The 15 Best Hikes in Patagonia You Can Do Without a Guide

Patagonia is a paradise for hikers, with day and multi-day treks that will leave you wishing you could extend your trip indefinitely. 

The path up to Volcán Chaitén's crater on Patagonia's northern point is one of the best day hikes.

1. Volcán Chaitén, Pumalín National Park

40-metre high lump of granite that grants sweeping views east across the valley towards two picturesque Alpine lakes.

2. Piedra del Aguila, Futaleufú

Thanks to its magnificent colours and gush of meltwater that keeps the scene in motion.

3. Sendero Mirador del Ventisquero (Glacier Viewpoint Trail), Queulat National Park

A hard hike via exposed mountain routes with panoramic vistas of glacier-studded peaks.

4. Cerro Castillo Traverse, Cerro Castillo National Park

The trail is poorly maintained, yet it passes huemul deer, guanaco, and puma in the national park's harshest areas.

5. Jeinimeni-Avilés Traverse, Sector Jeinimeni, Patagonia National Park

If you're lucky, you might see a puma walking through the foliage along a succession of blue lakes.

6. Lagunas Altas, Sector Valle Chacabuco, Patagonia National Park

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