South America is home to some of the world’s most precious natural jewels, including Patagonia.
The region is divided into Chile and Argentina by the Andes and let us tell you – it’s all beautiful. There are simply stunning vistas across the whole of Patagonia, making it a pinnacle corner of the globe to go hiking.
Seeing as there are so many breath-taking areas to see in the South American region, we’ve narrowed down the best hikes in Patagonia and put them all in this top quality (if we do say so ourselves) list.
- Refugio Frey
Hiking Refugio Frey is a different experience for each hiker. Though it’s undoubtedly one of the best hikes in Patagonia, you can take a short cut via the ski lift to the Condour before bouldering for a few hours.
However, if you’re a keen hiker and boulderer, you can head up to Refugio Frey without a ski lift. Keep on bouldering up and you’ll enjoy some of the most stunning sights in Patagonia, including the orange rocks at the top in a beautifully clear lagoon.
We’d definitely recommend hiking Refugio Frey as a one-day hike while in Patagonia for its bouldering and views.
- Cerro Castillo
If you adore bright turquoise waters, you just have to hike the Cerro Castillo. The glacial lake is a treat to the eyes, and the black rocks covered in glacial ice makes you truly feel as though you’re within nature.
While the Cerro Castillo hike can be done in one day on the recently opened ‘emergency’ trail route, it is possible to extend the length of one of the best hikes in Patagonia. You can still head to the gorgeous glacial wonder the long way round, and enjoy some of the mountains and canyons which venture off once you reach the top.
- Huemul Circuit
Hiking the Huemul Circuit is one of the best ways to see some of Patagonia’s most stunning views. The Southern Patagonian ice field is a complete natural wonder and is worthy of a good few minutes of gawping. We don’t blame you.
Be warned, however, that the Huemul Circuit is not only one of the best hikes in Patagonia, it is also one of the most difficult. It takes four days and some physical strength to get through it due to the steep uphill and downhill segments of the trail.
It’s off the beaten path too, so if you really want to spy some of the more unseen gems of Patagonia, this is your hike.
- Torres del Paine Circuit
The mountains of Torres del Paine have made Patagonia famous all around the world. They’re layered and tall and sloping and they make you feel like you’re at the top of the world. So where better to hike in Patagonia than the Torres del Paine circuit?
With aquamarine lagoons and a glimpse of the ice field alongside plenty of other hidden beauties, the Torres del Paine circuit is well worth a hike if you’ve got eight days in Patagonia to put aside.
Remember, though, that such great views don’t come without difficulty and you should ensure your fitness is as best as it can be before you head off on this eight-day circuit.
- Laguna Torre Trek
One of the best hikes in Patagonia of course has to be the adventure junkie’s favourite: the Laguna Torre trek. You will get to see some of the coolest ice features in Argentina, including the Cerro Torre spires while following the outskirts of the Rio Fitz Roy trial.
This hike can take around four days if you choose to take the longer, 20km route. And it’s worth it for the Laguna Torre lake where you can also set up camp for the night. It’s a perfect way to spend some time in part of Patagonia’s stunning nature.
Happy Patagonia hiking!