Even before autumn has ended, this far south the puddles will be covered with thick ice well after midday and famously-strong wind gusts will indeed almost blow trekkers to the ground. Hear avalanches of snow tumble down the side of mountains as you hike the W trek in Torres del Paine, glaciers creak under the weak midday sun in El Calafate, and wait for the sound of your tent zipper snapping the frost as you emerge at 8am – before the sun has come up.
These are just some of the perks of travelling around Patagonia in winter.
But if snow isn’t covering the landscapes, you’ll be surprised to find vibrant green forests and grasslands, and maybe even spot a puma on the prowl.
These are the colours of early winter in Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia.
The W Trek, Torres del Paine, Chile
El Chalten, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina