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Spring in Patagonia is the best! (but don't go telling everyone)

We’ve got a secret tip for anyone who’s wondering about the best time of year to visit Patagonia, but we won’t be sharing it with just anyone. You see part of what makes spring one of the best times of year to visit Patagonia is that most people don’t know that it is so special, so we don't want everyone finding out! But as long as it’s just us, we’ll tell you the reasons that you should get planning your Patagonia tour for the southern spring (that’s September and October down here in Chile!)

 
torres del paineBlaze a trail
Many of Patagonia’s more challenging multi-day hikes - such as the Paine Circuit in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park - are either closed completely or simply inaccessible during Patagonia’s wild winter months. So if you time your trip to visit Patagonia in early September for the start of spring, you could well be one of the first hikers on the trail that season. The allure of the untamed wilderness at the end of the world is at its height when you know you’re breaking out across dormant paths that haven’t seen human footfall in months.
 
barbequeCelebrate with the locals
The 18th and 19th of September in Chile means Fiestas Patrias, a country wide celebratory splurge of Chilean Independence and all things Chilean. It’s a great excuse to head down to Patagonia with a stopover in Santiago to savour the vibrant parties, parades and feasts on the streets of Chile’s capital. Or, if you’d prefer to spend the holidays in Patagonia itself, this year we’re offering a special limited edition version of our classic 7 W Trek. The special edition tour features an adapted itinerary to make the most of the final moments of Torres del Paine’s winter wonderland and includes a thoroughly indulgent celebratory Fiestas Patrias Patagonian barbecue.
 
patagonia open roadSavour the silence
This is why we won’t tell just anyone why we prefer Patagonia in spring; it’s only true because nobody knows it. The southern summer months bring the highest concentration of visitors to the national parks of Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia. It never gets crowded exactly - Patagonia remains one of the world’s final wild frontiers after all - but you’ve got more chance of running into people out on the trails and finding busy campsites or booked-up refugios during the summer. If you prefer your wilderness a little wilder, head to Patagonia in spring.
 
skiing in chileGet your skis on
By heading to Patagonia in early spring you’ll make the very best of Chile’s adventure sports crossover season. September is your last opportunity of the year to take a skiing stopover in Santiago, which boasts world-class ski resorts in the nearby Andes Mountains. When you’re done skiing to your heart’s content, carry on down to Patagonia for hiking, biking, or a range of other activities just as the season is getting underway. Take a closer look at our Patagonia Hiking & Chile Ski Special for more details.
 
puma in patagoniaBoost your fauna spotting chances
During the busy summer months, many of Patagonia’s more reclusive animals like the endangered huemul deer and the ever popular puma retreat deep into the forests or up into the mountains and keep well out of the way of visitors, preferring to return only during the quiet winter months. That makes spring a great time to catch sight of an animal that you might not otherwise see, before they head back out of sight for the summer. 
 
ecocamp patagoniaSnag a bargain
Because fewer people tend to visit Patagonia during the early spring months (remember, don’t go telling everyone!) you can often snag some really great bargains on hotels, tours and flights to Patagonia. Spring in Patagonia is also known as “shoulder season” a travel industry term to describe the time between low season and high season. Many people don’t realise that by travelling in shoulder season they have access to all of the same services and experiences as those travelling during high season, the only difference is that they pay less!
 
chilean firetreeSee things differently
If you still need convincing, it might interest you to know that many people consider that spring is when Patagonia is at her most radiant. Whilst the worst of the weather is over, the mountains still glitter in their cloaks of winter snow that are just beginning to melt. Meanwhile, Patagonia’s forests and flora begin to wake from their long slumber and burst forth in a riot of spring colours. The sight of the blazing flowers of the Chilean firebush framed against the white mountains and the new shoots of lemon-green grass is a Patagonian experience not to be missed!
 
Now’s the time to book your Patagonia tour for Spring 2015!