Patagonia camping is a rite of passage for many young Argentines after they finish high school or college exams. Other young adventurers also come from around the world to enjoy some of the most varied and beautiful landscapes to found anywhere. Patagonia is a mecca for hikers and trekkers, and many adventure companies offer trekking tours lasting several days. This this is wild and remote country. Most trekking tours will spend most of the time camping, with Patagonia hotels for the first and/or last night, and perhaps a hotel or guesthouse in the middle of the trip. One thing to remember about camping anywhere here, is that the seasons are reversed from what they are in the Northern Hemisphere. The best Patagonia weather for camping (or trekking) is from mid-November to the end of March, which is summertime in the Southern Hemisphere.
The little mountain village of El Chalten and the town of El Calafate are trekking centers near the border with Chile, and offer access to the beautiful Patagonia glaciers. Many of the Patagonia camping opportunities here are on treks to Mt Fitz Roy and the glacial lakes. Some of the glaciers can only be viewed by taking boat trips across the frigid mountain lakes. You can also head to the city of Ushuaia for access to the world’s southernmost national park on Tierra de Fuego. This is one of the wildest and most remote places on earth, and camping is really the only way to thoroughly experience it. If you want to combine camping with whale watching, then head to Puerto Piramides or Puerto Madryn, gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valdes Peninsula.