just my entire Patagonia trip because everything was a highlight haha.

If you have any questions, just let me know! Thanks for reading, my favourite website readers in the whole world.