If a short visit just isn’t enough (believe me, it’s not), then the following Patagonia backpacking itineraries for three weeks and beyond should be more up your street.
Fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas in Patagonia with LATAM or Sky Airline (the latter is cheaper) (three hours 35 minutes, four flights per day).
There’s plenty of excellent steak restaurants in town, including El Fogon De Lalo, where you can try roasted lamb there – an ubiquitous Patagonia dish.
The supermarkets in Punta Arenas have more selection and are cheaper than those in Puerto Natales where most backpackers stock up.
If you’ve brought hiking gear with you, you can spend the day visiting the waterfront or just enjoying the town.
At very affordable prices – stay at the characterful, vintage-style Vinnhaus ($13,000 dorm ($20 USD), $38,000-$50,000 double ($58 USD-$77 USD).
Enjoy nine days of trekking through magical scenery, spotting wildlife such as owls, guanacos and Andean Condors.