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Complete Chilean Patagonia Tour

22 days from CAD14,430pp

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Tour highlights

  • Venturing along the Carretera Austral, one of the most spectacular roads in South America.

  • Taking in the immenseness and desolate beauty of the ice fields.

  • Visit the Marble Caves on Lago Carrera General.

  • Hike or horseride from your Patagonian lodge.

Price includes

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • On arrival in Santiago you will be met by your guide and taken to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to relax or start exploring.

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  • This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your lodge in Torres del Paine National Park.

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  • Experience activities around Torres del Paine with the guides from lodge; choose between various hikes, horse riding and vehicle-based trips each day.

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  • Further activities around Torres del Paine.

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  • Depart this morning to head back to the Punta Arenas airport and fly to Puerto Montt, where you will pick up your hire car for the next 2 weeks! Drive less than an hour to your hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.

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  • Head out to explore the Lake District in your hire car — I would recommend going to the Osorno Volcano and the Petrohue Falls and there are several interesting towns nearby.

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  • Today you will need to set off very early as you start your journey south along the Carretera Austral from Puerto Montt to Caleta Gonzalo. This journey involves three ferry crossings and sections of tarmac and gravel road. If you're not too tired when you arrive at Caleta Gonzalo, there are a couple of short hikes nearby you could try.

  • Today you will continue south along the Carretera Austral, past Chaitén, then turn off towards the small mountain village of Futaleufu near the Argentine border.

  • The hotel can advise you on hiking routes in the area, you can head into the village in your car, and allow some time to relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the hotel.

  • Today you will retrace your steps to the Carretera Austral and continue south to your lodge near Puyuhuapi.

  • Today I would recommend driving to the Queulat National Park where there is a great hike up to a viewpoint of a hanging glacier. You could also go kayaking at the lake by the hotel.

  • Continue your drive south through more spectacular scenery to Coyhaique, the main town in the area.

  • Start along the road towards Balmaceda and then rejoin the Carretera Austral which winds its way towards Lake General Carrera — the views as you approach are stunning and you will then continue along the edge of the lake to your hotel just outside Puerto de Guadal.

  • Enjoy activities from your lodge. Choose to visit the famous Marble Caves, take a boat onto the beautiful lake, undertake some fly fishing on the Baker River or walk or horse ride in some untouched corners of Patagonia.

  • Today you will need to drive around the lake to Puerto Marmol where you can go by boat or kayak to the beautiful marble caves.

  • Continue on the Carretera Austral, south to the road-free Tortel. You will have some time in the afternoon to explore the boardwalks of the town, which has only been connected to the world by road since 2000.

  • Complete the journey south by road and ferry to Villa O'Higgins, truly at the end of the road.

  • Today you have a shared boat trip to the Great (or O'Higgins) Glacier. Please note this trip is subject to weather conditions.

  • Start the drive back north. Your destination is Estancia Chacabuco, a unique project in Patagonia National Park.

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  • Relax or go hiking in Patagonia National Park.

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  • Drive back to Balmaceda today, returning the hire car in time for the flight to Santiago. You will be met and taken to your hotel. Enjoy your last evening in the bustling capital.

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  • Be taken to the airport in time for your flight home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Santiago
 
Punta Arenas
 
Torres del Paine National Park
 
Puerto Montt
 
Puerto Varas
 
Chacabuco Valley & Parque Patagonia
 
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