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Chile Carretera Austral and Ruta 40

  • Sport and adventure
The Carretera Austral and the Ruta 40 reward intrepid drivers with pristine landscapes and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Immerse yourself in nature and culture at your own pace, with plenty of leisure time to explore during this 21-day, self-drive tour of Chile! Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, grab the keys to the rental car and set off a once-in-a-lifetime road ...

The Carretera Austral and the Ruta 40 reward intrepid drivers with pristine landscapes and off-the-beaten-path adventures. Immerse yourself in nature and culture at your own pace, with plenty of leisure time to explore during this 21-dayself-drive tour of Chile! Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, grab the keys to the rental car and set off a once-in-a-lifetime road tripkayak, trek, bike, chase waterfalls, marvel at stunning glaciers and granite mountain peaks while sampling excellent local cuisine as you make your way from the City of Roses into the heart of wild Patagonia.

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Countryside
    Countryside
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • Lake
    Lake
  • Walking and trekking
    Walking and trekking
  • Botanical observation
    Botanical observation

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Valparaiso’s Maze of Hills

• Upon arrival at Santiago de Chile airport, pick up the keys to a rental car car
• Begin with a drive to colorful Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage city
• Stroll along narrow streets, ride its historic funicular elevators and enjoy panoramic views from its many lofty lookouts
• Explore the port and fishing wharf, where you’ll get a real feel for Chile’s quirky seafaring side

Visited:
Santiago, Valparaíso
Accommodation
Palacio Astoreca (Valparaíso)

Days 2 to 3: Days at Leisure

• 2 Free days to explore the region

Visited:
Valparaíso
Accommodation
Palacio Astoreca (Valparaíso)

Day 4: Puerto Varas - The City of Roses

• Return the vehicle in Santiago airport
• Catch a flight to Flight to Puerto Montt and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas
• Enjoy a variety of open-air adventures, distinctive Chilean-German traditions, and a truly stunning natural setting

Visited:
Valparaíso, Puerto Varas
Accommodation
Cabaña del Lago (Puerto Varas)

Day 5: Day at Leisure

• A Day at leisure to go explore the region
• Our agency is happy to recommend activities ranging form kayakinganglingbiking to chasing waterfalls, great beach locations or excellent dining options!

Visited:
Puerto Varas
Accommodation
Cabaña del Lago (Puerto Varas)

Day 6: The Heart of Patagonia

• Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flights to Balmaceda
• Upon arrival, collect a rental car at the airport and drive to Coyhaique
• Trekking and fly fishing are a must here

Visited:
Puerto Varas, Coyhaique
Accommodation
Dreams Patagonia Hotel (Coyhaique)

Day 7: A Day at Leisure

• Free day to explore the region
• Visit the arts and crafts fair in Coyhaique’s main square
• Immerse yourself in nature. Whether you seek adventure or wish to relax, you'll find it here

Visited:
Coyhaique
Accommodation
Dreams Patagonia Hotel (Coyhaique)

Day 8: Fishing at Parador Austral

• Drive to Parador Austral Lodge
• Guests at Parador Austral can arrange fishing trips and other outdoor activities in the area

Visited:
Coyhaique, General Carrera See
Accommodation
El Mirador de Guadal (General Carrera See)

Days 9 to 10: Days at Leisure

2 free days to continue exploring the region
• Our local agency is happy to recommend a variety of activities to suit your interests

Visited:
General Carrera See
Accommodation
El Mirador de Guadal (General Carrera See)

Day 11: Driving the National Route 40

• In the morning, depart for Estancia La Angostura
• The estancia is an ideal stop if you are driving along the picturesque national route 40

Visited:
General Carrera See, La Angostura
Accommodation
Estancia La Angostura (La Angostura )

Day 12: A Day at Leisure

• Free day to spend as you like

Visited:
La Angostura
Accommodation
Estancia La Angostura (La Angostura )

Day 13: Glaciers and Lakes of El Chalt​én

• Depart Estancia La Angotura to reach El Chaltén, a small mountain village within the Glaciares National Park
• Torre and Fitz Roy (or Chalten) hills are popular for trekking and climbing
• Choose from a variety of river, lake and glacier excursions

Visited:
La Angostura , El Chaltén
Accommodation
Night at Hostería el Pilar (El Chaltén)

Day 14: A Day at Leisure

• Free day to spend as you like
• Explore the region, try an adventure sport or any number of available activities

Visited:
El Chaltén
Accommodation
Night at Hostería el Pilar (El Chaltén)

Day 15: El Calafate - the City of Glaciers

• Depart Estancia La Angotura to reach El Calafate
• Ideal location combining adventure, tranquility, culture and nature
• Take in stunning views of surrounding lakes, snowfields and granite mountain peaks

Accommodation
Esplendor El Calafate (El Calafate)

Day 16: A Day at Leisure

• Free day to spend as you like
• Continue enjoying the variety of outdoor activities, explore the region or relax

Visited:
El Calafate
Accommodation
Esplendor El Calafate (El Calafate)

Day 17: Puerto Natales

• Depart Calafate and drive towards Puerto Natales, the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park
• Climb the Dorotea Hill to look at Puerto Natales from above
• Discover the Milodon Cave and get to know the history of the giant sloth 

Visited:
El CalafatePuerto Natales
Accommodation
Night at Costaustralis Hotel (Puerto Natales)

Day 18: Torres del Paine National Park

• Free day to make themost of your stay in this magical place according to your interests
• Sail through the Ultima Esperanza fjord, kayak, bike, or relax and enjoy some delicious local cuisine

Visited:
Puerto Natales
Accommodation
Night at Costaustralis Hotel (Puerto Natales)

Day 19: Head to Punta Arenas

• Depart Puerto Natales and drive to reach Punta Arenas

Visited:
Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas
Accommodation
Cabo de Hornos (Punta Arenas)

Day 20: Santiago de Chile

• Drive to Punta Arenas Airport, drop off your rental car and fly to Santiago de Chile
• Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel

Visited:
Punta Arenas, Santiago
Accommodation
NH Ciudad de Santiago (Santiago)

Day 21: Departure

• Transfer to the Santiago de Chile airport for departure

Visited:
Santiago

Santiago Valparaíso Puerto Varas Coyhaique General Carrera See La Angostura El Chaltén El Calafate Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $4,980 / 21 days
Excluding international flights
02 pax
Price per person$4,980

Included in price:

  • Private/shared services as indicated in services category
  • English-speaking guides (unless other type mentioned)
  • Accommodation at the selected hotels or similar
  • Breakfast at accommodation [20]
  • Permanent assistance in each city
  • Medium size car, Unlimited Millage, CDW insurance included, Manual, 2 large suitcases, 4 doors, Minimum age: 22 years old, Credit card as a guarantee required

Not included in price:

  • International or domestic air fares
  • Services and non-metionedmeals in theitinerary
  • Early check-in, late check-out and hotel extras
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and hotel staff
  • Drinks during meals, hotel extras and personal spending
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary

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