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
    Day
     

    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
  • 2
    Day
     

    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
  • 3
    Day
     

    Petrohue - Hornopiren

    Overnight:
    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
  • 4
    Day
     

    Hornopiren - Caleta Gonzalo / Pumalin National Park

    Overnight:
    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
  • 5
    Day
     

    Pumalin National Park

    Overnight:
    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
  • 6
    Day
     

    Caleta Gonzalo - El Panque

    Overnight:
    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.
    Glaciar
  • 7
    Day
     

    El Panque - Coyhaique

    Overnight:
    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
    Patagonia
  • 8
    Day
     

    Coyhaique - Lago General Carrera

    Overnight:
    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
    capillas-del-marmol
  • 9
    Day
     

    Puerto Guadal - Los Antiguos

    Overnight:
    From Puerto Guadal you will first drive to the border town of Chile Chico. After crossing the border, you will see the Lago Buenos Aires and from there you will soon reach the dry steppe, which characterizes the landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia.

    * Approx. 210km
    Barco del Capitan Leonidas
  • 10
    Day
     

    Lago Posadas - El Chalten

    Overnight:
    From Puerto Guadal you will first drive to the border town of Chile Chico. After crossing the border, you will see the Lago Buenos Aires and from there you will soon reach the dry steppe, which characterizes the landscape of the Argentinian Patagonia.

    * Approx. 210km
    Macizo Fitz Roy
  • 11
    Day
     

    El Chalten - Fitz Roy

    Overnight:
    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.
  • 12
    Day
     

    El Chalten - El Calafate

    Overnight:
    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
  • 13
    Day
     

    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Overnight:
    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
  • 14
    Day
     

    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
  • 15
    Day
     

    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.
  • 16
    Day
     

    Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas

    Overnight:
    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
  • 17
    Day
     

    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:
  • Accommodation in El Calafate and breakfast
Day 13:
  • 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:
  • Regular excursion to the Penguin reserve of Seno Otway, including entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Punta Arenas + Breakfast
Day 17: