A Complete Guide To Hiking To Laguna Torre

A Complete Guide To Hiking To Laguna Torre

Hiking to Laguna Torre is, quite simply, a must when in Patagonia.

The hike to Laguna Torre is one of the best in Patagonia and can be easily enjoyed when visiting El Chalten, Argentina’s trekking capital. If you plan to visit Argentina, Patagonia should be in your itinerary and you should include the hike to Laguna Torre among your activities.

Check out my recommended 10 days Argentina itinerary and make sure you read my in depth guide on all the things to do in Argentina.

The hike to Laguna Torre is a moderate one, with little ascent and gorgeous scenery along the way. It goes to a beautiful glacier-fed lake that sits at the base of Cerro Torre. Much like the hike that goes to Laguna de Los Tres, at the base of Cerro Fitz Roy, it is a must for nature and mountain lovers visiting this part of Argentina.

Check out my post A Guide To Hiking Around Fitz Roy, In El Chalten.”

In this post, I highlight everything you should know to prepare for your hike to Laguna Torre and make the most of it, by sharing a lot of tips and useful information. Before getting to the juicy bits, however, I’d like to share some background information about Cerro Torre.

Laguna Torre

The gorgeous views of Cerro Torre from Laguna Torre

Some Background Information On Cerro Torre

Cerro Torre, at the base of which you’ll find Laguna Torre, is hardly the highest mountain in the world (it only reaches 3128 meters), but it easily qualifies as one of the most beautiful ones; not to mention, one of the most difficult ones to conquer with its almost completely vertical walls.

The mountain is located at the border between Chile and Argentina, and it wasn’t until 1959 that Italian mountaineer Cesare Maestri finally managed to conquer its peak – though this conquest was highly controversial and there were allegations that he had hoaxed the news.

Nowadays, much like the rest of Patagonia, Cerro Torre is thought to be a climbers paradise. However, some recent incidents that caused the death of a few climbers are a reminder of how unpredictably dangerous this and the neighboring peaks can be.

The good news is that, although climbing Cerro Torre can be a real challenge, it is possible to hike all the way to its base to admire it in all its beauty from Laguna Torre.

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The beautiful views on the way to Laguna Torre

Hiking To Laguna Torre 

There is little doubt that hiking is one of the main reasons to visit Patagonia, and that the trail that goes to Laguna Torre has all it takes to be one of the best hikes in the region: incredible views throughout the way; a moderate but steady ascent; a final push to reach the best viewpoint.

Check out my post Hiking In Patagonia: 16 Incredible Trails.”

There are two starting points for the trail to Laguna Torre, both of them right at the back entrance of El Chalten. After about 10 minutes walk they converge into a single trail, which is very well marked and easy to follow, and you’ll hardly need a map (though you can pick one at your hotel or at the information center).

The initial part of the trail is a 2 km rather steep ascent. After that, you will get to the first viewpoint right by Cascada Margarida. That’s when you’ll get a first great view of Cerro Torre in the distance. On a clear day, the views are simply magnificent.

Once you pass Cascada Margarida, the ascent is little and the hike becomes much easier.

It takes another hour and a half to get to Laguna Torre. As you walk there, you will have Rio Fitz Roy roaring on your left, its water cloudy from the sediments it carries from Laguna Torre and its glacier.

As you reach the lake, the views of Cerro Torre and the glacier are incredible. You can opt to stop here, or, if you want even better views, venture along the trail that leads to Mirador Maestri. This is the hardest part of the hike, with a trail that is narrow and with steep drop on one side; on very rocky, uneven terrain. Adding to the challenge there’s the fact that this part of the trail can be difficult to follow for lack of clear signs. Having said so, when you actually make it to Mirador Maestri the views of the glacier are simply incredible.

You will have to hike back to El Chalten along the same trail.

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The views from Mirador Maestri is nothing short of amazing

The Sights

The sights on the way to Laguna Torre are splendid, and you’ll almost constantly have Cerro Torre in full view on a clear day.

Once you get to the actual lake, the view is impressive. The lake isn’t blue like that of Laguna de Los Tres, but the glacier is stunning and if you pay attention you will hear it cracking, much like it happens to Perito Moreno Glacier.

For more information about Perito Moreno, check out my post A Complete Guide To Perito Moreno Glacier.”

The lagoon is a perfect lunch spot, but if you want a real treat, push yourself all the way to Mirador Maestri, where you can sit and rest for a while in awe of the magnificent glacier.

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Once you get at Laguna Torre, you’ll enjoy a wonderful view

What to expect when hiking to Laguna Torre

As for all trails in Patagonia, the one that goes to Laguna Torre is very well marked and easy to follow and the terrain good for the most part.

The only difficult part is the initial 2 km ascent and the final ascent to Mirador Maestri, which is on very uneven terrain. Only venture on that final bit of the trail if you are confident with your step, because it is very easy to lose your balance on the often moving rocks.

The way back to El Chalten is on the same trail. It takes pretty much the same amount of time to walk back down to the village.

TIP: The one to Laguna Torre is one of the most popular hikes in Patagonia and chances are that you will meet quite a few people along the way and at the lagoon. However, you won’t ever feel it is a crowded trail – especially if you start nice and early.

TIP: If you visit Patagonia in the summer months, you’ll be relieved to find out that days are very long and you have plenty of time to hike to Laguna Torre and back. Having said so, I recommend an early start (8:30 am is perfect timing!) so that you can avoid the largest crowds and that you can plan a longer break to admire the views once you get to the lake.

Laguna Torre

The view of Cerro Torre during the hike

Fact checking for your hike to Laguna Torre

Like all other hiking trails in Patagonia, the one to Laguna Torre is free to access.

Overall walking distance: 10.6 km to the base of Laguna Torre one way, to which you can add the little over 1 km to the Mirador Maestri, one way. The overall length is thus between 21 and 24 km, there and back.

Overall walking time: between 6 and 7 hours, depending on the amount of stops and on whether you also hike to Mirador Maestri.

Food and drinks: You should carry enough food and water for the duration your hike to Laguna Torre. You can refill your water bottle at the river – water is supposedly safe to drink but carry a water filter just in case.

Camping: Not far from the lake, the De Agostini campsite is a good place to camp overnight if you like the idea of waking up early to see the sunrise over the peaks – but keep in mind nights can be very chilly and though the camping does provide some shelter against the wind, this is very strong! Make sure to be properly equipped.

Toilets: There are no toilets along the trail to Laguna Torre. At about half way you will see a sign that points to a toilet, but it’s just a well hidden bush where everyone goes with no real toilet facilities. Make sure not to leave any toilet paper behind you.

Garbage disposal: there are no garbage bins on the way to Laguna Torre and – in fact – on any of the trails in Patagonia. The trails and the surrounding areas are, however, pristine. Make sure to take a small garbage bag to dispose of your trash and bring it back with you to El Chalten, where you can dispose of it appropriately.

Pets: Dogs or other animals are not allowed on the trail, as it is part of Los Glaciares National Park.

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I do not recommend hiking to Laguna Torre alone

Practical Information For Your Hike To Laguna Torre

Hiking to Laguna Torre independently

The hike to Laguna Torre can definitely be done independently. The trail is easy to follow with no major challenge. By all means, however, I do not advise you to hike alone, as there is no phone signal at all along the trail, should you run into an emergency.

Check out my post 11 Reasons Why Hiking Alone Is Actually A Bad Idea.”

Guided hikes to Laguna Torre

If you prefer, you can also join a guided group hike. Several depart daily from El Chalten. Here is a selection of the best day hikes:

And these are some good multi-day hiking tours:

Guided hiking tours of Patagonia that include hikes to Laguna Torre

If you aren’t a master of organization and are short on time, you may want to leave the organization bits to the experts and just book a good multi-day guided group tour to Patagonia that includes accommodation, transportation and all activities, and which will ensure you have a guide to help you navigate the trails.

These are some of the best tours available that include hikes to Laguna Torre:

  • Patagonia Hiking: this is the perfect tour for active travelers who love nature. It lasts 9 days and has stops at El Calafate and at El Chalten, to hike Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
  • Argentina Multisport: the best tour for adventure lovers, as it includes rafting, cycling, and trekking around El Chalten.
  • Hike Patagonia In Depth: the best option for those who want to get as close as possible to the mountains, with some nights of camping. No better way to experience Patagonia.
  • Best of Patagonia: a 13 days tour to all of Patagonia’s landmarks.
  • 6 Day tour of Patagonia: a good option if you have limited time to spend in this part of the world.
  • Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego: a great hiking tour that also goes to the end of the world, between Argentina and Chile. You’ll be hiking Perito Moreno, Laguna Torre and even Laguna Esmeralda.
Laguna Torre

Make sure to be properly geared for your hike to Laguna Torre

The best time to hike to Laguna Torre

The best time to hike in Patagonia is in the late spring and summer months, between October and April. However, please be advised that the weather is very unpredictable in this part of the world, and be prepared for wind, rain and even snow at any time. I was actually very lucky and enjoyed sunny, warm weather when I visited in mid February. If you are not on a tight schedule, plan to spend a few days in El Chalten so that you can wait for the perfect day to hike to Laguna Torre.

Planning to travel to Patagonia? Make sure to read my post 30 Things You Should Consider Before Traveling To Patagonia.”

Essential items to wear and carry on a hike to Laguna Torre

You have to be properly equipped when hiking to Laguna Torre – much like you have to be for any other hike, anywhere in the world. I won’t ever tire of stressing the importance of a good pair of hiking boots that hold your ankle and keep your feet dry (I had to abandon mine in Ushuaia after a very muddy and wet hike to Laguna Esmeralda, when I realized they were not waterproof anymore).

Check out my post A Complete Guide To Hiking Laguna Esmeralda.”

The first thing you need to consider when gearing up to hike to Laguna Torre is that the weather in Patagonia can change dramatically at any given minute. It may well be sunny as you walk out the door, but the wind may start blowing any time and it may start raining (and at times even snowing!). This is to say: you have to be prepared for sudden weather changes.

The list of recommended items to wear and carry for your hike to Laguna Torre is based on my experience.

Here’s a list of basics for the day:

  • A good pair of hiking boots, preferably with excellent ankle support and waterproof.
  • Waterproof hiking pants. I swear by my new Kuhl Horizn Straight or my Kuhl Weekendr Tight.
  • A cotton t-shirt such as Kuhl W S Born Tee – it’s comfortable and lightweight.
  • A cozy fleece – I like Kuhl Alska. Do carry an extra one in case the temperature drops.
  • A good wind proof jacket. I am a fan of Kuhl Airstorm Rain.
  • Either a baseball hat or a beanie, to protect you from the sun and from the wind; and a pair of gloves as it is cold in the morning.
  • A good daypack, with easy to reach pockets for water bottle. I like Osprey Daylite Plus.
  • A refillable water bottle.
  • Sunscreen with high protection factor, as well as lip balm.
  • A camera. I use a Nikon D3300 with a 18-105 mm lens. If you are not a photography geek, opt for a good smartphone such as an iPhone X. Take a power bank as well!
  • Tissues or toilet paper, and a good antibacterial hand gel.
  • Food and water for the duration of the hike, and an extra spare bag to put all your garbage.

For a full list of what to carry on your trip to Patagonia, check out my post “The Perfect Patagonia Packing List.”

Laguna Torre hike

The hike to Laguna Torre is one of the best in Patagonia

Other Useful Information

How to get to El Chalten

El Chalten is the nearest place to reach Laguna Torre. The nearest airport to El Chalten is that of El Calafate. There are direct flights to El Calafate from Buenos Aires and Ushuaia with Aerolinas Argentina. From El Calafate, it is a 3 hours bus ride with gorgeous views of the mountains.

Check out my post A Complete Guide To El Calafate, Argentina.”

By Bus

El Chalten is well connected to El Calafate by bus. Rides depart at 8:00 am and 6:00 pm from the terminal on Julio Argentino Roca. During peak season, there is an additional bus departing El Calafate at 1:00 pm. The best companies are Chalten Travel and Caltur. The ride costs around $20 USD one way.

By car

If you’d rather travel independently, you can rent a car directly at El Calafate airport. Check out the prices of car rental here. Keep in mind that the only service station is at La Leona. There you can have a quick bite (though the food is terrible) and use the washrooms.

ATMs in El Chalten

Withdrawing money during peak season can be an issue in El Chalten. Indeed, there are only two ATMs located at the entrance of the village, by the bus terminal, and they regularly run out of cash. Lots of businesses do not accept credit cards. The best option is to make sure to withdraw cash in El Calafate after having carefully revised your budget!

Where to stay and eat in El Chalten

El Chalten has some very good accommodation options and a handful of good restaurants and breweries. Most places close between April and the beginning of October.

These are some of the best places to stay in El Chalten:

Almost all restaurants, bars and pubs in El Chalten observe some sort of happy hour and get very busy between 5:00 and 8:00 pm when most people come back from their hikes. These are the best places to eat in town:

  • Maffìa is a plain eatery that still makes home made pasta. Sauces are not the way we make them in Italy, but good enough. Prices are fair.
  • Ahonikenk makes some of the Argentine staples, including a good Milanesa. Portions are huge and prices fair.
  • Curcuma is one of the few options for vegans.
  • La Vineria has a great selection of draft beers and wines.
  • Cerveceria Artesanal is the best pub in El Chalten.
  • Mathilda is a cozy café serving salads, sandwiches and lots of good drinks.

Make sure to read An Excellent Guide To El Chalten.”

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Hiking Gear And More: The Perfect Patagonia Packing List

Hiking Gear And More: The Perfect Patagonia Packing List

This Patagonia packing list has everything you need to take with you if you intend to hike in Patagonia.

I am (almost) a pro at packing – the “almost” being caused by the fact that there often is a little something I forget, and that I have to get as soon as I arrive at my destination. I generally manage to pack for any trip in under one hour, and I usually keep my backpack under 10 kg, even if it is for a long distance hiking trip.

Check out my post The Perfect Hiking Packing List For A Long Distance Trek.”

A hiking trip to Patagonia is no different. There are certain items that shouldn’t be missing from your backpack, and others that you can probably do without and that would only end up being useless weight on your shoulders. This is why I have decided to put together what I think is the best Patagonia packing list.

Looking for the most incredible hikes in Patagonia? Check out my post Hiking In Patagonia: 16 Incredible Trails.” Make sure to also read my in depth guides: A Guide To Hiking Around Fitz Roy, In El Chalten,” “A Complete Guide To Hiking To Laguna Torre” and A Complete Guide To Perito Moreno Glacier.”

My Patagonia packing list highlights all the essential gear you should take with you if you intend to go hiking, but keep in mind it is meant to be for an accommodated trip where you have the option to sleep at hostels or hotels.

Patagonia packing list

Weather conditions and hiking terrain much be kept in mind when preparing your Patagonia packing list

5 Things To Consider When Packing For Patagonia

You should pack light

One thing to keep in mind when packing for Patagonia – or for anywhere in the world, really – is that you are better off packing light and keeping to the bare essentials. I have come to the conclusion that no matter how light I pack, I can always pack lighter. There are occasions when you may have to carry your backpack for longer than you may wish, and in any case the opportunities to dress up in a place like Patagonia are virtually non-existent: people walk into bars and pubs right after hiking, covered in mud and dirt!

You have to be prepared for rain, wind and snow – any time of the year

The weather tends to be unpredictable in Patagonia. You may be extremely lucky as I was when I hiked to Laguna Torre and Laguna de Los Tres, and get beautiful sunny day, or be caught up in the heavy rain and snow like I was in Ushuaia (yes, it was the middle of the summer!). This is to say: you have to be prepared for any weather condition, and make sure your Patagonia packing list includes rain gear and warm technical gear for colder conditions.

Traveling to El Calafate? Make sure to read my post A Complete Guide To El Calafate, Argentina.”Going to El Chalten? Don’t skip An Excellent Guide To El Chalten.” Going to Tierra del Fuego? Check out my post Everything You Need To Know About Ushuaia, Patagonia.”

You should wear layers

This is actually true for any hiking trip, and even more so if you travel to Patagonia. Even if you go to Patagonia in the summer, make sure to wear layers, starting with a good technical tank top as the under layer, and then a thermal or quick dry shirt as a base layer. Add a good fleece and wear a wind and rain proof jacket as a top layer. You will likely get warm and sweat a bit on a sunny day and if you walk uphill, and you will have to take layers off. But as the weather changes rapidly the temperatures may drop again and you may need to layer up again.

You should wear quick dry clothes

A good Patagonia packing list should include items that dry quickly, and that you can easily wash at night in the sink of your hotel room and which will be dry by the morning, by the time you are hitting the trails again.

You need to consider your accommodation options

Do you intend to camp or to sleep in hostels or hotels during your trip to Patagonia? This is an important thing to consider when putting together your Patagonia packing list. If you are thinking of camping, you’ll inevitably have to bring a tent, a heavy duty sleeping bag and a camping mattress with you and keep the rest of the list even more to the bare essentials.

Please be advised that this Patagonia packing list is meant to be for travelers who are planning to stay at hostels and hotels, and who will have a bed to sleep and a bathroom to shower and wash their clothes.

Patagonia packing list

Make sure to be appropriately geared when traveling to Patagonia

What You Need To Include In Your Patagonia Packing List

Hiking Essentials And Trekking Gear For Your Patagonia Packing List

Main Backpack

Choosing the right backpack is essential for any trip, and it should be no different for a trip to Patagonia. This is the first item you need to think when putting together your Patagonia packing list: its size and fit will determine the rest of what you carry.

No matter how long you are traveling for, I recommend keeping the weight you carry around down as much as possible. You shouldn’t carry a backpack that packs more than 40 liters for women, or 50 for men. Make sure your backpack is lightweight, but also sturdy and either waterproof or with a good cover that you quickly put on if it starts rain.

The best backpacks to me are those that have various compartments and that open from both the top and the bottom, and with side pockets where you can place items you want to easily get hold of, such as your water bottle.

I have used various backpacks throughout my traveling career, of various brands, and I have resolved that the best to me are Osprey packs. Other brands such as The Real Berghaus have some excellent ones too. The following are the best 40 and 50 liters backpacks that will fit everything you should include in your Patagonia packing list.

  • Osprey Tempest – for women: a great 40 liters backpack.
  • Osprey Stratos – for men: a good 50 liters option.
  • Osprey Aura 50 – for women: it’s a bit bigger than what I would normally recommend, but the weight can be spread easily so it ends up being comfortable.
  • Osprey Talon 44 – a perfect in-between option.
  • Berghaus Freeflow – a good choice for both men and women.

Daypack

Unless you are planning to hike long distance, you should include a daypack in your Patagonia packing list. A good daypack should be small enough so that you can carry it around easily, while at the same time able to fit an extra layer of clothes, enough food and water for the day, a basic first aid kit, your camera, smartphone and power bank. I have tried several daypacks and these are my favorite:

  • Osprey Daylite Plus – it carries just about enough for a day out; the two side pockets are perfect to fit a bottle of water, the small front pocket allows you to keep small items such as a phone or tissues.
  • Lowe Alpine 22l – nicely fits a camera, it has an adjustable waist strap and has a waterproof rain cover and lots of small pockets to fit items such as tissues, keys, lip balm and your smartphone.
Patagonia packing list

Wearing the right clothes is essential when hiking in Patagonia

Hiking Clothes

Your Patagonia packing list should include the following clothes:

  • 2 pairs of loose fitting, rain proof hiking pants. Loose fitting pants are necessary so you can wear a base layer underneath on the coldest days. I like by my new Kuhl Horizn Straight or my Kuhl Weekendr.
  • 2 tank tops that you can wear as the under layer. I am a fan of Kuhl Harmony and Kuhl Aprira tank.
  • 2 long and 2 short sleeves t-shirts. I usually pack my Kuhl Sora t-shirt, which I have in several colors, and the Kuhl Svenna shirt. Both of them are long sleeves.
  • A thermal or technical shirt to wear on colder days. I have a Kuhl Alva Thermal.
  • A comfortable cotton t-shirt – I like Kuhl W S Born Tee – it’s comfortable, lightweight, and good to either go out or to sleep in.
  • A good fleece – I like Kuhl Alska. Take an extra one in case it gets extra cold: you may want to invest in a mycro-fleece, that keeps you warm despite being super lightweight.
  • A good wind proof jacket. I am a fan of Kuhl Airstorm Rain.
  • A warmer jacket for the colder days – Kuhl Firestorm down jacket is perfect if it snows. Another good option is Kuhl Spyfire Hoody.
  • 3 pairs of underwear and the same amount of hiking socks – good hiking socks prevent you from getting blisters.
  • 2 comfortable and quick dry sports bras for the ladies.

Hiking Boots

A Patagonia packing list must include a pair of excellent hiking boots. Good hiking boots will keep your feet warm and dry even when the terrain is wet and muddy (like in Laguna Esmeralda), or if it snows or rain. You also want to make sure that you have proper ankle support and a good grip when the terrain is uneven, rocky or slippery.

Check out my post “A Complete Guide To Hiking Laguna Esmeralda.”

These are some excellent hiking boots which you may want to include in your Patagonia packing list:

Make sure to also add a pair of flip flops or light sandals in your Patagonia packing list. They are essential to give your feet a break after a long day of hiking.

Patagonia packing list Your Patagonia packing list should include a good camera, as the photo opportunities are endless!

Other Items To Add To Your Patagonia Packing List

Camera Gear

The incredible landscape of Patagonia calls for photography and it would be a pity not to take pictures. Make sure to include a good camera and lenses to your Patagonia packing list, and if you are not a photography geek, go for a good smartphone with a great camera.

My camera gear typically consists of the following:

  • A good DSLR camera. I use a Nikon D3300.
  • A couple of good lenses. I generally carry a 18-105 millimeters, good for landscape photography, and a 70-300 millimeters one for wildlife photography (the guanacos and red foxes in Patagonia are perfect models).
  • A smartphone with a good camera. Mine is a 6s Plus, which has a fairly good camera, but you can opt for newer models such as the iPhone X with double lens. It’s a good compromise if you don’t feel like carrying the weight of a DSLR.
  • A power bank – to charge your phone on the go.

Alternatively, you can also use:

  • A go pro – good for hiking, mountain biking and even for rafting or for those selfies with penguins you’ll take in Puerto Madryn.
  • A compact camera – there are some great one that are nice and easy to use, and that pack very light. But honestly, if your smartphone has a good camera just stick to that!

Discover more about Puerto Madryn in my post A Complete Guide To Puerto Madryn, Argentina.”

Beauty And Personal Care Items

A proper Patagonia packing list should include some personal hygiene items. If you are traveling carry on only make sure to pack the travel size version. You may even want to consider things such as solid shampoo and conditioner since they pack super light and obviate the issue of liquid restrictions.

Other than the obvious, this is what you should add to your Patagonia packing list:

  • Sunscreen, best if high SPF – the sun can be very strong in Patagonia.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Very hydrating lip balm.
  • All purpose biodegradable soap bar: you can use it as a laundry soap and even to shower or wash your hair.
  • Tea tree oil: you can use it to medicate minor cuts, and can apply it on insect bites to ease the itch.
  • Toilet paper or tissues.

First Aid Kit

A good Patagonia packing list must include a first aid kit and a few medications. Here are some essentials:

    • basic pain relief medicines such as paracetamol.
    • imodium or any other diarrhea medication.
    • bandaids and other bandages.
    • antiseptic wipes and cream.
    • cortizone cream.

Patagonia packing list Keep in mind you won’t always get sunny weather!

Miscellaneous stuff to add to your Patagonia packing list

Other things to include in your Patagonia packing list are:

  • A hat to protect against the sun, and a beanie to keep you warm on cold days.
  • Leggings or thermal underwear to wear under your hiking pants on the colder days. I love Kuhl Kaskade Bottom.
  • Gloves – it can get really cold in the morning.
  • Sunglasses – they protect from the sun and from the strong wind and dust of Patagonia.
  • A power bank.
  • A GPS device.
  • A compass: it will help you navigate the trails, especially if all else fails.
  • A water bottle that you can refill – the rivers in Patagonia are pristine and you can easily refill.
  • A water filter – if you want to be extra safe.
  • A head lamp or a torch – chances are you won’t need it if you travel to Patagonia in the summer, as the days are very long, but you never know!
  • Snacks – to give you a quick energy boost till you make it to dinner.
  • A pair of jeans and a shirt and extra sweater to wear when you are not hiking.

Travel Insurance

Don’t forget to get a good travel insurance for your trip to Patagonia. You can get a quote here.

Check out my post Ten Reasons I Always Get Travel Insurance.”

Final Notes

A trip to Patagonia is all about enjoying nature and the incredible views, and on challenging yourself to hike some more. This is to say: don’t worry about being pretty; just make sure to be comfortable, stay hydrated and healthy, and eat earthy food (carbs, vegetables and proteins) to give you lots of energy to hike.

To better prepare your Patagonia trip, make sure to read my post 30 Things You Should Consider Before Traveling To Patagonia.”

Make sure to read my other posts for more packing tips:

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