Dream Route Carretera Austral (17 days)

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"The most beautiful route to solitude", is what awaits you at the end of the world in Patagonia. The Carretera Austral (formerly called Carretera Presidente Pinochet) is one of the most virgin and natural areas in Chile. On this trip, you will live the beauties of Patagonia by traveling individually on your rented car; you will experience an unforgettable adventure from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas (Or the other way around).

The car rental from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas is included in the price.

100 % flexible trip suggestion

  • 1

    Puerto Montt

    Overnight: Puerto Varas
    Get your rented car at the airport of Puerto Montt to follow on your Carretera Austral trip.
    From Puerto Montt continue to reach your accommodation located in the beautiful town of Puerto Varas, on the shores of the “Lago Llanquihue”.

    * About 25 km
    Volcan Osorno
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    Puerto Varas

    Overnight: Puerto Varas
    Driving in and around Puerto Varas you will be impressed by the lush landscape of the lakes Llanquihue and that of “Todos Los Santos “, both surrounded by very rich flora and fauna as well as breathtaking views of the volcano Osorno with its perfect cone, green slopes and snowy peaks. You will also notice the strong influence of German settlers here.
    Today you will have the possibility to go on a hike at the foot of the volcano Osorno. Moreover, in the afternoon you will drive to the National Park “Vicente Perez Rosalez” and visit the impressive rapids of "Saltos Del Petrohue" near the lake "Todos los Santos".
    Saltos de Petrohué
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    Petrohue - Hornopiren

    Today begin your journey on the Carretera Austral by driving towards the south. On the way, visit the thermal baths of Ralún, which can be reached only by boat. Continue by driving on the unpaved section of the Carretera Austral where the dream route awaits you in its full beauty.

    * Approx. 210km
    Villa Cerro Castillo
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    Hornopiren - Caleta Gonzalo / Pumalin National Park

    To catch the ferry service to Caleta Gonzalo you will have to go through Hornopirén. This ferry service consists of two ferries and operates as follows: A first ferry will take you from Hornopirén to Leptepú in about 3.5 hours. Then once in Fiordo Largo you will take a second ferry to Caleta Gonzalo (crossing will be 45 minutes). Once on solid ground again, you will pass through the Pumalin National Park.
    Bajo Cotopaxi
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    Pumalin National Park

    Today you will have time to explore the beautiful Pumalin National Park. The park offers many hiking trails with magnificent viewpoints, it is one of Chile's largest private national park; you will enjoy wonderful walks through centuries-old Alerce forests. Alerces (Patagonian cypresses) are huge trees, some specimen date back to 3600-years ago and are among the oldest living creatures on earth.
    Fiordo Puyuhuapi
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    Caleta Gonzalo - El Panque

    Your journey past rivers, lakes, glaciers etc. will take you to Risopatron Lake in Queulat National Park.
    Once in the Queulat National Park, depending on weather conditions, you can hike through dense rainforest for two to three hours, past waterfalls with beautiful views of the icy mountain peaks and hanging glaciers. In the evening you will be in Puyuhuapi, a former Sudeten German village in a dreamy location right on the bay.
    *Approx: 230 km
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    El Panque - Coyhaique

    Today we head to Coyahique the capital of the Aysen region. The ride through this area alone is worth the trip. You will surely have to stop several times to simply admire how incredible is nature here. Take all the time that is necessary because it is your trip and you are totally unbound.

    * Approx. 240km
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    Coyhaique - Lago General Carrera

    Today you drive to the largest lake in South America, because the journey is already long, we recommend you start early in the morning. On the way you'll take a boat trip to Puerto Tranquillo to the marble caves.
    * Approx. 240km
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    Puerto Guadal - Los Antiguos

    From Puerto Guadal you first drive to the border town Chile Chico. After the border pass, the lake is now called Lago Buenos Aires and you will soon be able to see the dry steppe of Patagonia which characterizes the landscape in Patagonia, Argentina.

    * Approx. 210km
    Barco del Capitan Leonidas
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    Lago Posadas - El Chalten

    On the Ruta 40 we continue to the south through the Argentine steppe. At the end of the day, the mighty Fitz Roy awaits you.
    * Approx. 530km
    Macizo Fitz Roy
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    El Chalten - Fitz Roy

    Today you will have the time to explore the Los Glaciares national park with its famous mountain peaks. The hikes will lead you along several lagoons until you will meet with the impressive view of Mount Fitz Roy.
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    El Chalten - El Calafate

    Overnight: El Calafate
    El Calafate, on the banks of the emerald green “Lago Argentino”, it is an important and picturesque tourist starting point. The national park "Los Glaciares", located at about 80km from El Calafate, offers totally 14 glaciers fed by the Patagonian ice fields. In the middle of the national park, proudly stands the famous Perito Moreno glacier! Each day the 60km long ice mass moves forward about 50cm. It is a spectacle for the eyes and the ears, when ice breaks from the 60m high walls and falls into the 5km wide “Lago Argentino”.

    * Approx. 250km
    Parque nacional los Glaciares
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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Overnight: El Calafate
    Take an excursion to the imposing Perito Moreno glacier on the ice rink,
    or a boat trip to the Upsala glacier. (This is weather-dependent; booking takes place on the ground)
    Subiendo Perito Moreno
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    El Calafate - Torres del Paine

    Overnight: Torres del Paine
    Today, you will leave Argentina to drive back to Chile to the Torres del Paine National Park. Here you will be able to enjoy nature at its best and relax the next few days.

    * Approx. 350km
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    Torres del Paine

    Overnight: Torres del Paine
    Today you will have the whole day to visit the Torres Del Paine. The national park offers many different possibilities; you will be able to choose from a number of diverse hikes.
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    Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas

    Overnight: Punta Arenas
    Via Puerto Natales, you will continue straight to Punta Arenas. On the way, we recommend a trip to the Milodon Cave in Puerto Natales or to the colony of Penguins in Otway Sounds and/or a Tour of Punta Arenas (this will depend on the season).

    * Approx. 410km
    Seno Otway
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    Punta Arenas Airport

    Return the car at the airport. Now you may end the tour here or you may continue with our connection program. We may help you continue your travels with the Stella Australis cruise to Ushuaia or to take a whale watching tour from Punta Arenas and many more options.
    Muelle en Seno Otway

Detailed trip suggestion

What is included in this trip?

Day 1: Puerto Varas
  • Accommodation in Puerto Varas + Breakfast
Day 2: Puerto Varas
  • Regular Excursion to Saltos del Petrohue and Parque Nacional Vicente Perez Rosales + entry fees
  • Accommodation in Puerto Varas + Breakfast
Day 3:
  • Accommodation in Hornopiren with breakfast
Day 4:
  • Accommodation in Caleta Gonzalo with breakfast
Day 5:
  • Accommodation in Caleta Gonzalo with breakfast
Day 6:
  • Accommodation in Puyuhuapi with breakfast
Day 7:
  • Accommodation in Coyhaique with breakfast
Day 8:
  • Private tour to the Marble Caves (Puerto Rio Tranquilo)
  • Accommodation in Puerto Guadal with breakfast
Day 9:
  • Accommodation and brekfast in Los Antiguos
Day 10:
  • Accommodation El Chalten + Breakfast
Day 11:
  • Accommodation El Chalten + Breakfast
Day 12: El Calafate
  • Accommodation in El Calafate and breakfast
Day 13: El Calafate
  • Regular excursion to the Perito Moreno + Ice trekking (doesnt include entrance)
  • Entance to the National Park Los Glaciares (Perito Moreno)
  • Accommodation in El Calafate and breakfast
Day 14: Torres del Paine
  • Voucher for the National Park Torres del Paine
  • Accommodation in National Park Torres del Paine with breakfast included
Day 15: Torres del Paine
  • Accommodation in National Park Torres del Paine with breakfast included
Day 16: Punta Arenas
  • Regular excursion to the Penguin reserve of Seno Otway, including entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Punta Arenas
Day 17: