Although in most southern Argentina and Chile towns, water is usually clean enough for drinking - please use precaution while hiking.
In remote trekking / hiking areas, you can usually drink the water from the springs, small streams or creeks without problems - provided there is no farm (= livestock) upstream.
However, the increasing amount of people in most of the areas and famous parks is more and more affecting the water quality.
I would recommend water purification - the way you are used to.
When you are a day hiker, buy your water from the stores.
When you are a (tent) backpacker, bring purification material. I use Micropur (with silver ions as active ingredient), it's
effective against viruses, bacteria, Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
When backpacking and camping anywhere in the Magallanes region, make sure, you have a tent which is suitable for the weather there: it should be wind- and rainproof !
A tent like the one in the picture is ok for any lake or anywhere in mild climate - but not in windy southern Patagonia !
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