"Patagonia! Who would ever think of going to such a place?... Why, it's thousands of miles away and no one has ever been there before, except Captain Musters and a few other adventurous madmen!... What was the attraction of going to an outlandish place so many miles away? The answer to the question was contained in its own words. Precisely because it was an outlandish place and so far away, I chose it... Nowhere else are you so completely alone. Nowhere else is there an area of 100,000 square miles which you may gallop over...virgin as yet to the foot of man."
– Lady Florence Dixie, Across Patagonia, 1880
The tip of South America, with its barren plains and crystalline lakes, its massive glaciers overlooked by jagged peaks, has changed little since this Victorian suffragist explored it on horseback (and returned to London with a pet jaguar). It's one of those extraordinary corners of the planet that you leave with regret and feel privileged to have seen.
We know Patagonia intimately, from the vast steppes rising sharply into the Andes to the nuances of a shoe-shaped topa topa adding a spot of yellow beside a dirt road. We've encountered guanacos, armadillos, pumas and ostrich-like rheas. We've been watched over by Andean condors, with their nine-foot wingspan. We've worked on a remote estancia lit by a single light bulb and heated by a wood-burning stove. In short, we've fallen in love with this mysterious wilderness and love sharing its beauty with newcomers.
Of course we know all the great Patagonian hosterias and hotels on both sides of the Argentina-Chile border. But we can also take you to family-run estancias whose pristine settings and unmatched hospitality have yet to be discovered. As for the places you might weave into your itinerary, they're as varied as the Patagonia terrain. In the north there's Bariloche, set in the Andean foothills on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapí. Out on the coast, the UNESCO site of Puerto Madryn is rich in wildlife and pioneer history. Then there's spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, or the razor peak of Cerro Chaltén, or the sheer rock columns at Torres del Paine, or the surreal blue waters of Lago Argentino...
Just tell us everything about Patagonia that's captured your imagination – or if you're not sure where to start, follow our lead – and we'll create an incredible trip just for you.