Patagonia is one of the most interesting destinations in the world to travel solo. That said, it’s so spread out—and so rugged—that it’s to your benefit to have a trusty Patagonia travel agency you can depend on to help you map out your adventure.
Don’t know where to start? That’s where Surtrek, the world leader in South American travel, comes in. Make them your Patagonia travel agency, and they’ll show you exactly where to go and what to do; including some of the top activities for solo travelers in Patagonia, listed below.
Cerro Tronador is a glacier sitting on the outskirts of Bariloche, Argentina, the northern gateway to rugged Patagonia, and the hike to get there is about 18 kilometers (11.2 miles). That might sound daunting, but trust us: the views make every step worth it. To really experience it, start your hike early in the morning so that you arrive with plenty of time to walk around the rocks, the glacier, and the surrounding glacial pools before sunset. If you’re really craving a raw experience, pitch a tent right there so you can wake up watching the sunrise over the mountaintops and celestial glaciers.
If you’re exploring Patagonia by road tripping through it, we suggest driving through Chile! And when you do, drive down the rural Carretera Austral, which will take you right into the heart of Patagonia, and passes quaint towns like Chaitén. After a nearby volcano erupted in 2008, the entirety of this northern Chilean town was covered in ash and debris; and today, you still see remnants of that everywhere. Stop by it’s beach before dusk, and take in the beautifully-haunting remains of what was once a popular spot for the locals to live. The houses and sand are still covered in trees and ash, but it’s a very peaceful place to watch the sun go down.
There are five trails in Patagonia that let you see the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and this one—just outside of El Chaltén, Argentina—is the one with the most impressive views. Now, be warned: This is not a casual stroll. You’ll have to walk over a rocky glacial moraine for hours, cross a couple rivers with a harness and pulley (which you’ll need to pack yourself), and come carrying all the food, water, sleeping materials and cooking supplies you think you’ll need. It’s a tough trek, but it’s worth every mile! Those 180-degree views of the ice field look like they belong in a postcard.
Enclosing part of Patagonia’s General Carrera Lake, in Chile, these caves are what make the small town of Puerto Río Tranquilo a must-do. While the town itself is very touristy, the marble caves are still impressive to see. Naturally carved out by the lake’s clear blue water, the walls of the cave are swirling with sparkling rock formations in hues of yellow, white and gray. For the best view of it, hop on an hour-long boat tour; they run daily and will sail you directly into the caves.