Self Drive Patagonia Chile and Ruta 40 Argentina, from US$2.215 pp

Self Drive

The Carretera Austral and the Ruta 40 are the most legendary roads for a Self Drive Tour in Patagaonia. The south of Argentina and Chile will take you in another world, away from huge paved roads into untouched nature. During this Self Drive Tour you will see the fantastic Torres del Paine National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier and breathtaking landscape passing by while you are driving. Take your time to stop on the way, take some pictures or just enjoy!

  • 12

    Days

  • 11

    Nights

From US$

2,215.00

Per Person

Highlights

Self Drive along the famous Carretera Austral in Chile and Ruta 40 in Argentina in just one trip.

Explore the untouched nature of Chile´s and Argentina´s Patagonia.

Visit Mount Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier as well as Torres del Paine National Park.

itinerary & includes


Day 1: Balmaceda, Coyhaique (56 km / 34 mi)

Day 2: Coyhaique, Lake General Carrera (265 km / 124 mi)

Day 3: Lake General Carrera

Day 4: Border crossing to Argentina, Estancia (290 km / 180 mi)

Day 5: Hostería Cueva de las Manos, El Chaltén (535 km / 335 mi)

Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park, Fitz Roy Mountain

Day 7: El Chaltén, El Calafate (250 km / 160 mi)

Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 9: El Calafate, Torres del Paine National Park (348 km / 216 mi)

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park

Day 11: Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas (410 km / 255 mi)

Day 12: Car drop off

Included in this tour:

11 overnights with breakfast.
12 Days car rental incl. unlimited free mileage, local tax, full CDW coverage, drop off costs, international permission to cross into Argentina with vehicle.
Roadmap and descriptions.

Day 1: Balmaceda, Coyhaique (56 km / 34 mi)
Upon arrival to Balmaceda you will pick up your car and start your self drive adventure through Patagonia. Your first destination will be Coyhaique, from the Tehuelche native language (Koi: lake and Aiken: camp), is the capital of this beautiful region. Overnight in Coyhaique at Hotel Belisario Jara.

Day 2: Coyhaique, Lake General Carrera (265 km / 124 mi)
A beautiful but long drive calls for an early departure. Your trip today will lead you to the immense Lake General Carrera. Stop for magnificent views from the various lookout points along the lengthy and uninhabited stretch of the Carretera Austral. Don’t miss a visit by boat to the Marble Caves close to Puerto Tranquilo (check at the gas station). You will spend the night right by Lake General Carrera at Cabañas Mirador Playa Guadal. (breakfast)

Day 3: Lake General Carrera
Take delight in the beautiful landscapes and explore the surroundings of the lake. Overnight by Lake General Carrera. (breakfast)

Day 4: Border crossing to Argentina, Estancia (290 km / 180 mi)
After breakfast, you will start to drive east towards the border town Chile Chico. The views of the lake are beautiful but the road has many curves, so drive carefully. Once you have entered Argentina, the landscape changes into the typical pampas that cover almost all of Argentina’s Patagonia. After visiting the small town Perito Moreno, you will another 2-hour drive ahead of you through the wide openness to the Hostería Cueva de las Manos, where you will spend the night. (breakfast)

Day 5 – Hostería Cueva de las Manos, El Chaltén (535 km / 335 mi)
Today, you will set out for an especially long trip to El Chaltén, almost all the way on the legendary Ruta 40, the “Patagonian Highway”. Chaltén is situated at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain Range. Overnight in El Chaltén at Estancia Lunajuim. (breakfast)

Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park, Fitz Roy Mountain
Participate today in one of the hikes that start from El Chaltén to visit the wonderful national park and the Southern Ice Field. You can also join a boat trip to the Viedma Glacier in the morning. Overnight in El Chaltén. (breakfast)

Day 7: El Chaltén, El Calafate (250 km / 160 mi)
You will drive around the Lake Viedma today, to reach another huge glacier lake called Lago Argentino. You will spend the night on the shores of the lake in the village El Calafate. Overnight in El Calafate at Hotel Sierra Nevada. (breakfast)

Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier
Visit the magnificent glacier Perito Moreno, a true natural spectacle; a trek on the ice can be organized. Overnight in El Calafate. (breakfast)

Day 9: El Calafate, Torres del Paine National Park (348 km / 216 mi)
You will drive into Chile via Cerro Castillo through the vast steppe or Pampa and arrive in one of the most beautiful national parks of the American continent – Torres del Paine. Enjoy the view of theimpressive Torres that welcome you on your way to your hostería. Overnight close to the Torres del Paine National Park at Hosteria Mirador del Payne. (breakfast)

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park
You will start early to make the most of this day. Visit some of the various sites within the park, navigate to the Grey Glacier in a boat or trek on one of the shorter trails to experience this magnificent landscape close-up. Overnight in or close to National Park Torres del Paine. (breakfast)

Day 11: Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas (410 km / 255 mi)
Today you will start to get back into civilization by driving to Punta Arenas: the southernmost port city in the world. It is located by the Brunswick Sound and the Magellan straight. Overnight in Punta Arenas at Hotel Rey Don Felipe. (breakfast)

Day 12: Car drop off
Your self drive through Patagonia in Chile and Argentina has come to an end. After dropping your car off you can catch your connecting flight. (breakfast)

 

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