SOUTHERN PATAGONIA - SELF DRIVE
SOUTHERN PATAGONIA – SELF DRIVE 10 Day tour from $3,150
Patagonia
10 Days YEAR ROUND

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 – ARGENTINA, CHILE

  • When
    :

    YEAR ROUND

  • What
    :

    NATURE AND WILDLIFE, SELF DRIVE

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 and inclusions
    FROMTWIN
    $3,150

    Prices are per person twin share. Prices are subject to change.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers where mentioned.
    • All land transportation, and cruises/ferries where mentioned.
    • Good quality, well located hotels with private bathrooms.
    • Breakfast daily. Other meals as listed.
    • English speaking guided touring.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each country.
    • Prices are valid to December 2018. Prices shown are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price increases.
    • See full terms and conditions.

    Flights are NOT included, as we may be able to include some with your International ticket to save you money.

    We’ll explain this and give you the best options when we chat.

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