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1. Posted by Mapi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi,
We are thinking of spending 2 weeks in December backpacking in Patagonia, but we still do not know where to go (Chile or Argentina, what National Park) and we have never been there before.
Actually we thought of backpacking for 5 days or so and then visit some city or other region of interest in a more "tourist like" plan.
Any ideas?
Thanks a lot,
Mapi

2. Posted by skdfjlksdu (Inactive 8 posts) 10y

Hi Mapi

Last year I was in Patagonia.
I've made a tracking in Torres del Paine, Chile for 5 days. It was little bit hard but I love it. It has the most beautiful landscapes I ever seen. The refuges have good conditions and all of them have camping too.
I have been at Parque Nacional los glaciares in Argentina where you can make small tracks. Very beautiful too.
And off course you must see the famous Glaciar Perito Moreno.
I think it's better to have a guide in Torres el Paine if you aren't an experinced tracker, but in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares you can do it by yourself.
If you are interested I can send you a message with the contact of the agencies in chile and in Argentina.
If you need more detail information, just ask.
Salete

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y

2 weeks is nice, although maybe a bit on the long side; don´t bother about the towns in Patagonia too much, though; you should go there for the outdoors, patagonian civilisation is rather boring.

PN Torres del Paine (which is Tierra del Fuego rather than Patagonia) is definitely worth a visit; same goes for el Chaltén, PN los glaciares and, too a much lesser extent, PN los alerces near Esquel.