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Self-Drive: Quintessential Carretera Austral


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

Marble CaveUpon arrival in Balmaceda you will pick up your car and start your 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. Hotel Balisario 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 to the Marble Caves close to Puerto Tranquilo; for that ask for a boat ride at the gas station. You will spend the night right on Lake General Carrera. Overnight at Mirador de Playa Gaudal (B)

Day 3: Lake General Carrera

Take delight in the beautiful landscapes and explore the surroundings of the lake. Overnight on Lake General Carrera. Overnight at Mirador de Playa Gaudal (B)

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. Visit the small town Perito Moreno. From there it will be a short drive south to Estancia Cueavas de las Manos (B)

Day 5: Hosteria 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 Route 40, the 'Patagonian Highway'. Chaltén is situated at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain Range. Overnight at Estancia Lunajuim. (B)

El Chalten

Day 6: El ChaltÉn: Los Glaciares National Park – Fitz Roy

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 at el Chaltén. Estancia Lunajuim (B)

Day 7: El ChaltÉn – El Calafate (250 km/ 160 mi)

You will drive around 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. (B)

Day 8: Los Glaciares National Park – Perito Moreno Glacier (140 km / 85 mi)

Visit the magnificent glacier Perito Moreno, a true natural spectacle; a trek on the ice can be organized. Overnight in El Calafate at Hotel Sierra Nevada. (B)

Torres del Paine

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 the Torres on your way to your hosterνa. Overnight in or close to the Torres del Paine National Park. Mirador del Paine (B)

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. Mirador del Paine (B)

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. Hotel Cabo de Hornos (B)

Day 12: Car drop off – Airport

Your adventure through Patagonia has come to an end. After dropping your car off you can catch your connecting flight. (B)

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