SOUTHERN PATAGONIA - SELF DRIVE
SOUTHERN PATAGONIA – SELF DRIVE
Patagonia
10 Days

Take advantage of the open spaces and relatively empty roads to forge your own journey in southern Chile where the skies open up and the views seem to go beyond the horizon. Driving yourself allows plenty of photo stops which is very necesassry dowm here. Our advice is, hire a car similar in size to what you are used to driving. This makes the driving much easier. We’ll plan your route, book your accommodation, and give you detailed maps with your route clearly marked, so you can relax and enjoy the journey. Here’s a suggestion.

Tour Highlights
  • TORRES DEL PAINE
  • PERITO MORENO GLACIER
  • REMOTE PATAGONIA STEPPE
  • EL CHALTEN, TREKKING CAPITAL OF ARGENTINA
  • DETAILED MAP, SELF DRIVE KIT
  • 10 DAYS CAR HIRE
  • 9 NIGHT ACCOMMODATION WITH BREAKFAST DAILY
Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    Patagonia

  • When
    :

    Year Round

  • What
    :

    Nature

Itinerary

Pick up your car at the airport or
downtown office. Punta Arenas is the largest
and most important city of Chilean Patagonia
which is located on the western side of the Strait
of Magellan. Its inhabitants come from a mix of
cultural backgrounds; English sheep ranchers as
well as Portuguese sailors settled here.

The long drive to Torres del Paine National Park
will take us along many interesting stops on the
way, for example to the Penguin Colony on the
Otway Sound. The main road to Puerto Natales
is paved and in good conditions. Torres del
Paine National Park will welcome you from far
with its gigantic granite towers.

The National Park Torres del Paine is one of the
most impressive parks in Chile because of its
unique wildlife and dramatic scenery. The park is
best known for its steep granite towers (torres),
the unique horns (cuernos) and the Big Paine
Mountain. The massif is crowned by glaciers and
surrounded by cascading rivers and beautiful
emerald lakes. The park was designated World
Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO in 1978.
There are many hiking trails to choose from, to
discover this gorgeous park.

Passing through Cerro Castillo, a village and
estancia near the border, you will cross into
Argentina. From the border onwards, you will
mainly drive through the vast and desolate
Argentinean Pampa to El Calafate. You may
spot a sheep farm or occasionally encounter
wild animals along the way. Your destination El Calafate is located on the shores of Lago
Argentino, surrounded by impressive, snowcapped
peaks.

Los Glaciares National Park is outstandingly
beautiful and you will be able to discover the
park, hiking one of the numerous trails. The
primary attraction is the Perito Moreno Glacier
stretching over 200 km/124 mi with an imposing
front wall of 60 m/197 ft height and 4 km/2.5 mi
length. Enormous ice chunks occasionally fall off
the front wall and crash into the Lake Argentino.

Head north this morning to El Chalten, the
trekking cpital of Argentina. You’ll be greeted
along the way by Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre
rising up from the steppe, guiding you to them.
Arrive to El Chalten and check in to your hotel.
You can ask the hotel staff or any of the trekking
shops about which walks may be best for you.
Alternatively we can organsie a guide for you so
you can tailor make your own path.

Spend the day as you please on any number of
hikes, or maybe drive to Lago Del Desierto and
take a gentle ferry ride then walk through the
remote forest.

Time for another walk or maybe ice trekking (or
climbing) on Viedma glacier before returning to
El Calafate. Make sure you call in at the historic
rest area, La Leona, built in 1894. It is now
famous as being the place where Butch Cassidy
and The Sundance Kid stayed for a month after
robbing the bank of London in Rio Gallagos.

Start your return trip on the legendary
Argentinean Route 40 to Puerto Natales in Chile.
After crossing the border, you will be able to visit
Puerto Natales or the sites in the region, like the
Milodón Cave,where scientists discovered the
remains of a gigantic sloth.

From Puerto Natales it will take 3 hours to return
to Punta Arenas. Drop off you car at the airport or
downtown rental office.

Pricing and Inclusions
Prices

    FROM $3,150
    PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE

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