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Self-drive through Chile and Argentina

12 days from $4,280pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Itinerary highlights

  • Admire the views of snow-capped Villarrica Volcano from the lakeside town of Pucon.

  • Stop off at viewpoints on Argentina's scenic Seven Lakes route to Villa la Angostura.

  • Explore the pretty town of Puerto Varas and local Mapuche Indian culture.

  • See the icy peaks and jade lakes of Chile's southern lake district.

Price includes

Fully insured vehicle rental
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  • Santiago
  • Temuco
  • Pucon
  • San Martin de los Andes
  • Villa La Angostura
  • Bariloche
  • Villa La Angostura
  • Puerto Varas
  • Puerto Montt
  • Santiago

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Santiago


Morning arrival in Santiago where you will be met and taken to your hotel.

Day 2 Pucon

Santiago , Temuco , Pucon

Today you will fly south to Puerto Montt where you will pick your car up and drive to your hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.

Day 3 Pucon


Have the day to explore. You could visit Villarica national park or if you are feeling adventurous - climb the volcano!

Day 4 San Martin de los Andes

Pucon , San Martin de los Andes

This morning you will begin your journey to Argentina. Once border formalities are complete then you will have a drive of around one hour to San Martin de los Andes.

Day 5 San Martin de los Andes

San Martin de los Andes

Enjoy a day exploring San Martin de los Andes. Today can be spent leisurely spending time on the shores of Lago Lácar or an intrepid hike in Parque Nacional Lanín can be undertaken.

Day 6 Villa La Angostura

San Martin de los Andes , Villa La Angostura

Travel south today along the famous route of the seven lakes to Villa La Angostura.

Day 7 Villa La Angostura

Villa La Angostura

Explore the area, you could drive around Nahuel Huapi Lake to Bariloche for lunch.

Day 8 Villa La Angostura

Bariloche , Villa La Angostura

Explore the area around Bariloche. If you haven't already you can complete the 'small circuit' drive which takes in many of the area's highlights.

Day 9 Puerto Varas

Villa La Angostura , Puerto Varas

Drive back over the border today to Puerto Varas via the Puyuhue National Park.

Day 10 Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Visit Frutillar, drive down to Chiloe or head to Petrohue Falls.

Day 11 Santiago

Puerto Varas , Puerto Montt , Santiago

Make your way to the airport and drop off your hire car before flying to Santiago for the final night of your trip.

Day 12 Return home


Drive to Puerto Montt airport in time for your flight to Santiago. Connect with your onward flight home.

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San Martin de los Andes
Puerto Varas
Puerto Montt